Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian actress Mariangela Melato dies

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Rome, January 11 - Italian star of stage and screen
Mariangela Melato died of cancer at a clinic in Rome on Friday
at the age of 71.
Melato was best known for a 1970s socially conscious comedy
about a fractious but eventually romantic seaborne interlude
between representatives of Italy's highest and lowest classes,
which was unsuccessfully remade by American superstar singer and
actress Madonna in 2002.
The Milanese-born Melato, who had a wide dramatic and comic
range, was popular on Italian TV until recently.
Her 1974 portrayal of an aristocratic Milan socialite
marooned with a Communist sailor played by frequent onscreen
partner Giancarlo Giannini gained her international fame.
The Lina Wertmuller film, entitled Swept Away by an Unusual
Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, was remade by Madonna and
then husband Guy Ritchie in 2002 as Swept Away, a critical and
commercial dud.
Born in Milan in 1941, the hugely versatile Melato
interpreted a range of characters on stage and on the big and
small screens over the course of her long career, working with
directors of the calibre of Luca Ronconi, Mario Monicelli,
Luchino Visconti and Dario Fo as well as Wertmuller, whose Swept
Away was one of three hugely successful comedies with her and
Giannini.
She made her cinema debut in 1969 in Thomas by Pupi Avati
but rose to fame three years later with her interpretation of
co-star Giannini's Milanese lover Fiore in Wertmuller's The
Seduction of Mimi, massive hit in Italy.
Her theatrical successes include Orlando Furioso,
Aeschylus' trilogy Oresteia and What Maisie Knew based on the
novel by Henry James, all directed by Ronconi.
Melato's small-screen performances date mostly to the last
two decades, most recently in Rebecca, The First Wife (2008)
directed by Riccardo Milani, based on the novel by Daphne du
Maurier, and in the television adaptation of great Neapolitan
playwright Eduardo De Filippo's classic Filumena Marturano
(2010), which was screened most recently on New Year's Day.

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