Monica Bellucci's weird and wonderful movie career List Monica Bellucci: Read Robbie Collin's review of The Wonders here. It means working out which directors have been able to anchor that supernatural, out-of-time vivaciousness to something real — in other words, to give her something else to do besides stop traffic.
Many, of course, have fallen over themselves to try: Here, starting with her greatest role to date, are the ones who best succeeded. But as time rewinds, Alex herself moves centre-stage, and the victim is allowed to reclaim control of her own story. After the attack, her shuddering terror is a masterclass in physical acting, as angular and wounding as a broken pane of glass.
Bellucci plays the adult daughter of a Latin schoolmaster in an idyllic town on the south coast of inter-war Sicily. Wild Blood Sanguepazzo Marco Tuillio Giordana, Another film to place Bellucci in the heyday of Italian cinema is this severe biopic in which the actress plays Luisa Ferida, one half of a film-business power couple in the s and 40s who became entangled, via her lover Osvaldo Valenti, in the rise of the Fascists.
The uneasy upshot is that casting an Italian actress can occasionally be dramatic shorthand for one or the other character type, so when news broke that Mel Gibson had cast Bellucci as Mary Magdalene in his dramatisation of the Passion of Jesus, it made a weary kind of sense. Bellucci is a whole three days older than her male co-star — in Hollywood terms, a deeply inappropriate age gap.
The 85 best movies on Netflix 6. She played Persephone, the Queen of Club Hel, who listens to her husband wax pretentious about the inescapability of causality before choosing to betray him for the cost of a kiss. The name comes from Greek myth, and the parted lips and buoyant cleavage are pure La Dolce Vita — but Bellucci invests the character with a Pharaohic composure, her poker-straight black hair like the headdress on a funerary mask.
Her character begins the film being played by Sophie Marceau, with one actress morphing into the other as reality shakes itself loose. Back at the beginning. The film is best-known for being remade in English, very badly, as Wicker Park, and second-best-known as the shoot on which Bellucci and Cassel met. Both it and she deserve more.
Watching her, you feel like young Gelsomina in The Wonders, stumbling across this otherworldly creature in the wild. The Wonders is released on July 17 Related to.