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Totò is a Actor and Scriptwriter Italien born on 14 february 1898 at Naples (Italie)

Totò

Totò
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Nationality Italie
Birth 14 february 1898 at Naples (Italie)
Death 15 april 1967 (at 69 years) at Rome (Italie)

Prince Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno Porfirogenito Gagliardi De Curtis di Bisanzio, best known by his stage name Totò ([toˈtɔ*]; 15 February 1898 – 15 April 1967) or as Antonio De Curtis, and nicknamed il Principe della risata ("the Prince of laughter"), was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter. He is widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century. While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, his poetry, and his songs are all deemed to be outstanding; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy. Writer and philosopher Umberto Eco has thus commented on the importance of Totò in Italian culture:


In this globalized universe where it seems that everybody's watching the same movies and eating the same food, there are still abysmal and overwhelming fractures separating one culture from another. How can two peoples [i.e. the Chinese and the Italian], one of which unknowing of Totò, truly understand each other?— Umberto Eco, Ma che capirà il cinese?

Mario Monicelli, who directed some of the most appreciated of Totò's movies, thus described his artistic value:


With Totò, we got it all wrong. He was a genius, not just a grandiose actor. And we constrained him, reduced him, forced him into a common human being, and thus clipped his wings.— Mario Monicelli, Cinquant'anni di cinema

As a comic actor, Totò is classified as an heir of the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, and has been compared to such figures as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. He starred in about one hundred movies; while many of them were low profile, box-office driven productions, they tend to be all appreciated by the critics, at the very least, for Totò's performances many classify as masterpieces of Italian cinema. Prominent Italian directors and actors that have worked with Totò include Mario Monicelli, Alberto Lattuada, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Eduardo De Filippo, Peppino de Filippo, Aldo Fabrizi, Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi.

Biography

Totò had a reputation as a playboy. One of his lovers, the wellknown chanteuse and dancer Liliana Castagnola, committed suicide after their relationship ended. This tragedy marked his life. He buried Liliana in his family's chapel, and named his only daughter Liliana, born in 1933 to his first wife Diana Bandini Rogliani, whom he married in 1935. Another personal tragedy was the premature birth of his son Massenzio in 1954. The child died a few hours later. He was the son of Totò's mistress, Franca Faldini.

During a tour in 1956 he lost most of his eyesight due to an eye infection that he had ignored to avoid cancelling his show and disappointing his fans. The handicap however almost never affected his schedule and acting abilities.

Best films

The Law Is the Law (1958)
(Actor)
Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)
(Actor)

Usually with

Steno
Steno
(24 films)
Mario Mattoli
Mario Mattoli
(20 films)
Luigi Pavese
Luigi Pavese
(32 films)
Furio Scarpelli
Furio Scarpelli
(30 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Totò (107 films)

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How We Got the Italian Movie Business Into Trouble: The True Story of Franco and Ciccio
Directed by Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco
Origin Italie
Genres Documentary
Actors Ciccio Ingrassia, Lino Banfi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mario Merola, Lando Buzzanca, Vittorio De Sica
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating73% 3.687413.687413.687413.687413.68741
Le film évoque la carrière du duo comique sicilien qui compta parmi les plus célèbres des acteurs dans leur pays, Franco Franchi et Ciccio Ingrassia ; en utilisant des archives de leur répertoire et des témoignages originaux — par-dessus tout, ceux de la famille et des amis des réalisateurs — il imprime en quelque sorte à la pellicule son propre et authentique récit cinématographique.
Cinema Paradiso, 1h58
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about films, Films about children, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about disabilities, La cécité
Actors Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Brigitte Fossey, Antonella Attili
Roles The Suitor - Disguises Himself as Dummy / Band Leader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating84% 4.2495654.2495654.2495654.2495654.249565
In Rome, in the 1980s, famous Italian film director Salvatore Di Vita returns home late one evening, where his girlfriend sleepily tells him that his mother called to say someone named Alfredo has died. Salvatore obviously shies from committed relationships and has not been to his home village of Giancaldo, Sicily in 30 years. As his girlfriend asks him who Alfredo is, Salvatore flashes back to his childhood.
Caprice Italian Style, 1h35
Directed by Mauro Bolognini, Mario Monicelli, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Steno
Genres Comedy
Actors Totò, Walter Chiari, Ugo D'Alessio, Ninetto Davoli, Laura Betti, Renzo Marignano
Roles Anziano Signore / Iago
Rating63% 3.1911153.1911153.1911153.1911153.191115
Iago: "What do you feel inside? Focus. What do you feel? "
The Head of the Family, 1h55
Directed by Nanni Loy
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Nino Manfredi, Leslie Caron, Totò, Ugo Tognazzi, Claudine Auger, Giampiero Albertini
Rating64% 3.2452853.2452853.2452853.2452853.245285
En Italie, après la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, deux architectes, Marco et Paola font connaissance. Paola est séduite par les idées progressistes de Marco et y adhère. Ils se marient, mais les naissances successives de leurs quatre fils amènent Paola à quitter son travail pour les élever. Marco se sent délaissé, puis le temps qui passe use petit à petit sa ferveur sociale et il entame une liaison avec une collègue de travail. Les problèmes engendrés par l'éducation des enfants selon une nouvelle méthode provoquent l'hospitalisation de Paola pour dépression nerveuse. Marco se rend compte qu'il l'aime encore et revient à sa famille.
The Witches, 1h50
Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Silvana Mangano, Annie Girardot, Alberto Sordi, Massimo Girotti, Totò, Clint Eastwood
Roles Ciancicato Miao (segment "La Terra vista dalla Luna")
Rating60% 3.001223.001223.001223.001223.00122
The film has a strong mold satirical denounces the status of women in the sixties in Italy. Through five episodes, it is the manner in which it is considered to be the woman in modern society, that is, as a real witch.
The Witches, 31minutes
Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Anthology film, Romance
Actors Annie Girardot, Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Massimo Girotti, Silvana Mangano, Clint Eastwood
Roles Ciancicato Miao (segment "La Terra vista dalla Luna")
Rating60% 3.0003553.0003553.0003553.0003553.000355
Un vieil homme, accompagné de son grand nigaud de fils, est agenouillé devant la tombe de son épouse, morte après avoir mangé des champignons empoisonnés. Aussitôt, ils se mettent à la recherche d'une femme pour remplacer cette mère et épouse. Avant tout, ils se mettent d'accord pour qu'elle ne soit pas rousse! Au bout d'un an, ils finissent par trouver une très jolie jeune femme, sourde et muette. Pour réunir plus d'argent et améliorer leur habitation (une pauvre baraque en zone industrielle), ils organisent un faux suicide de la jeune épousée, du sommet du Colisée. Malheureusement, celle-ci glisse sur une peau de banane et meurt réellement.
The Hawks and the Sparrows, 1h29
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vincenzo Cerami
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Renato Montalbano
Roles Totò Innocenti / Frate Cicillo
Rating71% 3.5981353.5981353.5981353.5981353.598135
Totò and his son Ninetto roam the neighbourhood and the countryside of Rome. During the walk they observe a body being removed from a house following a murder. They next encounter a talking crow, who, described on the intertitles as, "For the benefit of those who were not paying attention or are in doubt, we remind you that the Crow is – as you say – a left-wing intellectual of the kind found living before Palmiro Togliatti's death").
The Treasure of San Gennaro, 1h44
Directed by Dino Risi
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Nino Manfredi, Senta Berger, Totò, Claudine Auger, Mario Adorf, Harry Guardino
Roles Don Vincenzo
Rating69% 3.467393.467393.467393.467393.46739
In Italy in the Sixties, a gang of American thieves arrive in Naples to steal the famous Treasure of San Gennaro. However the Americans do not know how to move in the picturesque town. For the customs of the natives are too weird and incomprehensible to them. So the two men and the girl (the gang members) go to a prison, following the advice of a friend. There he would find the man who would have done in their case. It is a certain Don Vincenzo, a very famous in the city for his theft. He however, since it is known by everyone there, is treated in the prison as a gentleman by the guards with all possible facilities. The Americans, when they see this type of treatment, impossible in a country like them, remain quite stunned. Don Vincenzo warmly received them and advises them to go to Naples to look for a certain Armandino Girasole, said "Dudù". He, a young thief by profession, would help them steal the treasure of San Gennaro, fortunately not mentioned by the Americans to Don Vincenzo. The Americans, keeping secret the purpose of theft, meet Dudù and agree with him.
Latin Lovers, 1h35
Directed by Mario Costa
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Totò, Toni Ucci, Vittorio Congia, Aldo Giuffrè, Nino Marchetti, Daniela Surina
Roles Rag. Antonio Gargiulo (ep. Amore e morte)
Rating60% 3.0050253.0050253.0050253.0050253.005025
The film is composed of five episodes in which is shown the love of the Italians in the 60s. Among the low quality of love stories, the episode stands out with Totò: Amore e morte (Love and death).
Toto of Arabia, 1h24
Genres Comedy
Themes Spy films
Actors Totò, Nieves Navarro, George Rigaud, Luigi Pavese, Fernando Sancho, José Luis López Vázquez
Roles Totò
Rating57% 2.8859452.8859452.8859452.8859452.885945
Toto, a former Italian military service who works as a servant at the British Intelligence Service, is promoted to secret agent with the name of Agent 00Ø8 in order to convince the ruler of Shamara, Sheikh Ali El Buzur, to yield oil to UK.
The Mandrake, 1h43
Directed by Alberto Lattuada
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Rosanna Schiaffino, Philippe Leroy, Jean-Claude Brialy, Romolo Valli, Totò, Nilla Pizzi
Roles il frate
Rating63% 3.1765453.1765453.1765453.1765453.176545
The young student Ligurio returns to Florence from Paris after a long period of study. He did not just set foot in the Renaissance town falls in love with the beautiful Lucrezia, a noble woman already married to a wealthy city official: the rude, ignorant and pompous Nicias. Together with a pimp and his inept servant, Ligurio tries to conquer it, but in vain. The woman proves too chaste and faithful, yet Ligurio feels that the woman is not as it appears. After a failed attempt to seduce Lucretia in a bath in the hot springs of Florence, Ligurio has the opportunity to realize the situation of the city. Everything has changed significantly: the pilgrims now lend ear to the mocker friar Girolamo Savonarola, while the Medici who govern the city always seem to be the most corrupt, together with members of the Borgia. The ruffian, who became a friend of Ligurio advised him to investigate better about the married life of Lucrezia. So the young man, after a while ', he discovers that Lucrezia is not happy because he can not have a child. In fact, the useless Nicias is powerless, but family all think that the fault is of Lucretia, because sick to her stomach. Ligurio then, along with the pimp, really wants to use this opportunity perfingersi a good doctor and get in good with the fool Nicias. Ligurio advised her husband to ingest a particular potion to Lucrezia, obtained by melting a special plant called the mandrake. Nicias is concerned, because they fear the rejection of his wife, who has had enough to ingest and take ineffective remedies for evil. Then, under the guidance of the pimp, Nicias went to the convent by the corrupt brother Timothy, famous for his favors in payment. The pimp along with Nicias, who pretends to be deaf to deceive the friar in turn, exposes the subject to Timothy, telling him that he should have received Lucrezia in confession. In addition, the pimp, paying it says to Timothy that he had to convince Lucrezia and her mother to do something not quite respectable to have a child. In fact, according to local legend modified by deception from Ligurio, who ingested the mandrake to a son, he would have killed with poison with which he would meet with in bed at night. While brother Timothy is preparing to receive Lucrezia and her mother for the special confession, and the servant Ligurio capture the mabdragola. It is a very delicate operation, because according to the beliefs of those times, the mandrake, not being like other normal plants, he had paranormal powers. It defines the same anthropomorphic shape of the part that grows underground. The Mandrake you had to pick only during the nights of the full moon, at the foot of a tree that had just been hanged a convicted. The plant would have blossomed by itself, fueled by drops of semen from the penis out of the condemned in the last spasms of life. Ligurio and servant, aided by an old alchemist, observe these rules, tearing the mandrake with the help of a dog. In fact, if touched by human hands, the mandrake would immediately poisoned the blood of his fingers, bringing the poor binder to death. So the old alchemist, tied one end of a rope around the dog's neck and another to the stem of the mandrake, orders at the servant of Ligurio to play a horn continuously. In fact, the mandrake, once extracted by force from the ground, would have screamed inhumanly, with the risk of piercing the ears of collectors. Said these instructions, the old and the dog starts in less than no Duke, the beast dies with ears buffeted by the sharp cry of the mandrake. Merged plant, Ligurio offers the potion to Lucrezia, who drinks it with suspicion. For man to choose from for the night, Ligurio really wants to disguise himself as silly boy. In fact, the mandrake would not do any harm to him or to Lucrezia was all a sham! In this role. Ligurio is brought to the room of Lucretia, which loses scared when you see a monster in front of the people. Ligurio then takes off his disguise and explains everything in which Lucrezia, a lot of fun, decided to join him and to procreate a child. A few days later Nicias, mocked at large, has not yet noticed anything and so admits in his family the talented Dr.
Rita the American Girl, 1h41
Directed by Piero Vivarelli
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Totò, Umberto D'Orsi, Rita Pavone, Fabrizio Capucci, Giacomo Furia, Lina Volonghi
Roles Serafino Benvenuti
Rating48% 2.415212.415212.415212.415212.41521
Professor Serafino Benvenuti is a master of classical music who has the passion of the orchestra director. However, the young audience of the 60 does not appreciate classical composers like Mozart or Beethoven, and so Serafino is likely to have compromised his image as a director. One day Serafino receives the news that her adopted daughter: Rita, is about to return to Italy from America, where she is studying. Serafino is very happy, because at least they can teach you the real music. However, Rita is deeply grown and changed: she follows the musical patterns of his time: the rock music and blue. Serafino gets very angry, especially when he discovers that his daughter falls in love with a young man, a member of a band called "The Rockets.
Beautiful Families, 1h46
Directed by Ugo Gregoretti
Genres Comedy
Actors Annie Girardot, Jone Salinas, Angelo Infanti, Nanni Loy, Totò, Sandra Milo
Roles Filiberto Comanducci
Rating55% 2.770252.770252.770252.770252.77025
The film's theme is four episodes in which it is offered to the public a glimpse into the lives of rich and poor families of Italy in the Sixties.
Toto vs. the Black Pirate, 1h33
Directed by Fernando Cerchio
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Totò, Grazia Maria Spina, Giacomo Furia, Aldo Giuffrè, Mario Castellani, Pietro Carloni
Roles Josè
Rating57% 2.891722.891722.891722.891722.89172
José is a Neapolitan petty thief who escaping from the guards for a small theft hides himself in a barrel of Jamaican rum of on the quay of the port of Naples. The barrel get placed, however, on a pirate ship, so the man will have to face a horde of pirates to save his life.
What Ever Happened to Baby Toto?, 1h41
Directed by Paolo Heusch, Mario Castellani
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Totò, Mischa Auer, Pietro De Vico, Mario Castellani, Olimpia Cavalli, Stelvio Rosi
Roles Totò Baby / il Padre
Rating62% 3.117523.117523.117523.117523.11752
A pair of brothers, Baby Toto and Pietro, sons of different mothers, live stealing suitcases at the Termini Station in Rome. After a theft they discover that the stolen suitcase they got from an apparent sweet old lady actually contains a corpse. In an attempt to discard the suitcase they mistakenly exchange it with the one of two German hitchhikers, Helga and Inga.