lunes, 10 de marzo de 2008

Totò





Totò: nombre artístico de Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno De Curtis di Bisanzio Gagliardi (Nápoles, 15/02/1898 - Roma, 15/04/1967), actor y poeta italiano. Considerado uno de las figuras del espectáculo más importantes en la historia del cine italiano. El arte de Totò se desarrolló en todos los géneros teatrales, desde las variedades hasta la gran revista. Participó en noventa y siete películas, interpretadas entre los años 1937 y 1967 y participó en nueve telefilms televisivos. [Wikipedia]


Born in 1898, son of Anna Clemente and Giuseppe de Curtis, son of a Marquis. As a youngster, he preferred sports to studying, and in an incident with either a football or in the boxing ring, part of his nose became paralysed, thus giving him that look which later became his trademark. Travelled to Rome to work in local theatres and met Liliana Castagnola, who committed suicide when Toto would not refuse a contract in Padova. In 1931 he met Diana Bandini Rodigliani. They had a daughter, Liliana in 1934 and married in 1935 (various dates given). He filed for divorce in Hungary on the grounds of her infidelity and it was finally ruled in Italy in 1940. For the sake of their daughter, they continued their family life by still living together, but free to have other relationships. It was on the set of his first film "47 Morto Chi Parla" that he met the actress Silvana Pampanini. The media reported this blooming relationship and Diana accepted a marriage proposal from a lawyer. Apparently Toto felt very hurt and when he wrote the song "Malafemmina", it was rumoured that he really wrote it for Diana, not Silvana. His real true love came in the form of Franca Faldini in 1951 when he was taken aback by her photo on the cover of 'Oggi'. She was only 21- he 53. They secretly wed in Switzerland in 1954 and in October of that year, Franca almost died giving birth to their son Massenzio, who sadly died a few hours later. Toto threw himself back into work, but in 1956, he suffered a serious bout of bronchitis. Three days later in Milan, he forced himself to go on stage, but had to return to his sick bed. His tour took him to Geneva, then Florence, then Palermo. In each of these places he suffered gradual loss of sight which would plaugue him for the rest of his years. Up until two days prior to his death, he was working but still ill. His heart finally gave in on the 15 April 1967, and his last word were directed at the true love of his life: "I've loved you very much Franca. Very much."

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4 comentarios:

Apostillas literarias dijo...

Su nombre real era bastante largo. Recuerdo que mis padres hablaban de él con admiración. Yo les comentaba, en broma, por supuesto, que de tantos nombres que le pusieron ¿con cuál lo llamaría su madre (puesto que el padre, tengo entendido, estuvo ausente de su vida)?

No tuvo una vida facil, pero bueno, nadie la tiene. Pero sí una excelente carrera.

Ferrer Lerín dijo...

¿Tus padres conocieron personalmente a Totò? Para mí fue un personaje fascinante. Su rostro, la forma de la cabeza, la gestualidad de todo el cuerpo, su napolitanismo, lo convertían en el paradigma del tragicómico ambulante. La televisión pública italiana ha emitido varias veces una selección, en varios capítulos, de las secuencias memorables de sus filmes.

Fernando Valls dijo...

Maravilloso actor. Me recuerda mucho al alemán Karl Valentin. ¿Dónde se encuentran sus películas? En España, al menos, no he logrado nunca encontrar ninguna.

Magda dijo...

No, mis padres no lo conocieron personalmente. Tengo entendido que mi abuela materna si, no como amistad, sino lo vio actuando. Y de ahi se desprendió todo pues mi abuela le contaba a mi madre y mi madre a mi.

También he visto por televisión alguna vez sus filmes.