Italian Film Festival 2009

Described as the most beautiful woman in the world after Greta Garbo, Alida Valli was adopted as her nation's sweetheart. This strand celebrates her seven-decade career.

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The Third Man The Third Man
The Third Man and Suspiria
All About Alida Valli (Country: 2008; Director: Pierpaulo De Mejo)
Documentary uses the words of her unpublished autobiography to build a picture of the star.
Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo mondo antico) (Country: Italy; Year: 1941; Director: Mario Soldati; Writer: Antonio Fogazzaro, Mario Bonfantini, Emilio Cecchi, Alberto Lattuada, Mario Soldati; Stars: Alida Valli, Massimo Serato, Ada Dondini, Annibale Betrone, Mariù Pascoli, Giacinto Molteni, Elvira Bonecchi, Enzo Biliotti, Renato Cialente, Adele Garavaglia)
Drama examines social prejudice in 19th Century Lombardy, focussing on a married couple from different classes.
The Paradine Case (Country: US; Year: 1947; Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Writer: Robert Hichens, Alma Reville, David O.Selznick, Ben Hecht, James Bridie; Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Ethel Barrymore, Louis Jourdan, Alida Valli, Leo G. Carroll, Joan Tetzel, Isobel Elsom)
A lawyer falls under the spell of a beautiful client accused of murdering her older, blind husband.
Senso (Livia, The Wanton Countess) (Country: Italy; Year: 1954; Director: Luchino Visconti; Writer: Camillo Boito, Luchino Visconti; Stars: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Rina Morelli, Christian Marquand, Sergio Fantoni, Tino Bianchi, Ernst Nadherny, Tonio Selwart, Marcella Mariani, Massimo Girotti)
Self-destructive period romance.
Spider's Strategem (Strategia del ragno) (Country: Italy; Year: 1970; Director: Bernardo Bertolucci; Writer: Jorge Luis Borges, Bernardo Bertolucci, Eduardo de Gregorio, Marilù Parolini; Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Franco Giovanelli, Tino Scotti, Allen Midgette)
The son of an anti-fascist hero, returns home to find out the truth behind his assassination.
Suspiria (Dario Argento's Suspiria) (Country: Italy; Year: 1977; Director: Dario Argento; Writer: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi; Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Alida Valli, Udo Kier)
A young ballet dancer uncovers a sinister conspiracy in this masterpiece of surrealist horror.
The Third Man (Country: UK; Year: 1949; Director: Carol Reed; Writer: Graham Greene, Alexander Korda, Graham Greene, Carol Reed, Orson Welles; Stars: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Siegfried Breuer, Erich Ponto, Wilfrid Hyde-White)
A man searching for his missing friend in post-war Vienna uncovers a ruthless conspiracy.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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