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Beloved Rogue: A Tribute to Vittorio Gassman



bitter rice • Photo Courtesy of The Film Society of Lincoln Center
bitter rice
Photo Courtesy of The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Beloved Rogue: A Tribute to Vittorio Gassman
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Walter Reade Theater  •  Ongoing
 
Vittorio Gassman passed away in June 2000, leaving behind an extraordinary career that spanned five decades and several national cinemas. Born in 1922 in Genoa, of Austrian and Italian parentage, Gassman started out in theater - to which he would return throughout the years - before bursting to international stardom as Walter opposite Silvana Mangano in Bitter Rice. With his sturdy, somewhat aristocratic good looks, Gassman was an extraordinarily seductive presence on screen, yet unlike his contemporary Marcello Mastroianni there was always a hint of treachery in his wry half smile, an asset that served him well in a number of films. After a brief sojourn in Hollywood, Gassman returned to Italy, where soon after Mario Monicelli cast him as an inept ex-boxer turned criminal in Big Deal on Madonna Street; although he would continue to work in dramas throughout the rest of his career, it was really his great success in a series of wonderful comedies, notably those directed by Dino Risi, such as Il Sorpasso, that would keep him one of the most popular actors for the next few decades. This brief survey features fourteen films.

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