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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Big stars of the Italian cinema on stamps

The Italian Post has issued a set of stamps commemorating three geniuses of the Italian cinema - Federico Fellini, Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi.

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director. Known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential and widely revered filmmakers of the 20th century. Fellini wrote and registered such films as Le notte di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria, 1957), La dolce vita (The sweet life, 1960), 8 1/2 (1963), Juglietta degli spiriti (Juliet of the spirits, 1965) etc.

Vittorio Gassman was an Italian theatre and film actor and director. He is considered one of the greatest Italian actors and is commonly recalled as an extremely professional, versatile, magnetic interpreter, whose long career includes both important productions as well as dozens of divertissements (which made him greatly popular). He acted in more than 100 films, the most popular are La Figlia del capitano (The Captain's Daughter, 1947), Riso amaro (Bitter Rice, 1948), Anna (1951), War and Peace (1956).

Alberto Sordi was an Italian actor, likely the most popular of the 20th Century. He was also a film director and the dubbing voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the Laurel & Hardy films.