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PERSONAL DATA OF CARLO VERDONE
Age: 70 years old
Height: 174 cm
Born in: Rome Italy
Born on: 17/11/1950
BIOGRAPHY OF CARLO VERDONE
Carlo Verdone, also known in the registry office by the second name of Gregorio, is born in Rome on November 17, 1950 by Rossana Schiavina and the film critic Mario Verdone, who primarily contributed to bringing his son closer to the world of cinema, sharing his passion with him. After graduating from classical high school and graduating in directing at the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome, Verdone graduated with full marks in Modern Literature with an interdisciplinary thesis in Italian literature and silent cinema. During the 70s he ventured into directing with small short films, experiments dedicated to illustrating the artistic culture of those years, with particular attention to the American cinematic underground. Like any budding director, the apprenticeship that awaits him sees him cover various roles, especially as an assistant and it is on this occasion that he sometimes collaborates with Franco Zeffirelli. His first experience as an actor, on the other hand, is due to a case of luck or misfortune, if you prefer, when he finds himself forced to replace some sick actors for a show of the Theater Art Group, directed by his brother. It is here that his great mattatorial skills and his transformism emerge for the first time and we don’t have to wait long before they make their mark on TV; in fact, after having staged twelve different characters in the theater with the performance Such and what in 1977, the following year he managed to carve out a small television space in that forge of talents he once was Don’t Stop. Characters and specks that also enter his first film, A lot nice (1980), which came to light after meeting the teacher Sergio Leone, from which Carlo technically learns how to shoot on a set. His debut immediately earned him a David di Donatello and a Nastro d’Argento as best new actor of that year. Leone will remain alongside him as a producer also in his second work, White, red and Verdone (1981), a comedy that also launches other important collaborations, such as the one with Elena Fabrizi, the note Sora Lella, and the other with the writers Leo Welcome;is Piero De Bernardi, which the director will rely on until their departure.
The 80s seem to affirm his double virtuosic nature as an actor and director with an escalation of awards received from his comedies, which begin to detach themselves from the visceral comedian to move more towards the Italian comedy, Verdone thus becomes a portraitist of the average Italian at the turn of the ’80s and’ 90s. Meanwhile, he continues to cooperate with prominent figures in Italian cinema, such as the great Alberto Sordi, to which, despite the different stylistic approach, he is often associated as an heir and with whom he had a working exchange: Verdone was directed by Sordi in Traveling with dad(1982), while the latter was directed by his younger colleague in Too strong(1986). It will shoot in 2013 in memory of Sordi Albert the Great, a documentary that traces the life of the iconic Roman actor. Many others are the contemporary interpreters who take part in his works, as in Classmates (1988), where many of the established actors of the same age in Verdone took part.
The last decade of the twentieth century sees him heading towards more humorous films, a comedy that amuses yes, but that leaves a bad taste in the mouth, throwing before the eyes of the Italians the inadequacy of the society in which they live, which tends to alienate the ‘man; a cynical look at those who are isolated, at the weird, at the neurotic. A style that, without detaching itself too much from the dictates of Italian comedy, highlights a more demanding cinema, of which Verdone becomes one of the greatest proponents with his mimetic, his dialectic, his chameleonic presence, so much so as to consecrate him as one of the most loved by the Italian public. They are an example of this period Damn the day I met you (1992), Wolf wolf (1992) or Honeymoons (1995).
With a name now fully established, Carlo Verdone opens the third millennium with a succession of comedies every two years, which interact with other genres, incorporating them and releasing to the viewer a product that in itself, as in the previous decade, has not only the comic vein. , but it is multifaceted: it ranges from the drama of There was a Chinese in a coma (2000) up to the latent sentimentality of Love is eternal as long as it lasts (2004). The director, however, does not deny what led him to success and decides in 2008 to bring back the caricature characters of Bianco, Rosso and Verdone and Honeymoons with whom he made himself known during his career, choosing the most loved ones for put them in Big, big and … Greenfinch (2008). Parody, deformation, excess are ingredients that distinguish him and that he continues to include in his works even when he tries not to force his hand too much on the characterization of the characters; a Pirandello humor that can already be found in Me, them and Lara (2010), Under a lucky star (2014) and that together with Blessed madness (2018) gives us back the dilemmas of today’s man and the continuous attempt to become, which we laugh at precisely because we identify with and find ourselves in his attitudes, bizarre when we see them at the cinema, normal when we are the agens. Carlo Verdone could be defined, as well as director and actor, also a portraitist of our time, capable with his subtle irony of making us smile at our own defects, which we exorcise in his films thanks also to those excessive behaviors of his characters that make us think : “I’m a bit like that too, but he’s exaggerated”.
The actor and director Verdone, however, are not closely linked within his career, in fact Carlo has participated as an interpreter in many films not directed by him, such as the trilogy of Handbook of love of Giovanni Veronesi, as well as the Academy Award The great beauty of Paolo Sorrentino, for which he won a Nastro d’Argento for Best Supporting Actor.
Verdone is recognized for the ability to have brought to light several Italian actresses with his direction, many of whom have won prizes and honors thanks to the interpretation in his films, of which Asia Argento, Margherita Buy ed Elena Sofia Ricci they are just three names. In 2013 Gianfranco Giagni is Fabio Ferzetti presented the documentary at the Rome Film Festival Carlo! in honor of his career, retracing the myth of Verdone between key scenes and anecdotes told by those who worked with him.
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