Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein-Frauenberg (31 May 1921 – 22 April 2006), better known by her stage name Alida Valli (or simply Valli), was an Italian actress who appeared in more than 100 films, including Mario Soldati's Piccolo mondo antico, Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case, Carol Reed's The Third Man, Michelangelo Antonioni's Il Grido, Luchino Visconti's Senso, Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, Georges Franju's Les Yeux sans Visage, and Dario Argento's Suspiria.
Her teenage love, Carlo Cugnasca, was a famous Italian aerobatic pilot. He served as a fighter pilot with the Regia Aeronautica and was killed during a mission over British-held Tobruk on 14 April 1941.Valli's movie career suffered in 1953 from a scandal surrounding the death of Wilma Montesi, whose body was found on a public beach near Ostia. Prolonged investigations resulted, involving allegations of drug and sex orgies in Roman society. Among the accused – all of whom were acquitted, leaving the case unsolved – was Valli's lover, jazz musician Piero Piccioni (son of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs).Valli married Oscar de Mejo in 1943 and filed for divorce from him in 1949, but they reconciled. They had two sons together before their marriage ended in divorce in 1952 and she returned to Italy. She married Italian film director Giancarlo Zagni in the early 1960s, divorcing in 1970.
Valli was born in Pola, Istria, Italy (today Pula, Croatia; until 1918 it had formed part of Austria-Hungary). Her paternal grandfather was the Baron Luigi Altenburger (also: Altempurger), an Austrian-Italian from Trento, a descendant of the Counts d'Arco; her paternal grandmother was Elisa Tomasi from Trento, a cousin of the Roman senator Ettore Tolomei. Valli's mother, Silvia Oberecker Della Martina, born in Pola, was the daughter of Felix Oberecker (also: Obrekar) from Laibach, Austria (now Ljubljana, Slovenia); her mother was Virginia Della Martina from Pola, Istria (then part of Austria). Valli's maternal granduncle, Rodolfo, was a close friend of Gabriele D'Annunzio. Valli was christened Baroness Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein-Frauenberg. During her lifetime she also gained the titles Dr.h.c. of the III. University of Rome, Chevalier of Arts of France and Cavaliere of the Italian Republic.
Movies & TV shows
The story of Italian cinema under Fascism, a sophisticated film industry built around the founding of the Cinecittà studios and the successful birth of a domestic star system, populated by very peculi...
Angel of Death
There is an Easter celebration in the world. Hosts of hooded Penitents parade through the narrow streets of the Old Town. This Holy Week is different for one celebrant. Semana Santa is a time for him ...
Vino Santo – Es lebe die Liebe, es lebe der Wein
Half-Italian Gioia loves Max, but leaves her son's son to cheat her as a fiancé. When Mama invites the family to the Italian winery for Grandpa's 80th birthday, the feelings are on the table alongside...
Suspiria 25th Anniversary
Documentary about the shooting of 'Suspiria' that details everything that lovers of horror genre can desire, including the inspiration of the plot, the director, the cast, the style, the music and, of...
A music video director is in Italy to make a video for a pop sensation. He encounters a killer who tapes his victims. Ritt becomes a target of the police once he is pushed into the killer's games. Bef...
A Month by the Lake
Miss Bentley has been spending April at a villa on Lake Como for 16 years. In 1937, her London society artist father died and the only other English-speaking guests are Americans. Major Wilshaw arrive...
The Long Silence
Marco is a judge fighting against corruption. The fear of their husband being murdered is what caused their fears to be realized. The Mafia's crimes have always been protected by the silence of judges...
The Final Scoop
Marco, a television journalist, reads "red lies" on his teletext system in order to gather material on the homosexual world for a story he's working on. Unfortunately, he is implicated in a series of...
Some of the most recognizable stars of Italian genre cinema, including Edwige Fenech, Ray Lovelock, and Alida Valli, are featured in this Italian TV mini-series. A singer studying to be a singer at a ...
Season of Peace in Paris
A Yugoslavian man and a woman meet in Paris, and their attraction leads to a liaison and shared adventures.
La caduta degli angeli ribelli
Who is the mysterious stranger Cecilia met on the street? Why is he suspicious of everyone? She is happily married, has a lovely child and an interesting job: she has no motive to be troubled, but she...
That House in the Outskirts
A young girl's husband rents a lovely home just outside of Madrid so she can spend the last three months of her pregnancies in peace. When they arrived at the house, the girl realized that she had sec...
A man returns from Rome to his sister's apartment.
A nun with a drug addiction presides over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister Gertrude is the head nurse in a general hospital and her increasingly psychotic behavior endangers the staff...
An American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her son to help him overcome his heroin addiction while on tour in Italy.
Eva sings in a Noah's Ark themed nightclub. The love affair between a lion tamer and a lion was doomed. She denied that she was approached by a stranger who claimed to know her. Her incestuous family ...
The Perfect Crime
The death of a multinational company's chairman causes three candidates for the chairmanship to plot against one another for control of the business.
Senator Alberici tries to approach the secretariat of his party with a campaign against immorality. In reality the politician is a pervert with homosexual tendencies that he expresses with men and wom...
Berlinguer: I Love You
A woman who hates poetry falls in love with a young poet. The poet wants his mother to help him win her over.
A Simple Heart
Set in a rural area of France in the 19th century, this simple tale tells the story of a servant girl whose life seems marked by grand tragedy, but whose heart is simple and uncomplicated enough not o...
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy learns that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of gruesome murders.
The Game of Solitaire
When his son is stabbed to death, a Psychiatrist takes complete responsibility. The evidence points to a young orphan boy as the murderer. The psychiatrists claims the murder is his own.
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 the film.
The Cassandra Crossing
Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease, and nobody will let them off the train.
Ce cher Victor
A pair of elderly men, friends for 40 years, find their relationship stressed when they set up housekeeping together in order to save money. Ce Cher Victor explores the tragic and dramatic aspects of ...
The House of Exorcism
The remake of Lisa and the Devil was released in 1975. The success of The Exorcist led to the creation of exorcism scenes.
Flesh of the Orchid
A woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt. The game-keeper tried to rape her. A man is running away from two killers in her flight.
Two writers and their girlfriends visit the castle of an actor who plays vampire roles. They wonder if the man is playing a vampire or an actor.
A young-owner abuses women due to his traumatic youth while his mother protects him. When he married the daughter of the mansion supervisor, his young wife became the leader of the family.
An Italian nobleman is looking for help after his daughter becomes possessed by a spirit.
In Italy, the gambler and professor of poetry Daniele Dominici arrives in the seaside town of Rimini and is hired to teach for four months in the local high school. His relationship with Monica is in ...
Eye in the Labyrinth
Julie was disturbed by the disappearance of her boyfriend Luca after she saw him murdered in a dream. Frank tells her Luca has been there, when she goes to a seaside village where he might be. The mys...
The Killer Strikes at Dawn
A doctor is lonely when his wife ignores him. He is befriended by a female artist. When his wife is late for a party, he drinks and takes mushrooms. He is afraid that he may have killed her accidental...
The Spider's Stratagem
Athos returned to his hometown to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of his father, who was killed by Fascists in 1936. As he untangles a web of lies that seems to encompass the whole...
A couple has a baby. The baby is taken into the desert to be killed by the father because he was jealous. Edipo was brought up by the King and Queen. Edipo was told that he would marry his mother and ...
A young man becomes enraged when his mother remarries his wealthy uncle after his father dies.
Una cara para escapar
Mexican feature film
The Paper Man
A deaf and mute vagabond finds a large denomination bill in a Mexico City dump, and while he tries to buy something with it, others try to con him into giving it away. The film was selected as the Me...
Valley of the Swords was released as a US/Spanish co-production. Broderick Crawford is playing a 10th century Spanish king who is in cahoots with the Moors. Santoni assembles an army to march against ...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Homage at Siesta Time
This uneven drama by Argentine director Leopoldo Torre-Nilsson, co-scripted with his wife Beatrice Guido, focuses on the problem of accepting unpleasant truths -- or not. Four women have suffered the ...
Combat! was aired by ABC from 1962 to 1967. A group of American soldiers were fighting the Germans in France during World War II. The platoon leader in the program was Second Lieutenant Gil Hanley.
An old woman is in a house. They will live in the same house and he will be rich soon. The owner of the mansion hired a young man as a Catering Assistant. While the son is gathering his friends for a ...
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The Happy Thieves
A man who is an art thief romances a wealthy woman and then takes a painting from her collection. Complications occur.
The Long Absence
Therese's husband went missing sixteen years ago. A woman thinks a man is her husband when he arrives in the town. She tries to bring back his memories when he is suffering from amnesia.
The story of a young intern in a large metropolitan hospital trying to learn his profession, deal with the problems of his patients, and win the respect of the senior doctor in his specialty, internal...
Eyes Without a Face
There is a doctor. The accident that caused the disfigures of the face of Christiane caused him a lot of guilt. There is a doctor. Young women are kidnapped and brought to the Génessier mansion. He re...
Dialogue with the Carmelites
In full French Revolution, the young Blanche de la Force decides to protect a convent and so entered the Carmelite order. She meets the cheerful nun Sister Constance and mother Marie, among others, an...
A woman refused to marry a sugar-refinery worker in Northern Italy.
The Wide Blue Road
Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of fish in ne...
This Angry Age
The twenty-year-old Joseph and his sixteen-year-old sister Suzanne live in a foreign land with their widowed mother. The family's run-down rice plantation is where the mother tries to exert a hold on ...
We, the Women
Five portraits of actresses are seen as women rather than movie stars.
The World Condemns Them
Forced by her lover to sell her body, Renata is saved from a suicide attempt by Paolo Martelli, an engineer. She asks him to help her find a job. When Paolo's wife humiliates her, Renata gains revenge...
The drama was directed by Gianni Franciolini.
Les miracles n'ont lieu qu'une fois
It was a beautiful year for Jerme andClaudia. They are under each other's spell when they meet. The year 1939 was terrible for the two lovers, as war broke out before they could get married. They meet...
The Third Man
In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood friend Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory a...
The Miracle of the Bells
The body of a young actress is brought to her home town by the man who loved her. He knows that she wanted all the church bells to ring for three days after she was buried, but is told that this will ...
We the Living
The beautiful and smart Kira comes to Petersburg at 18 as the Communists consolidate power. She doesn't like her cousin who rises in the Party. She falls in love with the son of an aristocracy who get...
Stasera niente di nuovo
A singer saves a journalist. The two were found in a police station, where she was brought with the accusation of prostitution.
Le due orfanelle
We the Living
The second part of the adaptation of We the Living was released in the same year as the first.
Piccolo mondo antico
Franco, a young man of noble descent, married the daughter of a humble clerk against his grandmother's will.
Luce nelle tenebre
Alberto Serrani, a mining engineer, meets doctor's daughter Marina, sweet and simple, and the notorious and frivolous Clara who falls for him immediately.