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Monica Vitti (born Maria Luisa Ceciarelli on 3 November 1931) is an Italian actress.

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Monica Vitti (born Maria Luisa Ceciarelli on 3 November 1931) 1931 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian actress.

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* ''Film/TheGirlWithThePistol'' (1968)


Monica Vitti is an Italian actress born on November, 3 1931.

In early 1960's she became a companion and a muse for Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni. She played main characters in ''Film/LAvventura (1960)'', ''[[Film/{{Leclisse}} L'eclisse]]'' (1962) and ''Film/IlDesertoRosso'' (1964). Also Vitti played an important secondary character in ''[[Film/{{Lanotte}} La notte]]'' (The Night, 1961). Consequently she became an icon of the cinematic alienation.

After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international mainstream audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had a mixed success.

She and Antonioni reunited for the TV production Il mistero di Oberwald.

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Monica Vitti (born Maria Luisa Ceciarelli on 3 November 1931) is an Italian actress born on November, 3 1931.

actress.

In early 1960's she became a companion and a muse for Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni. She played main characters in ''Film/LAvventura (1960)'', ''Film/LAvventura'' (1960), ''[[Film/{{Leclisse}} L'eclisse]]'' (1962) and ''Film/IlDesertoRosso'' (1964). Also Vitti played an important secondary character in ''[[Film/{{Lanotte}} La notte]]'' (The Night, 1961).(1961). Consequently she became an icon of the cinematic alienation.

After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. ''Film/LeFantomeDeLaLiberte''. However her attempt to reach out to the international mainstream audience with Film/ModestyBlaise ''Film/ModestyBlaise'' had a mixed success.

She and Antonioni reunited for the TV production Il ''Il mistero di Oberwald.
Oberwald''.




!! Tropes

* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Monica Vitti played a blonde in L'avventura, a brunette in La notte, a blonde once more in L'eclisse and finally a redhead in Il deserto rosso. While similar changes of hair color or a wig are nothing unusual she performed those transformations within an implied film series by one director.
* BreakthroughHit: Film/LAvventura in 1960.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Often her characters are mild versions of this.
* {{Comedy}}: A very important trope for her. Vitti who became acclaimed as the star of the existentialist cinema of alienation after 1964 turned to comedy (commedia all'italiana) because she was unsatisfied with being only known by Antonioni's tetralogy. She was trained as a comedy actress and in her formative years was actually very keen on comedy. Moreover she used comedic means also in some of her films with Antonioni. Less so with Il deserto rosso, much more with L'eclisse.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: That's how her 1960-64 films should look from the perspective of the Italian mainstream viewers who mostly enjoyed her roles in her commedie all'italiana.
* {{The Muse}} Vitti to Michelangelo Antonioni in 1957-67.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In 1981 in Il mistero di Oberwald she doesn't look her 50.
* ParentalAbandonment: All her family left for USA. She remained in Italy and became a famous actress.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Le Monde wrote an obituary for Monica Vitti early in May of 1988 [[http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/1988/05/04/monica-vitti-sta-bene-malgrado-le-monde.html An article of la Repubblica refuting the news (Italian).]] She was not 60 yet then.
* ReunionShow. Her film Il mistero di Oberwald can be considered as such because there she and Antonioni reunited to work on that film 17 years after their last work together. Further justified as it was made for TV.
* TheSixties: The decade when she became a star of arthouse cinema. She went on being famous in 70's too.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: She always playes the inherently idealistic characters who try desperately not to succumb to the cynicism of the world around them.
* StageNames: She was born Maria Louisa Ceciarelli.
* TypeCasting: That's what she was afraid of so she quit playing alienated women in the films of Antonioni.



* Il Mistero di Oberwald (1981)

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* ''Il mistero di Oberwald'' (1981)
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!! Tropes associated with her works:

* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Monica Vitti played a blonde in ''L'avventura'', a brunette in ''La notte'', a blonde once more in ''L'eclisse'' and finally a redhead in ''Il deserto rosso''. While similar changes of hair color or a wig are nothing unusual she performed those transformations within an implied film series by one director.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Often her characters are mild versions of this.
* {{Comedy}}: A very important trope for her. Vitti who became acclaimed as the star of the existentialist cinema of alienation after 1964 turned to comedy (commedia all'italiana) because she was unsatisfied with being only known by Antonioni's tetralogy. She was trained as a comedy actress and in her formative years was actually very keen on comedy. Moreover she used comedic means also in some of her films with Antonioni. Less so with
Il Mistero deserto rosso, much more with L'eclisse.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: That's how her 1960-64 films should look from the perspective of the Italian mainstream viewers who mostly enjoyed her roles in her commedie all'italiana.
* TheMuse: Vitti to Michelangelo Antonioni in 1957-67.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In 1981 in ''Il mistero
di Oberwald (1981)Oberwald'' she doesn't look her 50.
* ReunionShow. Her film ''Il mistero di Oberwald'' can be considered as such because there she and Antonioni reunited to work on that film 17 years after their last work together. Further justified as it was made for TV.
* TheSixties: The decade when she became a star of arthouse cinema. She went on being famous in 70's too.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: She always playes the inherently idealistic characters who try desperately not to succumb to the cynicism of the world around them.
* StageNames: She was born Maria Louisa Ceciarelli.
* {{Typecasting}}: That's what she was afraid of so she quit playing alienated women in the films of Antonioni.
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* ItsPopularNowItSucks: Subverted because she became as successful in mainstream movies as she had been in the highbrow arthouse cinema.


* TheSixties: The decade when she became a star of arthouse cinema. She went on being famous in 70's too.



* BreakthroughHit: Film/LAvventura in 1960.



* TheSixties: The decade when she became a star of arthouse cinema. She went on being famous in 70's too.



* StageNames: She was born Maria Louisa Ceciarelli

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* StageNames: She was born Maria Louisa Ceciarelli
Ceciarelli.
* TypeCasting: That's what she was afraid of so she quit playing alienated women in the films of Antonioni.

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* ''Film/BlondeInBlackLeather'' (1975)


* Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)

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* Le fantôme de la liberté ''Film/LeFantomeDeLaLiberte'' (1974)


In early 1960's she became a companion and a muse for Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni. She played main characters in ''Film/LAvventura (1960)'', ''[[Film/{{Leclisse}} L'eclisse]]'' (1962) and ''Film/IlDesertoRosso'' (1964). Also she played an important secondary character in ''[[Film/{{Lanotte}} La notte]]'' (The Night, 1961). She became an icon of the cinematic alienation.

After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international mainstream audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had mixed success.

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In early 1960's she became a companion and a muse for Creator/MichelangeloAntonioni. She played main characters in ''Film/LAvventura (1960)'', ''[[Film/{{Leclisse}} L'eclisse]]'' (1962) and ''Film/IlDesertoRosso'' (1964). Also she Vitti played an important secondary character in ''[[Film/{{Lanotte}} La notte]]'' (The Night, 1961). She Consequently she became an icon of the cinematic alienation.

After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international mainstream audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had a mixed success.


After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had mixed success.

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After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international mainstream audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had mixed success.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: She always playes the inherently idealistic characters who try desperately not to succumb to the cynicism of the world around them.


* ReunionShow. Her film Il Mistero di Oberwald can be considered as such because there she and Antonioni reunited to work on that film 17 years after their last work together. Further justified as it was made for TV.

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* ReunionShow. Her film Il Mistero mistero di Oberwald can be considered as such because there she and Antonioni reunited to work on that film 17 years after their last work together. Further justified as it was made for TV.


* ''Film/LAvventura (The Adventure, 1960)'', in this film his attention returned to the upper-class millieu.

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* ''Film/LAvventura (The Adventure, 1960)'', in this film his attention returned to the upper-class millieu.became a BreakthroughHit for her.


After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked with Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had mixed success.

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After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked with for Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had mixed success.



* StageNames: She was born Maria Louisa Ceciarelli

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* StageNames: She was born Maria Louisa CeciarelliCeciarelli

!! Filmography

* ''Film/LAvventura (The Adventure, 1960)'', in this film his attention returned to the upper-class millieu.
* ''[[Film/{{Lanotte}} La notte]]'' (The Night, 1961)
* ''[[Film/{{Leclisse}} L'eclisse]]'' (''The Eclipse'', 1962)
* ''Film/IlDesertoRosso'' (The Red Desert, 1964)
* ''Film/ModestyBlaise'' (1966)
* Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)
* Il Mistero di Oberwald (1981)


* ReunionShow. Her film Il Mistero di Oberwald can be considered as such because there she and Antonioni reunited to work on that film after 17 years apart. Further justified as it was made for TV.

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* ReunionShow. Her film Il Mistero di Oberwald can be considered as such because there she and Antonioni reunited to work on that film after film 17 years apart.after their last work together. Further justified as it was made for TV.


After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked with Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté.

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After 1964 she stopped appearing in Antonioni's films and reached a huge mainstream success as a comedy star featuring in numerous films and winning one of the highest amounts of various prizes among Italian actresses. She also worked with Creator/LuisBunuel in Le fantôme de la liberté.
liberté. However her attempt to reach out to the international audience with Film/ModestyBlaise had mixed success.

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