Biography of Giulietta Masina (1921-1994)

Italian film actress, born in Giorgio di Piano on February 22, 1921 and died in Rome on March 23, 1994. Real name Giulia Anna Masina.


After studying philosophy and literature at the University of Rome, he began working in radio as an actress of serials, which had as an author of the screenplays to Federico Fellini, her husband since 1943. He debuted in cinema in one of the most emblematic films of cinematic neorealism, Paisà (1946), by Roberto Rossellini.

Although he took part in films signed by Alberto Lattuada or Luigi Comencini, his career reached a remarkable prestige working in a series of films of her husband. Although some of his early speeches were not particularly notable - as in variety (1951) lights-, others allowed him to be admired by viewers around the world. Thus, in the mid-1950s he got a memorable interpretation in La strada (1954), in the role of Gelsomina. The set of characters that parade through the tape, the sentimental relationship - between spiritual and masochist - Gelsomina keeps with Zampanó, role which went to Anthony Quinn, critical, pathetic tone of La Strada, stood out over the interpretation of the Masina, a woman in love, sweet, Submissive, that perfectly conformed to the physicist of the actress. The tone of this character allows you to develop with great strength and integrity to the protagonist of the nights of Cabiria (1956), Fellini.

Another crucial moment in his career occurred when shot at the orders of her husband Giulietta of the spirits (1965), film which marks a moment of inflection in the career of the director and of the Italian cinema. The ideological remains hidden benefit of aesthetics, the suggestion, and the captivating power of a dazzling images. He also worked in his latest important production, Ginger and Fred (1986), where Fellini took to give a particular vision of the world of television. As protagonists had his wife and Marcello Mastroianni in a shadowing of what were Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire for the classic musical comedy. Sixty-six years the actress helped twilight and acid tone of argument.

Although the prestige came by works with her husband and the films made in Italy, Giulietta Masina worked with directors of different nationalities. Of these collaborations include participation in Landru (1963), by Claude Chabrol, about the life of the famous French murderer, or the work that took place in the Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), Bryan Forbes, film that marked the beginning of a long hiatus in his career, since he did not return to roll until 1985, when, under the direction of Juraj JakubiskoHe took part in Perinbaba.

The influence of Masina in her husband has been something remarkable. Catholicism pure woman, had some of the ideas from her husband to pass through this sieve and, possibly, it would not explain aspects of the cinematography of this without the presence of his wife.


1946: Paisa.1948: 1950 mercilessly: Persiane chiusi. 1951: Lights of variety; Cameriera bella presenza affresi; Sette ore di guai; The white Sheik. 1952: Europe 51; Il romanzo della mia vita; AI margini della metropoli; Wanda the peccatrice. 1953: The success of Via Padova; Donne prohibite. 1954: Centro anni di amore; The strada. 1955: Good night, lawyer; Soul without conscience. 1957: Nights of Cabiria; Fortunella.1958: Hell in the city. 1959: The woman without a name; Jons und Erdme. 1960: das kunstseidene girl Mädchen. 1963: Landru.1965: the spirits Giulietta. 1967: The great lover; Non stuzzicate the zanzara. 1969: The Madwoman of Chaillot. 1985: Perinbaba.1986: Ginger and Fred. 1990: Today, perhaps.

Works for television

1973: Eleonora.1976: Camilla.1984: Sogni e bisogni (series).


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