Tuesday, September 28, 2021

RIP Giulia Mafai


Internationally renowned costume designer, set designer production designer, art director and wardrobe designer, Giulia Mafai died in Rome. She was 91. Giulia experienced firsthand the abomination of racial laws and subsequent persecution, when in1938 racist laws were enacted and all certainty, all sweetness, the dream of a future is destroyed in all Jewish homes. A destiny that she shared with her mother, an extraordinary artist who will soon be remembered in an exhibition in preparation for the Galleria Nazionale in Rome, and with her older sisters. In her career, Giulia Mafai worked with various post-war directors and actors, from Vittorio De Sica to Mario Monicelli, from Sophia Loren to Marcello Mastroianni. And again, Elliott Gould, Harvey Keitel, Keith Carradine. She was the creator and curator of the Venice Carnival Laboratory from 1978 to 1985. Her list of Euro-westerns in working on “The Ruthless Four” (1965) [costume designer]; “Yankee’ (1966) [costume designer, set designer]; “Death Walks in Laredo” (1967) [set designer, wardrobe]; “Two Faces of the Dollar” (1967) [production designer, set designer]; “A Hole in the Forehead” (1968) [set designer, art director]; “I’ll Sell My Skin Dearly” (1968) [costume designer, production designer]; “The Stranger’s Gundown” (1969) [costume designer, set designer]; “Roy Colt and Winchester Jack” (1970) [costume designer]; “Shango” (1970) [art director]; “Kill Django… Kill First” (1971) [costume designer, production designer].

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