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Lamberto Maggiorani

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Years active  1948 - 1970
Name  Lamberto Maggiorani
Role  Actor

Lamberto Maggiorani Lamberto Maggiorani in una scena di Ladri di biciclette
Born  August 28, 1909 (1909-08-28) Rome, Italy
Died  April 22, 1983, Rome, Italy
Movies  Bicycle Thieves, Attention! Bandits!, Vacation with a Gangster, The Last Judgment, Anna
Similar People  Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, Alessandro Cicognini

Lamberto Maggiorani (28 August 1909 in Rome – 22 April 1983 in Rome) was an Italian actor remembered for his portrayal of Antonio Ricci in the 1948 Vittorio De Sica film Bicycle Thieves.

Lamberto Maggiorani Lamberto Maggiorani in una sequenza di Ladri di biciclette

He was a factory worker (he worked as a turner) and non-professional actor at the time he was cast in this film. He earned 600,000 lire ($1,000 US) for his performance, enabling him to buy new furniture and treat his family to a vacation; but when he returned to the factory he was laid off because business was slackening and management felt it would be fairer to terminate him instead of other impoverished co-workers since he was perceived to have "made millions" as a movie star. He found occasional work as a bricklayer, but continued to try to get roles in movies, with little success; even de Sica was reluctant to employ him as anything other than an extra. Pier Paolo Pasolini gave him a bit part in the film Mamma Roma (1962) due to his iconic status in Italian cinema. Cesare Zavattini, the screenwriter for Bicycle Thieves, aware of Maggiorani's predicament, wrote a screenplay about him titled "Tu, Maggiorani", in an attempt to demonstrate the limits of neorealist film's capacity to change the world.

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Maggiorani died in Rome in 1983 at the San Giovanni hospital without ever regaining his first success as a film actor.

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  • Ladri di biciclette (1948)
  • Vent'anni (1949)
  • Women Without Names (1950)
  • Anna (1951)
  • Vacation with a Gangster (1951)
  • Achtung! Banditi! (1951)
  • Salvate mia figlia (1951)
  • A Tale of Five Cities (1951)
  • Umberto D. (1952) (uncredited)
  • Via Padova 46 (1954)
  • Don Camillo e l'on. Peppone (1955)
  • Totò, Peppino e i... fuorilegge (1956)
  • Il giudizio universale (1961)
  • Mamma Roma (1962)
  • Mare matto (1963)
  • Ostia (1970)
  • References

    Lamberto Maggiorani Wikipedia

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