Marcello Mastroianni made his debut on the big screen at the age of 14 in the film ‘Marionette’ (1939). After a few other minor roles, he got his first big break in the melodrama ‘Atto d’accusa’ (1951). He soon gained celebrity status with ‘Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) and ‘La Dolce Vita’ (1960).
Mastroianni was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in ‘Divorce Italian Style’, ‘A Special Day’ and ‘Dark Eyes.’ He was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for ‘The Pizza Triangle’ (1970) and ‘Dark Eyes’ (1987).
His other hit movies include ‘White Nights’ (1961), ‘The Organizer’ (1963), and ‘A Special Day’ (1977). Mastroianni appeared opposite women who were much younger than him in movies like ‘A Place for Lovers’ (1968) and ‘It Only Happens to Others’ (1971).
His films ‘The Stranger’ (1967), ‘Diary of Forbidden Dreams’ (1973), and ‘Gabriela’ (1983) did not do well at the box office.
Famous Italian film director Guido Anselmi is struggling for inspiration after deciding to direct an epic science fiction film and is evading his mistress, his producer, crew, and journalists to buy time. He dives into a fantasy involving the women in his life from past and present, and eventually finds inspiration for his film, which gradually becomes autobiographical.
This Italian comedy drama film follows the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. Despite his carefree approach to living, and hedonistic attitude towards life, he does have some moments of quite reflection, which results in an intriguing cinematic study of his character.
Originally released in the USA as Where the Hot Wind Blows, this French-Italian movie is set in an Italian fishing village ruled by a petty crook. At the center of the story is a pretty girl called Marietta, who is desired by all. The tale takes a different turn when Enrico Tosso, an engineer from Milan, comes to the village to drain out the marshes.
Also referred to as Too Bad She’s Bad, the movie follows young and beautiful con-woman Lina Stroppiani, who with two other accomplices tries to steal a cab from taxi driver, Paolo Silvestrelli. There are much unexpected consequences when he realizes what they are up to.
This Italian war film tells us the story of some of the ravaged people of post-World II in Naples, Italy, who betray and swindle their liberators.
The Sunday Woman is an Italian suspense drama film, which revolves around a police chief investigating a murder case of an architect, where the prime suspect is a socialite named Anna Carla.
After an argument with friends, Liza is left alone on a Mediterranean island where she meets comics’ illustrator Giorgio, who prefers to live away from city-life with his beloved dog Melampo. Liza falls for the man, but Giorgio ignores her and continues to talk with Melampo, which makes Liza jealous. After she lets Melampo drown, she is made to take his place.
Inspired by true incidents, this Italian language movie is set during WWII when Rome was under the Germans. When Italian protesters kill 33 members of the SS military police, the enraged German authorities issue an order to kill ten Italian soldiers for every German soldier killed. Caught in between is a priest who has to choose either his beliefs or obey orders from higher authorities.
An aristocrat living in the 20th century becomes delusional after falling off a horse, and starts thinking of himself as Henry IV, the emperor who ruled Rome during the 11th century. His friends and relatives decide to play along with his delusions, but eventually, his psychiatrist attempts to figure out if he is truly insane, or trying to fake his madness.
In this Italian-Spanish erotic drama film, a middle-aged landscape architect, Roué Giulio Marengo finds his married life miserable. He accidentally comes across a young and charming Florentine student, Francesca and is attracted towards her. The two begin an affair, but Giulio discovers that Francesca might be his daughter.
A woman attempts to commit suicide after learning that her boyfriend is married. However, her life is saved by a priest. She tries to date him, and the priest is unable to resist her charm. He realizes that his vow of celibacy is the main problem in their relationship.
An absurdist Western set in modern day Europe, the film is a fictionalized version of Custer's Last Stand, featuring Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull being trapped in an urban renewal project in Paris. Meanwhile the railroad interest conspires with Pinkerton to bribe General Terry, who in turn employs General Custer to run field operations.
Atrocious Tales of Love and Death is a mystery comedy film which tells the story of a poor mandolin player whose life gets more troubled than it already is, after three murders occur.
Just before the Second World War and the rise of the dictators, two men fall in love with the same woman. Because of the changes in their country’s politics, three of them are forced to take a journey across the ocean to New York City.
Luca, a mill runner, and Carmela, a beautiful woman, are married to each other. However, Carmela’s beauty soon captivates Teofilo, a corrupt governor, who wants to have her. He then gets Luca arrested and tries to seduce his wife. However, Carmella resists his advances and does her best to free Luca.
This television film revolves around Narcotics agents who work for the UN, as they attempt to trace heroin shipments from the Afghanistan-Iran border to the main European distributor.
The semi-biographical drama, based on Brigitte Bardot’s life, also known as A Very Private Affair, depicts the story of young actress Jill. After she becomes a famous movie star and has an affair with her divorced friend Fabio, the press and fans intrude in her personal life leading to unexpected complications.
This is a French-Italian comedy film centered on an Italian driving instructor, who feels bloated after consuming too much chicken. Doctors diagnose that the hormones in the chicken have made him feminine enough to conceive and he has become pregnant. Undaunted, he agrees to have his condition published, becoming a role model for many men.
Penurious opera singer Pasquale Lojacono and his beautiful wife, Maria, who have no house of their own, get to live free of charge in an ancient palace believed to be haunted. On finding food and gifts in the house, Pasquale naively believes that the ghosts are bestowing the gifts. Actually it is Maria’s suitor who wants to keep his love in luxury.
Marcello Mastroianni Awards
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Male||1965|
|Divorzio all'italiana||Best Actor - Comedy or Musical||1963|
|Ieri oggi domani||Best Foreign Actor||1965|
|Divorzio all'italiana||Best Foreign Actor||1964|