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.
When Hitler visits Rome during the 1930s, it is declared as a National Holiday, and the occasion is marked by a lavish parade while Hitler and Mussolini celebrate their political friendship. Antonietta, a housewife wants to attend the parade, but is forced to stay at home due to her domestic chores. Things take a turn when she meets Gabrielle, a man living in the same apartment complex.
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.
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.
Giovanni is a novelist whose wife, Lidia, seems to be quite upset with their relationship. When she finds out that her friend Tommaso is suffering from a terminal illness, she starts roaming the streets of the city, questioning her marriage to Giovanni.
With the help of a retired burglar, a group of amateurs plan a small heist which involves robbing a pawnshop. Although their plan seems foolproof, things don’t go as expected.
This romantic comedy drama film tells us the story of Domenico and his young mistress Filumena. Over the years of spending time together, Filumena falls for him and wants to marry him, but he refuses. Therefore, she tries to come up with various tricks to make him marry her.
Hungry for Love is a comedy drama film which tells the story of four prostitutes in Italy, whose lives turn upside down when a law is passed by the government banning all brothels. Since their workplace is now closed, they decide to open a restaurant, but their problems still don’t end.
This romantic comedy anthology film tells us three different stories revolving around three different women in different parts of Italy. The first is about a woman named Adelina who sells black market cigarettes to support her unemployed husband and her child. The second story is about Anna, the wife of a wealthy industrialist, who is having an affair with another man named Renzo. Renzo begins to rethink his attraction towards her, when she expresses no concern after they nearly run over a child. The third story is about a prostitute named Mara, who serves many high class clients.
An Italian drama centred on an encounter between a group of friends and colleagues on a terrace in Rome. In the days that follow, some of the lesser known details of their personal lives begin to reveal themselves.
Adelaide is a florist who begins to date a married man named Oreste, who works as a construction worker. However, things get complicated when a pizza cook named Nello interferes in their relationship, by seducing Adelaide. Confused, Adelaide decides to attempt suicide.
Despite being broke and having no money, Count di Roviano refuses to sell his palace to a developer. He shares his palace with several ghosts, but his life takes a turn when he is blown up by the water heater, after which he becomes one of them as well. Things get complicated when his nephew Federico inherits the castle, and he intends to sell it.
Snàporaz finds himself attracted to a woman during a train ride. The attraction is mutual, but she soon gets off when the train stops. Snàporaz decides to follow her, through the woods, and eventually he finds himself in a big hotel overrun with women who are there for a feminist convention. He decides to leave, but is unable to find any way out.
This comedy film revolves around three young girls who aspire to make a career for themselves in the film industry. While Luisa has talent, Franca has no artistic skills, which is why she is forced to seduce a producer. Meanwhile, the last one, Giuditta, who is the most experienced and naïve among the three, finds herself in a dilemma.
This romantic horror drama mystery film tells the story of a married man, who is haunted by the presence of his former lover, although their affair had ended many years ago.
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.
A young high-school couple is in love. Although the girl’s father has no objections to his romance, the boy’s father, who is a prestigious doctor, is not at all happy about it.
This comedy drama film tells the story of a mechanic who is quite bored with his life. Eventually, he decides to leave his job and his fiancée, and heads off to Rome, hoping to find a wealthy lover.
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.
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.
Doctor and the Healer is a comedy film which tells the story of Francesco, a young doctor, who is appointed to a village named Pianetta. However, things get complicated because he has to compete against a so-called healer named Don Antonio.
This comedy film was made as a satire of the social and political status of Italy during the 1970s.
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.
The life of a happily married salesman turns upside down after it turns out that he was allegedly wed to another woman seven years earlier. As he is sent to prison after being accused of bigamy, his wife and son wonder if they should leave him permanently.
King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies is frowned upon by the people. To add fuel to the fire, a comic named Pulcinella continues to deliver hard sermons against the King. One day, out of anger, Ferdinand condemns him to death.
It Only Happens to Others is a French drama film which revolves around Catherine and Marcello, who are living secluded in their house, as they are unable to accept the loss of their nine-month old child.
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.
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.
This comedy film tells the story of a well-known journalist named Sandro, who decides to conduct a survey on human selfishness. Every person whom he meets become a theme for his inquiry, including Titta, his wife. However, he slowly starts to identify himself with the people whom he meets.
The Voyeur is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Sandro, a 40 year old man married to a woman named Claude. Sandro has a strange obsession of filming his wife in all walks of life. Things however change when Mark enters their life.
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.
Several years after the Second Punic War, Roman General Scipio Africanus finds himself losing his popularity, despite the fact that he had defeated General Hannibal years earlier. Things turn even worse when along with his brother, he is accused of theft of a significant sum of money. Even his friends and loved ones begin to abandon Scipio.
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.
The Story of Piera is a biographical drama film, which is based on the life of Italian theatre actress Piera Degli Esposti. The film mostly focuses on her sexual relationships, including a lesbian relationship with her own 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.
My Name is Rocco Papaleo is a comedy drama film which tells the story of an optimistic and kindhearted man from Alaska, who is on a trip to Chicago. However, the city turns out far different from his expectations.
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.
After discovering that he is having an affair with an imaginary woman, the family of a wealthy nobleman tries to claim all his property, on the grounds that he is insane.
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.
Al di là delle nuvole (Beyond the Clouds) is a romantic drama film which tells the story of a filmmaker who is looking for inspiration for his next project. As he travels through France and Italy, he observes the relationships of a few young couples.
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 comedy film tells us five different stories. The first one is the story of a poverty-ridden couple who feels that they already have enough children, and therefore they think of leaving their newborn at a church. The second story is about a depressed old woman; the third one is about an elderly actor and actress, who discover that they are old friends, during a shoot. The fourth film is about a bus driver, and the final story is about a woman who is after a camera.
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.
Pretty young woman Antoinette is shocked to see her picture on the front page of Rome’s well-known newspaper, which brings her a lot of publicity, and unwarranted attention. Furious, she decides to sue the photographer Corrado, but Corrado introduces her to influential Count Gregario Sennetti, who promises to make her a star. Then, gradually Corrado finds himself truly falling in love with Antoinette.
Julia is an American fashion designer, suffering from an incurable disease, who only has ten days to live. She decides to spend ten days of passion in the Alps with Valerio, a race car driver.
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.
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.
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.
The Italian comedy film follows Charlie Colletto, a gangster from Milan, who is enamored with a redhead prostitute, Pupa. Despite being obsessed, he ill-treats Pupa. But when he falls on bad times, Pupa is in a position to call the shots. It is up to Pupa whether to bail him out of hot water or to set him up for a fall.
Alberto is a sculptor who is sometimes unable to distinguish his dreams from reality. Things get complicated when one night, he dreams that his neighbor has been murdered by his family.
Beyond the Door is a drama film which tells the story of a former diplomat who is in prison for the murder of his wife. He is soon visited by his stepdaughter.
As the Paris Fashion Week gets closer, models, designers and journalists prepare for it. However, things get complicated when the Head of the Fashion Council, Olivier de la Fontaine, chokes to death on a sandwich.
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|