By Susanna Casubolo
I’M Italian took part in the fifth edition of the Marcello Mastroianni award which was held on the 24th anniversary of the actor’s death by interviewing for readers Barbara Bouchet, an icon of Italian comedy between the Seventies and Eighties, who this year received the prize, and Adriano Pintaldi, the artistic director of the prize.
What can you tell us about Marcello Mastroianni and your collaboration with him?
My moment with Marcello I must say that he was very beautiful, he was a great actor, but also a great gentleman. I remember that he stayed until the end of the day to give the lines to an actress who had been waiting all day and this thing was not at all obvious, most of the actors once finished their scene go away, and instead Marcello remained until the end of the day, always present, sweet, cute. It was a great joy to work with him.
Andrea Pintaldi, what is your relationship with Marcello Mastroianni?
The relationship with Marcello began a long time ago, a few years ago I dedicated an edition of the Rome film festival to him, titling it “dear Marcello”. It was a memorable event for which I produced a documentary focusing on his incredible career, a monographic volume and a review with his most important films. The event brought together many characters who had accompanied him in his varied career such as Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo, Ursula Andress, Giancarlo Giannini, Stefania Sandrelli, Lina Wertmuller, Ettore Scola. I also inaugurated the space in front of the Rome cinema house with the mayor of that time, giving it his name “Largo Marcello Mastroianni.” Two years ago I was invited to Fontana Liri to attend a conference dedicated to him and on that occasion they asked me to take care of the artistic direction of the award, I accepted with great enthusiasm for the love and esteem I have always had towards Marcello.
Barbara Bouchet, pseudonym of Bärbel Gutscher, is a German-born Italian actress who boasts collaborations with directors such as Jack Arnold, Jack Lee Thompson, Otto Preminger, Bob Fosse and Martin Scorsese. Together with Marcello Mastroianni, in 1975 she starred in the film “For the ancient stairs” directed by Mauro Bolognini, playing the role of Carla, Mastroianni’s lover, in the role of Professor Bonaccorsi, head of a provincial asylum, who alternates scientific studies , aimed at the search for the causative agent of madness, at casual love affairs.