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Marcello Mastroianni Prints

Marcello Mastroianni is one of the greatest Italian actors whose charisma has long enchanted film studios. Born in Fontana Liri, before the Second World War, he worked as an extra and had to go into hiding until the end of the conflict. He enrolled at the University Theatre Centre in 1945 where he met Luchino Visconti, Giulietta Masina and Federico Fellini. Accustomed to supporting roles in the 1950s, he had to wait until 1955 to get his first recognition with the film "Days of Love". In 1957, he appeared in "Nuits Blanches" by Luchino Visconti, which confirmed his popularity. It is with "La Dolce Vita" in 1960 that Mastroianni obtains the consecration. Mastroianni was equally at home in Italian comedies ("Divorce à l'Italienne" in 1961, "Mariage à l'Italienne" in 1964) and auteur films ("Huit et Demi" in 1936, "L'Etranger" in 1967). During the following decades, the actor worked with some of the greatest Italian filmmakers such as Mauro Bolognini, Ettore Scola, Elio Petri, Dino Risi and Marco Ferreri, but he concentrated on his career abroad in the 1980s. He collaborated with directors from all horizons: Agnès Varda, Robert Altman, Bertrand Blier, Manoel de Oliveira and Nikita Mikhalkov. Until the end of his life, Marcello Mastroianni collected awards. He was nominated three times for the Oscar for Best Actor in Divorce à l'Italienne (1962), Une journée particulière (1977) and Les Yeux noirs (1987). His entire career was crowned with awards such as the David di Donatello Prize, the European Film Prize, the Golden Lion and the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He also received a Honorary César in 1993. He died of cancer on December 19, 1996.