Cinema: five films that marked the career of Gina Lollobrigida

Sex symbol from the 50s to the 60s, the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, who disappeared on Monday at the age of 95, played with Gérard Philipe, Humphrey Bogart and Anthony Quinn.



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Fanfan the Tulip (1952)

It’s the swashbuckling movie Fanfan the Tulipwith Gérard Philipe, which marks the beginning of the international career of Gina Lollobrigida.

This whimsical satire by Christian-Jaque won the prize for directing at Cannes in 1952 and attracted 6.7 million spectators. She will play again with Gérard Philipe – “an exceptional being who gave me a hand like a little sister“, she will confide – in The beauties of the night by Rene Clair.



Bread, Love and Fantasy (1953)

In Bread, love and fantasy by Italian director Luigi Comencini, Lollobrigida will mark a whole generation of Italians before the boom of the 1960s.

This young peasant girl falls in love with a policeman while becoming the target of the advances of his carabineer chief, philanderer (Vittorio De Sica).

This character fits me like a glove“, she will say years later to the New York Times claiming it was his favorite movie. “He is full of fire. Like I was“.



Stronger Than the Devil (1953)

In 1953, Gina Lollobrigida made her first Hollywood appearance in stronger than the devila joyous parody of John Huston’s adventure film.

In a small port in the Mediterranean and then on a boat en route to Africa, a group of half-crooked adventurers – including Humphrey Bogart – compete to acquire land rich in uranium.

Gina Lollobrigida had already tried the Hollywood adventure in 1947: the producer Howard Hughes, fascinated by her maddening figure, brought her to Los Angeles, sequestered her in a hotel room to make her sign an exclusive contract before she left. slips away.



Notre Dame of Paris (1956)

Bohemian in a red dress, dagger belted at the hips, she embodies the unforgettable Esmeralda of Notre Dame of Paris by Jean Delannoy in 1956, alongside Anthony Quinn, dressed up as the appalling Quasimodo.

In 2003, having become a sculptor in the meantime, this former fine arts student in Rome exhibited in Paris a monumental bronze Esmeralda, 5 meters high and weighing 48 quintals.



Buona will be Mrs. Campbell (1968)

In this American comedy filmed in the Roman studios of Cineccita, Gina Lollobrigina plays an Italian bringing together three Americans to determine which of these three GI’s is the father of her daughter who has become a young adult.

This role in the film by Melvin Franks earned him a nomination for the Golden Globes, his only in the United States, as well as a David di Donatello in Italy.

Critics drew a parallel with the script of the musical Mama Mia!a hypothesis that was rejected by the author Catherine Johnson.







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