Massimo Girotti (18 May 1918 – 5 January 2003) was an Italian film actor whose career spanned seven decades.Born in Mogliano, in the province of Macerata, Girotti developed his athletic physique by swimming and playing polo. While studying engineering, he attracted the attention of Mario Soldati, who offered him a small part in the film Dora Nelson (1939), but it was not until later, in Alessandro Blasetti's La corona di ferro (The Iron Crown) (1941) and Roberto Rossellini's Un Pilota ritorna (A Pilot Returns) (1942), that he began to make an impression as a serious actor. In 1943 came a turning point in his career when Luchino Visconti cast him opposite the torrid Clara Calamai in Ossessione (Obsession), an earlier adaptation of the same novel on which Hollywood's The Postman Always Rings Twice is based. The film marked, in a sense, the birth of Italian neo-realism. Some of his notable post-war films include Caccia tragica (The Tragic Hunt) (1946) by Giuseppe De Santis and In nome della legge (1949) (In the Name of the Law) by Pietro Germi.In 1950, he starred opposite Lucia Bosé in Michelangelo Antonioni's first full-length feature, Cronaca di un amore (Story of a Love Affair) (1950). In 1953, he played Spartacus in an Italian epic film known in the US as Sins of Rome and then, returned to work again for Visconti, in Senso (1954), giving perhaps the finest performance of his career. In the years which followed, he appeared in many mainly Italian films for directors such as Lizzani, Bolognini, Vittorio Cottafavi, Lattuada, but it was not until 1968 that he once again played a role worthy of his talents - that of the father in Pasolini's Teorema (Theorem) with Terence Stamp and Silvana Mangano. Two years later, Pasolini cast him as Creonte opposite Maria Callas in his Medea (1969). In 1972, he was in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. That same year he made a rare appearance in a horror film when he agreed to a supporting role in Baron Blood as a favor to its director Mario Bava.He continued to act in character roles for the next thirty years. Some of the films he appeared in have been notable, including Joseph Losey's Monsieur Klein (1976) with Alain Delon and Jeanne Moreau, the 1985 television miniseries Quo Vadis?, Roberto Benigni's Il mostro (The Monster) (1994).He died in Rome of a heart attack after having just completed his last film, Ferzan Özpetek's La Finestra di fronte (Facing Windows) (2003).
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Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for a Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives acr...
A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and the prime suspect is a landscape gardener with an unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations. Policewoman Jessica is assigned by Ta...
The French Revolution
The decision of the king to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem is a history of the French Revolution. The story from 1789 to August 10, 1792 is the first pa...
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The Berlin Affair
In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador's daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afte...
There is an Italian show.
After his proposal to sail west to the East Indies was rejected by Portugal, Columbus overcame court intrigue in Spain to gain support for his expedition.
The Art of Love
Young student Claudine has a dream in which the Roman student Cornelius, fascinated by the beautiful wife of the commander, attends lectures on the art of love of great Ovid. Ancient tragedy happens a...
Passion of Love
Giorgio was sent to a remote post far away from his lover, Clara, in the 1860's. He is in the house of the colonel. He became friends with the local doctor. There is a woman who is both unattractive a...
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Origins of the Mafia
The Italian mafia's beginnings are the subject of a mini series.
During the Nazi occupation of Paris, France. Robert Klein, a successful art dealer who benefits from the misfortunes of those who are brutally persecuted, discovers by chance that there is another Rob...
While flaunting his mistress to his wife, Tullio Hermil becomes enamored of her again when he believes she has been unfaithful.
The Suspicious Death of a Minor
Police detective Paolo Germi and a woman are at a dance hall. Germi was forced into prostitution because of adverse conditions. Germi decided to go after the girl's killers. An endless trail of blood ...
Cagliostro received supernatural powers after attending a spiritual study with a wise man. In order to heal the poor, he traveled all over Europe. He is a member of a lodge that is trying to give free...
Mark Shoots First
Mark Terzi is going to Genoa to investigate the case of a serial killer who calls himself "The Sphinx".
A man is interested in his heritage. He went to the castle of a Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch and who burned the witch at the stake. Peter read aloud the incantation that caused B...
Il mio corpo con rabbia
"Il mio corpo con rabbia" by Roberto Natale has been credited an uncertain and indefinite status between an art and an exploitation movie. Silvia (Antonia Santilli) is a daddy's girl who has wanted to...
Last Tango in Paris
A recently widowed American is having a sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman.
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Il segno del comando
An English writer, who is interested in occultism, searches in Rome for the lost diaries of George Byron, convinced that they hide a terrible secret. During the search, mysterious events occur near hi...
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Diana is divorcing her husband, and decides to spend winter at her younger sister's home. Adultery and saphic love will enter her life, amidst sad remembrances and with unsuspected consequences.
The Red Tent
Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his failed 1928 expedition.
The plot is based on the work of Euripides. The barbarian hero in Medea is a woman who finds her position in the Greek world threatened and revenge against her husband who betrayed her for another wom...
A wealthy Italian household is turned upside down when a handsome stranger arrives and seduces every family member. They don't know why he came or who he was.
Listen, Let's Make Love
A young boy travels to Milan to attend his father's funeral and decides to follow in his father's footsteps as a gigolo. He finds rich women to prey on, but is caught up in a bidding war.
There are five stories about women. A star actress lusts after men. A woman is willing to take a man to the hospital. Two people are looking for a wife. A man wants a woman to be respected. A bored ho...
Ugo Sanfelice was assigned by his publisher to write a biography. Ugo is not very knowledgeable about soccer. He was forced to fall back on people who had been in contact with the star. The young man ...
Marco the Magnificent
Young Marco Polo travels to China to help his father fight against rebels with gunpowder.
Letters of a Novice
The nun tells the priest about her past and then a long flashback begins...
The Giants of Thessaly
In order to appease the gods who have allowed Thessaly to be overrun with barbarian invaders and beset with natural disasters, King Jason takes his Argonauts on a search for the fabled Golden Fleece. ...
Head of a Tyrant
Françoise Arnould plays here a married woman who decides one day to get away from her husband and return to her childhood place, where she meets all her former friends, and lovers.
Wolves in the Abyss
At some point, somewhere in the relentless events of the Second World War: A submarine returns from a long, successful patrol. Shortly before their native coast, however, they are bombarded by enemy a...
Nights of the Teddy Boys
An Italian drama directed by Leopoldo Savona.
Mexican feature film
La bestia humana
From Emile Zola's novel "La Bete Humaine", tells the story of a jealous husband, a provocative woman and a man with an uncontrollable desire to kill.
Goddess Of Love
Venus is sent to Earth by Zeus to find her own true love.
La tua donna
During WWII, Sandro Ademari (Massimo Girotti), head of a group of Italian partisans, to escape from a Nazi catch, hides himself by a farm. Here he knows Luisa (Lea Padovani) and soon the two married a...
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrayed her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.
Sins of Rome
A Husband for Anna
Anna is from a working class family. Her main concern is to find a husband. She gets engaged to a sailor one day. She gets raped by her boss while she waits for her husband to come back from the navy....
Sul ponte dei sospiri
Coming of age, a girl is told the truth about her dead father: he is alive, but imprisoned for several crimes he did not commit... With the help of an old noble lady and a young count (who doubles as ...
At the Edge of the City
Based on real events, in Rome a lawyer is not sure whether to accept defending a lower-class worker wrongly accused of the murder of his girlfriend.
The Love of a Woman
Marie lives on the Ouessant Island. She will have to fight for her independence after falling in love with an italian engineer, but she will be able to win the hearts of the local population.
Il tenente Giorgio
The film was directed by Raffaello Matarazzo.
The story of 5 girls who answered a wanted ad for a modest secretarial position, which led to overcrowding in the building and a tragic accident.
Count de Roger Tinchebraye was hurt in the face and had to wear a mask. He decided to become a seductor. Roger doesn't believe in love and allows pure Judith to marry an old marquis. When Judith's hus...
The son of an illustrious professor leads a group of young thieves in Rome. Inspector Mariani, a young World War II veteran, enrolls and tries to find out if the criminals are actually university stud...
Aldo Piscitello was forced to join the Fascist party in 1934. He was unable to speak against Mussolini in secret, even as his son Giovanni was sent into battle. It is too late for Aldo to stand up for...
A truck full of money is stolen by bandits. The villagers captured the outlaws and recovered their loot. The romance between two young people caught in the middle between the pursuers and the pursued ...
Christmas at Camp 119
The Second World War. There is a field in California. The war is over but the Italian prisoners are still waiting to return to their homes. They tell episodes of their life. A Roman talks to the USA a...
La carne e l'anima
This melodrama was directed by an émigré Russian from a story by Corrado Alvaro and Emanuele Caracciolo. The latter was murdered by the Nazis in the Fosse Ardeatine massacre, before the film’s post-wa...
I dieci comandamenti
There are ten episodes for each of the Ten Commandments. There is a lost film.
The Gate of Heaven
The lives of sick and infirm people travelling on the same train are the subject of an Episodic film.
This propaganda film was partly inspired by the story of the first Italian heavyweight champion Primo Carnera who, after winning the title with Al Capone’s help in 1933, was beaten the following year ...
The famous actor Amedeo Nazzari was forced to stay in a small hotel because of a car breakdown.
A drifter and an inn owner are having an affair as they plan to get rid of the inn owner's husband.
Le due tigri
The fanatic leader of the bloodthirsty Indian tribe of the Thugs kidnaps a girl to make her the priestess of the goddess Kali. The father of the unfortunate woman asks Sandokan for help who, with the ...
The Iron Crown
The tyrant of the kingdom was killed by his brother, the King of Kindaor. He abandons the prince because lions don't kill him and breed him as one of them.