“Could you leave everything behind and start from zero again? (La Dolce Vita)“
Marcello Mastroianni the Italian Latin Lover par excellence, even though he did not like to be called so, but nobody better than him have ever embodied one the same as he did, through these days. Flair and allure, the eternal cigarette, the temptive, seductive and melancholy look, the sartorial suits, this was the handsome Marcello! A true sex symbol, the coolest and the hottest in a period when there were many other cool guys. He also represented the epitome of the Italian “Dolce Vita” . Moreover he was simply extraordinary without doing anything, but simply being always and only himself with his uncommon, irresistible, natural and unique charm.
A real movie star and the unforgettable protagonist of so many masterpieces. A great actor, very gifted and talented and a gentle, good and generous man.
He was in more than 160 movies, a very long career, nominated for 3 Oscars, another 45 wins and another 19 nominations. A life dedicated to his passion and very successfully so.
In 1962 the Time acclaimed Marcello Mastroianni as the most admired foreign person in USA.
Among his movies we like to remember :
“La Dolce Vita” (1960). This film was the genesis of his latin lover persona.
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.
“Divorzio all’italiana” (1961)
A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.
“Ieri, oggi, domani” (1963)
Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.
“Yesterday, today and tomorrow “ the movie that in 1965 won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film, also to mention it for Sophia Loren’s unforgettable and famous strip tease, which is in the annals of the cinematography.
“ 8 ½ “ (1963) A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
“Matrimonio all’italiana” (1964)
The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.
Undeniable even his love for the women. In 1987 David Letterman in a TV interview pictured him as “ a romantic at the Italian way “.
In that interview Marcello Mastroianni talking about the women, said that : “ I would want to make all of them happy, this is my intent. We think we are smart, but when you want too may of them, in the end you do not have any. It’s because we are generous, we are victims “
Marcello Mastroianni was also the perfect representative of the Italian style and an international Icon.
In Florence in January it will be held as usual “Pitti Uomo” , the most famous and important meanswear show. Among the exhibitors many vendors that are, still to these days, manufacturing with passion, professionalism and tradition to deliver high end top quality products that bring the memory back to the perfect tailored suits that Marcello Mastroianni was wearing.
From Style Icon :: by Cinzia Azzerboni