Death of Monica Vitti, the muse of Michelangelo Antonioni

Death of Monica Vitti, the muse of Michelangelo Antonioni

The actress died in Rome at the age of 90.

Born in the Italian capital on November 3, 1931, Monica Vitti died there on February 2, 2021. It was the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini who announced the disappearance of the popular 90-year-old actress: “Farewell to Monica Vitti, farewell to the queen of Italian cinema. Today is a truly sad day, a great artist and a great Italian is passing away.”.

A student at the Academy of Dramatic Art, Monica Vitti made her theater debut with tours and small shows (look back at the camera). In 1955, she appeared in Ride, ride, ride (A. Bonnucci) and The Drite (M. Amendola, 1958). Then it’s the meeting with Michelangelo Antonioniwhich makes him a star in his tetralogy: The adventure (1960), The night (1961), where she has however only the second role, The Eclipse (1962) and The Red Desert (1964). This celebrity, fully justified, is due to the filmmaker who completely transformed a comedy actress, even a light comedy, into an interpreter of his questions about the modern woman (her sense of the absurd, of incommunicability). Monica Vitti thus becomes, especially in The Red Desert, a symbol of boredom and anxiety, and doomed to static play. The actress is quick to regain the upper hand, devoting her professionalism, after her subtle self-parody in an episode of the film High Infidelity (L. Salce, 1964, The woman who sighs), to the exploitation of his comic vein, which extends from the grotesque to the satirical through brilliant acidity.

She was also the excellent partner of Alberto Sordi in Star dust (1973) and alternately demonstrated emotion and fantasy in me the woman (Dino Risi, 1971), where she played ten successive roles. Devoting more and more time to the theater (funny couple by Neil Simon in 1986; Prima pagina The Front Page by Ben Hecht and MacArthur in 1988) and on television, however in 1990 she made her first film secret scandal (secret scandal) of which she is also the main protagonist. This is his last film.

In a relationship with Michelangelo Antonioni in the city from 1957 to 1967, she then married director Roberto Russo in 1995. They had been living together for twenty years already, and it was he, in 2011, who announced that Monica Vitti suffered from Alzheimer’s disease since the end of the 1990s. It was during this period that she moved away from media life.

She has won several prestigious awards during her career, including five Italian Caesars, the David Di Donatellos, and a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Lifetime Achievement in 1995.

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