The primary phrases after years of silence: “I defended her want for privateness to the tip, together with her it was a phenomenal life.” One of many final tickets from the actress who handed away on February 2: “Nothing is gorgeous with out you”
For twenty years nobody has entered this home† “Aside from the docs, simply me, Cristina, Monica and Mirella’s secretary, who took care of her. Nobody else, ever ». Roberto Russo, the person earlier than me, was Monica Vitti’s life associate for forty-nine years.
We’re within the room the place the most well-liked actress of our nation, beloved everywhere in the world, spent the years of the brand new millennium, removed from the noise of this time, quick and sensational. Sitting on that black leather-based armchair, Monica watched the passing of days, seasons, and years. She and Roberto moved into this home in 1987† Her earlier one had burned down and she or he did not slot in anyway “as a result of Michelangelo Antonioni lived upstairs, the opposite vital man in her life. She heard him drag his leg round the home after he was struck by the stroke, and it damage her.”
How did you meet Monica, I ask Roberto. “We had been on the set of Teresa the Thief. I used to be 25, she was sixteen older than me† She was the lead actress, I hit the clapperboard. In brief, I used to be a machinist. I did the whole lot within the cinema. I lived in Torpignattara and at some point they got here to shoot a film. He wanted two youngsters. I did not miss the chance. Then I used to be a machinist, electrician, toolmaker, inside decorator. I beloved engaged on the set. I had no schedules. They paid me extra as a result of I labored twice as a lot. After that I additionally labored as a nonetheless photographer, director, producer. THE
In brief, throughout that film, primarily based on a ebook by Dacia Maraini, I fully misplaced my head† Ever since I noticed her, I have never understood something about it. However I used to be the ciakkista and she or he is the star. She was engaged. I had by no means seen a girl with that intelligence, that sympathy, that magnificence. She was like the films she made: she knew the right way to make folks chuckle, make folks cry, make folks assume. Our historical past, which lasted nearly half a century, was the journey of a symbiosis. You knew her and you already know it: even in case you had been solely with Monica for 5 minutes, you had been screwed, she bewitched you, took you from all sides, you did not wish to depart. And I by no means left. I will inform you this: we did not half for a second. Simply assume, in fifty years I’ve solely slept one night time away from her, for a worth I needed to take. Monica and I by no means slept that night time.”
You possibly can think about what the naughty arcades of the glittering world of leisure would possibly say about this union: the movie star and the ciakkista, the sixteen-year distinction, Cannes and Torpignattara … “I am nonetheless in love like a madman” says this skinny man in a choked voice, with the same old stunning options and a small spot on his chest, remnants of a minor coronary heart operation: “I’ve missed a beat each second since February.” He exhibits me an image of Monica within the chair in entrance of me, on this quiet front room, the house of a home of 100 sq. meters. It is Monica within the final interval of her life, like nobody, besides these three folks, has ever seen her† I final met her, like everybody else, over twenty years in the past. Then, like a frail Salinger, she did not present up once more. And now, as Roberto searches for the image on his cellular phone, I attempt to keep in mind it because it was. Many pictures overlap within the thoughts: that of Claudia from Antonioni’s film – «The Journey was Monica’s favourite. And mine too »says Roberto – La Tosca from Luigi Magni, Adelaide Ciafrocchi from Dramma della jealousy, Dea Dani from Stardust, Assunta Patanè from The lady with the gun. I see her once more with that sensual and civilized, irreverent and ironic face. She, with a well-liked, refined, uncommon magnificence. Now Roberto has discovered pictures. He exhibits me† It is Monica, together with her stunning helmet of blond hair and her face stuffed with freckles and solar. However an image has no phrases.
So I ask
Roberto when he realized that one thing wasn’t fairly proper in Monica.
“Monica was an ideal actress, do not forget that. She masked the holes that multiplied in her thoughts. She was nice. She trusted that in any case, she’d all the time been somewhat forgetful. He knew all of the scripts by coronary heart, however he might not keep in mind the place he left the home keys† It is all the time been that approach. However our life in symbiosis meant that every panty of 1 was felt by the opposite. I spotted one thing was flawed, as all the time. That reminiscence left herslowly however, to me, seen. I took her to a well-known physician† She confirmed off her camouflage expertise and eventually this gentle struck me that Monica was okay and it was me who wanted to be examined. One other time I took her to the clinic for assessments and she or he bought mad. He requested me the way it occurred to me that she was okay and the assessments confirmed that. I apologized and informed her I did it to allay my worry ».
I ask Roberto if he had ever felt that Monica had realized that one thing much like amnesia on her pc was taking place to her. 2001 An area odyssey† Roberto swallows and says, “Sure, as soon as he mentioned to me:
“Roberto I do not keep in mind this factor, it is a straightforward factor. How is that attainable? What is going to occur to me?”Monica didn’t have Alzheimer’s, however a degenerative illness known as “Lewy physique dementia”, attributable to a buildup of proteins within the mind that causes extreme impairments in consideration, speech, motor talents and causes apathy. However Monica tried her finest to answer the tip† She didn’t keep in mattress, she rose, supported by the three companions all these days, she was washed and dressed – Roberto says he had stunning legs at 90 – and sat in that black armchair. The one in entrance of my eyes, the one within the photograph. Each Cristina and Roberto prefer to say that regardless of the diminished means to inform she had, she understood herself very effectively. Cristina Loss, the actress’s secretary since 1988, recollects that if she and Mirella occurred to have one thing responsible on Roberto, Monica would burst out with a loud “Nooo”, as if to defend him. After which if he was in one other room, she was searching for him, she’d name him. “How did he do it?” I ask. Cristina replies with a smile that Monica did it by saying only one phrase: “Pope…”†
Roberto says Monica known as him that from the primary second, as an ironic response to those that mentioned he was youthful than them. †The night time earlier than he died, we realized one thing was flawed.
Monica wasn’t the identical as all the time. The subsequent morning I known as the ambulance however there was nothing to do, we stopped on the nearest hospital… From there I known as you to inform you to provide the information. Monica made positive that I lived a phenomenal life, full of happiness and love day by day. It began on that set. I did not inform you that in some unspecified time in the future, after I could not see her and could not inform her I beloved her, I gave up capturing. However after a number of days they known as me again to inform me they needed me to return to the set. I understood in that second, essentially the most stunning factor of my life, that it was Monica who had needed me near her ». Shut … And the way lengthy have you ever been together with her because the illness bought worse? I do know, however it’s vital that this stunning particular person says it. And he says it like he does not wish to, however deep down he is happy with the phrases he is about to sayAnd: “For twenty years. Twenty years right here together with her. To by no means let her be alone, to by no means miss a factor† Twenty years with out ever leaving house besides to buy right here or go for a stroll. I defended Monica, her want for privateness to the tip, I attempted to make her chuckle each time she may, all the time holding her hand. And I might do it once more, I might do it day by day of those twenty years that I do not separate from the opposite thirty. They’ve all been nice as a result of they’ve all been together with her.”
I ponder if Monica had written something earlier than the good silence† Cristina – a girl who appears to be like a bit like Monica, who has lived with all of them these thirty-five years and Roberto nonetheless calls “her” – says, wanting on the pc display: “Mr. Roberto, look right here …”. Roberto reads, is moved, then exhibits me the phrases Monica wrote simply earlier than she withdrew into her world: «My nice love, my stunning love, love love love, how stunning it’s to dwell with you, work with you, quarrel with you, make peace with you, construct with you, be afraid and to cry and chuckle. Nothing is gorgeous with out you ».
June 19, 2022 (change June 19, 2022 | 07:12)
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