Biography of Alberto Sordi (1920-2003)

Actor and Italian film director born on June 15, 1920 in Rome (Italy) and died in the Italian capital on February 25, 2003.

Son of a musician and a governess, attended classes of interpretation and Declamation with Emilia Varini and worked as an apprentice in the company of Ermete Zacconi magazine. At seventeen, he won a contest organized by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to find an actor who doubled to Oliver Hardy and soon became one of the best Benders of the Italian industry. He debuted in cinema with the Princess Tarakanova (1938), Fedor Ozep and Mario Soldati. During the first years of her career she played minor roles without just dialogue. Its first role protagonist came in I tre aquilotti (1942), Mario Mattolli. His beginnings in the cinema were difficult despite obtaining a great success in the radio thanks to a series of Comic characters in different programs. As a result of the success of one of their radio programs he wrote and starred in the film Mamma mia, che impressionné (1951), of Roberto L. Savarese, poorly received by critics and audiences. His first major film was the white Sheik (1952), Federico Fellini, in which played the protagonist of a fotonovela, a rogue that Sordi talent gives an impressive humanity. Despite the box office failure, Sordi worked again with Fellini in the useless (1953), another marked neo-realist tone farce centered on a group of friends from the petty bourgeoisie of a small coastal town. Its position within the Italian industry was consolidated and is devoted exclusively to film from 1953, year where he made his last appearance at the theater with the show "Gran Baraonda". From then on, he developed a feverish activity which imposed a rhythm of six films a year as an actor and occasional screenwriter. Among the best of these years emphasized an American in Rome (1954), Steno, and an eroe dei nostri tempi (1955), of Mario Monicelli.

Alberto Sordi became at the beginning of the 1960s the most famous comic of Italy thanks to their participation in some of the biggest films of the period. The first major salvo of his career was the great war (1959), Mario Monicelli, produced by Dino De Laurentiis written by Age & Scarpelli, the great pair of screenwriters of Italian cinema of post-war; an anti-war in which Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman gave life to a couple of soldiers during the first world war who are turned into heroes reluctantly. The great war shared a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion with general Della Rovere (1959), by Roberto Rossellini. All House (1960), by Luigi Comencini, repeated the scheme of the great war and became one of the great works of Sordi. Produced by De Laurentiis and screenplay by Age and Scarpelli, account taken film awareness of a soldier at the end of the Alliance of Italy with Germany during the second world war. In difficult life (1961), Dino Risi, another of the great jewels of the comedy all'italiana, gave life to another of his classic rogues, in this case a journalist trying to make it at all costs in the new society of the so-called "economic miracle" Italian. In the mid-1960s, Sordi was already an institution that exceeded the boundaries of film strictly and one of the most important personalities of Italy. Its privileged position allowed him to debut as a director with an Italian in London (1966). Since then he directed sixteen films in 25 years, always by it, which did not reach the quality of their work with other directors.

He was awarded the prize for the Best Actor in the Festival of Berlin by detainee awaiting trial (1971), Nanny Loy. During the 1970s he devoted himself especially to the address. This blonde is mine (1973), inspired by his youth experiences in the world of variety shows and starring Monica Vitti, is among the best of his work as a director. Sordi evolved over the years into more obscure characters, although his strong personality gave a comic touch to all that played. Within this record he was a bourgeois small, very small (1977), Mario Monicelli, one of his last great films, which gave life to a small bourgeois pushed the crime so that your child thrives in high society, a tragicomic twist of his typical characters.

In the last stage of his career Sordi significantly reduced his professional activity and appeared only in vehicles driven which kept him as one of the actors more lockers of Italy. One of his last great work was Romanzo di a giovane povero (1995), of Ettore Scola. After more than one hundred and twenty films as actor, screenwriter and director, Peterburg, as he was known by his fellow countrymen, he remained as one of the greatest actors of his generation and one of the best comedians in the history of cinema. His work was a true x-ray of the vices and virtues of Italian society in the second half of the 20th century.


As an actor

1938: The Princess Tarakanova.1940: engano.1941 night: Cuori nella tormenta.1942: I tre aquilotti; Le signorine della villa accanto; Giarabub; Casanova farebbe cosí! 1943: Sant'Elena isola piccola; Circo equestre Za-bum. 1944: Tre ragazze close marito.1945: Le miserie of signor Travet; The innocent Casimiro; Chi l' has seen? 1946: Sotto il sole di Roma.1947: Il vento mi has avevamo a canzone; Il passatore; The crime of Giovanni Episcopo.1948: Che tempi! 1951: Toto e il re di Roma; Mamma mia, che hotel!; A damsel in apuros.1952: Le sept péchés capitaux; The white Sheik; E arrivato' afinador l. 1953: the useless; The sign of Venus; Nights with Cleopatra; CI troviamo in galleria; Canzoni, canzoni, canzoni.1954: our times; Accade to the commissariato; A parigina a Roma; Via Padova 46; Tripoli, bel suol d'amore; The seducer; The marriage; Gran varietà; Tried the Italian; Amori di mezzo secolo; An American in Rome; L'allegro squadrone.1955: prison of the trouble; The Bachelor; Piccola posta; An eroe dei nostri tempi; Da qui all' eredità; Buonannotte... avvocato!; Bravissimo; The beautiful of Rome; L'arte di arrangiarsi.1956: Sous le ciel de Provence; I pappagalli; Mio figlio Nerone; MI permette, babbo!; Roma.1957 guards: the Max count; Vedova elettrica; Holiday in Italy; Doctor and the healer; The husband; Fortunella; A farewell to arms; Arrivano i dollari! 1958: Venice, the Moon and you; Racconti d'estate; Polycarp, official diploma; Hell in the city; Thief the thief; Domenica è sempre domenica.1959: Oh! What mambo; I magliari; Il vedovo; VACANZE d' winter; Il moralist; The great war; Costa azzurra; Holiday in Mallorca.1960: the Mayor, the guard and the little giraffe; All go home; Gastone; Crime in Montecarlo.1961: the last judgment; Difficult life; Your best enemigo.1962: the power of the mafia; Il commissario.1963: the speculator; The devil; Il maestro di Vigevano.1964: my lady; Il disco volante.1965: those geeks in their crazy gadgets; Three profiles of women; Thrilling; The complejos.1966: the witches; An Italian in London; I nostri mariti; Le fate.1967: Made in Italy; Scusi, Lei e favorevole or not?; An Italian in america.1968: Riusciranno i nostri eroi a ritrovare L'amico mysteriously scomparso in Africa?; The doctor of the mutua.1969: the doctor Tersilli, physician of the Clinica Villa Celeste affiliated with the mutual; Nell'anno del signore; My love, ayudame.1970: three couples; Il Borgorosso Football Club President; Contestazione generale.1971: detained awaiting trial; Beautiful, honest, emigrated to Australia, wants to marry a girl intocada.1972: sowing illusions; Rome; The più bella serata della mia vita; Mio fratello Anastasia.1973: this blonde is mine; My brother Anastasia.1974: While there is war there is esperanza.1975: the signs of the zodiaco.1976: some very small sins; Il comune senso of the pudore.1977: A small bourgeois, very pequeno.1978: Il testimone; Live Italy!; Great jam; Verano.1979 vices: the sick imaginario.1981: the Marquis of cricket; IO e Caterina.1982: Io so che your sai che io so; In viaggio with papa.1983: Il tassinaro.1984: Tutti inside; Bertold, Bertoldino e... Cacasenno.1985: Sono a paranormale.1986 phenomenon: Troppo forte.1987: A tassinaro a New York.1988: A botta di vita.1989: the avaro.1990: In nome del popolo sovrano.1992: Vacanze di Natale ' 91; Assolto per aver commesso il fatto.1994: Nestore l'ultima corsa.1995: Romanzo di a povero.1998 giovane: Incontri proibiti.

As a director

1966: an Italian in Londres.1967: Scusi, Lei e favorevole or not?; An Italian in america.1969: my love, ayudame.1970: three parejas.1973: this blonde is mia.1974: while there is war there is esperanza.1976: Il comune senso of the pudore.1978: vices of verano.1981: Io e Caterina.1982: Io so che your sai che io so; In viaggio with papa.1983: Il tassinaro.1984: Tutti dentro.1987: A tassinaro a New York.1992: Assolto per aver commesso il fatto.1994: Nestore l'ultima corsa.1998: Incontri proibiti.

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