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Roberto Benigni is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Italien born on 27 october 1952 at Castiglion Fiorentino (Italie)

Roberto Benigni

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Birth name Roberto Remigio Benigni
Nationality Italie
Birth 27 october 1952 (67 years) at Castiglion Fiorentino (Italie)
Awards British Academy Film Awards, Nastro d'Argento, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Award for Best Actor, Chlotrudis Award, European Film Award for Best Actor, David di Donatello, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Honorary César, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic

Roberto Remigio Benigni, ([roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film, Life Is Beautiful, which garnered him the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also portrayed Inspector Clouseau's son in Son of the Pink Panther (1993) has collaborated with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch in three of his films: Down by Law (1986), Night on Earth (1991) and Coffee and Cigarettes (2003).

Biography

Son enfance
Quatrième enfant de Luigi Benigni (1918-2004) et Isolina Papini (1918-2004), Roberto Benigni est né en Toscane près d'Arezzo dans une famille modeste. Il déménage avec toute sa famille près de Prato, dans le village de Vergaio d'où ses parents sont originaires. Inscrit dans un séminaire à Florence qu'il abandonne après les inondations qui ravagèrent la ville le 4 novembre 1966, il suit ensuite ses études à l'institut technico-commercial Datini di Prato. Mais sa plus grande passion reste le spectacle.

Après s'être fait connaître en Italie comme chanteur et musicien, grâce à une chanson paillarde qu'il interpréta dans la sulfureuse émission Televacca, il monta sur scène pour la première fois en 1972, et à peine vingt jours après, il est au théâtre Metastasio di Prato avec le spectacle Le Roi nu de Evgueni Schwarz, dirigé par Paolo Magelli. Il fait la connaissance à Florence de Donato Sannini et de Carlo Monni, qui l'engagent pour interpréter une forme de spectacles de rue. En automne 1972, il part pour Rome et se consacre pendant trois ans au théâtre expérimental en collaborant principalement avec Lucia Poli dans la compagnie Beat'72 au théâtre des satires, et en participant à divers spectacles.


Carrière cinématographique
En 1975, il fait la rencontre, fondamentale pour sa carrière, de Giuseppe Bertolucci qui lui écrit un monologue Cioni Mario di Gaspare fu Giulia : il obtient un grand succès, d'abord au théâtre Alberico de Rome puis sur toutes les scènes italiennes. Ce personnage d'un paysan toscan, en grande partie autobiographique, renferme déjà l'ambivalence qui caractérisera par la suite ses interprétations : d'un côté une irrésistible exubérance gestuelle et surtout verbale, de l'autre une candeur ingénue presque infantile qui laisse souvent transparaître une veine de surréalisme et de poésie mélancolique.

L'image du premier Benigni se forme donc sur un personnage peu commode et rebelle, craint d'un côté mais aimé de l'autre, imprévisible et capable en permanence de surprendre et même parfois de choquer.
Apparu à une manifestation du Parti communiste italien, il prit dans ses bras le secrétaire général Enrico Berlinguer, geste surprenant à une époque où les hommes politiques italiens étaient réputés pour leur sérieux et leur formalisme.
Il poursuit son activité cinématographique par des rôles de second plan, sauf dans le rôle d'un maître d'école bizarre dans le film Chiedo asilo de Marco Ferreri, et en 1978, il participe au programme télévisé de Renzo Arbore L'altra domenica, dans les vêtements d'un critique cinématographique lunaire et improbable.

Il collaborera une nouvelle fois avec Bertolucci en 1986 avec une anthologie de spectacles comiques tenus dans les rues et les théâtres de toute l'Italie, Tuttobenigni. C'est par l'intermédiaire de Bertolucci que Benigni entre en contact avec le metteur en scène Vincenzo Cerami avec lequel il poursuivra sa carrière.

Benigni s'illustre dans plusieurs films comiques, comme Night on Earth de Jim Jarmusch (1991) dans lequel son personnage chauffeur de taxi confesse à un client, prêtre catholique, ses expériences sexuelles.
En 1983, il commence sa carrière de réalisateur cinématographique avec Tu mi turbi film en quatre épisodes. Le film fut apprécié par le public et les critiques. C'est sur ce film qu'il rencontre Nicoletta Braschi qui deviendra sa femme le 26 décembre 1991. À partir de ce moment, elle sera présente dans quasiment tous les films de son mari.
Sans oublier qu'il obtint un succès avec Non ci resta che piangere en 1984 où l'on retrouve beaucoup de gags.



En 1997, il reçoit la consécration internationale avec La vie est belle, qui raconte la tragédie de l'Holocauste. Ce film raconte l'histoire d'une famille juive italienne séparée par les nazis. Une fois dans le camp de concentration, le personnage de Benigni parvient à sauver son fils en lui faisant croire qu'ils jouent à un jeu, et pour gagner, le fils doit en respecter toutes les règles. Benigni, fils d'un ex-déporté défendra son choix pour ce thème si délicat mais avec une approche différente : le tragi-comique ne fait rien d'autre qu'accentuer l'intensité dramatique et l'émotion de certaines scènes. On pourrait tout au plus reprocher à ce film une vision assez peu réaliste des camps d'extermination, mais cela se discute.

Le film est nommé sept fois aux Oscars 1998 et remporte trois oscars : celui de la meilleure bande son pour Nicola Piovani, celui du meilleur film étranger et celui du meilleur acteur principal. Benigni est le premier non-anglo-saxon à gagner dans cette catégorie, et il est le second acteur, après Laurence Olivier pour Hamlet en 1948, à avoir gagné un tel prix en étant réalisateur de celui-ci.

Le moment où Benigni a reçu son prix est resté mémorable, de par l'explosion de sa joie, qui, à l'annonce de son nom sauta sur les sièges avant de monter sur scène.
Ce gag improvisé ainsi que son discours de remerciement en anglais le rendirent particulièrement sympathique aux yeux des américains.
En plus des Oscars, le film s'attira des éloges : cinq rubans d'argent, neuf David di Donatello et le prestigieux Grand Prix du Jury du Festival de Cannes où le déchaîné Benigni se prosterna aux pieds du président de la cérémonie Martin Scorsese.
Tout de suite après ce succès colossal, on le retrouva dans Astérix et Obélix contre César de Claude Zidi, dans le rôle de Détritus le conseiller de César, au côté de Gérard Depardieu et Laetitia Casta entre autres.

En 2001, il commença la réalisation de Pinocchio sorti l'année suivante. Il s'agit du film le plus coûteux de toute l'histoire du cinéma italien.

En 2004, il produit, écrit et dirige son huitième film Le Tigre et la neige sorti en 2005. Il s'agit ici encore de thèmes que l'on retrouve dans La vie est belle (un homme quelconque, jovial qui tombe amoureux d'une femme), mais cette fois-ci, l'histoire se passe pendant la guerre d'Irak après la chute du régime de Saddam Hussein.
Ce film est une fois de plus un hymne à la vie et à la joie de vivre.

Il a obtenu en 2008 un César d'honneur remis par Fanny Ardant pour l'ensemble de sa carrière.

En 2012, il joue dans le film de Woody Allen To Rome with love.


TuttoDante (Tout sur Dante) avec Roberto Benigni
TuttoDante est un « one man show » basé sur la Divine Comédie de Dante Alighieri qui met en scène Roberto Benigni pendant environ une heure et demie avec un mélange d'instants d'actualité et de souvenirs racontés de manière ironique, pour ensuite entreprendre un voyage plein de poésie et de passion dans le monde de la Divine Comédie.

Le spectacle a débuté en juin 2006 dans le splendide théâtre Romain de Patras en Grèce où, devant un public extasié, Benigni a déclamé et expliqué le chant d'Ulysse, le XXVI Chant de l'enfer.

En juillet 2006, le spectacle a fait une halte pour 13 soirs sur la magnifique Piazza de Santa Croce à Florence où, à côté de la statue de Dante et face à la basilique, a été montée la scène sur laquelle chaque soir Benigni récitait un chant différent.
Après la parenthèse florentine, le spectacle TuttoDante est devenu itinérant et a été représenté sur les places et dans les stades italiens pour un total de 130 spectacles avec un afflux de public estimé autour du million de spectateurs, dont 120 000 à Rome.
À ceux-ci ils doivent être ajoutés plus de 10 millions de téléspectateurs qui ont vu le spectacle télévisé « le V° de l'Enfer » diffusé sur la RAI le 29 novembre 2007, avec des rediffusions sur RAI International les jours suivants.

TuttoDante est un fascinant voyage qui passe de l'actualité à la Divine Comédie, d'instants purement comiques à des instants de grande poésie.
L'affection, la sympathie et l'enthousiasme du public vis-à-vis de ce spectacle a fait dire à Benigni : « Cela a été un travail merveilleux, cette expérience je la garderai comme un des souvenirs les plus doux, populaires et émouvants de ma vie ».

Le spectacle TuttoDante s’apprête maintenant à dépasser les frontières nationales pour entreprendre un voyage qui portera Roberto Benigni et Dante en tournée en Europe, aux États-Unis, au Canada et en Amérique du Sud.

Best films

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
(Actor)
To Rome with Love (2012)
(Actor)
Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar (1999)
(Actor)

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Filmography of Roberto Benigni (26 films)

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Actor

To Rome with Love, 1h47
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about television, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Woody Allen, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg
Roles Leopoldo
Rating62% 3.1456453.1456453.1456453.1456453.145645
To Rome with Love tells four unrelated stories taking place in Rome. The second story, Antonio's, is a direct lift with some amendments of an entire Fellini film, The White Sheik (1952).
The Tiger and the Snow, 1h54
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Jean Reno, Nicoletta Braschi, Gianluigi Braschi, Emilia Fox, Roberto Benigni, Giuseppe Battiston
Roles Attilio de Giovanni
Rating70% 3.5461953.5461953.5461953.5461953.546195
Rome, March 2003. Attilio de Giovanni (Roberto Benigni), a comical but talented literature professor and the divorced father of two teenage girls, is hopelessly in love with Vittoria (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's wife in real life), a writer who is the subject of a recurring dream, featuring a surreal wedding ceremony with poetry verses in the background and the wife suddenly turning into a kangaroo. Attilio's strenuous courtship is unsuccessful, yet he does not lose hope, despite the fact that Vittoria obviously does not share the same feelings. She tells him that she will agree to marry him only when she sees a tiger walking on the snow.
Fellini: I'm a Born Liar, 1h42
Directed by Damian Pettigrew
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Federico Fellini, Roberto Benigni, Terence Stamp, Donald Sutherland, Dante Ferretti, Tullio Pinelli
Roles Himself / La Voce della Luna
Rating71% 3.5894053.5894053.5894053.5894053.589405
A camera tracks crosswise alongside a wide, brightly appointed beach, in what appears to be the dead of winter. No bathers are in sight, only a rolling parade of empty cabanas, with a tranquil blue seascape in the distance beyond. The wistful, melancholy music of Nino Rota lends these vistas a dreamy familiarity. We then jump from color to luminous black & white, and a quick glimpse of Federico Fellini's 1963 masterpiece, 8½, in which the monumentally buxom harlot, La Saraghina, is preparing to perform her rumba on the beach for a flock of fugitive schoolboys. It's the very same beach we were just staring at, but magically denuded of 40 years of succeeding development, and made mythic through the eyes of a master. From this point of departure, Pettigrew juxtaposes archival footage and fresh interviews with Fellini's collaborators, interspersed with classic clips and the fruits of his own present-day visits to the haunting locales where I Vitelloni (1953), Nights of Cabiria (1957), La Dolce Vita (1960), Fellini Satyricon (1969) and other cinematic wonders first came to life. The goal is to fuse these ingredients thematically, to a degree that may better illuminate Fellini's conscience and philosophies.
Coffee and Cigarettes, 1h35
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop
Roles Roberto
Rating70% 3.549853.549853.549853.549853.54985
Coffee and Cigarettes est une collection de onze court-métrages du réalisateur culte Jim Jarmusch. Chaque film accueille un groupe de stars qui partagent tous le plaisir de la conversation autour d'un café et de cigarettes.
Caterina in the Big City, 1h43
Directed by Paolo Virzì
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Sergio Castellitto, Margherita Buy, Giulia Elettra Gorietti, Claudio Amendola, Flavio Bucci, Galatea Ranzi
Roles se stesso
Rating68% 3.4352253.4352253.4352253.4352253.435225
Caterina (Alice Teghil) is the 13-year-old only child of Giancarlo Iacovoni (Sergio Castellitto), an aspiring novelist and teacher of accounting at a country school in an area north of Rome that one character describes as "hillbilly country." In spite of his often lucid assessments of modern society, Iacovoni is a typically burned-out teacher whom his job (perhaps among other, undisclosed personal experiences) has imbued with bitterness and social resentment, with a sheer lack of perspective concerning human relations, and with an overbearing, holier-than-thou demeanor that is a major plot point throughout the movie.
Pinocchio
Pinocchio (2002)
, 1h46
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Les fées, Adaptations de Pinocchio, Films about toys, Children's films
Actors Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Kim Rossi Stuart, Carlo Giuffrè, Breckin Meyer, David Suchet
Roles Pinocchio
Rating43% 2.19962.19962.19962.19962.1996
A magical log falls off a wagon and rolls through an Italian town causing considerable damage and some injuries. It comes to rest in front of the house of Geppetto, a poor wood carver who carves a puppet named Pinocchio from it. To Geppetto's surprise, the puppet comes to life and to his dismay, it becomes very mischievous. Geppetto sells his only coat to provide schoolbooks for Pinocchio. However, the rambunctious puppet goes on several adventures, dreading school.
Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar, 1h45
Directed by Claude Zidi
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Asterix films, Political films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Laetitia Casta, Gottfried John, Claude Piéplu
Roles Lucius Detritus
Rating59% 2.951422.951422.951422.951422.95142
Julius Caesar is celebrating his victory over all of Gaul, but Lucius Detritus has kept from him that one village has managed to resist them. Detritus travels to the garrison near the village where Caius Bonus (Crismus Bonus), the garrison's commanding Centurion, explains that the Gauls have a magic potion, which makes them invincible. Detritus decides to capture the potion for himself, and hearing that the clever Asterix and permanently invincible Obelix are the backbone of the Gaulish forces, attempts and fails to eliminate them.
Life Is Beautiful, 1h56
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about children, Films about families, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Horst Buchholz, Marisa Paredes
Roles Guido Orefice
Rating85% 4.2992754.2992754.2992754.2992754.299275
In 1939 Italy, Guido Orefice is a young Jewish man who is leaving his old life and going to work in the city where his uncle lives. Guido is comical and sharp, making the best from each situation he encounters. From the start he falls in love with a girl Dora. Later he sees her again in the city where she is a teacher. Dora is set to be engaged to a rich but arrogant man. He is a local government official with whom Guido has run-ins from the beginning. Guido is still in love with Dora and performs many stunts in order to see her. Guido sets up many "coincidental" incidents to show his interest. Finally Dora sees Guido's affection and promise and gives in against her better judgement. He steals her from her engagement party on a horse, humiliating her fiancé and mother. Soon they are married and have a son, Giosuè.
The Monster, 1h52
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Genres Comedy
Actors Nicoletta Braschi, Michel Blanc, Roberto Benigni, Jean-Claude Brialy, Dominique Lavanant, Ivano Marescotti
Roles Loris
Rating74% 3.741743.741743.741743.741743.74174
Loris (Roberto Benigni) is a part-time mannequin handler for a department store. He hopes to learn Chinese in order to get an assistant manager position. He lives in a building where he hasn't paid the rent in months, and he also owes money to other people around town.
Son of the Pink Panther, 1h33
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller
Actors Roberto Benigni, Herbert Lom, Claudia Cardinale, Burt Kwouk, Shabana Azmi, Debrah Farentino
Roles Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli
Rating39% 1.9567051.9567051.9567051.9567051.956705
Princess Yasmin of Lugash (Debrah Farentino) is abducted in French territorial waters off the coast of Nice by terrorists led by a mercenary named Hans (Robert Davi) in order to force her father to abdicate and allow her disgraced stepmother's lover, a military general with terrorist ties to an unfriendly neighboring kingdom, to claim the throne. Police Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is tasked with solving the case of the kidnapped princess. While investigating her disappearance in the South of France, he has a run-in with the kidnappers, and a local gendarme, named Jacques Gambrelli (Roberto Benigni). Gambrelli opens the trunk of the kidnapper's van and unknowingly spies the Princess who he believes is the driver's sister en route to the hospital.
Johnny Stecchino, 1h55
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Paolo Bonacelli, Franco Volpi, Ivano Marescotti, Giulio Donnini
Roles Johnny Stecchino
Rating72% 3.6049753.6049753.6049753.6049753.604975
After unsuccessfully hitting on his co-worker and other women at a soiree, Dante (Roberto Benigni) meets Maria after she nearly runs him over with her car. Maria is taken aback by Dante's striking resemblance to her husband Johnny Stecchino, at Italian mobster wanted by the Sicilian Mafia for killing head mobster Cozzamara's wife and despised by the locals of Palermo for treason.
Night on Earth, 2h9
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Films about the labor movement, Films about automobiles
Actors Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Roberto Benigni, Lisanne Falk, Béatrice Dalle, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Roles Cab Driver Rome
Rating77% 3.898983.898983.898983.898983.89898
As evening falls, tomboy cabby Corky (Winona Ryder) picks up Hollywood executive Victoria Snelling (Gena Rowlands) from the airport, and as Corky drives, Victoria tries to conduct business over the phone. Despite their extreme differences socially, the two develop a certain connection. Sometime during the ride Victoria, who is evidently a talent scout or casting director, discovers that Corky would be ideal for a part in a movie she is casting, but Corky rejects the offer, as she has plans to become a mechanic.
The Voice of the Moon, 2h
Directed by Federico Fellini
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Sim, Angelo Orlando, Stefano Antonucci, Éric Averlant
Roles Ivo Salvini
Rating63% 3.1537053.1537053.1537053.1537053.153705
With a nod to the lunar-obsessed lyrics of Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, the acerbic tale focuses on the capture of the moon by the Micheluzzi Brothers while Ivo, newly released from a mental hospital, tries to seduce Aldina Ferruzzi with whom he's infatuated. Although she wants nothing to do with him, Ivo equates her blond beauty with the moon, the origin of his madness and frustration. During the attempts to woo her, he meets various madcap characters including an oboist who sleeps in the local cemetery, a man whose hobby is meditating on rooftops, and Gonnella, the ex-prefect fired for his rising paranoia. Gonnella makes Ivo his lieutenant and together they investigate the "wild conspiracies" going on around them.
The Little Devil, 1h46
Directed by Roberto Benigni
Origin Italie
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors Walter Matthau, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Stefania Sandrelli, John Lurie, Stefano Antonucci
Roles Giuditta
Rating69% 3.4885053.4885053.4885053.4885053.488505
In the North American Pontifical College, in Rome, Father Maurice (Walther Matthaw) is in deep turmoil because of Patricia (Stefania Sandrelli), a woman who loves him and expects him to make up his mind and clear out his position towards her. While he is trying to do so, he is summoned by a novice for an emergency. The emergency turns out to be a fat woman possessed by a demon. Father Maurice performs the rite of exorcism and expels the demon from the woman. The demon (Roberto Benigni), a little escaped devil named Giuditta, having nowhere else to go, starts following Father Maurice everywhere and often indulges in mischief getting Maurice in trouble. In one instance Giuditta replaces a sick Father Maurice in Mass, turning the solemn ceremony in a beauty parade. Maurice tries to get rid of Giuditta in several failed efforts. Showing signs of exhaustion, his peers advise him to take a vacation. Eventually another agent "from where Giuditta came from" appears as Nina (Nicoletta Braschi) and manages to attract Giuditta who finally leaves Maurice and follows her "elsewhere".
Down by Law, 1h47
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Prison films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Évasion, Road movies, Buddy films
Actors Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Rockets Redglare
Roles Roberto
Rating77% 3.8986353.8986353.8986353.8986353.898635
Three men, previously unknown to each other, are arrested in New Orleans and placed in the same cell. Both Zack (Waits), a disc jockey, and Jack (Lurie), a pimp, have been set up, neither having committed the crime for which they have been arrested. Their cellmate Bob (Benigni, in his first international role), an Italian tourist who understands minimal English, was imprisoned for manslaughter.