“At home we speak French, but we argue in Italian!”

We will soon discover Monica Bellucci in Anita Ekberg at the cinema in The girl in the fountain by Antonio Panese. to Madame Figaro, Blond wig and blue lenses, slipped back into the skin of the icon’s heroine good life, Palme d’Or at Cannes 1960. Drive!

She’s just taken off her Balmain sheath, gold wig, and blue contact lenses, but her “honey bath” sound instantly transports us to the Trevi Fountain. However, the more international Franco-Italian actresses have long since shattered their image as a Latin bombshell. And behind it, about sixty feature films, from author films to blockbusters, including comedies and TV series … and in 57, Blissima Do not stop. She returns from Rome, where she will shoot a comedy with American director Catherine Hardwicke, mafia mafia, With Tony Collette. The next day, she left for Istanbul where she plays in the theater Messages and notes By Maria Callas, under the direction of Tom Wolfe. The show, in which Monica Bellucci recites the intimate letters of “The Golden Voice”, was so successful in Paris that she traveled with him throughout Europe, and soon to London, New York and Los Angeles.

The girl who was the first James Bond girl in 50 years now enters the skin of another shattered fate, Anita Ekberg in The girl in the fountain by Antonio Panese. Neither a biography nor a documentary, it’s a game of mirrors between two singers … and three women: Anita, Sylvia (her character in good life) and Monica. “It’s a bit like a master class, she explains, the actress’s process of interpreting a role. We see her wondering if she should accept or not, how to approach the character, do research on her, prepare with her coach, with the director, and work on her tone.” At the same time, the audience discovers it anew through my eyes. There are flashbacks, archival footage.” It is also a palace of two eras and two star systems: the 1950s era and the current era.

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“Thanks to these women, my generation has learned a lot,” Monica continues. Especially to defend ourselves. At that time, when we lost our youth and vitality, cinema ended. This is the big change. Today, jobs are long…but in Europe. Look at Helen Mirren, Judith Dench, Catherine Deneuve, Natalie Bay, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant… My age opens doors for me, and allows me to tackle new, more diverse roles. In Anita’s time, I simply did not have the opportunity to work. In my last movie, memory, By Martin Campbell, Thriller with Liam Neeson, I really wanted to break the codes. For the first time, I am playing a strong woman. I gained weight, and accentuated my dark circles. Enjoying making oneself ugly is the privilege of getting old.

Monica and… Anita

“His parents deserved the Nobel Prize in architecture,” actor Bob Hope joked. However, none has set Kristen Anita Ekberg, born in 1931 in Malmö, Sweden, into a family of eight, to blow up the screen. She was elected Miss Sweden in 1950, but missed out on the title of Miss Universe, but she worked in Hollywood and even won a Golden Globe in 1956 for her role in blood alley, She shared the poster with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. When I arrived in Italy to shoot good life, Monica says she is already a star. Beautiful, blonde, modern, free, with a convertible car bought with her money. What Frank Sinatra called the Iceberg shocked Catholic Italy hard after the war. However she chose to stay there.

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but the sweet life It won’t end for Anita Ekberg, who died in 2015 in a nursing home, alone and without cash. “Even if I made other films, including two films with Fellini (Boccaccio 70 And Intervista), it has always been brought back to the Trevi Fountain, a sight that became iconic in world cinema. good life She gave him notoriety but he became his prison, Monica regrets. However, she had a talent. Life scratched the woman so much that the artist disappeared. But even as she recounts her ordeal, there is a kind of irony, lightness, innocence that definitely helped her survive. She says men took everything from her and calls her movie her home life time. I hope our film will return her the respect she deserves.”

Monica and… Fellini

“Unfortunately, I never met him, but with him The girl in the fountainIt’s as if I’ve turned around The good life. (He laughs). Of course, it is a reference. His cinema, always oscillating between dream and reality, inspired me a lot. especially La Dolce Vita, Eight and a Half, Capria Nights… Fellini knew how to raise the level of women in their differences. Giulietta Massina, Anouk Amy, Anita Ekberg… None of them were alike, unlike Hitchcock’s heroines, but he loved them all and each one is wonderful in its own way. I come from Italian cinema. Of this matrix, the matrix of Rossellini, Vittorio de Sica, Visconti. Anna Magnani’s character, Monica Vitti… to come back to good life, Aside from the movie, obviously legendary, which received the Palme d’Or in 1960, to me it’s glamor and parties until five in the morning, post-war youths having fun in response to the pain of war. But there were many lives that were burned. It was also the heyday of Cinecittà. There were a lot of exchanges between our two countries … Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Jean-Louis Trentignan … Everyone worked in Italy, and, on the contrary, portrayed actors like Marcello Mastroianni or Claudia Cardinale in France. Today it is different, but there are still a lot of talented directors in Italy, such as Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone and Alice Rohrwacher.

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Monica and… the blond

“Blond women attract attention, from behind only. They capture the light … Moreover, cinema is blond. My blond icons? Monica Vitti, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and of course Anita Ekberg. I haven’t often been a blonde in the cinema, lately The man who sold his skin Written by Kawthar Ben Hania (Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of 2020, editor’s note). I also wore a blonde wig in the series ten percent ! Anyway, I love transformation, acting is my job. In this session, we used a wig The girl in the fountain. Thanks to John Nollet’s Magical Hands, it’s truly believed to be my hair. He explained to me that this craft technique dates back to Louis XIV. Measurement takes a month. We wear them like gloves. With tulle sticking to the skin…” John Nollet continues: “In the cinema, hair is a very important part of the game, like a point on the i. In Monica, she’s blonde pale gold, Very clear and slightly golden. In Hollywood, the blond helmet was a little whiter, almost silver, because in black and white films, the hair became reflective. Moreover, blonde actresses often played with partners who weren’t until we just saw them. We bleached and re-colored the hair…a real hair torture. Today, since Christophe Robin among others, blondes are deeper and more natural … We keep the roots darker to match the complexion and eyebrows, to give comfort.

Monica and… Kan

“I used to go there a lot as an actress, a lady of celebration and even as a member of the jury. The first time was in 2000 for the film under suspicion, by Stephen Hopkins. I especially remember my feelings when I walked up the stairs with Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. Then, of course, I came back for Irreversible, By Gaspar Noé … I remember riots, scandal, mixed love and hate. And now look, it’s become a cult movie. Without him, I wouldn’t have had the same flight. Cannes is the most important festival in the world where low-budget films can have a great destiny.

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Monica and… Motherhood

During this interview, Monica is eager to find her daughter, Leonie, 12, who is waiting for her at home on Saturday evening. Diva, the eldest, who started her career in fashion, is in London. Monica tries to abandon him without leaving him. “I have no advice in this area. Being a mother is a gift to yourself, and even by trying your best, you can’t avoid mistakes. What is certain is that my daughters are the most important people in the world. By being late to them, I have been able to work less and make time for them. Even if I’m not always there on time due to shooting sometimes. Seeing myself happy, full and passionate about my work also gives them strength. But, of course, I carry with me the Italian culture where the child is king, with good and bad sides. I am very protective. Eat Good food, good sleep…which he sometimes finds “boring.” Moreover, at home, we speak French but argue in Italian! Today, I don’t know what path Diva and Leone will follow, but I feel that they already have an undeniable artistic sensibility. In my last movie, memory, I play the role of a passive mother, the opposite of what I do. In the cinema, one of the most beautiful roles of the mother in my eyes is the role of Sophia Loren in it La Siociara, by Vittorio De Sica.

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