Tokyo - A photographic exhibition titled "Mastroianni, stella del cinema ancora luminosa" will open in Tokyo at the end of May to celebrate one of the most iconic Italian actors of the second half of the past century. The exhibition, which will run from May 26 to June 17, consists mainly of a selection of close-ups of Marcello playing a wide array of characters, illustrating his career of over 50 years.
Mastroianni was a great actor who could easily play either a dramatic or a comedic role. He worked with the most prominent Italian directors, but his international debut is linked to his portrayal of the cynical and disenchanted lead of "La dolce vita", a film Federico Fellini directed in 1960. Its memorable scene of Fontana di Trevi will forever remain in our memory. Sergio Toffetti, director of the Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa, said that the exhibition celebrates Italy's most natural and least academic Italian star. Marcello was also the most skeptical and disenchanted of these Italian stars, resisting rules, theories and pointless talks. He was true to himself at all times, and spontaneous, as shown by the photographs on display that try to capture the mysteries of a face that was only apparently an ordinary face.
The exhibition also features photographs of Mastroianni in the company of several international stars, above all Sophia Loren, his on-screen partner in 14 films. Together they won an Oscar for "Ieri Oggi e Domani" in 1965 for Best Foreign Movie.