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If you are a fan of La Dolce Vita and dream of the Italian hill landscape, the perfect house for you has just been put on the market. Of course, you must be able to afford the over $1.5-million price.
An 18th-century villa located in northern Tuscany, the property was owned by internationally famed actor Marcello Mastroianni, star of La Dolce Vita and many other classics of 1960s Italian cinema.
The villa has been recently listed by his daughters, Barbara and Chiara, almost 20 years after Mastroianni’s death in 1996 - when even the Trevi fountain was temporarily turned off and draped in black in his honor.
Born in a small village in the province of Frosinone, Lazio region, on September 28, 1924, Marcello Mastroianni would have celebrated his 90th birthday this year.
Son of carpenters and nephew of sculptor Umberto Mastroianni, Marcello was working in Rome during World War II, when he was captured and imprisoned in a German labor camp. He managed to escape and eventually returned to Rome and joined a theater company, until he was noticed by director and screenwriter Luchino Visconti.
After a few appearances in minor productions, he performed several big roles in movies directed by renowned filmmakers, such as Mario Monicelli’s Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958); Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and 8 ½ (1963); Pietro Germi’s Divorce, Italian Style (1961); Vittorio De Sica’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and Marriage Italian-Style (1964) with Sophia Loren; and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Everybody’s Fine (1990) - just to name a few. He was nominated 3 times to the Academy Award for Best Actor, and awarded at Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globes as Best Actor.
His most famous interpretation - an elegant, vain, and detached reporter in a decadent Rome - gained him the fame of “Latin lover”, and his personal life didn’t contradict this reputation. Despite being married to actress Flora Carabella since 1950, Marcello Mastroianni had several love affairs with other women, including Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, and Anna Maria Tatò.