“Mother I really like you assaje”. With these phrases, spoken in full emotion, Elena Anticoli de Curtis he final stated goodbye to his mom Liliana de Curtis, the daughter of the unforgettable Totò, who died final Friday (June 3) on the age of 89 in Rome after a protracted sickness. Just lately, collectively along with her daughter Elena, who right this moment takes over on the helm of the muse devoted to her grandfather, she has fought for the creation of a museum in reminiscence of the nice Totò who nonetheless awaits his gentle right this moment.
The Funeral Ritual, Held by Don Michele Espositohappened this morning within the Church of Santa Maria ai Vergini within the Rione Sanità, precisely the place the Prince of Laughter was baptized as a toddler, within the presence of kin, mates, establishments but additionally many native residents who, even right this moment , carry the reminiscence of Totò and Liliana within the coronary heart.
The arrival of the coffin, which arrived this morning from the capital, was accompanied by thunderous and shifting applause from these in attendance outdoors the church that overlooks the Palazzo dello Spagnuolo, the place the long-awaited Totò Museum is meant to be born.
In the course of the non secular operate, the poem “Sarchiapone and Ludovico” was learn by Liliana performed by her niece Elena Anticoli De Curtis. On the finish of the funeral ceremony, the physique was transported to the storage room of the Nuovissimo cemetery, whereas tomorrow it is going to be buried within the cemetery of Santa Maria del Pianto subsequent to the daddy’s grave.
«Liliana and Totò – stated the son Antonello Buffardi de Curtis – have at all times been in love, all their lives. Liliana was Grandpa Tot’s best love ». “His motto – Antonello continues – was love and assist, he liked his nation, particularly this lovely a part of Naples, the Rione Sanità”. A love, Liliana’s for her neighbourhood, which lives on within the recollections of family and friends to today.
†We met 25 years in the past – remembers the goddaughter Pina Contea – got here searching for me understanding that I deal with the minors within the space. He noticed his father within the youngsters, he took an energetic half in our actions: he helped the little ones and the households of the ward loads, with out ever letting them know.†† On the identical time, over time, Liliana has fought a number of instances to create, within the neighborhood the place the nice Totò was born, a museum devoted to the Prince of Laughter.
†Even in recent times, when the well being state of affairs has change into tougher, it has at all times been a priority of his – explains the actor good friend Enzo Decaro – the dearth of a bodily place to gather Totò’s ideas, instruments and writings does Naples justice, we hope the “distraction” of the previous may be rewarded. The daughter wished to make her father recognized not solely as Totò, but additionally as Antonio de Curtis: poet and thinker††
So, with the disappearance of his daughter Liliana, the controversies flare up once more for individuals who have been asking for years – by way of the museum – to get the appropriate recognition for one of many metropolis’s most illustrious sons. †I hope that the indispensable and needed theme of a museum in honor of Totò is lastly outlined† clarifies the deputy mayor of Naples, Mia Filippone, who’s current on the funeral ceremony right this moment. Whereas the case once more sparks nice tirades, additionally beneath the meanders of Palazzo San Giacomo. †Liliana De Curtis, the daughter of the nice Totò, left with out seeing the museum constructed to her father. Naples is a metropolis that has no respect for its youngsters and its symbols. We hope that is now acknowledged and we will rapidly transfer in direction of a purpose that’s as pure as it’s extremely unfulfilled† thunders metropolis councilor Catello Maresca.
A path of controversy that reaches from politics to the streets of Naples. In actual fact, there are numerous residents current right this moment at Liliana’s funeral, strongly asking for the creation of the museum devoted to the Prince of Laughter. After greater than 20 years of guarantees, bulletins and funding, the concept of creating an area devoted to Totò within the Palazzo dello Spagnuolo nonetheless appears caught: “It is a joke now, however we need to imagine in miracles ” ‘ he feedback, between hope and bitterness, on his cousin Antonello Buffardi de Curtis.
Whereas the proprietor of the close by home the place Totò was born, Giuseppe de Chiara, depends on the brand new municipal administration to counteract the neglect that types the backdrop to the facade of the constructing the place Totò was born† He additionally hopes that “a connection may be made between dwelling and museum”, additionally in relation to the present vacationer movement within the capital of Campania.
On the identical time, there are these reminiscent of Giovanni Marotta, a condominium of the Palazzo dello Spagnuolowho would even be keen to open their doorways to pay correct tribute to the unforgettable Totò. †We hope that this museum will open – says Giovanni – but when the municipality, the area and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage make no concessions, I’m keen to supply him my condo within the Palazzo dello Spagnuolo to the prince. To uphold its identify to carry folks from throughout Italy and all around the world to our neighborhood, to let everybody know the way noble this neighborhood is.††