Monica Vitti

Biography

The high priestess of frosty sensuality, Italian actress Monica Vitti was trained at Rome's National Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon her graduation, she immediately launched her professional stage career; in 1954, she made her first film, Ettore Scola's Ridere Ridere Ridere. Most of Vitti's late-'50s film appearances were inconsequential compared to her portrayal of the remote, "uninvolved" leading lady in Michelangelo Antonioni's prize-winning L'Avventura (1960). She also was featured in Antonioni's L'Eclise, La Notte, and Red Desert. Her one bid for Hollywood stardom was Modesty Blaise (1966), which though directed by Joseph Losey, was a significant critical disappointment. Aside from her appearance in Luis Buñuel's highly acclaimed Le Fantôme de la Liberté (1974), Vitti's subsequent film work has been relatively undistinguished and sporadic. In 1989, she starred in Scandalo Segreto, which she also scripted and directed.

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Red Desert

Giuliana

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L'Avventura

Claudia

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L'Eclisse

Vittoria

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Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise

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La Notte

Valentina Gherardini

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Polvere di Stelle

Dea Dani

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Duck in Orange Sauce

Lisa Stefani

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The Girl with a Pistol

Assunta Patanè

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Jealousy, Italian Style

Adelaide

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Io So Che Tu Sai Che Io So

Livia Bonetti

Starring In
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Belmondo L'Incorrigible

Self (archive footage)

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Jeanne Moreau - Die Selbstbestimmte

Self (archive footage)

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Hollywood on the Tiber

Herself (archive footage)

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Return to Lisca Bianca Island

Claudia (voice) (archive footage)

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Scusa se è poco

Renata Adorni / Grazia Siriani

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Io So Che Tu Sai Che Io So

Livia Bonetti

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Il Tango della Gelosia

Lucia

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El Misterio de Oberwald

The Queen

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Tigers in Lipstick

Maria / The Prostitute

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An Almost Perfect Affair

Maria Barone

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La Raison d’État

Angela Ravelli

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L'altra metà del cielo

Susanna Maccaluso

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Basta Che Non si Sappia in Giro

Armanda (segment "Macchina d'amore") / Lia (segment "L'equivoco")

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Duck in Orange Sauce

Lisa Stefani

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The Immortal Bachelor

Tina Candela

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The Phantom of Liberty

Mme Foucaud / Mrs. Foucauld

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Polvere di Stelle

Dea Dani

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Gli ordini sono ordini

Giorgia

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Jealousy, Italian Style

Adelaide

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The Scarlett Baby

Eva

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Help Me, My Love

Raffaella Macchiavelli

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The Girl with a Pistol

Assunta Patanè

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La Cintura di Castità

Boccadoro

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Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise

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The Dolls

Giovanna (segment "Minestra, La")

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Red Desert

Giuliana

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High Infidelity

Gloria (segment "La sospirosa")

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Sweet and Sour

Elle

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Nutty, Naughty Chateau

Eleanore Falsen

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L'Eclisse

Vittoria

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Three Fables of Love

Madeleine (segment "Le lièvre et le tortue")

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La Notte

Valentina Gherardini

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L'Avventura

Claudia

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Una pelliccia di visone

Luisa Panetti (uncredited)

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