The life and works of two great stars of the Italian cinema, Sordi and De Sica, on display in Rome

A life as exciting as a novel, this is what unites the two artists who have transmitted the Italian spirit and congeniality in the world, along with Rome’s charm and grandeur. Starting these days, two exhibitions in Rome pay homage to Alberto Sordi and Vittorio De Sica.

“Alberto Sordi and his Rome” tells about the unique relationship that the actor had with the city through pictures, installations, videos, objects and documents, in the private and professional life, between life and art. An exhibition that commemorates the famous artist in the tenth anniversary of his death, in the Vittoriano complex until 31 March 2013.

Alberto Sordi - Un americano a Roma“Albertone (big Alberto) was madly in love with his city. He saw it as the most beautiful in the world and dreamed of it free from traffic. He had limit himself to ‘rule’ it the day of his eightieth birthday, June 15, 2000, when the mayor Francesco Rutelli gave him the tricolor flag for 24 hours between wings of cheering crowd. Unforgettable. The actor was the best ambassador of ‘being Roman’ in the world. ” This is how Gloria Satta, the exhibition curator along with Vincenzo Mollica and Alessandro Nicosia, paints the portrait of the unforgettable Italian actor and tells you how you can see the film of his life again, visiting the exhibition.

The exhibition is divided into two sections: the first is mainly dedicated to Sordi as an actor and the 56 films shot in Rome with about 20 in-depths, in which photographs, personal albums with press releases, scripts, objects used in the movies are staged for the first time. The second section brings up the most important moments of his life in Rome: his house, his studio, articles he wrote for ” Il Messaggero,” (Italian newspaper), the day he was twenty-four hours mayor of the capital, the farewell to the Lira, the blessing of Pope John Paul II. Visiting the Rome of Sordi also means retracing the era of fascism, war and reconstruction. And then the economic boom, and the euphoria of the eighties and nineties. Naturally we relive all this also through the legendary characters of his movies that are a symbol of the bubbly “romanity” in Italy and throughout the world.

A touch of curiosity and “magic” is given by the personal objects on display, which allow us to fantasize about his every-day life: from the piano he used to play in moments of relaxation, to the barber chair that held the stage in the bathroom, from the bicycle to typewriter or the trunk with exercise machines .. The path along the extraordinary history and career of the comedian, ends with images of the funeral that bear witness to how deeply the Romans loved Sordi.

Another protagonist of cinematic masterpieces Made in Italy is on display in Rome, at the Ara Pacis Museum until 28 April. We are talking about the great Vittorio De Sica and the show “All De Sica.” A whole world of memories of the Italian cinema master displayed in a multimedia exhibition, through posters, more than twenty of which are original, video, cult objects and more than 400 photographs of him on the set or with his family.

The exhibition is organized in twelve sections and four halls, which even show us private letters, clothes worn in his most famous films, newspaper clippings, and a real treat: the bicycle used in “The Bicycle Thief” (1948). The sections will guide you chronologically along De Sica’s career: from the recordings with the popular “Speak to me of love, Mariù” to the revue and prose actor, from his start in the cinema to the debut behind the camera in the forties.

Whole walls of photos in black and white create a perfect contrast with the colorful posters and the section dedicated to Sophia Loren with whom the artist had a partnership that proved very successful in the box office, if you think of movies like “The Gold of Naples” (1954), “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (1963), “Two Women” (1960) and “Marriage Italian Style” (1964).

De Sica modern celebrity measuring up to the international cinema stars, as defined by Gian Luca Farinelli – the Director of the Film Library of Bologna, who produced the show, and is the exhibition curator – is here represented also as a man in a family dimension. The exhibition itself was built with the fundamental contribution of his children Emi, Manuel and Christian, to reveal all the multiplicity of the ‘maestro’, his one hundred thousand lives, one hundred thousand faces, that make you think of Pirandello’s ” One, … and One Hundred Thousand “.

Alberto Sordi and his Rome (until 31 March 2013):

  • Vittoriano Complex
  • Piazza Ara Coeli, Rome – Room Zanardelli
  • +39 06 6780664 – 6780363
  • museo.vittoriano1@tiscali.it
  • Open every day
  • Hours Monday to Thursday 9:30 to 18:30, Friday to Sunday 9.30-19.30 (ticket office closes 45 minutes before)
  • Free admission

All De Sica (until April 28, 2013):

  • Ara Pacis Museum
  • Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome
  • +39 060608
  • www.arapacis.it
  • Open every day except Monday
  • Hours: 9.00-19.00 (ticket office closes one hour earlier)
  • Admission € 11 / € 9 (reduced)

Alberto Sordi - Un americano a Roma - assalto agli spaghetti
Vittorio De sica
Vittori De Sica - Il marinaio di guardia

 

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