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Alida Valli : biography

31 May 1921 - 22 April 2006

Alida Valli (31 May 1921 – 22 April 2006), sometimes simply credited as Valli, stage name of Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein u. Frauenberg, was an Austrian-Italian actress who appeared in more than 100 films, including Mario Soldati's Piccolo mondo antico, Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Michelangelo Antonioni's Il Grido, Luchino Visconti's Senso, Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 and Dario Argento's Suspiria.

Theatre

  • La casa dei Rosmer (1956) Henrik Ibsen (aka Rosmersholm)
  • L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù (1956), Luigi Pirandello
  • Gli innocenti (1956), William Archibald
  • Enrico IV (1958), Luigi Pirandello
  • Il sole e la luna (1965), Guglielmo Biraghi
  • Epitaffo per George Dillon (1966), John Osborne and Anthony Creighton (Epitaph for George Dillon)
  • Uno sguardo dal ponte (1967), Arthur Miller (A View from the Bridge)
  • La bambolona (1968), Raf Vallone
  • Il dio Kurt (1969), Alberto Moravia
  • I parenti terribili (1969), Jean Cocteau (Les parents terribles)
  • LSD-Lei, scusi, divorzierebbe? (1970), Carlo Maria Pensa
  • Uno sporco egoista (1971), Francois Dorin
  • Lulu (Lo spirito della terra – Il vaso di Pandora) (1972), Frank Wedekind (Lulu [Erdgeist-Die Büchse der Pandora])
  • Le massacre à Paris (1972), Christopher Marlowe (The Massacre at Paris)
  • Il Gabbiano (1973), Anton Cechov
  • L'uomo che incontrò de stesso (1981), Luigi Antonelli
  • La Venexiana (1981), Anonimo del Cinquecento
  • La fiaccola sotto il moggio (1981), Gabriele d'Annunzio
  • Ekaterina Ivanovna (1983), Leonid Andreev
  • Il malinteso (1984), Albert Camus (Le malentendu)
  • Romeo e Giulietta (1985), William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
  • A porte chiuse, da Sartre a Mishima (1986), di Jean-Paul Sartre e Yukio Mishima (Huis clos – Aoi – Hanjo)
  • La città morta (1988), Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • La nave (1988), Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • I paraventi (1990), Jean Genet (Les paravents)
  • Improvvisamente l'estate scorsa (1991), Tennessee Williams (Suddenly Last Summer)
  • Più grandiose dimore (1993), Eugene O'Neill
  • Così è (se vi pare) (1994), Luigi Pirandello
  • Questa sera si recita a soggetto (1995), Luigi Pirandello

Biography

Early life

Valli was born in Pola, Istria, Italy (today Pula, Croatia; until 1918 it had been on the Adriatic coast of Austria-Hungary). Her paternal grandfather was the Baron Luigi Altenburger (also: Altempurger), an Austrian-Italian from Trento, a descendant of the Counts d'Arco; her paternal grandmother was Elisa Tomasi from Trento, a cousin of the Roman senator Ettore Tolomei. Valli's mother, Silvia Oberecker della Martina, born in Pola, was the daughter of Felix Oberecker (also: Obrekar) from Laibach, Austria (now Ljubljana, Slovenia); her mother was Virginia della Martina from Pola, Istria (then part of Austria). Valli's maternal granduncle, Rodolfo, was a close friend of Gabriele d'Annunzio. Valli was christened Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein-Frauenberg. She also gained the titles Dr.h.c. of the III. University of Rome, Chevalier of Arts of France and Cavaliere of the Italian Republic.

Career

At fifteen, she went to Rome, where she attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, a school for film actors and directors. At that time, she lived with her uncle Ettore Tolomei. Valli started her movie career in 1934, in Il cappello a tre punte (The Three Cornered Hat) during the so-called Telefoni Bianchi cinema era. Her first big success came with the movie Mille lire al mese. After many roles in a large number of comedies, she earned her success as dramatic actress in Piccolo mondo antico (1941), directed by Mario Soldati, for which she won a special Best Actress award at Venice Film Festival. During the Second World War, she starred in many movies including Stasera niente di nuovo (1942) (whose song "Ma l'amore no" became the leitmotif of the Italian forties) and the diptych Noi Vivi / Addio Kira! (1943) (based on Ayn Rand's novel We the Living). These latter two movies were nearly censored by the Italian government under Benito Mussolini, but they were finally permitted because the novel upon which were based was anti-Soviet. The films were successful, and the public easily realized that they were as much against Fascism as Communism. After several weeks, however, the films were pulled from theaters as the German and Italian governments, which abhorred communism, found out the story also carried an anti-fascist message.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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