Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2014

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Marcello Mastroianni, The Great Lover

Marcello Mastroianni – nearly two decades after his death, his name still conjures images of the co ...

Marcello Mastroianni – nearly two decades after his death, his name still conjures images of the cool, world-weary European, jaded by decadent customs and modern mores, lavish with love and charm but touched as well by humor, aware of the play and joys of both movies and life when surrounded by beautiful women and a rich range of works. Winner of two Best Actor awards at Cannes, Mastroianni aged gracefully while dominating Italian and global cinema for decades.

Born in 1924, Mastroianni was raised in Rome with irregular schooling interrupted during World War II, when Nazis imprisoned him until he escaped. His film career may have begun as a film extra in 1939 (his brother was an important film editor), but others trace it to student theatricals in Rome after the war. He arrived globally in the 1960s when Federico Fellini chose him to play the languid journalist, Marcello Rubini, who anchors the spectacles of La Dolce Vita, followed by a major role with Antonioni. By 1963, Mastroianni became a stand-in for Fellini himself in 8 ½, playing a blocked director surrounded by dreams, memories and intriguing women.

Mastroianni developed many versions of such sophisticated, charming, and yet vulnerable characters for three decades, sometimes comedic and generally tinged with wryness and complexity.

In later years, Mastroianni chose films that allowed him to reflect on the wisdom and loss of older characters with poignancy as well as love. Thus, love is tender and ephemeral in A Special Day, nostalgic in the “reunion” of Ginger and Fred and infused with political passion in Sostiene Pereira.

Mastroianni died in 1996 in Paris.

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Dragon Inn has been cancelled. Four Moods will be shown as a replacement. ...

Dragon Inn has been cancelled. Four Moods will be shown as a replacement.

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