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The MoMa to honor Italian actress Claudia Cardinale

The Museum of Modern Art in New York opens a retrospective to honor the work of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale. Starting from Friday the 3rd of February up to the 21st the art institution on 5th Avenue will be showing a selection of movies to celebrate the talent of the Italian actress.

The MoMa film series: Claudia Cardinale

Claudia Cardinale was born in Tunis (Tunisia) from Sicilian parents. Fluent in both French and Sicilian she only spoke a little of Italian till the age of 16. At age 18, in 1957, she won the beauty pageant “The most beautiful Italian in Tunis” and that led her to walk the red carpet of the Venice Film Festival later that year. It was the beginning of a stunning career that spans 65 years.

The MoMa celebrates the more than six decades of acting through a retrospective which includes 23 films chosen among the 150 featured on Cardinale’s impressive resume. The retrospective includes movies like Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers and The Leopard, Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, and Fellini’s 8 1⁄2. Old time classics that had spread the fame of Italian cinema the world over.

Among the international films that saw the talent of Ms Cardinale come to life and which will be part of this project by MoMa and Cinecittà there are Richard Brooks’s The Professionals, Alexander Mackendrick’s Don’t Make Waves, Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo and the Shadow, Nadine Trintignant’s L’été prochain, and Boris Despodov’s Twice Upon a Time in the West. These are just some of the titles that will be available to movie enthusiasts in New York in the upcoming weeks.

Claudia Cardinale’s retrospective

The Italian movie icon will not be in New York for the festival as “she no longer travels like she used to. It tires her — she now uses a cane to get around — and she prefers to stay out of the limelight”

(The New York Times. “Claudia Cardinale: 6 Decades in the Movies” By Elisabetta Povoledo)

If you wish to see her at least on the silver screen here is everything you need to know:

Film Series: Claudia Cardinale

  • From the 3rd to the 21st of February 2023
  • The Museum of Modern Art – MoMa (Floor T2/T1The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center)

Since you are there don’t forget to check the other celebrations of Italian talent. The MoMa has a long history of devotion towards the Italian way of doing things. It is the case of the moka coffee pot or the iconic signs of the metro stations.

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