Muses

Silvana Mangano (1930 - 1989)

Brought up in a very poor family, Silvana Mangano's mother nonetheless manages to pay dancing classes to her daughter who dreams of the Opera. As a teenager, she participates to many beauty pageants and is elected 'Miss Rome' in 1946. She soon takes acting lessons and meets Marcello Mastroianni, her first love, who introduces her to film directors. She meets stardom, in 1949, in Giuseppe De Santis' Riso Amaro, a sensual and communist film, that introduces her as Italy's major postwar sex symbol. The same year, she marries the producer, Dino de Laurentiis who makes her work with the most notable names of the period such as Vittorio Gassman, Kirk Douglas or Anthony Perkins. Getting older, she plays more and more demanding roles for which she incarnates the ideal forty-year-old sensual and neurotic woman and becomes Pier Paolo Pasolini's sultry muse in such films as Teorema, in 1968 and Luchino Visconti's hieratic icon, in Death in Venice, in 1971. Her son's accidental death, in 1981, and her illness announce the decline of her career and she stars in her last film, in 1987 as Marcello Mastroianni's wife in Dark Eyes like a return to the origins. Silvana Mangano who had embodied an erotic fantasy described as 'Anna Magnani minus 15 years, Ingrid Bergman with a Latin disposition and Rita Hayworth plus 25 pounds' hated the image Riso Amaro had fabricated – the erotic voluptuous vamp - she escaped with numerous drastic diets had nonetheless rapidly given place to an early MILF.

Tags / Silvana Mangano - Italian Actress - 1950s - Cinematic Women - Muses - Sex Symbol
Silvana Mangano in L’oro di Napoli directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1954
Silvana Mangano in L’oro di Napoli directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1954
Silvana Mangano in L’oro di Napoli directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1954
Silvana Mangano in L’oro di Napoli directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1954
Silvana Mangano in L’oro di Napoli directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1954
Silvana Mangano in L’oro di Napoli directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1954
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano in 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano in 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Carla Gravina, Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Silvana Mangano  and Jeanne Moreau in 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Carla Gravina, Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Silvana Mangano and Jeanne Moreau in 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Carla Gravina Silvana Mangano and Jeanne Moreau in 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Carla Gravina Silvana Mangano and Jeanne Moreau in 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Carlo Bavagnoli, Director Dino De Laurentis and actress wife Silvana Mangano with family, Near Monte Cralo, 1966
Carlo Bavagnoli, Director Dino De Laurentis and actress wife Silvana Mangano with family, Near Monte Cralo, 1966
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano and Geoffrey Home in Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano and Geoffrey Home in Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of 5 Branded Women directed by Martin Ritt, 1960
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Raf Vallone and Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Raf Vallone and Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Riso amaro directed by Giuseppe De Santis, 1949
Raf Vallone and Silvana Mangano in Il brigante Musolino directed by Mario Camerini, 1950
Raf Vallone and Silvana Mangano in Il brigante Musolino directed by Mario Camerini, 1950
Silvana Mangano in Il brigante Musolino directed by Mario Camerini, 1950
Silvana Mangano in Il brigante Musolino directed by Mario Camerini, 1950
Kirk Douglas and Silvana Mangano in IUlisse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas and Silvana Mangano in IUlisse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Ulisse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Ulisse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Ulisse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Ulisse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano and Director Mario Camerini on the set of IUlisse 1953.
Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano and Director Mario Camerini on the set of IUlisse 1953.
Silvana Mangano and Anthony Perkins in This Angry Age directed by rené Clement, 1958
Silvana Mangano and Anthony Perkins in This Angry Age directed by rené Clement, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the set of Tempest directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1958
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Crimen directed by Mario Camerini, 1960
Clint Eastwod and Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe- Una Sera come le altre directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1967
Clint Eastwod and Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe- Una Sera come le altre directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1967
Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe, 1967
Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe, 1967
Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe, 1967
Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe, 1967
Clint Eastwod and Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe- Una Sera come le altre directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1967
Clint Eastwod and Silvana Mangano in Le Streghe- Una Sera come le altre directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1967
Silvana Mangano in Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Silvana Mangano in Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Silvana Mangano in Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Silvana Mangano in Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Silvana Mangano and Terence Stamp in Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Silvana Mangano and Terence Stamp in Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Silvana Mangano on the set of Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Silvana Mangano on the set of Teorema directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968
Silvana Mangano on the set of Il Decameron directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971
Silvana Mangano on the set of Il Decameron directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Bjorn Andresen and Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Bjorn Andresen and Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano, Bjorn Andresen, Dirk Bogarde in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano, Bjorn Andresen, Dirk Bogarde in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano and Helmut Berger in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano and Helmut Berger in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di famiglia in un interno directed by Luchino Visconti, 1974
Silvana Mangano in D'amore si muore directed by Carlo Carunchio, 1972
Silvana Mangano in D'amore si muore directed by Carlo Carunchio, 1972
Silvana Mangano in Edipo re directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967
Silvana Mangano in Edipo re directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Anna directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1951
Portrait of Silvana Mangano for Anna directed by Alberto Lattuada, 1951
Portrait of Silvana Mangano, 1950's
Portrait of Silvana Mangano, 1950's
Portrait of Silvana Mangano, 1949
Portrait of Silvana Mangano, 1949
Silvana Mangano in Il Processo di Verona directed by Carlo Lizzani, 1963
Silvana Mangano in Il Processo di Verona directed by Carlo Lizzani, 1963
Portrait of Silvana Mangano, 1950's
Portrait of Silvana Mangano, 1950's
Marina Cicogna, Portrait of Silvana Mangani
Marina Cicogna, Portrait of Silvana Mangani
Eve Arnold, Silvana Mangano, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 1956
Eve Arnold, Silvana Mangano, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 1956
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