La Dolce vita, 8 1/2 and La Notte, three films I’ve heard a lot about but never actually seen. All three star Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni and are part of a season of his films screening at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse cinema from Saturday 19 April – Friday 2 May.
Born Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, he was a bit of an icon for a few generations of film fans and critics, being nominated for a raft of awards including Best Actor at Cannes, two BAFTA’s, eight Silver Ribbon’s from the association of Italian film critics, a few Golden Globes and three Academy Awards.
There are nine films being shown here, a vote of confidence from the cinema in both Mastroianni’s work and the tastes of Edinburgh’s filmgoing audience. Head along to see some great work and to support similar future retrospectives.
Films being shown are (click on the links to take you to the Filmhouse webpages):
- La Dolce vita
- Divorce Italian Style
- A Special Day
- Marriage Italian Style
- 8 1/2
- La Grande bouffe
- Il Bell’Antonio
- La Notte
- Pereira Declares
Apparently, when Mastroianni died in 1996, the Trevi Fountain, famously associated with him due to his role in La dolce vita, was symbolically turned off and draped in black as a tribute. Here’s a clip of said scene:
Visit the Filmhouse site for full details.