13 July 2018

Antonella Lualdi

Italo-Greek Antonella Lualdi (1931) was the fascinating leading lady of many Italian and French films of the 1950s and 1960s. Since 1949 her luminescent beauty has graced over 90 films.

Antonella Lualdi
German postcard by Krüger/Ufa, no. 902/151. Photo: Fried Agency.

Antonella Lualdi
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris (French licency holder for Ufa, Berlin-Tempelhof), no. CK-159. Photo: Herbert Fried / Ufa.

Antonella Lualdi
German postcard by Krüger, no. 902/111. Photo: Farabola.

Antonella Lualdi
Italian postcard by Rotalfoto, Milano (Milan), no. 62.

Antonella Lualdi
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, no. 1032. Photo: Beauvarlet / D. Roger.

Antonella Lualdi
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, offered by Corvisart, no. 1072. Photo: Noa.

Franco Interlenghi


Antonella Lualdi was born as Antonietta De Pascale in Beirut, Lebanon in 1931. She was the daughter of an Italian civil engineer and his Greek wife. She learned to speak Italian, French, Greek and a bit of Arabic.

With her mother, her sister and her two brothers, Antonella went to live in Rome. At 17, she made her film debut in the musical Signorinella (Mario Mattoli, 1949).

That same year, she appeared in Canzoni per le strade/Songs for the Road (Mario Landi, 1949). Immediately she was seen as a star of the same stature as Lucia Bosé and Gina Lollobrigida.

In the early 1950,s she appeared successfully in films like Ha fatto 13 (Carlo Manzoni, 1951), E Più Facile Che Un Camello/It is Easier for a Camel (Luigi Zampa, 1951) with Jean Gabin, La cieca di Sorrento/The Blind Woman from Sorrento (Giacomo Gentilomo, 1952), the comedy È arrivato l'accordatore/The Piano Tuner Has Arrived (Duilio Coletti, 1952), and Il cappotto/The Overcoat (Alberto Lattuada, 1952) - an adaptation of the classic Nicolas Gogol fable.

During the shooting of I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini, 1953), she met her future husband, Franco Interlenghi.

Together they starred in several productions like Non c'è amore più grande (Giorgio Bianchi, 1955), Gli innamorati/Wild Love (Mauro Bolognini, 1955), which was feted at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, and Padri e figli/Fathers and Sons (Mario Monicelli, 1957).

Without her husband, she appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni in the controversial Cronache di poveri amanti/Chronicle of Poor Lovers (Carlo Lizzani, 1954), La notte brava/The Big Night (Mauro Bolognini, 1959), I delfini/The Dauphins (Francesco Maselli, 1960) starring Claudia Cardinale, and Il disordine/Disorder (Franco Brusati, 1962) with Alida Valli.

Antonella Lualdi
French postcard by Editions P.I., Paris, no. 493. Photo: Sam Lévin.

Antonella Lualdi
Big Italian postcard by Bromofoto, Milano.

Franco Interlenghi and Antonella Lualdi
Italian postcard by Bromofoto, Milano, no. 1234. Photo: Italy's News Photos. With Franco Interlenghi.

Antonella Lualdi
Italian postcard by Bromofoto, no. 550. Photo: Dear Film.

Antonella Lualdi in Via Margutta (1960)
Italian postcard by Bromofoto, Milano, no. 1736. Photo: Cineriz. Publicity still for Via Margutta/Run with the Devil (Mario Camerini, 1960).

Antonella Lualdi
Italian postcard by Bromostampa, no. 6.

Antonella Lualdi
Italian postcard by B.F.F. Edit., no. 2800. Photo: Dear Film / C.I.F.

Antonella Lualdi
Yugoslavian postcard by NPO, no. G21.

Antonella Lualdi
Yugoslavian postcard by 3K, no. 3840.

Antonella Lualdi
Italian postcard by Rotalfoto, no. 539.

Antonella Lualdi
West-German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin, no. A 1155. Photo: Unitalia-Film / Dial.

Arthouse and Sword and Sandal Epics


Antonella Lualdi appeared also in many French films, including Adorable créatures (Christian-Jaque, 1952) with Daniel Gélin, the successful Stendhal adaptation Le Rouge et le Noir/The Red and the Black (Claude Autant-Lara, 1954) starring Gérard Philipe, the Film-Noir Mefiez-Vous Fillettes/Look Out Girls (Yves Allégret, 1957), Une Vie/A Life (Alexandre Astruc, 1958) based on a novel by Guy De Mauppasant, and Á Double Tour/Web of Passion (1959), a tale of murder and a dysfunctional family by Nouvelle Vague director Claude Chabrol.

In the 1960s she was seen in arthouse productions like Se permettete parliamo di donne/Let's Talk About Women (Ettore Scola, 1964) with Vittorio Gassman, Comizi d'amore (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1965), and Made in Italy (Nanni Loy, 1965).

But she also starred in Sword and Sandal epics like Arrivano i Titani/The Titans (Duccio Tessari, 1961), I cento cavalieri/Hundred Horsemen (Vittorio Cottafavi, 1964), and Columna/The Column (Mircea Dragan, 1968) with Richard Johnson and the legendary Amedeo Nazzari.

From the 1970s on, her films were less interesting with the exception of Vincent, François, Paul et les Autres/Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others (Claude Sautet, 1974). For a while she worked as an assistant director.

In 1992 she made a come-back on TV as Lucia Cordier, the wife of the protagonist (Pierre Mondy) of the crime series Les Cordier, juge et flic, which was broadcasted for 13 seasons till 2005. Her role was continued in the series Commissaire Cordier (2005-2008).

Antonella Lualdi and Franco Interlenghi separated in 1972, but later came back together. Interlenghi passed away in 2015. They had two daughters, Stella Interlenghi and actress Antonella Interlenghi.

Antonella Lualdi in Le rouge et le noir
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Filmvertrieb, Berlin. Photo: Antonella Lualdi in Le rouge et le noir (Claude Autant-Lara, 1954).

Antonella Lualdi
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, no. 836, 1959.

Antonella Lualdi and Domenico Modugno in Appuntamento a Ischia (1960)
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Filmvertrieb, Berlin. Photo: Antonella Lualdi and Domenico Modugno in Appuntamento a Ischia (Mario Mattoli, 1960).

Antonella Lualdi in Surcouf, l'eroe dei sette mari (1966)
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, Berlin, no. 2815, 1967. Photo: publicity still for Surcouf, l'eroe dei sette mari/The Sea Pirate (Sergio Bergonzelli, Roy Rowland, 1966).

Antonella Lualdi in Columna (1968)
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, Berlin, no. 248/70. Photo: publicity still for Columna/Trajan's Column (Mircea Dragan, 1968).

Antonella Lualdi in Columna (1968)
East-German postcard by VEB Progress Film-Vertrieb, no. 20/71. Photo: publicity still for Columna/The Column (Mircea Dragan, 1968).

Richard Johnson and Antonella Lualdi in Columna (1968)
Romanian postcard by Casa Filmului Acin, no. 92. Photo: publicity still for Columna/Trajan's Column (Mircea Dragan, 1968) with Richard Johnson.

Antonella Lualdi in Les Cordier, juge et flic (1992-2005)
French postcard in the series 'Les Cordier, juge et flic - Le collection officielle' by U.M.K. Collections, 2004. Photo: Corbis. Publicity still for Les Cordier, juge et flic/The Cordiers, Judge and Cop (1992-2005) with Antonella Lualdi as Lucia Cordier.

Sources: Sandra Brennan (AllMovie), Notre Cinema (French), Wikipedia, and IMDb.

4 comments:

Clytie said...

She is very beautiful, with an arresting quality not often seen.

Happy PFF!

MrCachet said...

Great cards and the story to go with them, but I've never heard of her. Ever. How quickly we collectively forget!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Amazingly, on the whole her pictures don't seem dated at all. Her look is very modern apart from just one or two.

Beth Niquette said...

What a piquant face--such a lovely lady. Thank you for joining us! It's good to see you back, Bob of Holland! (grin) I enjoyed reading all about this beautiful lady.

Happy PFF!