Giulietta Masina Biography
Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy.
She began her career on the radio with the program “Terzoglio” (1942), about the adventures of newlyweds Cico and Pallina from scripts written by Federico Fellini. The series brought her great success. The following year she married Fellini and became the inspirational muse for many of his films.
She made her cinema debut in Without Pity (1948), directed by Alberto Lattuada, but really established her reputation with her next few films: Behind Closed Shutters (1951), directed by Luigi Comencini, Variety Lights (1950), which also marked Fellini’s debut as director (the film credits both Fellini and Lattuada); and Europe ’51 (1952), directed by Roberto Rossellini. Her artistic partnership with her husband really took off with the Oscar-winning La Strada (1954), followed by Il Bidone (1955) and the widely acclaimed The Nights of Cabiria (1957), which again won an Oscar and brought her the award for Best Female Performance at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the following years she played many memorable roles in such films as Fortunella (1958), directed by Eduardo De Filippo; …and the Wild Wild Women (1959), directed by Renato Castellani; and later in Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Ginger and Fred (1986), both directed by Fellini.
From 1966 to 1969 she hosted the immensely popular radio show “Lettere aperte a Giulietta Masina” and starred in the television series Eleonora (1973), by Tullio Pinelli, directed by Silverio Blasi, and Camilla (1976), directed by Sandro Bolchi, based on the novel by Fausta Cialente, “Un inverno freddissimo” (1966).
She died in Rome in 1994, just a few months after the death of her husband.
Federico Fellini Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina born on 22nd February 1921 and died on 23rd March 1994 was an Italian film and stage actress. She starred in La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, in 1954 and 1957, respectively. Masina won the Best Actress award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival for the latter film.
She was the wife and muse of the Italian film director Federico Fellini, in whom she found an artistic equal and collaborator. Owing to her intense performances of naïve characters dealing with cruel circumstances, Masina is sometimes called the “female Chaplin”.
Giulietta Masina Film
|1946||Paisan||Young woman||(debut, uncredited)|
|1951||Behind Closed Shutters||Pippo|
|Variety Lights||Melina Amour|
|Seven Hours of Trouble||Figlia de Romolini|
|Cameriera bella presenza offresi…||Ermelinda|
|1952||The Shameless Sex||Nadina|
|The White Sheik||Cabiria|
|1953||At the Edge of the City||Gina Ilari|
|100 Years of Love||The Neighbour at the Rear Window|
|Angels of Darkness||Rosita|
|1957||Nights of Cabiria||Maria Cabiria Ceccarelli|
|1958||Fortunella||Nanda Diotallevi aka Fortunella|
|1959||Nella città l’inferno||Lina|
|…and the Wild Wild Women||Erdme|
|1960||The High Life||Doris Putzke|
|1965||Juliet of the Spirits||Giulietta Boldrini|
|1969||The Madwoman of Chaillot||Gabrielle|
|1985||The Feather Fairy||Perinbaba|
|1986||Ginger and Fred||Amelia Bonetti “Ginger”|
|1991||A Day to Remember||Bertille||Final Film Role|
Giulietta Masina La Strada
La Strada (lit. ”The Road”) is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini from his own screenplay co-written with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. The film portrays a naïve young woman (Giulietta Masina) bought from her mother by a brutish strongman (Anthony Quinn) who takes her with him on the road.
Fellini has called La Strada “a complete catalogue of my entire mythological world, a dangerous representation of my identity that was undertaken with no precedent whatsoever.” As a result, the film demanded more time and effort than any of his other works, before or since.
The development process was long and tortuous; there were various problems during production, including insecure financial backing, problematic casting, and numerous delays. Finally, just before the production completed shooting, Fellini suffered a nervous breakdown that required medical treatment so he could complete principal photography.
Initial critical reaction was harsh, and the film’s screening at the Venice Film Festival was the occasion of a bitter controversy that escalated into a public brawl between Fellini’s supporters and detractors.
Subsequently, however, La Strada has become “…one of the most influential films ever made,” according to the American Film Institute. It won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1957. It was placed fourth in the 1992 British Film Institute directors’ list of cinema’s top 10 films.