Friday, January 6, 2012

Remembering Paolo Carlini

Paolo Carlini was born on January 1, 1922 in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was an actor of great versatility, working in theater, radio, television, and also a few films, resulting in a much gratifying success. Paolo debuted in films in 1940, with a secondary role in “Addio, giovinezza!” directed by Ferdinando Maria Poggioli. In the fifties, after a few less significant films he decided to devote his acting ability to the theater where he obtained successful admiration, but his great public success was derived from the television, when, in 1957, was chosen to play Silverio Blasi the protagonist of the story of a poor young man, based on the novel of Octave Feuillet, for which he won the silver microphone, television's most popular actor award. In the wake of this notoriety, he was given more roles of young beautiful and virtuous characters, but unfortunately, he reached maturity, from 1967 to 1978, he played even more complex and dramatic roles, although not always in the foreground such as in “Dossier Mata Hari” (1967) “Le mie prigioni” (1968) and “Il furto della Gioconda” (1978). In 1963 he attempted a return to films, claiming a part in “Luciano, una vita bruciata” showing a life portrait of a "child’s life" and reminiscent of Pasolini, the first feature film by director Gian Vittorio Baldi, produced in 1963 but published in 1967. Carlini appeared in only one Euro-western “A Man Called Amen” (1968) as Buseba. Carlo died on November 3, 1979 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Rome. Today we remember Paolo Carlini on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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