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Antonella Lualdi

German postcard by Krüger, nr. 902/111. Photo: Farabola.

 

Italo-Greek Antonella Lualdi (1931) was the fascinating leading lady of many Italian and French films of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Since 1949 her luminescent beauty has graced over 90 films.

 

Antonella Lualdi was born as Antonietta De Pascale in Beirut, Lebanon in 1931. She is the daughter of an Italian civil engineer and his Greek wife. Antonella made her film debut in the musical Signorinella (1949, Mario Mattoli); and apeared that same year in Canzoni per le strade (1949, Mario Landi). Immediately she was seen as a star of the same stature as Lucia Bosé and Gina Lollobrigida. In the early 1950’s she appeared successfully in films like Ha fatto 13 (1951, Carlo Manzoni), E Più Facile Che Un Camello/It is Easier for a Camel (1951, Luigi Zampa) with Jean Gabin, La cieca di Sorrento/The Blind Woman from Sorrento (1952, Giacomo Gentilomo), the comedy È arrivato l'accordatore/ The Piano Tuner Has Arrived (1952, Duilio Coletti), Il cappotto/The Overcoat (1952, Alberto Lattuada) - an adaptation of the classic Nicolas Gogol fable, and especially Les Vitelloni/ (1953, Federico Fellini). During the shooting of this film she met her future husband, Franco Interlenghi. Together they starred in several productions like Non c'è amore più grande/ (1955, Giorgio Bianchi), Gli innamorati/Wild Love (1955, Mauro Bolognini), which was feted at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, and Padri e figli/Fathers and Sons (1957, Mario Monicelli). Without her husband she appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni in the controversial Cronache di poveri amanti/Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954, Carlo Lizzani), La notte brava/The Big Night (1959, Mauro Bolognini), I delfini/The Dauphins (1960, Francesco Maselli) starring Claudia Cardinale, and Il disordine/Disorder (1962, Franco Brusati) with Alida Valli.

 

Antonella Lualdi appeared also in many French films, including Adorable créatures (1952, Christian-Jaque) with Daniel Gélin, the successful Stendhal adaptation Le Rouge et le Noir/The Red and the Black (1954, Claude Autant-Lara) starring Gérard Philipe, the Film-Noir Mefiez-Vous Fillettes/Look Out Girls (1957, Yves Allégret), Une Vie/A Life (1958, Alexandre Astruc) based on a novel by Guy De Mauppasant, and Á Double Tour/Web of Passion (1959), a tale of murder and a dysfunctional family by New Wave director Claude Chabrol. In the 1960’s she was both seen in arthouse productions like Se permettete parliamo di donne/Let's Talk About Women (1964, Ettore Scola) with Vittorio Gassman, Comizi d'amore (1965, Pier Paolo Pasolini), and Made in Italy (1965, Nanni Loy) but also in sword and sandal epics like Arrivano i Titani/The Titans (1961, Duccio Tessari), I cento cavalieri/ Hundred Horsemen (1964, Vittorio Cottafavi), and Columna/The Column (1968, Mircea Dragan) with Richard Johnson and the legendary Amedeo Nazzari. From the 1970’s on her films were less interesting with the exception of Vincent, François, Paul et les Autres/Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others (1974, Claude Sautet). In 1992 she made a come-back on tv as Lucia Cordier, the wife of the protagonist of the crime series Les Cordier, juge et flic, which was continued for 13 seasons till 2005. Her role was continued in the series Commissaire Cordier (2005-2008). Antonella Lualdi and Franco Interlenghi separated in 1972, but never divorced. Today, they're back together and are planning to remarry. They have two daughters, Stella Interlenghi and actress Antonella Interlenghi.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, All Movie Guide, and IMDb.

 

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