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Berlin – A retrospective to show the many faces of Monica Vitti

“Ikone, Diva … Komödiantin”, the Berlin retrospective dedicated to Monica Vitti, the Italian actress with a thousand faces who played in an infinite number of roles, will close on 31 March. Maria Luisa Ceciarelli, whose stage name is Monica Vitti, is now 84 years old and hasn’t set foot on a scene for many years because of an illness she suffers. Monica Vitti has acted with great class and talent in both dramatic and comic roles.  

Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion in 1995, she was the muse who inspired Michelangelo Antonioni and also Mario Monicelli for his The Girl with the Pistol (“Ragazza con la pistola”). She was the brightest star of the “commedia all’italiana” (comedy, Italian style), capable of matching up to the talent of Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman and Nino Manfredi. Reserved, ironic, aloof, celestial and sexy, she is a “star of the past” and it is to this star that the retrospective organised in Berlin by Kino Arsenal–Institute for Film and Video Art and the Italian Institute of Culture is dedicated. The retrospective has screened films from the ‘60s to the ‘70s, giving a complete and varied overview of the actress’s career, which was amusing, lively and joyful but also serious and quiet. Monica Vitti’s image is linked to the famous comedies that have left a mark in the history of Italian cinema. (PO /red)

The films screened

For the retrospective, Kino Arsenal screened all the comedies that made Monica Vitti famous: “L’avventura” (Michelangelo Antonioni), “Dramma della gelosia” (“The Pizza Triangle”, by Ettore Scola), “L’Eclisse” (Michelangelo Antonioni”),  “Io So Che Tu Sai Che Io So” (“I Know That You Know That I Know”, by Alberto Sordi). On Wednesday March 30 the films screened will be: “Il deserto rosso” (“Red Desert”, by Michelangelo Antonioni) and “La ragazza con la pistola” (“The Girl with the Pistol”, by Mario Monicelli) and on Thursday 31 March, the retrospective will close with the showing of “La notte” (Michelangelo Antonioni).