Girotti, Massimo

(1918-2003)
   Actor. After university studies in engineering, Girotti embarked on a career as an athlete, becoming one of the star swimmers of the Lazio team. By chance the swimming coach, Fulvio Jacchia, also worked as a scenographer at Cinecitta and so introduced Girotti to Mario Soldati, who gave him a small part in Dora Nelson (1939). Girotti's physique and good looks soon brought him to the attention of Alessandro Blasetti, who cast him as the good king Licinio and his son, Arminio, in La corona di ferro (The Iron Crown, 1941), following which Roberto Rossellini gave him the lead in Un pilota ritorna (A Pilot Returns, 1942). Then came what would remain Girotti's defining performance, that of Gino, the handsome young tramp, in Luchino Visconti's Ossessione (Obsession, 1943).
   After the war Girotti took the lead in a number of significant neorealist films, appearing as Michele, the just-married husband whose wife is kidnapped, in Giuseppe De Santis's Caccia tragica (Tragic Hunt, 1947) and as the determined young magistrate in Pietro Germi's In nome della legge (In the Name of the Law, 1949), a powerful performance that earned him the Nastro d'argento. A year later he played Guido in Michelangelo Antonioni's Cronaca di un amore (Story of a Love Affair, 1950) followed by the role of the patriotic marquis, Roberto Ussoni, in Visconti's Senso (The Wanton Countess, 1954).
   His career then faded somewhat with not much more than appearances in a number of sword-and-sandal epics but was revived when, with his usual acumen, Pier Paolo Pasolini cast him as the father in Teorema (Theorem, 1968) and Bernardo Bertolucci had him play Rosa's lover, Marcel, in Ultimo Tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris, 1972). In the following years he continued to appear in a number of minor supporting roles, as in Giuliano Montaldo's LAgnese va a morire (And Agnes Chose to Die, 1976) and Joseph Losey's Monsieur Klein (Mr. Klein, 1976). He then gave a very creditable performance as the Colonel in Ettore Scola's Passione d'amore (Passion of Love, 1981) and played the part of the distinguished resident in Roberto Benigni's Il monstro (The Monster, 1994). A decade later, just before passing away, he crowned a career of solid achievement with his very powerful and sensitive portrayal of the elderly amnesiac survivor of the death camps in Ferzan Ozpetek's La finestra di fronte (Facing Windows, 2003).
   Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema by Alberto Mira

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

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  • Girotti, Massimo — (1918 2003)    Actor. After university studies in engineering, Girotti embarked on a career as an athlete, becoming one of the star swimmers of the Lazio team. By chance the swimming coach, Fulvio Jacchia, also worked as a scenographer at… …   Historical dictionary of Italian cinema

  • Girotti, Massimo — • ДЖИРО ТТИ (Girotti) Массимо (р. 18.5.1918)    итал. актёр. Учился в Рим. ун те. В кино с 1939 (ф. Дора Нельсон ). Особенности дарования Д. впервые раскрыл реж. Л. Висконти в ф. Одержимость (1942), где Д. играл роль бродяги Джино. Большой творч …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Massimo Girotti — Born 18 May 1918(1918 05 18) Mogliano, Macerata, Italy Died 5 January 2003(2003 01 05) (aged 84) Rome, Italy Massimo Girotti (18 May 1918 5 January 2003) was an Italian film actor whose career spanned seven d …   Wikipedia

  • Massimo Girotti — est un acteur italien, né le 8 mai 1918 à Mogliano, dans la province de Macerata dans la région des Marches et mort le 5 janvier 2003 à Rome. Malgré leur homonymie, il n a pas de lien de parenté avec Mario Girotti alias… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Massimo Girotti — (Mogliano, Macerata, 18 de mayo de 1918 Roma, 5 de enero de 2003) actor italiano cuya carrera abarcó más de siete décadas en cine, teatro y televisión. Fue uno de los divos del cine italiano de la década del 50. Contenido 1 Cine 2 Teatro 3 Vida… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Massimo Girotti — (* 18. Mai 1918 in Mogliano, Macerata; † 5. Januar 2003 in Rom) war ein italienischer Schauspieler. Leben Girotti studierte zunächst Ingenieurswesen und war ein erfolgreicher Polo und Schwimmstar. 1939 wechselte er ins Filmfach. Er wurde rasch zu …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Girotti — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Gianfranco Girotti OFMConv (* 1937), Kurienbischof der römisch katholischen Kirche Giuseppe Girotti OP (1905 1945), italienischer Ordensmann und Priester, † im KZ Dachau Massimo Girotti (1918 2003),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Massimo — ist ein italienischer Vorname sowie der Name von: Massimo Ambrosini (* 1977), italienischer Fußballspieler Massimo Bonanni (* 1982), italienischer Fußballspieler Massimo Bonini (* 1959), san marinesischer Fußballspieler und trainer Massimo… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste der Biografien/Gi — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ultimo tango a Parigi — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Der letzte Tango in Paris Originaltitel: Ultimo tango a Parigi Produktionsland: Italien, Frankreich Erscheinungsjahr: 1972 Länge: 124 Minuten Originalsprache …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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