«When Montezemolo and I ran out of cash in Cortina. Steven Spielberg was afraid of us »- Corriere.it

from Giovanna Cavallic

The screenwriter: “It is exhausting to maneuver on with out my brother. Deaf was the very best good friend of the household, at Dad’s funeral it was heartbreaking to see him cry. I like Verdone, I am sorry I did not make a film with him”

“I’ve three footage of myself as a baby on my desk. One with Totò, significantly, raincoat and hat, holding me by the hand, I will need to have been two and a half years outdated. In one other I’m dressed within the arms of Aldo Fabrizi like a guard, we within the household are all skinny, he was so massive that he even scared me a little bit ».

And the third?

“Probably the most well-known, there are Carlo and I in dungarees, within the center Alberto Sordi within the cowboy hat, on the set of An American in Rome“, tells Enrico Vanzina73 years outdated, author (12 books, the primary was
The faux blondes
in 1986, the final is
day diary2011-2021
for HarperCollins: “A narrative about Italy and Italians, about how they’ve modified: worse, sadder, resigned to the current”), screenwriter, director and producer of greater than 120 movies, alone or together together with his beloved brother Carlo – handed away in 2018 – undisputed king of Italian comedy of the final 45 years and damaged, furthermore kids of a holy monster like Steno (Stefano Vanzina), director, screenwriter, cartoonist and above all Grandmaster of the golden years of cinema extra carefree Italian , from the post-war interval. «I used to be born within the cinema, for me it was regular, my father’s associates did, all of us cherished one another, like in an enormous household. It so occurred that somebody as busy as Michelangelo Antonioni went to dinner quietly with my father who was capturing comedies. And what’s extra with Guards and Thieves in 1952 he gained the Cannes Movie Competition, lastly co-wrote the screenplay with Ennio Flaiano and Vitaliano Brancati with Mario Monicelli ».

Totò was a neighbor.

«He lived a stone’s throw from our home, in through dei Monti Parioli – however I used to be born in Piazza di Spagna – the place our neighbor Mario Camerini was. In his life he was Prince De Curtis, using the curtained Cadillac. Papa was the director of Totò par excellence. They understood one another, they appreciated one another. At some point on the set of
toò diabolicus
(1962) I nonetheless noticed him coming dressed as a girl. “Ah, how I like to do Totò”, he exclaimed ».

Albertone virtually an uncle.

“The best good friend of the household. He despatched us a postcard from Kansas Metropolis. “The illness held me again”. The final reminiscence I’ve of him is of the day he died. I used to be within the automobile, I went out of Rome, I went again. In entrance of Sordi’s villa it was full of individuals, with cameras. I referred to as. The nurse opened it for me. “Come, include me, Alberto cherished you a lot, I wish to offer you a pleasant current”. He took me to a room. There he lay on the mattress, waxy. I needed to flee, it impressed me. However I remembered him joking like, “I am not afraid of loss of life, I’ve already talked to him up there, I’ve booked a set in heaven” and I managed to smile. Then again, at my father’s funeral, within the church of San Lorenzo in Lucina, I noticed Alberto cry bitterly, hidden behind a column, heartbreaking ».

However that evening with Renato Pozzetto…

“Carlo and I had simply shot him” Honeymoon for 3 and Pozzetto was desperate to get to know Sordi. We invited them to dinner. Renato arrived first, anxious. Alberto was joined by Piero Piccioni. We launched the visitor to him. He checked out him with a hearty smile as solely he smiled. ‘However who’re you, honey? Are you Cochi or are you Renato?” Within the films it was similar to in life. At some point Andy Warhol requested him how he all the time modified character. however beneath it I’m all the time” ».

It will need to have been a feast on your kids.

“We had a lot enjoyable with Walter Chiari who made us run, for Raimondo Vianello we had a complete ardour, however the one I cherished probably the most was Paolo Panelli. In Castiglioncello, the place we went on trip because of Suso Cecchi D’Amico, we, Sordi, Vittorio Gassman – with whom I performed tennis – he was absolutely the king of the skits, with Mastroianni supporting him ».

Gloria Swanson gave you sticks and helmets from the traditional Romans.

“He Was Twisted”
My son Nero
with Sordi, Vittorio De Sica and Brigitte Bardot doing Poppea. Papa stated to my brother, “Thanks Mrs. Swanson”, however he remained mute. “Come on, say thanks.” Silence. Then Carlo pulled him by the arm. “However I needed the Bardot,” he protested. He already had an eye fixed for lovely ladies.’

Two destined, it was written.

«Mamma Maria Teresa, daughter of a railway employee, was lovely, however she was not inquisitive about cinema. He despatched us to the French highschool Chateaubriand, probably the most unique. We dreamed of ambassadors, we had been in Manziana capturing with Lando Buzzanca ».

And on vacation with Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, in Cortina.
“We quickly ran out of cash and it was useful to have studied piano as I had fallen in love with a DJ at King’s. I launched the proprietor. So from one to 2 within the morning I performed Gino Paoli, Luigi Tenco, the pay was sufficient to assist me ».

The primary script.

“There are literally two. I simply wrote
Honeymoon for 3
Alberto Lattuada actually appreciated it, he requested me to put in writing that down from
Oh Serafina!
along with Giuseppe Berto. An unbelievable alternative, in retreat at Capo Vaticano with him, I used to be 25 years outdated ».

In 1976 the horse fever with Proietti / Mandrake and Montesano / Er Pomata.
“As a child I went to circuits, I used to be an excellent participant, it was Camerini who took me to Capannelle once I was 14, then I saved racing with the Giubilo household. I used to be an knowledgeable. I wrote the final piece for Proietti, that of the trial earlier than Decide Adolfo Celi. I effectively bear in mind the day we shot the well-known scene of the “male flute with out scraping” in Largo Augusto Imperatore. Gigi was an excellent good friend, we made great journeys collectively, when he died I felt a really robust ache ».

That point …

«… we had been on trip in New York, one evening we went to the Apollo Theater in Harlem to listen to Ray Charles, it will need to have been 1970. Sooner or later we realized we had been the one white folks, everybody rotated. Proietti checked out me with a smile like Mandrake: “I do not find out about you, however I will put it beneath” ».

The film of the guts, yours?
“I’d say
style of sea
1983. For the producer Claudio Bonivento we had simply carried out the best with Diego Abatantuono and Jerry Calà, who had gone very effectively. We advised this to him, he accepted, he was courageous. A really private, autobiographical movie, advised about our summers in Castiglioncello. The David ought to have been awarded to us that yr, however as a lot as he was cherished, it is like we gained it. I’m very connected to The air in a room, with Elio Germano, humorous, sentimental. And I am contemplating Sunday lunch the final actual Italian comedy ».

Stellar good points.

“I’ve calculated that our movies have typically earned six or seven hundred million euros, not us. Ever Richard Fox from Warner, who we did that with in 2002 the Mandrakata, he advised me what Steven Spielberg had advised him: “In Italy, by no means launch a film with the Vanzinas”. I’d have appreciated to kneel earlier than him ».

Have you ever ever argued with Carlo a few film?

“No, as a result of we had completely different roles, I wrote extra and did not go to the set a lot. In addition to, I normally thought like him and he me.’

He all the time protected him.

“I used to be the tallest, the oldest, the one time in my life I’ve fought within the stadium was to defend him. My biggest ache is that I’ve not been capable of save him from sickness and struggling, I used to be satisfied that I’d have gone first. Happening alone is tough, however I am unable to surrender. As within the menu of a restaurant is the specialty of the home, within the Vanzina cinema there’s the story of life via our eyes, now solely mine. And I feel: how would Carlo have carried out this? How did Dad take it? I’m all the time and in any case right here with me ».

Carlo Verdone, one other good good friend.

“We met late, however there’s a nice friendship between us. The one factor I remorse is that I’ve by no means made a film with him ».

Sure, why not?
«As a result of Carlo Verdone makes films with Carlo Verdone. However I hope we will do it earlier than we change into fully silly.”

After which there’s Christian De Sica.


“The Vanzinas and the De Sica household have all the time been very shut, Father had an never-ending affection for Vittorio and vice versa, a lot in order that when he died – and because of a bureaucratic quick circuit we couldn’t bury him the place he belonged – for a while he was housed of their household chapel, we wish to think about them collectively in heaven, sitting on the bar and surrounded by dancers from the 40s. Christian is a superb expertise, I’ve an unbridled ardour for him as a singer ».

The three of you on a visit to Venice.

“Early eighties. Me, Christian, Carlo and our respective wives are leaving, staying on the Excelsior lodge. Carlo and I’m going right down to take the sunbeds, the lifeguard comes to fulfill us and tells us that he met so many well-known actors earlier than us, Sordi, Gassman, Monica Vitti. “Uh, however you knew these tirchiacci, they by no means left a tip, what number of curses I despatched them”. From then on we spent a fortune on ideas since you by no means know…».

The critics turned up their noses.

“First they handled us very effectively, then our success attracted an ideological bias. We advised like no different in regards to the eighties, the period of Craxi, Thatcher, Berlusconi together with his TVs, they accused us of being their singers, as a substitute we joked a few sure world, the Milan to drink from Yuppies and the cafona Rome of
Christmas break
† Now there’s the part of exaggerated, terrifying adoration … the great factor is that always you aren’t allowed to pay on the bar ».

June 3, 2022 (change June 3, 2022 | 7:13 AM)

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