The Vatican 1950
Photo: Herbert List
Mino Doro belonged to a venetian family of ancient nobility . He was a successful sportsman, practicing car racing, fencing, horse riding and skating and was fond of acting. He debuted on the stage in prestigious theatrical companies such as Luigi Pirandello’s and Emma Gramatica’s. His first film appearance was in a silent movie, Beatrice Cenci (1926) directed by Baldassarre Negroni. Fame came to him in the 1930s starring/costarring in films as T’Amero’ Sempre (1933) by Mario Camerini; Vecchia Guardia (1936) by Alessandro Blasetti; I Due Sergenti (1936) by Guido Brignone. He also appeared in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and 8 1/2 (1963) and Luigi Comencini’s Tutti a Casa (Everybody Go Home, 1960). His last film was Angelique et le Sultan (1968), by Bernard Borderie. Doro was politically a loyal fascist and one of the few actors who voluntarily joined the newborn cinematography of the Republic of Salo’. With Adriano Rimoldi, Otello Toso, Antonio Centa, Roldano Lupi , Doro shared popular success but like them his acting talent and good looking were never fully employed by cinematographers and he never got the status of great divo like Nazzari, Cortese, Cervi, Serato did. He died in 2006 aged 103.
Carlo Ninchi was brother of the celebrated stage actor Annibale Ninchi and cousin of actress Ave Ninchi. He debuted on the stage in his brother ‘s troupe and worked with the best theatrical companies of the day such as the Pagnani-Cervi-Morelli. His first screen appearance was in Corte d’Assise (1930), by Guido Brignone. Some of his best roles where in dramatic films such as Cavalleria Rusticana (1939) by Amleto Palermi; I Promessi Sposi (The Bethroted,1941) by Mario Camerini; Il Conte Ugolino (1949) by Riccardo Freda; and light comedies such as Dora Nelson (1939) by Mario Sodati and La Vispa Teresa (19443) by Mario Mattoli.
Taormina : Sicilian Tarantella dancers on the Bar Eden Terrace; a play at the Teatro Antico circa 1920s/30’s; A woman watching Isola and Capo Sant’Andrea
Casa degli Omenoni, Milano, early XX century
Vivi Gioi was a singer and actress of norwegian origins. Discovered by Vittorio De Sica, in her first film, Ma Non E’ Una Cosa Seria (1936) directed by Camerini, she adopted the name of Vivien Diesca as a tribute to De Sica. She acted in light comedies such as Rose Scarlatte (1940) directed by De Sica and Giuseppe Amato; Alessandro Sei Grande (1940), by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia; Pimo Amore (1941) by Carmine Gallone. Some of her best dramatic roles were in Bengasi (1942) a war film directed by Augusto Genina and Caccia Tragica (1947) by Giuseppe De Sanctis.
Elsa De Giorgi was a writer and actress, belonging to an ancient aristocratic family. Discovered by director Mario Camerini, she debuted in the film Nini’ Falpala’ (1933) directed by Amleto Palermi. She appeared in films such as Camerini’s sweet comedy T’Amero’ Sempre (1933) and Ma Non E’ Una Cosa Seria (1936) ; in Blasetti’s lost film L’Impiegata di Papa’ (1933) ; in Guido Brignone’s historical film Teresa Confalonieri (1934); in Pasolini’s last film Salo’ or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975).