Monica Vitti
Actor
Monica Vitti
Monica Vitti is an Italian actress best known for her starring roles in films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, her lover at that time, during the early 1960s. After working with Antonioni, Vitti changed focus and began making comedies, working with director Mario Monicelli on many films. She has appeared with leading men like Marcello Mastroianni, Richard Harris, and Dirk Bogarde. Her last film was Scandalo Segreto.
Biography
Monica Vitti's personal information overview.
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Longines DolceVita
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Gloria Perkins the sexy American actress (played by Dorothy De Poliolo) is back. If you recall she lured Sandro (Gabriel Ferzetti) away from Claudia (Monica Vitti) in Antonioni's L'Avventura. Wherever Gloria goes she causes rioting by horny Italian men and if you follow Longines DolceVita campaign (in which Kate Winslet appears, along with Bollywood's Aiswarya Rai) her persona is attracting a gaggle of paparazzi too. Yes it's actually Fellini's La Dolce Vita that the sequence is alluding to, but the memory of the scenes Gloria created is also at work. Advertising can be extremely irritating, especially the kind that you see mixed in with previews at your local quadruplex. But it's comforting to know that scenes from great Italian classics, like L'Avventura and La Dolce Vita still reside in the collective memory of the culture, if only to sell a watch or bottle of perfume. Another recent commercial for Louis Vuitton, for instance, featured a masked ball that recalled Eyes Wide Shut. Co ...
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The Regards of Women in Italian Cinema
Huffington Post - over 3 years
An old friend contacted me this week referring to Marina Abramovic's unforgettable performance at the MoMa in 2010. One of the first few lines of the email read: "Cos'è uno sguardo?" Translated as "What is a gaze or look?" in English. It has been in my head all day long as I have sought to answer this puzzling question. As an actress, I found myself revisiting some of the very best performances I can recall, in which an actress has so effectively conveyed her emotions. Nostalgic by nature, my recollections are steeped in the black and white classics. I still believe them to be as relevant as ever. Please indulge me for a moment as I seek to answer this question by celebrating some of the most respected Italian actresses in cinema. Growing up in Italy, my early experience and love of film was shaped by iconic stars such as Mariangela Melato and Monica Vitti. There wasn't a film of Mariangela's that I didn't love. How could one forget her performance in Lina Wertmuller's Swept Away? If ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
This week: Antonioni's L'Avventura, Carpenter's Escape from New York, and other impeccable classics. The Act of Killing See review this issue. Cinema 21. And While We Were Here See review this issue. Hollywood Theatre. The Artist and the Model It's 1943. A beautiful Spanish refugee is taken in by a couple living in German-occupied France. As is the case with many a beautiful woman, she sparks the creative juices of her host's sculptor husband and inspires his final work. If awards are your thing, this film won Best Director at the 2012 San Sebastián Film Festival. Fox Tower 10. Barbarella "Make love? But no one's done that for hundreds of centuries!" Screens as part of Broad Spectrum, the Hollywood Theatre's new film series for women audiences. Hollywood Theatre. Bollywood at the Hollywood A screening of the 1979 Bollywood flick Jaani Dushman, preceded by a set from DJ Anjali. Hollywood Theatre. Escape From New Yo ...
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Francis Levy: L'avventura At Film Forum
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A newly restored print of L'avventura is playing at Manhattan's Film Forum and there are problems with it. To begin with, you can barely read the subtitles. But "let's go to the video tape" as Warner Wolf used to say and revisit some of the themes of this seminal work. In a key sequence at the beginning of the film Anna (Lea Massari), the girl who iconically disappears, tells Sandro, her lover, "When someone is there facing you, that's all you get." She's in despair when they are apart for a month at a time, but she prefers separation's imaginative possibilities. It's the territory of Kierkegaard's Diary of a Seducer and Sartre's La Nausee with a touch of Bovaryism thrown in. But then Antonioni turns off the current. There's nothing like an unexplained disappearance to pull the rug out from under mankind. In fact, the Ur disappearing act is the absence of God. Here we have the Southern hemispheric version of Bergman's The Silence. As Sandro (Gabrielle Ferzetti), Claudia (Monic ...
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Francis Levy: My First Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I should really call this West Side Story since it concerns my Aunt Lilly who lived on the 5th floor of 736 West End Avenue, right opposite PS 75. I'd grown up on the East Side where I frequented the Brandt's and Loews on 86th Street for double features on Saturday mornings. Most of the Westerns I saw there and the matrons with their swinging flashlights and their constant "all of ye's kids shuddup" meld together in a vast nightmare that would eventually include school crossing guards and local fast food establishments like Horn and Hardart's, Nedick's and Have-a-Pizza, whose 15 cent slices inevitably burned the tip of my tongue. These were the ingredients of my own anti-Amarcord with the coup de grace involving a sickening purplish grape drink sold in the the movie concession stands, a kid with an overly large head who was probably suffering from hydrocephalus, and swung a dangerously large chain of keys and the overly salty pretzels we would buy after the double features (an ...
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French film fest fetes female talent
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
French film fest fetes female talent French cinema has been experiencing an explosion of female screen talent in the past quarter century unlike anything ever seen anywhere, at least not since Hollywood in the '30s and '40s. [...] they're working all the time in movies tailored to their star personalities, movies that explore the particular challenges and struggles of life in our era. Starting Sunday, for three evenings at the Rafael Film Center in Marin - and then moving on to seven nights at San Francisco's Roxie Theater starting Friday - audiences will have the opportunity to see the best contemporary French actresses in some of their finest work. What Hollywood Can Learn From Contemporary French Actresses, and I helped choose the movies, arrange the program and, on three occasions, called Paris at 2 in the morning to talk reluctant French distributors into making their films available. "Entre Ses Mains" ("In His Hands," 2005) stars Isabelle Carré ("Romanti ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
In which we hit it and quit it. 21 Jump Street Even while pop culture is devouring its own tail, it manages to shit out an occasional gem. 21 Jump Street is that gem—a far, far more entertaining film than it has any business being. Neither a gritty reimagining™ nor a full-on parody, it's mostly just a silly take on reliving high school that manages both laughs and, occasionally, a disturbing amount of earnestness. VINCE MANCINI Various Theaters. B-Movie Bingo See My, What a Busy Week! Hollywood Theatre. The Bride Wore Black Truffaut's 1968 revenge flick. Hollywood Theatre. Chico & Rita See review this issue. Fox Tower 10. Chronicle The X-Men are great and all, but let's not fool ourselves: If real teenagers had superpowers, they'd be pretty goddamn insufferable. Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters would be a crappy public high school, everyone would have iPhones and video cameras instead of X-Jets and Cerebros, ...
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Monica Vitti, Italian Actress, At Cannes Film Festival In 1974
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
"A Look Back" is a daily column that highlights a moment from fashion's fabulous past. Today's pick is of Italian actress <a class="fplink fp-200737" href="/monica+vitti+1">Monica Vitti</a> at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974. The former girlfriend of director Michelangelo Antonioni, Vitti is best known for starring in his films like "L'avventura," "La Notte" and "L'Eclisse." She also had an impeccable sense of style - just look at those glasses. Getty Images More...
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Amigo' (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic ideals and
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Amigo' (R, 2:08, in English, Tagalog and Spanish) Though it is set in a Philippine village around 1900, this tale of counter-insurgency, democratic ideals and
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Calendar: September 1-September 7 - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
Monica Vitti plays a neurotic housewife who looks to others for solace and comfort, but finds none in a desolate mining town. Return, Remember: Ephemeral Memorials in the Legacy of September 11th. Sept. 6, from 6–8 pm As the permanent 9/11 memorial
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This long weekend should be a 'Labor' of love - BrooklynPapers.com
Google News - over 5 years
The immortal Monica Vitti stars in Antonioni&#39;s “Red Desert” this weekend at BAM. Sam Worthington stars in the espionage thriller “The Debt,” which is about Mossad agents, so you know it&#39;s exciting! It wouldn&#39;t be Labor Day without the West Indian Day
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Ettore Scola: Italo-Regisseur geht in Pension - DiePresse.com
Google News - over 5 years
Den Durchbruch schaffte Scola 1970 mit der Komödie &quot;Dramma della gelosia&quot; mit Marcello Mastroianni und Monica Vitti in den Hauptrollen. Mit seiner Groteske &quot;Brutti, sporchi e cattivi&quot; gewann Ettore Scola 1976 in Cannes die Goldene Palme für die beste
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Stasera in tv le prove del Moto GP di Indianapolis su Italia 1 - Tv Fanpage
Google News - over 5 years
Su La7 ci sarà un bel film con Alberto Sordi e Monica Vitti che fa parte della storia del nostro cinema, il film si intitola Amore mio aiutami. Vediamo nel dettaglio cosa ci offre la serata tv. RAI 1 – L&#39;amore porta fortuna:è un film del 2008 con la
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Univ. of Chicago Doc Films - Chicago Reader (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A sometime translator (Monica Vitti) recovering from an unhappy love affair briefly links up with a stockbroker (Alain Delon) in Rome, though the stunning final montage sequence—perhaps the most powerful thing Antonioni has ever done—does without
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The Ex-Girlfriend Experience: How <i>Coming Apart</i> Came Together - Village Voice
Google News - over 5 years
Ginsberg recalls a troubled, on-again off-again relationship with &quot;a dead ringer for Monica Vitti,&quot; who&#39;d finally quit him to get married. &quot;And I went fucking crazy. . . . One day—and by then I&#39;m living on Madison Avenue, across from the Whitney—I
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Italian Film Masterpiece Red Desert To Show at BAMcinematek - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
The film stars an auburn-haired Monica Vitti, who collaborated with the director on five films, including his renowned trilogy: L&#39;Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L&#39;Eclisse (1962). Vitti plays a lost woman and young mother in a desolate mining
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Monica Vitti
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 79
    In 2011, it was stated that Alzheimer's disease had "removed her from the public gaze for the last 15 years."
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  • 1995
    Age 63
    In 1995 Vitti married Roberto Russo, with whom she has lived since 1975.
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  • 1993
    Age 61
    In 1993 Vitti was awarded the Festival Tribute at the Créteil International Women's Film Festival, in France.
    More Details Hide Details Michelangelo Antonioni and Vitti met in the late 1950s, and their relationship grew stronger after L'Avventura was made, because it had shaped both their careers. However, by the late 1960s, they did not make any movies together, making the relationship strained until it officially ended. In a later interview, Vitti stated that Antonioni ended their relationship. They made the film Il mistero di Oberwald together in 1981.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 57
    In 1989 however, Vitti tried writing and directing and created Scandalo Segreto, which she also starred in.
    More Details Hide Details The film was not a success and she then retired from cinema.
  • 1986
    Age 54
    By 1986 Vitti had returned to the theatre as an actress and teacher.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1990s she did television work, acting and directing.
  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 42
    In 1974 she won the David di Donatello award for Best Actress in Alberto Sordi's Polvere di stelle (1973).
    More Details Hide Details She starred in Luis Buñuel's innovative Le Fantôme de la liberté (1974). This is often considered her last great film. Throughout the later 1970s and early 1980s Vitti appeared mostly in Italian films which did not gain international distribution. Even though Il mistero di Oberwald is noted for the last collaboration between Vitti and Antonioni, it is not as well known as L'Avventura. After this movie was made, Vitti did not do as much screen work.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 38
    In 1970 Vitti starred with Marcello Mastroianni in Ettore Scola's highly successful romantic comedy Dramma della gelosia (The Pizza Triangle, 1970).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 25
    In 1957 she joined Michelangelo Antonioni's Teatro Nuovo di Milano and later played a leading role in his internationally praised and award winning film L'avventura (1960) as a detached and cool protagonist drifting into a relationship with the lover of her missing girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details Giving a screen presence which has been described as "stunning" she is also credited with helping Antonioni raise money for the production and sticking with him through daunting location shooting. L'avventura made Vitti an international star and one of Italy's most famous actresses of the 20th century. Her image later appeared on an Italian postage stamp commemorating the film. Vitti received critical praise for starring roles in the Antonioni films La Notte (Night, 1961), L'Eclisse (Eclipse, 1962) and Il Deserto Rosso (Red Desert, 1964), which are often cited with L'avventura as a series. After her relationship with Antonioni ended, the two did not work together again until Il mistero di Oberwald (1980). Vitti's made only two English language films. The first was Modesty Blaise (1966), a mod James Bond spy spoof with Terence Stamp and Dirk Bogarde which had only mixed success and received harsh critical reviews. The other English film was Michael Ritchie's An Almost Perfect Affair (1979) with Keith Carradine which takes place during the Cannes Film Festival.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on November 3, 1931.
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