In January, presenting his second directorial work, Tre sorelle (after Italian-style Lockdown 2020), Enrico Vanzina – not bypassing – he stated: “I’m assuming the obligations of a person who makes a movie about girls, however for positive I’ve no presumption to even discuss them in any respect. On this case, I’m telling three girls. And that is it (they have been Serena Autieri, Chiara Francini, Giulia Bevilacqua plus Rocío Muñoz, ed.) ». Nonetheless, there are numerous extra with whom Enrico Vanzina and his brother Carlo (who died in 2018 on the age of 67) needed to face throughout extraordinary lives – them and his father, the good Steno – all within the title of cinema. Names like Faye Dunaway, Daryl Hannah, Laura Antonelli, Stefania Sandrelli, Elsa Martinelli, Lauren Hutton and plenty of extra.
We discuss girls within the room of his Roman examine, in Parioli, the place he writes and performs the piano amongst historic books, footage with pop-art footage (Vanzina additionally met Andy Warhol), a diploma in political science hidden among the many cabinets, two Telegatti ( for boys 3C from 1987). Enrico opens the door barefoot, smiling, together with his ordinary Indian chief hair. Then he sits down, seems at an image of his brother Carl and assaults: “He has at all times been an ideal explorer of magnificence. In 1956, my father was filming My Son Nero with Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Gloria Swanson and the very younger Brigitte Bardot. In the future, Swanson invitations us residence and offers us armor from the traditional Romans. I used to be 7, Carlo 5. I am a superb boy and thanks right away, he is not. Mother tells him to be good. Something. Dad scolds him. Dumb. Dad is pissed. And Carlo: I need Bardot! ».
Who did she need?
“At that age, I used to be loopy about Marisa Allasio.”
Rising up, what number of instances did you fall in love with an actress?
“I had just a few tales, however no love. I discover them too self-referential, they imagine they’re the middle of the world. I am speaking concerning the stars, in fact. As an instance I am drawn to cashiers, saleswomen, straight girls. Nonetheless, it’s also true that the heroine of the movie should really feel taken under consideration by those that selected and directed her. Carlo and I’ve at all times made the actress of the second imagine that she is essentially the most wished on the planet. Magnificence is what counts on the set ».
How a lot? Greater than expertise?
“As a lot as. As soon as upon a time, Alberto Arbasino, within the Fifties, requested Gary Cooper: what does it take to be an ideal actor? And he smiled,” This “, pointing to his face. That is true. To achieve success, no expertise is sufficient, presence is required. Some nice actresses have the magical capability to make everybody imagine that they’re superbly lovely, even when they don’t seem to be. An actual star does that too ».
Who’re you referring to?
“Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep … They conquered the world with out overwhelming them with magnificence.”
Essentially the most lovely you’ve got labored with?
«Virna Lisi. He was at all times capable of deliver the great thing about her face to her coronary heart. After which she was lovely at any age. An distinctive lady ».
Essentially the most shocking?
Faye Dunaway. Collectively along with her, we made a sport in 1988. It was superb: he felt the sunshine. Once they converse and transfer, actual stars can at all times discover one of the best reflection to be good. Monica Vitti was like that too.
And Isabella Ferrari?
“Once we solid her in 1983 as Selvaggia in Sapore di mare, a task she had hated for years, we knew instantly on set that we had chosen the right woman for these years. It was sufficient to take a look at it. Identical in 1987 with Sabrina Ferilli, employed for the 3C boys: the combo of magnificence and love was spectacular. It was clear that he was going to be very fashionable. “
Is it true that mannequin Megan Gale, one of many phone commercials, was imposed on you at Christmas in 2000?
“Sure. And when she first got here to the set, at daybreak, with out make-up, we stayed a bit …”.
«All the time lovely, however totally different. After which very excessive. Lovely ladies should be like Liz Taylor: little ones ».
In 2001, you employed Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson referred to as The Physique, 1 meter 83 centimeters for “South Kensington” …
«Properly, it was going to be thrown to the bottom. Like Carole Bouquet (heroine of Mystère in 1983, ed.) And Renée Simonsen (star of Beneath the gown Nothing in 1985, ed.): She has by no means seen her appear to be this once more. Then again, Carol Alt hit me for Irish espresso. “
What does it imply?
“The primary dinner collectively, through the filming of Through Montenapoleone in 1986, he ordered solely Irish espresso. I requested her why. And she or he: “As a lady, I used to be fats and ugly, and at college I used to be bullied. Now I’m lovely and I wish to keep like that eternally ».
A bit unattainable.
“Already. Magnificence is usually a ripoff as a result of many, together with males, do not know find out how to cope with it. Greta Garbo, for instance, was overwhelmed. Valentina Cortese, or Giovanna Ralli, who remains to be implausible in the present day, was good.”
How one can handle actresses of such an essential character and sweetness on the set?
“Persistence. From make-up to jokes, they have to at all times be comfortable, in any other case they may behave badly.”
And through nude scenes?
“Plenty of persistence. Until you are working with Monica Bellucci. As a producer in 1991, I labored with Dino Risi on the TV movie Vita con i figli, starring Giancarlo Giannini. In Pavia Risi, in entrance of the scene the place she needed to be bare in mattress, he ordered her to step below the sheets. And she or he stated, “If I’ll be bare, no downside.” And with unprecedented self-confidence, he undressed utterly in entrance of everybody, walked by way of the workplace and went to sleep. Loopy scene. We have been speechless ».
Are there often issues?
“There are those that requested for a clean set, like Carole Bouquet, bandages as… Within the Boldi and De Sica film, Megan Gale did not wish to be filmed, and we used a double for the bathe scene. On the premiere, he began shouting “Cease the film!” It was black. He thought it was her.
«Barbara Mastroianni, daughter of Marcell. We have been 16. He favored to have me very a lot in his villa in Castiglioncello, and he lived with a lot of his members of the family ».
When did your spouse, the German Federica Burger, meet you?
«In 1975 at a bar in Porto Ercole. I noticed her and instantly stated to her: she was the good love of my life ”.
However years in the past you broke up and he or she moved to Milan, proper?
“Sure, nevertheless it was a mistake. After some time I lied to the woman to see my spouse, so after a yr and a half I went residence. It was the happiness of my life. She by no means obtained in the way in which of my work and at all times gave me the appropriate recommendation after I requested her about it. We obtained married in 1994 after we realized that below Italian legislation, not getting married makes an enormous distinction. ”
It wasn’t the primary time for her, was it?
“In 1974, I went to Bangkok to work on my father’s Bigfoot movie in Hong Kong. I met Tookata, a neighborhood woman from a superb household, fell in love and shortly we obtained married performing a Buddhist ritual. At the moment, I used to be a vegetarian, I had brief hair … ».
“I attempted to stay in Bangkok for a number of months nevertheless it was a catastrophe. Then she got here to Rome and it was even worse. We broke up with none drama. My mom did not prefer it that a lot.
How was the connection along with her?
“Tough. He was bipolar and we had nice tensions, which we fortunately managed to clear up earlier than his loss of life. He by no means liked the world of cinema and wished us to be diplomats. We did one thing else.”