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Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday's Top 5... Fellini Actresses

In honor of the forthcoming release of Nine:


#5: Sandra Milo
(8 1/2, Juliet of the Spirits)

She was Guido's mistress in 8 1/2 and reportedly Fellini's mistress in real life... which must have made filming of Juliet of the Spirits rather interesting. The fiery actress was popular with Italian and French filmmakers in the 50s and 60s before entering into semi-retirement in 1968.


#4: Anita Eckberg
(La Dolce Vita, Intervista)

When you think of Fellini, the image of the Trevi Fountain cannot be far behind. She charmed Marcello and audiences alike, helping to create one of the most magical moments in cinema.


#3: Claudia Cardinale
(8 1/2)

One of the most beautiful actresses ever to grace the screen. However, even though this is a list celebrating work in Fellini films, my favourite performance of hers is in a film from another Italian filmmaker: Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West.


#2: Anouk Aimee
(La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2)

They don't make 'em like Anouk Aimee anymore. Hers is a wholly captivating screen presence - when she's there, you can't look anywhere else. She's one of only a handful of actors who have received Oscar nominations for performances in foreign language films (hers was for A Man and a Woman).


#1: Giulietta Masina
(Variety Lights, The White Shiek, La Strada, Il Bidone, The Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, Ginger & Fred)

The one and only. One of the most uniquely talented performers ever to grace the screen, she could do comedy, drama, and everything in between without ever missing a beat.


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3 comments:

Vanessa said...

I can't wait for that movie to come out!

blake said...

Fantastic idea for a top five. If there was ever a director who loved his leading ladies, it was Fellini.

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