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Elsa De Giorgi

Elsa De Giorgi(Pesaro, 1915 – Rome, 1997)

Born into a family of ancient provincial aristocracy, the Giorgi Alberti, nobles of Bevagna and Camerino and patrician of Spoleto, Elsa is discovered in a photo competition where she takes part not yet eighteen year old by Mario Camerini who offers her a role in T'amerò sempre (1933). Gradually disappointed by the shortage of a production that, through twenty titles, gave her the popularity, she becomes actress of prose between the difficult years of war and postwar. In 1949 Luchino Visconti calls her to interpret Elena di Troia in the now historic performance of Troilo e Cressida staged at the Boboli Gardens in Florence in occasion of "Maggio Musicale". In 1957 she plays Madame Roland in Giacobini by Federico Zardi staged at the Piccolo theatre in Milan by Giorgio Strehler.

To be ultimately remembered the interpretation of Mrs. Maggi, one of the narrators in Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma, the latest film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975.

Married in the second half of the fifties with the count Sandro Contini Bonacossi, she published, in 1955, I coetanei public journal with many references to the partisan struggle (with a tribute to the courage of her husband Sandrino) and to the roman cinematography around the war.

In the book L'eredità Contini-Bonacossi she reconstructs the mysterious affair of clandestine export of art works, which had as main victim her husband Sandro Contini, a former partisan commander, who committed suicide in New York.

Between 1955 and 1958, she has a relationship with the writer Italo Calvino, in the book Ho visto partire il tuo treno (1992), in which she recreates the cultural and literary atmosphere of the Rome in the fifties telling her story with the writer.


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