Marcello Mastroianni, bio of the famous Italian actor

Italian cinema has always boasted a glorious and fascinating tradition. Certain actors have contributed in a decisive way to make all this possible. Marcello Mastroianni was an actor of other times, with a long history. One of those who inevitably gave prestige to a certain type of cinematography, thanks to the skill and skill of him in front of the camera lens. Afferent to a TV and a cinematography, in fact, in black and white with projection towards the color display. It is worthwhile to retrace the deeds of this great Italian actor, one of the most acclaimed and acclaimed still today. Although it has been quite a few years since his disappearance. 

Let’s see in this post by CineMagazine the life and works of Marcello Mastroianni, for our usual appointment with the biographies of Italian actors, edited by our portal!


  • Career and private life Marcello Mastroianni
  • The age of success for Marcello Mastroianni: the 60s
  • Marcello Mastroianni in the following years
  • Marcello Mastroianni: death
  • Marcello Mastroianni: film

Career and private life Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni, born Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni , was an Italian actor born in Fontana Liri, in the province of Frosinone. Date of birth: September 28, 1924 .

The son of parents with Jewish roots, he immediately showed a particular feeling with the lens, acting as an extra in various cinematographic scenes, highlighting, right from the start, a talent that Italian cinema could not possibly let escape. 

After completing his acting studies, Mastroianni finds the road paved towards success. The official debut on the big screen takes place in “I miserabili” , a screening curated by Riccardo Freda.

Theater is his other great passion , to the point that the well-known Italian director and screenwriter, Luchino Visconti, wrote it for some theatrical compositions as a professional.

He mainly interprets neorealistic comedies set in Italy, but he also ventures into parts with a dramatic tone such as when he shoots for Claudio Gora in “Fever of living” or for Fernando Cerchio with “Lulu”.

“Too bad it’s a rogue” is a historical film since to keep him company for the first time on the set is a Neapolitan actress, Sophia Loren , on the launching pad. Certainly not just any. In 1958 we have the film that symbolizes Marcello Mastroianni’s consecration to Italian film criticism, namely “ I soliti ignoti ”.

The age of success for Marcello Mastroianni: the 60s

The meeting with the director Federico Fellini represents the definitive turning point of his career thanks to two historical films such as “La dolce vita” and “8 1/2” . The early 60s are the golden age, which does nothing but strengthen the image of Mastroianni’s sex symbol, built over time. Especially iconic is the scene of the Trevi fountain between Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in “La dolce vita”, which has remained in the history of cinema.

He then shoots “ Divorzio all’italiana ” with Stefania Sandrelli in 1961, significantly varying his modus operandi: he goes from irreverent comedy to black comedy. Demonstrating a certain versatility even in different contexts. This specific film achieved an Academy Award in 1963 for Best Screenplay and Best Comedy at the Cannes Film Festival.

A masterful interpretation that of Mastroianni which earned him, in a personal capacity, the Silver Ribbon as best leading actor, the Oscar nomination as best actor and the Golden Globe award as best actor in comedy or musical film.

In 1962 he obtained a prestigious recognition from the American magazine Time , being nominated as the foreign star most appreciated by the public and readers in American territory. Perhaps Mastroianni’s highest point is that it highlights, once again, how he was able to make the most of his talent. 

Many times at the cinema and re-proposed the Mastroianni-Loren couple, who are formed in various films such as “Yesterday, today and tomorrow”, dated 1963, “Matrimonio all’italiana” of 1964 and “I girasoli” of 1970. The striptease scene precisely with Loren from the film Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow , and another of those scenes that entered the history of Italian cinema, which made generations of Italians dream.

Particularly admired also in the role of singer and dancer when he decides to devote himself to musical comedy. He does so by playing the role of Rudolph Valentino in “ Ciao Rudy ”. Under the direction of another great Italian director, Vittorio De Sica , he measures himself in the interpretation of “Amanti”.

Mastroianni demonstrates a certain familiarity with the English language, venturing into some Anglo-Saxon films. In Paris he was able to develop and bring French cinema into vogue.

Marcello Mastroianni in the following years

From the 70s onwards he was the protagonist mostly of light comedies with a satirical flavor. Federico Fellini calls him back to base when he thinks of hiring him for a new film, “The city of women”.

He acts together with the late Massimo Troisi in “Splendor” and “Che ora e”. In 1990 he grabbed the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during the Venice exhibition . Delivered to him personally by the mentor Fellini.

Marcello Mastroianni: death

The 90s are the period of an increasingly evident departure from Italy to favor foreign productions. On a private level, Marcello Mastroianni falls ill with a pancreatic tumor, which weakens him considerably in the last years of a vast and glorious career. His condition worsened over the years and he died on December 19, 1996 in Paris. The very serious health conditions, however, did not prevent him from shooting the latest films before saying goodbye to this land. In particular, the film ” Marcello Mastroianni – I remember, yes, I remember” in collaboration with Anna Maria Tato, the companion who was close to him in the last periods of his life, was his spiritual testament. The last film in which he participates is“Journey to the beginning of the world”by Manuel de Oliveira.

It currently rests in the Verano cemetery in Rome. 

Marcello Mastroianni: film

We end our story about Marcello Mastroianni with his filmography, in chronological order:

  1. Puppets, by Carmine Gallone (1939)
  2. The Iron Crown, directed by Alessandro Blasetti (1941)
  3. A love story, by Mario Camerini (1942)
  4. The miserable, by Riccardo Freda (1948)
  5. Vertigo of Love, by Luigi Capuano (1949)
  6. Twenty Years, by Giorgio Bianchi (1949)
  7. Against the Law, directed by Flavio Calzavara (1950)
  8. August Sunday, directed by Luciano Emmer (1950)
  9. Hearts on the Sea, directed by Giorgio Bianchi (1950)
  10. Dog’s Life, by Steno and Monicelli (1950)
  11. Indictment, directed by Giacomo Gentilomo (1950)
  12. Paris and Always Paris, by Luciano Emmer (1951)
  13. Rome, episode of Passport to the East, directed by Romolo Marcellini (1951)
  14. The Girls of the Spanish Steps, by Luciano Emmer (1952)
  15. Sensuality, directed by Clemente Fracassi (1952)
  16. The Eternal Chain, by Anton Giulio Majano (1952)
  17. Tragic Return, by Pier Luigi Faraldo (1952)
  18. The Muta di Portici, directed by Giorgio Ansoldi (1952)
  19. Black pens, by Oreste Biancoli (1952)
  20. Heroes of Sunday, by Mario Camerini (1952)
  21. The Avenue of Hope, directed by Dino Risi (1953)
  22. Lulu, directed by Fernando Cerchio (1953)
  23. Fever of Living, by Claudio Gora (1953)
  24. It’s Never Too Late, by Filippo Walter Ratti (1953)
  25. The suitcase of dreams, directed by Luigi Comencini (1953)
  26. Chronicles of Poor Lovers, by Carlo Lizzani (1954)
  27. Our times – Zibaldone n. 2, directed by Alessandro Blasetti (1954)
  28. The Slave of Sin, by Raffaello Matarazzo (1954)
  29. Days of Love, by Giuseppe De Santis (1954)
  30. Casa Ricordi, directed by Carmine Gallone (1954)
  31. Too bad it’s a rogue, directed by Alessandro Blasetti (1954)
  32. The Canary Princess, by Paolo Moffa (1954)
  33. Tam tam Mayumbe, by Gian Gaspare Napolitano (1955)
  34. The beautiful miller, by Mario Camerini (1955)
  35. The River of the Pharaohs, by Ubaldo Ragona (1955)
  36. The bigam, by Luciano Emmer (1955)
  37. The Fortune of Being a Woman, by Alessandro Blasetti (1956)
  38. Fathers and Sons, by Mario Monicelli (1957)
  39. The Most Beautiful Moment, by Luciano Emmer (1957)
  40. The White Nights, by Luchino Visconti (1957)
  41. The Doctor and the Sorcerer, by Mario Monicelli (1957)
  42. A Hectare of Sky, directed by Aglauco Casadio (1958)
  43. Salina Girl, by Frantisek Cap (1958)
  44. The usual unknown, by Mario Monicelli (1958)
  45. Love and Trouble…, directed by Angelo Dorigo (1958)
  46. Summer Tales, by Gianni Franciolini (1958)
  47. The Law, by Jules Dassin (1958)
  48. My Wife’s Enemy, by Gianni Puccini (1959)
  49. All in Love, by Giuseppe Orlandini (1959)
  50. Ferdinand I King of Naples, directed by Gianni Franciolini (1959)
  51. La dolce vita, directed by Federico Fellini (1960)
  52. The beautiful Antonio, by Mauro Bolognini (1960)
  53. Adua and her Companions, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1960)
  54. The Night, by Michelangelo Antonioni (1961)
  55. The Assassin, by Elio Petri (1961)
  56. Ghosts in Rome, by Antonio Pietrangeli (1961)
  57. Divorce in the Italian style, by Pietro Germi (1961)
  58. Private Life, by Louis Malle (1962)
  59. Family Chronicle, directed by Valerio Zurlini (1962)
  60. 8½, directed by Federico Fellini (1963)
  61. The Companions, by Mario Monicelli (1963)
  62. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1963)
  63. Italian wedding, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1964)
  64. The Man of the Five Balls, directed by Marco Ferreri (1965)
  65. Casanova ’70, directed by Mario Monicelli (1965)
  66. The 10th Victim, by Elio Petri (1965)
  67. Today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, directed by Eduardo De Filippo, Marco Ferreri and Luciano Salce (1965)
  68. Me, Me, Me … and the Others, directed by Alessandro Blasetti (1966)
  69. The Poppy and a Flower, by Terence Young (1966)
  70. Shoot harder, harder… I don’t understand !, directed by Eduardo De Filippo (1966)
  71. The Stranger, by Luchino Visconti (1967)
  72. These ghosts, uncredited, by Renato Castellani (1967)
  73. Lovers, by Vittorio De Sica (1968)
  74. Diamonds at Breakfast, by Christopher Morahan (1968)
  75. Block-notes of a director, directed by Federico Fellini (1969)
  76. Sunflowers, by Vittorio De Sica (1970)
  77. Dramma della jealousy (all details in the news), directed by Ettore Scola (1970)
  78. Particular games, directed by Franco Indovina (1970)
  79. Leo the last, by John Boorman (1970)
  80. The Priest’s Wife, by Dino Risi (1970)
  81. Scipione, also known as The African, directed by Luigi Magni (1971)
  82. Allows? Rocco Papaleo, directed by Ettore Scola (1971)
  83. It was the year of grace 1870, directed by Alfredo Giannetti (1971)
  84. Time of Love, by Nadine Trintignant (1971)
  85. Rome, directed by Federico Fellini (1972) (cameo, deleted scene)
  86. The Bitch, by Marco Ferreri (1972)
  87. Che? By Roman Polanski (1972)
  88. Hit and Run, by Dino Risi (1973)
  89. Retaliation, by George Pan Cosmatos (1973)
  90. La grande binge, directed by Marco Ferreri (1973)
  91. Nothing serious, her husband is pregnant, directed by Jacques Demy (1973)
  92. The Idol of the City (Salut dell’Arte), directed by Yves Robert (1973)
  93. Allonsanfan, directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1974)
  94. Don’t Touch the White Woman, by Marco Ferreri (1974)
  95. We Loved Each Other So Much, by Ettore Scola (1974) (cameo)
  96. La pupa del gangster, directed by Giorgio Capitani (1975)
  97. For the ancient stairs, directed by Mauro Bolognini (1975)
  98. Divine creature, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (1975)
  99. Sunday Woman, by Luigi Comencini (1975)
  100. Venetian nobleman Culastrisce, directed by Flavio Mogherini (1976)
  101. Every Way, directed by Elio Petri (1976)
  102. Ladies and Gentlemen, Goodnight, directed by Luigi Comencini, Mario Monicelli, Nanni Loy, Ettore Scola, Luigi Magni (1976)
  103. A special day, directed by Ettore Scola (1977)
  104. Mogliamante, directed by Marco Vicario (1977)
  105. Double Crime, by Steno (1977)
  106. Hello male, directed by Marco Ferreri (1978)
  107. Dirty Hands, by Elio Petri (1978)
  108. Cosi Come Sei, directed by Alberto Lattuada (1978)
  109. Made of blood between two men for the sake of a widow. Political Motives Suspected, by Lina Wertmuller (1978)
  110. The traffic jam, directed by Luigi Comencini (1978)
  111. Neapolitan thriller, directed by Sergio Corbucci (1979)
  112. The terrace, directed by Ettore Scola (1980)
  113. The city of women, directed by Federico Fellini (1980)
  114. Phantom of Love, by Dino Risi (1981)
  115. La pelle, directed by Liliana Cavani (1981)
  116. The New World, directed by Ettore Scola (1982)
  117. Beyond the Door, by Liliana Cavani (1982)
  118. Story of Piera, directed by Marco Ferreri (1983)
  119. Gabriela, directed by Bruno Barreto (1983)
  120. The General of the Dead Army, by Luciano Tovoli (1983)
  121. Enrico IV, directed by Marco Bellocchio (1984)
  122. The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal, directed by Mario Monicelli (1985)
  123. Maccheroni, directed by Ettore Scola (1985)
  124. I soliti ignoti twenty years later, directed by Amanzio Todini (1985)
  125. Juke Box, directed by Carlo Carlei, Enzo Civitareale, Sandro De Santis, Antonello Grimaldi, Valerio Jalongo, Daniele Luchetti, Michele Scura (1985)
  126. Ginger and Fred, directed by Federico Fellini (1985)
  127. The flight, directed by Theo Angelopoulos (1986)
  128. Oci ciornie, region of Nikita Sergeevic Michalkov (1987)
  129. Interview, directed by Federico Fellini (1987)
  130. Miss Arizona, by Pal Sandor (1988)
  131. Splendor, directed by Ettore Scola (1989)
  132. What time is it, directed by Ettore Scola (1989)
  133. They’re All Well, by Giuseppe Tornatore (1990)
  134. Towards Evening, directed by Francesca Archibugi (1990)
  135. Cin Cin, Regis Gene Saks (1991)
  136. The Boy Thief, by Christian De Chalonge (1991)
  137. The suspended step of the stork, by Theo Angelopoulos (1991)
  138. Used People, by Beeban Kidron (1992)
  139. Uno, due, tre, stella !, directed by Bertrand Blier (1993)
  140. We don’t talk about this, directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg (1993)
  141. Ready-to-Wear, Regal di Robert Altman (1994)
  142. At What Point is the Night, by Nanni Loy (1994)
  143. The True Life of Antonio H., directed by Enzo Monteleone (1994)
  144. Cento e una notte (The Hundred and One Nights of Simon Cinema), directed by Agnes Varda (1995)
  145. Sustains Pereira, directed by Roberto Faenza (1995)
  146. Beyond the Clouds, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders (1995)
  147. Three Lives and One Death, by Raul Ruiz (1996)
  148. I remember yes I remember, directed by Anna Maria Tato (1997)
  149. Journey to the Beginning of the World, by Manoel de Oliveira (1997)