A week of italian cinema under the title of Mastroianni and Gassman took place on april 27 - may 5th 2012 at cinema Metropolis-Empire-Sofil (Achrafieh) ,with the collaboration of the Italian cultural institute...
Masters of comedy,and also of drama,Mastroianni and Gassman,never failed to demonstrate their artistic hability. Their comedy italian style, inspired from neorelism cinema, paints a scenario as close to reality as possible,reflecting Italy's social transformation between the fifties and the end of seventies.Those were the years of the economic progress and social reforms that resulted in a profound change in society.
Their comedy is brilliant, with a background of bitterness, that critisice the high society in search to adapt themselves to new times.
Mastroianni and Gassman, masters of ironic comedy, were among the greatest stars.
Mastroianni(1924-1996) started working for a film company in 1945. He soon became a major international celebrity starring in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita with Anita Ekberg in 1960, where he played a journalist who spends his nights exploring Rome's high society. Mastroianni followed La Dolce Vita with another big role, that of a film director who finds himself in a creative block while making a movie in Fellini's 8 and a half.
His prominent films include La Dolce Vita, La Notte,Divorce Italian Style, Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow,Marriage Italian Style, A Special Day and Ready to Wear, opposite Sophia Loren.Mastroianni and Loren were one of the most successful and enduring screen couples of cinema history, paired up in 14 movies over 20 years.
Mastroianni have been rewarded twice the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
Vittorio Gassman(1922-2000) is considered one of the greatest italian actors.Gassman's debut was in Milan, in 1942 in theatrical adaptations of plays and novels.
In cinema, he acted with the most prestigious directors.
His strong performances on stage and his humorous roles on screen made him very popular and is commonly recalled as an extremely professional, versalite,magnetic interpreter. Several of his films were comedies that ridiculed the Italian Society, a common point of the italian-style comedy,genre that was established in the early 60's.
His roles in The Great War(1959), For Love and Gold(1966),The Desert of the Tartars (1976) by Valerio Zurlini
and We All Loved Each Other so Much(1974) by Ettore Scola were highly acclaimed.But his most memorable performances were in Dino Risi's films The Easy Life(1962) and Scent of a Woman(1974) for which he won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Al Pacino,after shooting the American remake of Scent of a Woman(1992) spoke about the big influence of Gassman on his career.
Gassman acted also in american films,but his success in italian movies was more important.