A life in parentheses

“A life by the way.” So Marcello Mastroianni loved to define his life. The parentheses between one set and the next, between one stage and the next, along a career made up of an infinite number of films, shows and characters.

The exhibition traces Mastroianni’s extraordinary career. From his debut with Riccardo Freda in 1948 to his collaboration with Federico Fellini, of whom he became a true alter ego. More than a hundred films between the Forties and the end of the Nineties, and many international awards: three Oscar nominations for Best Actor, two Golden Globes, eight David di Donatello, two awards for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and two Coppa Volpi at the Venice Film Festival.

An actor who has become a powerful part of the collective imagination, identified by the simple profile (think of the icon created by Fellini in 8 and ½), but on which in reality there is still much to discover. And to get to the bottom of the discovery, as the curator Gian Luca Farinelli observes, we have to heel his filmography as a mirror of his own life.

And this is precisely the path that will follow the exhibition Marcello Mastroianni, starting from a distinctive trait of his personality: that humility that made him love other actors, figures of a pantheon that gathered Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Greta Garbo, Jean Gabin, Louis Jouvet, Vittorio De Sica, Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Amedeo Nazzari, Totò, Assia Noris, and in which Fred Astaire triumphed, not by chance, an actor capable, as Marcello will later be, of acting with the whole body (let’s remember one of the fundamental sequences interpreted by Mastroianni: the one in which he goes wild in the dance in The White Nights, the film by Luchino Visconti that will mark his recognition as an “important” actor).

All the life and career of Marcello Mastroianni are told in this exhibition that collects his most beautiful portraits, relics and traces of his films and his shows, alternating images and stories and immersing the viewer in what has been and is still the most famous face of Italian cinema. A journey through writings, testimonies, reviews, as well as a rare photographic apparatus that portrays the actor as we are not used to remember him, on stage, next to the other big names who have made the history of Italian theater, from Vittorio Gassman to Rina Morelli, from Paolo Stoppa to Eleonora Rossi Drago.

Cinema and theatre, the two souls of one of the most important actors of our cinema, told in constant dialogue thanks to the materials preserved by the Cineteca of Bologna, by Mastroianni himself and by many other archives (from the Istituto Luce to the Rai) with which this privileged path has been built that will accompany the viewer through fifty years of Italian culture and customs.


Marcello Mastroianni – A life in parentheses

Until 17/02/2019
Ara Pacis Museum,
Ara Pacis exhibition space – Rome – Italy

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