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Luchino Visconti

Claudia Cardinale (Claude Josephine Rose Cardinale, born 1938, Tunis)
Claudia’s parents were of Sicilian extraction, however she did not learn Italian until late in life and French always was her first language. Cardinale had planned to become a teacher until she won first prize in a Tunisian beauty contest in 1957. The prize was a trip to Venice where she was noticed by the Italian film industry, and was given a seven-year contract with Vides films. Claudia Cardinale’s movie debut was in the film Goha in 1958 and later the same year in I soliti ignotti/Big Deal on Madonna Street, which was an international success. During her early years here career was managed by the producer Franco Cristaldi, who in 1966 became her husband. In the early movies her spoken words were dubbed because of her naturally deep voice and her inexperience with the Italian language. In the 1960’s, Cardinale’s starred in some of Italy’s finest movies, including Luchino Visconti’s II Gattopardo/The Leopard in 1963, Fedrico Fellini’s 8½ (1963) and Sergio Leone’s Once upon a Time in the West (1968). In 1963 Cardinale won a Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) for her role as Maria in La Ragazza di Bube/Bube’s Girl. After this success she was cast in the Hollywood production of Blake Edwards, The Pink Panther. Cardinale made several other Hollywood movies, including Circus World, Blindfold, The Professionals and The Hell with Heroes, but always considered herself more of a European movie star. Cardinale’s role in The Professionals (1966) is probably considered the best of her Hollywood movies, starring alongside Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Robert Ryan. Another of her outstanding performances is Sandra, a Holocaust victim, in Luchino Visconti’s Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa/Of a Thousand Delights (1965). Cardinale has worked predominantly in European films since the 1960’s, most notably Fitzcarraldo (1982), Mayrig (1991) and And Now… Ladies and Gentlemen… (2002). Since 1999, Claudia Cardinale has been an UNESCO’s goodwill ambassador for the Defence of Women’s Rights. In 2005 Cardinale wrote her autobiography titled Moi Claudia, Toi Claudia.

Filmography
Goha (1958), I soliti ignoti/Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), Three Strangers in Rome (1958), The Magistrate (1959), South Wind (1959), La prima notte/Venetian Honeymoon (1959), Anneaux d'or (1959), Un maledetto imbroglio/The Facts of Murder (1959), Upstairs and Downstairs (1959), Bell' Antonio (1960), Austerlitz/The Battle of Austerlitz (1960), Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti (1960), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), I delfini/Silver Spoon Set (1960), Girl with a Suitcase (1961), La viaccia/The Lovemakers (1961), The Lions Are Loose (1961), Auguste/Kolka, My Friend (1961), Cartouche (1962), Senilita/Careless (1962), 8½ (1963), The Leopard (1963), The Pink Panther (1963), La ragazza di Bube/Bube's Girl (1963), Gli indifferenti/Time of Indifference (1964), Circus World (1964), The Magnificent Cuckold (1964), Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa/Sandra (1965), Blindfold (1965), Le fate/The Queens (1966), Lost Command (1966), The Professionals (1966), A Rose for Everyone (1967), Don't Make Waves (1967), La amante estelar (1968), Il giorno della civetta (1968), The Hell with Heroes (1968), Once upon a Time in the West (1968), Nell’anno del Signore/The Conspirators (1969), Ruba al prossimo tuo/A Fine Pair (1969), Certain, Very Certain, As a Matter of Fact... Probable (1969), The Red Tent (1969), The Adventures of Gerard (1970), L'udienza (1971), Bello, onesto, emigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata/A Girl in Australia (1971), Popsy Pop (1971), Les petrolieuses/Frenchie King (1971), Scoumoune (1972), Days of Fury (1973), I guappi (1974), Gruppo di famiglia in un interno/Conversation Piece (1974), A mezzanotte va la ronda del piacere/The Immortal Bachelor (1975), Libera, amore mio... (1975), Qui comincia l’avvenntura/Blonde in Black Leather (1975), A Common Sense of Modesty (1976), Goodbye e amen (1977), Corleone (1977), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Iron Prefect (1977), L’arma/Sniper (1977), Fire's Share (1978), Little Girl in Blue Velvet (1978), Escape to Athena (1979), Si salvi chi vuole (1980), The Salamander (1981), La pelle (1981), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Le cadeau/Bankers Also Have Souls (1982), Le ruffian (1983), Princess Daisy (1983, TV), Claretta/Claretta Petacci (1984), Henry IV (1984), Woman of Wonders (1985), L'été prochain (1985), History (1986), Naso di cane/Hit Man (1986, TV), A Man in Love (1987), Blu elettrico (1988), La révolution française (segment Les aneees Lumiere, 1989), Winter of '54: Father Pierre (1989), La Batalla de los Tres Reyes/Drums of Fire (1990), Act of Sorrow (1991), Mayrig/Mother (1991), 588 rue Paradis (1992), Mother (1993, TV mini-series), Flash - Der Fotoreporter (Das Zweite Gesicht der Aida, TV episode, 1993), Son of the Pink Panther (1993), Elles ne pensent qu'à ça... (1994), 10-07: L'affaire Zeus (1995, TV series), Nostromo (1996, TV mini-series), Sous les pieds des femmes (1997), Deserto di fuoco (1997, TV mini-series), Riches, belles, etc. (1998), Mia, Liebe meines Lebens (1998, TV mini-series), Un café... l'addition (1999), LI chiamarone… briganti!/Brigands (1999), Élisabeth - Ils sont tous nos enfants (2000, TV), And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002), Le demon de midi/The Demon Stirs (2005), Cherche fiancé tous frais payés (2007), Hold-up à l'italienne (2008, TV), The String (2009), Un balcon sur la mer/A View of Love (2010), Diventare italiano con la signora Enrica (2010)

 

 

 

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