Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Sofia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Gina Lollobrigida, Monica Bellucci and, ahem, Asia Argento — Italian cinema has produced its fair share of special ladies down the years, 19 of which will be the subject of a tribute at this year's Locarno Festival — the 60th, congratulations! — in a program entitled Signore & Signore. My personal favourite is the luminous and very lovely Monica Vitti who captured my heart in Michelangelo Antonioni's existentialist masterpiece L'Avventura, although she'll be seen in Locarno in Ettore Scola's Dramma della Gelosia. The star of Modesty Blaise, Antonioni's L'Eclisse, La Notte and Il Deserto Rosso, Vitti hasn't worked since a 1991 Italian miniseries but her presence is still lingers in the memory.