Wednesday, June 8, 2016

RIP Marina Malfatti

Farewell to the Florence actress Marina Malfatti, a life on the stage

La Repubblica
By Anna Bandettini
June 8, 2016

Tonight in Rome Marina Malfatti left us at 83 years of age. An authoritative and beloved protagonist of the Italian theater, memorable from her youth (it was 1974) in the role of Marina Marquis for Malombra, a famous drama in black and white of Diego Fabbri from Fogazzaro novel.  Widow of Italy's U.N. Ambassador Umberto La Rocca [1920-2011], from which she had no children, Malfatti was admitted to the hospital Sant'Andrea.  Born in Florence in 1933 (although all her official biographies reported 1940), after training in France and a scholarship at the National Film Center, she had been 'discovered' in Italy by Arnoldo Foa.  In her long career she had many roles, brilliant in both dramatic and a definite preference for the classics.  Always central was her career in the theater, although this did not prevent television roles, in Maigret Gino Cervi, for example (1966), and then in Malombra, which gave her great popularity.  Blonde, a classic beauty and a bit 'austere, was a star in the seventies of the cinema of the demonic horror-genre (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, All the Colors of the Dark, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, The Night the last day, The Bloodstained lawn).  Since the eighties there was above all the theater, with so many classics. For her Alberto Moravia wrote Belt (1986), the story of an actress, Victoria, told through the story of a day marked by meetings, some trivial, some fundamental: the father, mother, husband, the maid, lover, in a kind of circle that oscillates between reality and imagination, and that ends up outlining a fierce framework of the bourgeois family.  Since 1990 she entered an artistic partnership with Luigi Squarzina, with whom she staged works by Pirandello, Shaw, Goldoni, Cocteau.  In the twenty-first century she brought to the stage, along with Simona Marchini (was directed by Maurizio Nichetti) an acclaimed Sisters Mattresses and then Go Where Your Heart Takes You, from the novel by Susanna Tamaro.

Born: 4/25/1933, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: 6/8/2016, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Marina Malfatti’s westerns – actress:
Savage Guns – 1971 (Marge)
The Return of Clint the Stranger – 1972 (Norma Harrison/Murrayson

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