Muses

Monica Vitti (1931)

The Italian actress who has studied theatre appears in her first film, in 1954, in Ettore Scola’s Ridere Ridere Ridere. From 1957, she is cast in several stage plays directed by Michelangelo Antonioni who gives her the leading role of his award winning film, l’Avventura, in 1960s, that imprints her screen persona as a disturbing elegant distant beauty and turns her into an international star. She excels as Antonioni’s muse in such films as Eclipse, in 1962 and Red Desert, in 1964 where he beautifully films the woman who is his lover in real life. For her, he invents the figure of the beautiful intellectual somewhat a little neurotic bourgeois who always seems to feel out of place, to be bored and to hide dozen secrets. Michelangelo Antonioni shows how much her eyes always seem ‘to never stop on an object but to fix, fully absorbed, distant secrets.’ When the relationship between the actress and the director ends, she dares to explore her comedic sense and stars in the decadent and ironic British film, Modest Blaise, in 1966. During the 1970s, she therefore becomes one of the rare grand comedic Italian actresses featured in such productions as the Pizza Triangle, in 1970. From the 1980s, Monica Vitti’s career has declined, only to accept a very little number of performances. Today, the impassible sphinx has Alzheimer and it seems as if her silences and her empty stares on screens had been a tragic prophecy.

Monica Vitti in Les 4 vérités / Le lièvre et la tortue directed by Alessandro Blasetti, 1962
Monica Vitti in Les 4 vérités / Le lièvre et la tortue directed by Alessandro Blasetti, 1962
Director Alessandro Blasetti, with Monica Vitti on the set of Les 4 vérités / Le lièvre et la tortue, 1962
Director Alessandro Blasetti, with Monica Vitti on the set of Les 4 vérités / Le lièvre et la tortue, 1962
Jean-Pierre Cassel and Monica Vitti in Alta infedeltà  / La sospirosa directed by Luciano Salce, 1964
Jean-Pierre Cassel and Monica Vitti in Alta infedeltà / La sospirosa directed by Luciano Salce, 1964
Jean-Pierre Cassel and Monica Vitti in Alta infedeltà  / La sospirosa directed by Luciano Salce, 1964
Jean-Pierre Cassel and Monica Vitti in Alta infedeltà / La sospirosa directed by Luciano Salce, 1964
Alberto Sordi and Monica Vitti in Amore mio aiutami directed by Alberto Sordi, 1969
Alberto Sordi and Monica Vitti in Amore mio aiutami directed by Alberto Sordi, 1969
Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Portrait of Monica Vitti on the set of Modesty Blaise directed by Joseph Losey, 1966
Portrait of Monica Vitti on the set of Modesty Blaise directed by Joseph Losey, 1966
Monica Vitti in L'avventura
Monica Vitti in L'avventura" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Lea Massari with Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Lea Massari with Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Monica Vitti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Lea Massari, director Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti on the set of  L'avventura, 1960
Lea Massari, director Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti on the set of L'avventura, 1960
Monica Vitti with Gabriele Ferzetti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Monica Vitti with Gabriele Ferzetti in L'avventura directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Lea Massari, director Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti at Cannes for L'avventura, 1960
Lea Massari, director Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti at Cannes for L'avventura, 1960
Anthony Perkins, Monica Vitti and Jean-Paul Belmondo with awards, France, 1961
Anthony Perkins, Monica Vitti and Jean-Paul Belmondo with awards, France, 1961
Monica Vitti in La cintura di castità directed by Pasquale Fesra Campanile, 1967
Monica Vitti in La cintura di castità directed by Pasquale Fesra Campanile, 1967
Monica Vitti in La cintura di castità directed by Pasquale Fesra Campanile, 1967
Monica Vitti in La cintura di castità directed by Pasquale Fesra Campanile, 1967
Jean-Claude Brialy with  Monica Vitti in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Jean-Claude Brialy with Monica Vitti in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Jean-Louis Trintignant with  Monica Vitti in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Jean-Louis Trintignant with Monica Vitti in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Monica Vitti with Jean-Claude Brialy in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Monica Vitti with Jean-Claude Brialy in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Monica Vitti with Curd Jürgens in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Monica Vitti with Curd Jürgens in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Jean-Louis Trintignant,  Monica Vitti, Suzanne Flon and Curd Jürgens in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Monica Vitti, Suzanne Flon and Curd Jürgens in Château en Suède directed by Roger Vadim, 1963
Portrait of Monica Vitti, and Claudia Cardinale, 1969
Portrait of Monica Vitti, and Claudia Cardinale, 1969
Monica Vitti in I deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in I deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Carlo Chionetti with Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Carlo Chionetti with Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti with Carlo Chionetti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti with Carlo Chionetti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti with Richard Harris in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti with Richard Harris in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Carlo Chionetti with Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Carlo Chionetti with Monica Vitti in Il deserto rosso directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964
Monica Vitti with Marcello Mastroianni in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti with Marcello Mastroianni in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti with Marcello Mastroianni in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti with Marcello Mastroianni in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti in Drama della gelosia directed by Ettore Scola, 1970
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in"L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Director Michelangelo Antonioni, Alain Delon wit Monica Vitti in L'eclisse, 1962
Director Michelangelo Antonioni, Alain Delon wit Monica Vitti in L'eclisse, 1962
Alain Delon wit Monica Vitti on the set of L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Alain Delon wit Monica Vitti on the set of L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti, director Michelangelo Antonioni with Alain Delon on the set of L'eclisse, 1962
Monica Vitti, director Michelangelo Antonioni with Alain Delon on the set of L'eclisse, 1962
Monica Vitti,  Alain Delon with Romy Schneider at the press conference for L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti, Alain Delon with Romy Schneider at the press conference for L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with  Alain Delon at the press conference for L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon at the press conference for L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Robert Hossein with Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Robert Hossein with Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Robert Hossein with Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Robert Hossein with Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Robert Hossein with Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Robert Hossein with Monica Vitti in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti, Yves Massard and ? in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti, Yves Massard and ? in La femme écarlate directed by Jean Valère, 1969
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti with Alain Delon in L'eclisse directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962
Monica Vitti on the set of La cintura di castità directed by Pasquale Fesra Campanile, 1967. Photo by Helmut Newton
Monica Vitti on the set of La cintura di castità directed by Pasquale Fesra Campanile, 1967. Photo by Helmut Newton
Monica Vitti with director Mario Monicelli on the set of La ragazza con la pistola, 1968
Monica Vitti with director Mario Monicelli on the set of La ragazza con la pistola, 1968
Monica Vitti in La ragazza con la pistola directed by Mario Monicelli, 1968
Monica Vitti in La ragazza con la pistola directed by Mario Monicelli, 1968
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