Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni
Birthday: 9/28/1924, the
Age: 72 years
Place of birth: Fotntana Leary, Italy
Date of death: 19.12.1996 Year
Place of death: Paris, France

Citizenship: Italy

I never was a genius
In Fellini’s film “Interview” is an episode: a villa Mastroianni American journalist elicits an actor: “Signor Mastroianni, when you notice that women like crazy?” “Well, let’s say, then – face breaking into a smile, is responsible Marcello – I noticed that women like myself. ” Although Marchi as his friends call him, and did not like him priveshennye journalists labels like “Italian bride” or «latin lover» (Latin lover), he tried to match them. At least in appearance …

Mastroianni always liked to be the center of attention, and so cared for appearance to please women that sometimes amused by this close friends. Federico Fellini recalled that the role of “Ginger and Fred” he persuaded Marcello sacrifice beautiful hair and a “bald.” After a couple of hours with the help of the barber scissors made of wax and the crown “of the Italian groom” impressive clearing. And since that time, the crew watched as cheerful Marchi grustnel and darkened. A fixture of his image became a hat, which the actor did not take off under any circumstances – not on the street or at a party or at the reception.
Women adored Marcello, would not let him pass. Entire tour buses full of elderly American women each week drove up to his villa, only to see the famous Italian. The first time he even went to the balcony and waved his hand. “I was very surprised by their reaction, – confessed the actor, who considered himself not particularly attractive. – Because I hated himself, his frail arms, thin legs, a short nose and fleshy lips … and envied the thin lips of Jean Gabin.
“I never believed women”
BUT Marcello, of course, flirting, because the fingers on both hands is not enough to list the women he embraced not only on the screen. For a while next to him turned out to Ursula Andress, Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Anita Ekberg, Nastassja Kinski, Romy Schneider, Sophia Loren, Marthe Keller, Monica Viti. However, Sophia Loren strongly denies love relationship with Marcello: “He has always been for me a friend who lived nearby. We’ve shot together, I remember every one of our work, the film is a movie, frame by frame. I think that is rare in the history of world cinema between the actors was such harmony as between Marcello and me. But the novel – no, never … ”
However, a couple of years ago in France was a scandal: a certain Mary, wished that her name was not called, the actress asked to confirm the version of her adoptive parents, in which she – the daughter of legendary film stars. According to her, in 1963, when Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in Naples in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, the actress knew about the pregnancy. While Lauren was 28 years old and she was married to film producer Carlo Ponti, providing its best roles. And, according to official information, in the fourth month of pregnancy Lauren had a miscarriage. However, adoptive parents Mary was told that Sophie gave birth to a girl and gave it to them. How it ended is not known, somehow managed to hush up the actress this story …
Marcello also did not reveal the secrets of the relationship with Lauren. He did not like to dwell on their women. “I never believed women – I just loved them! – Once he confessed. – In this life, they gave me love. Maybe I gave them less. ”
One room for four
And although Marcello dreamed about in those days, almost every second European woman, he himself could not long hold close to a woman of his dreams. Nearby there was only one – Flora shipbuilders, its laws and only wife. They were married in the distant 1950, when Marchi was just a budding young actor Theatre Luchino Visconti. She was also an actress, the daughter of the famous composer Ezio Shipbuilders, the author of several ballets, operettas and film music. Marcello did not have enough money for food, and it always hungry, feeding flora brought from the house pizza and sandwiches. One day, following an unwritten law that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, he brought Mastroianni visit in front of him and opened the fridge to the top packed with all kinds of food.
For him, it was the height of bliss, because such abundance he had never seen. The boy, born in a poor family a simple carpenter Urbano, who became the third child, no stranger knew of the famine. In the 10 years he had already graduated from a trade school, and since then only worked, if only to bring home extra lira: visited and work, and the builder and draftsman, and an accountant in film distribution company.
A family of four lived in one room. Parents are quarreling over what my father smoked two cigarettes more than planned in the family budget. Newspaper Signor Urbano bought no more than a day. “My father worked in the garage, and he always smelled of sweat – later recalled Mastroianni. – A mother wound up in the morning the same conversation: “What will I buy food?” And started a melee. For a long time I slept in the same bed with his mother, because the room had no place. My brothers joined up next to the bed on the floor, his father – in the corridor. But I do not see anything terrible, because my friends live in the same way. ”
You can imagine the surprise of the young Marcello, when he was a guest of Flora, who lived with his parents in his own mansion, with servants. Actor Flora made an offer, and a year later they had a daughter, Barbara. However, if the love of other women in his life, “Italian bride” is still sometimes spread, the law called his wife and best friend, and sister, and mother, but never – loved.
However, no matter how stormy romance actor nor I worried every day he called Flora in Rome, and every year on the day of the wedding sent roses. “At first, learning about his adventures, I destroy furniture, screaming like crazy – told reporters” polubroshennaya “wife. – But then Visconti gave me vital advice: “If it is free, without shackles, he will always come back to you.” Marcello so arranged – he flutters like a butterfly, without any sense. ”
For the first time Marcello “flew off” into the arms of the American actress Faye Dunaway. Their whirlwind romance broke out during the filming of “The Place for Lovers”: “Our relationship started with a kiss on the set, provided the script. I hugged her and began to kiss. And gone – it was like lightning … “Within three years, they met secretly hiding in homes of friends or in his villa, she visited him on weekends in Europe, he followed her to California. But Faye herself ruined their relationship: it seemed to her that it’s time to get divorced Marchi, and they – have a baby. First, the “Italian bride” remained silent, then excuses, finally became a promise from day to day to get away from Flora. But when Dunaway go to America, he returned home. Finally, enraged American sent him to hell and frustrated Marcello went to seek consolation Flora. “I love Faye, I loved very much – he admitted later. – But it ended very painful, and then we did not talk. I did not want to see her. ” Still would! It is literally the next week after the break she replied loudly: “Marcello – mama’s boy who is not capable of independent decisions.”
Mastroianni grieved at parting with Faye. When I started shooting the film Nadine Trintignant “This only happens to others”, he came in wearing sunglasses, no one talked, sat for hours in his trailer. His partner Catherine Deneuve were also hard times: she recently broke up with Roger Vadim and rashly married a British photographer David Bailey. But when the director in order to better empathy in dramatic roles (actors playing the parents who lost their only child) decides to lock Marcello and Catherine for a week in an apartment where there is no telephone, television and books, their loneliness comes to an end.
What does the divorce …
They are forever remembered: it was January 4, 1971. Of course, Marchi and saw Deneuve before filming, but met her six months earlier at a dinner in London from Roman Polanski, only said: “Professional Beauty”. And suddenly such an unexpected turn: cold and unapproachable Catherine much to the delight of the Italian moved out of his trailer to it, referring to the fact that she had no light and are barely warm water.
Gorgeous French, she unwittingly achieves from Mastroianni what could not get Dunaway – it requires Flora divorce! Only one thing: when the “Italian bride” offers Catherine to marry him, she refuses. He could not be expected, because they lived together, all appeared together, it represented Deneuve as his bride, she did not protest, and even learned to cook for him adored him beans! “Lick their wounds” the dream of millions of women sent to Rome for further nerastorgshey marriage contract lawful wife. She is taking a “prodigal husband” without a murmur: “And why did you contacted the French? This is ridiculous! ”
But before the break was still far off – when Catherine realizes that Marcello is waiting for the child, it allows him to be there again. And he is ready for everything moved to Paris to accompany her to go shopping, buying things for their unborn child. And when the daughter, Chiara, Marcello the next morning already called his wife.
“That night, when Chiara was born, I could not sleep – recalls Flora. – I could feel his excitement. In the morning he called and said that everything is fine. I asked, thinking about the little girl who was born, if he wanted to, so we divorced? “What does a divorce …” – Marcello muttered and hung up. ” In Paris, the father threw a joyous occasion for such an unprecedented holiday – passers-by were treated to champagne, as he rushed with shouts of joy around the block. Chiara became his favorite.
Soon Marcello decided to offer a second time Deneuve hand and heart. Again he heard the refusal, and after a while and did was put up outside the door. “Our relations can no longer go on, – he said goodbye Catherine. – They become unnecessary, tedious habit. ” This was the finale: Catherine stayed in Paris year-old Chiara, Marcello went to Rome to Flora and Barbara. Few knew that sometimes the world-famous Italian actor surreptitiously dropped in Paris and watched the way out of the house and his girlfriend’s daughter.
“I wanted to be an architect”
But nothing would have been – or “Sweet Life” or “Divorce Italian” or other 148 paintings if Marcello realized his dream and became an architect …. It is not thinking about the acting profession, he entered the University of Rome it is on this specialty. And just as a small craze for it remained a game of amateur theater, where he lost in the evenings. He liked to play with for 11 years – then in the parish under the direction of the priest made his debut. And the game itself would be Marcello amateur for the time being, if one day the theater for one of the performances did not come Luchino Visconti, who immediately invited the young actor to his professional theater “Eliseo”. “I still do not know what he saw in me this”, – says Mastroianni. But the debut was a success, and Marcello, in spite of the lack of understanding of relatives, threw the 4th year of university and became an actor.
Incidentally, it was at this time he met his future wife, Flora. Her attention to it was an exception to the general rule – at that time Marcello was not enjoyed frenzied success with women. Even when in the 1950s he began to act in films, playing the good-natured and simple Italian guys and becoming quite a popular actor, the fairer sex is not in a hurry to hang around his neck. Then he admitted: “I do not belong to men, capable of causing a passion, but make an impression of reliability and girls write to me, talking about their experiences on the basis of love, like a big brother.” But everything changes when his life appears Federico Fellini and invite to play in “Sweet Life”.
Ordinary appearance
Fellini and Mastroianni already knew before, or more precisely, Marcello Federico knew his wife, Giulietta Masina: they studied together at the University of Rome and played in amateur theater – even then, she noted young talent. In addition, director and actor often encountered in restaurants – both loved to eat. “He always ate a lot – remember Fellini. – I paid attention to it, because I feel a natural sympathy for people with a good appetite. So the first time I noticed Marcello felt it this gourmet. ”
And this historic meeting, described almost every anthology: It was a hot day and the maestro made the appointment on the beach next to his villa. He was lying on a deck chair under an umbrella and Marcello explained: “I have to shoot the film, and my producer De Laurentiis wants the lead role of Paul Newman. But he too puts on airs. I also need some unknown actor with ordinary appearance. So I decided to ask you. ”
Marcello was not offended – he himself always believed their appearance is not too attractive. Only the importance of asked: “Can I see a scenario?” Taking a serious look and get ready for reading, opened Marcello handed him the folder where you lay … stack of white paper, and on the top sheet turned drawing Fellini. “On the first page I drew a man whom he had to play – as I saw him – laughing, said Federico. – He was alone in a boat in the middle of the ocean, a member of his hanging down to the bottom, and around swimming fascinating siren. ” Mastroianni, knowing that the director is waiting for his response, raises his head and nods: “I liked the role, I agree.” By the way, since then he has never asked Fellini show him the script.
Fellini Marcello did not require knowledge of the role, but put one condition – at the beginning of filming go on a diet. “I do not care what kind of diet – the main thing that was a good judge of it!” – Told the director. Once Marcello said he knew a place in the north of Germany, where for three days you can lose 10 kilos. Hearing this, Federico said, “Marcello, Go there immediately! But just three days! “And Marchi left. He returned exactly as it was. “But I was glad that at least he did not put on weight,” – joked maestro.
After the “Dolce Vita” Mastroianni was the first violin of the great director, who invited him to play in all the paintings – “eight and a half”, “Interview”, “Ginger and Fred”, “City of Women” … They were best friends, though they could not see months, but always exchanged through the press flattering remarks for each other. Just because Marcello Federico blind eye to the lack of other unpardonable – smoking. Director, to quit this habit, I can not stand when near him someone was smoking a cigarette. But on Marchi said he match strike sharply once a day, and then lights up one cigarette from each other. He smoked three packs a day and is incredibly proud of it.
“I still pickings!”
Already gravely ill, suffering from pancreatic cancer, Mastroianni never stopped playing, and even returned to the stage, which in the period of rapid cinematic life a few rusty. His last role in the theater was the play “The Last Moon”, where he played an old, lonely man, which comes to the ghost of his dead wife. Just to get out to the viewer, Marcello morning passed grueling chemotherapy treatments. Still not lose his zest for life, “Maybe I became a nerd, but I still look at life with optimism. And Signor with a white beard there in heaven say: do not pay attention to me, even though I’ll live! ”
But “Signora with a white beard” was a scenario in which the heart of 72-year-old Marcello Mastroianni stopped early in the morning December 19, 1996. At this point in his Paris home next to him it was his dear Catherine Deneuve and their daughter Chiara.

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