Stefania Sandrelli (born 5 June 1946) is an Italian actress, famous for her many roles in the commedia all'Italiana, starting from the 1960s. She was 14 years old when she starred in Divorce Italian Style as Angela, the cousin and love interest of Ferdinando, played by Marcello Mastroianni.
In 1960, Sandrelli won the Miss Cinema Viareggio beauty contest, then she was the cover girl of the magazine Le Ore, and had the first opportunities to make films, appearing, among others, in Luciano Salce's Il federale. Her film career was launched by Pietro Germi with Divorce Italian Style (1961); later she worked three more times with Germi, in Seduced and Abandoned (1963), L'immorale (1967) and Alfredo, Alfredo (1970). Sandrelli became in a short time a protagonist of the commedia all'italiana, appearing, among others, in Antonio Pietrangeli's Io la conoscevo bene, Mario Monicelli's Brancaleone alle crociate and Ettore Scola's C'eravamo tanto amati. She also starred in several Bernardo Bertolucci's drama films, including The Conformist (1970) and 1900 (1976), and in several French productions.In 1980, she won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actress thanks to her performance in Ettore Scola's La terrazza. In 1983 she relaunched her career with the Tinto Brass' erotic film The Key; following the success of the film she then acted in a series of successful erotic films. On 10 September 2005, she received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival. On 11 May 2012, she received the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Sandrelli had a long relationship with Italian singer-songwriter Gino Paoli. Their daughter Amanda Sandrelli, born in 1964, is also an actress.
Sandrelli was born in Viareggio, Tuscany, into a middle-class family, the daughter of Florida and Otello Sandrelli (who died when she was eight years old), owners of a pension in Viareggio.As a girl, Sandrelli studied ballet and learned to play the accordion. Sandrelli had a brother, Sergio, seven years older, who had a successful music career and died in 2013.
Movies & TV shows
There Is No Place Like Home
The 50th wedding anniversary of grandma Alba and grandpa Pietro in a big Villa on the island they moved to is being celebrated by a big family that includes relatives that see each other often and oth...
Sono Gassman! Vittorio re della commedia
This brisk, engaging documentary surveys the life, work, and legacy of Vittorio Gassman, the Italian screen icon who began his illustrious career as a serious dramatic stage actor before going on to s...
Three undercover cops in Naples must face their own demons as well as criminals.
The life and work of Giuseppe Bertolucci, as told by his father and brother, friends and colleagues.
It's All About Karma
Giacomo befriends a man, believing that he is the reincarnation of his dead father.
A film director reluctantly agrees to set up and direct the Good Friday celebrations in a small town in order to avoid being sued.
The First Beautiful Thing
The film tells the story of the Michelucci family, from the nineteen-seventies to the present day: the central character is the stunningly beautiful Anna, the lively, frivolous and sometimes embarrass...
Woman of My Life
Longtime Italian cinema star Stefania Sandrelli (The First Beautiful Thing) is Alba, the mother of two very different adult sons. While Giorgio is a playboy who constantly cheats on his wife, Leonardo...
A Perfect Day
Antonio and Emma have been separated for years, but he does not accept when Emma dates other men. Indeed Antonio proves obsessive, aggressive and intrusive, and again threatens Emma to hurt the childr...
Vienna, 1924: Puccini, the world-famous composer of operas finds a confidante in the journalist Liza Berman, who will accompany him on a trip into his past: The unrequited love he feels for Elvira, a ...
La vita come viene
Max believes that existence is just a game, and his wife will have the arduous task of bringing him back to reality.
People of Rome
Rome 2003, the camera follows citizens of Rome. Night, in a flat, a woman prepares her husband's lunch. The man takes a bus, but the camera follow another bus ... a woman cleans the mayor's office... ...
A Talking Picture
A meditation on civilization. July, 2001: friends wave as a cruise ship departs Lisbon for Mediterranean ports and the Indian Ocean. On board and on day trips in Marseilles, Pompeii, Athens, Istanbul,...
Sons and Daughters
We are in Argentina in 1977, a woman gives birth to twins. With the complicity of the midwife he manages to hide the child, second child. The first, a boy, is taken into custody by the regime's guards...
The Last Kiss
Giulia and Carlo have been happy together for three years, but Giulia's announcement that she is pregnant sends him into a secret panic. Terrified at his imminent entry into the adult world of irrever...
La otra cara de la luna
Juan (Didier Bezace) and Julia (Stefania Sandrelli) are a mature and conventional marriage. Juan is shy and vulnerable, opera enthusiast and, above all, is recognized worldwide as a chess grandmaster....
Waiting for the Messiah
In 1999, Argentina's peso craters. Ariel, a young man from Buenos Aires' Jewish community, deals with his mother's fatal illness, finds a job as a night shift surveillance camera monitor, and wonders ...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Ciao Darwin is a variety game show format from Italy sold under licence to several countries, including Romania, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Canada, USA, China and Greece. There are two competing teams ...
An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single -...
Le faremo tanto male
Film starring Stefania Sandrelli, Pino Quartullo and Ricky Memphis
Matrimony is a drama about the complexity of relationships. On Christmas Eve, perfect housewife Giulia Francesca Neri is worried about a family heirloom which has cracked and rushes to the junk shop t...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Lucy Harmon, an American teenager is arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to be sculpted by a family friend who lives in a beautiful villa. Lucy visited there four years earlier and exchanged a kis...
Il maresciallo Rocca
Il maresciallo Rocca is an Italian television series.
Set during the second world war, the sentimental education of a sensual adolescent girl, growing out of her childhood in a small, impoverished village in Southern Italy.
With Closed Eyes
Pietro is the sensitive son of Domenico, a gruff father. Pietro falls in love with a beautiful girl, Ghisola, who lives with her grandparents.
The Dragon Ring
The Dragon Ring is an italian film that has two parts. The dragon king's daughter, Desideria, and her sister, Selvaggia, are the subject of the film. After the death of her father, Desideria needs to ...
Of Love and Shadows
Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground re...
Traces of an Amorous Life
14 short episodes about love, spanning generations of lovers.
The African Woman
Serious, logical Martha (Barbara Sukowa) and dreamy, superstitious Anna (Stefania Sandrelli) have been best friends. That is, until Martha's lover Victor (Sami Frey) decides he'd rather be Anna's love...
Evelina e i suoi figli
Stefania Sandrelli is Evelina, a separated woman who lives with possessive teenage children. When you fall in love, problems arise.
Mignon Has Left
Mignon is a French teenager from a wealthy family who is forced to move in with her much poorer Italian relatives when her own family falls apart. First, she is like a fish on dry land, but soon she f...
The Little Devil
Father Maurice, a priest living in a residential college for priests in Rome, was called out one day to "exorcise" the devil from someone. The devil is in the form of a fun-loving man named Giuditta. ...
As a boy the orphan Antonio Stradivari heard for the first time in his life the sound of a violin and he was fascinated by its voice. He tried to construct a violin and attracted the attention of Nicc...
Molinat is assigned to the case of a man found with a bullet in his ear on the shore of a little Atlantic coast resort he knows well. Indeed, he used to live there before his wife disappeared at sea, ...
The Bride Was Beautiful
The teenage boy, Giuseppe, lives with his mother in Cammarata, a Sicilian mountain village. His father left the family years ago, and has since then settled down as a guest worker in West-Germany and ...
"The Family," an album with a velvet cover, is meant to touch the extended family of man. Formal portraits, bookends in this 80-year saga, enclose the central story, which opens with the baptism of Ca...
A biographical feature on the Italian literary giant, Gabriele D'Annunzio. Set in late 19th century Italy and France when the artistic style, Decadentismo, was beginning to take shape, the film focuse...
The Gold Rimmed Glasses
Jewish lovers (Rupert Everett, Stefania Sandrelli) and a homosexual doctor (Philippe Noiret) fall to prejudice and scandal in 1938 Italy.
Let's Hope It's a Girl
Let's Hope It's a Girl is a multifaceted exploration of the pointlessness of sexual stereotypes. Liv Ullmann is a countess who, after her divorce, takes over the family farm. Realizing that she can't ...
La Sposa Americana
Edoardo meets and immediately falls in love for Edith. They soon decide to marry. During the wedding Edoardo knows Anna, Edith's best friend and wife of her brother. This last is a fake marriage since...
Vacanze di Natale
Christmas holidays on the snow of Cortina D'Ampezzo. Mario, a guy from Rome who has not much money, falls in love with the American Samantha, the girlfriend of hypochondriac Roberto. Billo, a singer a...
After twenty years of marriage, art professor Nino Rolfe attempts to break down his wife Teresa's conventional modesty. Noticing her affection for their daughter's fiancé, Nino instigates her sexual i...
Luca Manzi is a fourteen year old boy when the Northern Italy Republic of Sal is governed by the Fascists. When the war ends, he becomes a partisan but he is disappointed because things have not chang...
Drama about the difficulties of a group of people trying to change their lives. A group of people gathers in a terrace in Rome . Some are friends, some know each other and others just meet for the fir...
An overweight teenage girl walks in on her mother having a three-way. She later confronts her mother and gets her birthday cake shoved in her face. She then tries to commit suicide, but survives and l...
The Truth on the Savolta Affair
Barcelona between 1917 and 1923. Is the era of gangsterism, during which gunmen clash between anarchists and thugs paid by The Patronal showed a shocking number of deaths. The confrontation between an...
5 Movies · 1 TV show
Police Python 357
A tough but honest cop must clear his name after a corrupt colleague implicates him in a murder in this French thriller. Ferrot is a hard-as-nails police detective who is attracted to a beautiful woma...
The lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half of the 20th century are chronicled in Bertolucci's film.
Three sexy and comic episodes.
While traveling to a resort in Tunisia, the magician and clairvoyant Professor Vestar befriends the idle millionaire Edouard Vangard and he offers a ride in his car. Vestar discloses to Edouard that h...
Le Voyage de noces
Paul and Sarah are married and have two children. He is a press photographer in a newspaper that rather seeks sensational business. She does not work and it weighs on her, especially since Paul is oft...
Somewhere Beyond Love
Two factory workers living in Northern Italy form a romantic connection. The woman, torn between the freedoms of the North and her traditional Sicilian values, slowly allows herself to love...
We All Loved Each Other So Much
Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war, full of illusions, they settle down. The movie is a the story of the life of these three ide...
Devil in the Brain
Oscar is trying to reestablish an affair with a disturbed young woman. After finding her husband shot dead and her son standing next to him with a gun, she suffered a complete breakdown and now lives ...
Alfredo, a timid young Italian, lusts after and woos the beautiful Maria Rosa. But when he manages to marry her, he discovers life is not nearly so blissful as he expected.
Love, I Think
Italian Film Drama
Brancaleone at the Crusades
After saving an infant of royal blood, knight Brancaleone forms a new army and sets out to return the baby to his father: a prince fighting in the Crusades.
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
A violin player is going to be father of a sixth child by his second mistress, Marisa. Quite nervous about that, he does not leave the clinic... except to drive Giulia, his legitimate wife, along with...
In this ribald comedy adventure, Jean-Paul Belmondo is a lovable lothario who delights in his womanizing ways. After two women can't get enough of him, he is chased to Tahiti and back to Paris by admi...
Seduced and Abandoned
The film presents the tale of Agnese Ascalone, daughter of prominent miner Vincenzo Ascalone, and takes place in a small town in Sicily. Agnese is seduced by her sister Matilde's fiance, and has a try...
A day in a tribunal where the defendants are: the manager of a soccer team, charged with bribery, two Sicilians who have sold fake archaeological findings, two nuns who have offended a public servant ...
The story of five girls that lose their virginity.
La bella di Lodi
A story of Roberta, a beautiful young landowner Lombard , Franco, a mechanic unscrupulous and opportunistic. The two met on the beach of Forte dei Marmi and are immediately attracted to each other. Th...
Magnet of Doom
A young boxer Michel Maudet is sacked by his manager after a series of match defeats and is forced to look for a new job. He is engaged as secretary to a millionaire named Ferchaux who is in a hurry t...
Il Fornaretto di Venezia (US TV title: The Scapegoat) is a 1963 Italian film directed by Duccio Tessari who co-wrote screenplay with Marcello Fondato, based on novel by Francesco Dall'Ongaro. It tell...
1944. Primo Arcovazzi a fanatic member of Brigate Nere (fascist organization) is in charge to bring an opponent to the regime, Prof. George Wilson, from Abruzzo to Roma. He accepted the mandate becaus...
Divorce Italian Style
Ferdinando Cefalù is desperate to marry his cousin, Angela, but he is married to Rosalia and divorce is illegal in Italy. To get around the law, he tries to trick his wife into having an affair so he ...
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