Alida Valli Kira
Rossano Brazzi Leo
Fosco Giachetti Andrei
Other Characters

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Alida Valli - Kira
 

ALIDA VALLI stars as the strong-willed Kira Argounova. One of Europe's most enduring screen actresses, Alida Valli was born in 1921 in Pola, Italy, the daughter of an Austrian journalist. After training at Centrosperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, she began making films at an early age, and rapidly became one of the Italian screen's leading young stars. Valli was 21 and already one of Italy's highest paid actresses when she starred in WE THE LIVING.

In 1944 she married pianist-composer Oscar de Mejo (he wrote "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth"). During World War II Valli went into hiding rather than continue working in the Fascist controlled film industry. Resuming her work after the war, she came to Hollywood under contract with David 0. Selznick. She appeared in Hitchcock's THE PARADINE CASE and co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Fred McMurray in THE MIRACLE OF THE BELLS.

Among her other English language films is the British classic, THE THIRD MAN with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Returning to Europe in the early 1950's, Valli began an international career that saw her gradually mature from romantic roles to strongly etched character parts. She recently was featured in A MONTH BY THE LAKE (1995) starring Vanessa Redgrave. Valli makes her home in Rome, and continues to appear on stage and screen.

Valli has made over 80 additional films. Among them are: MANON LESCAUT (1939); PICCOLO MONDO ANTICO (1941); WALK SOFTLY, STRANGER (1950); ULTIMO INCONTRO (1951); Visconti's SENSO (1954); Antonioni's IL GRIDO (1957); THIS ANGRY AGE (1958); THE LONG ABSENCE (1961); THE HAPPY THEIVES (1962); OEDIPUS REX (1967); Bertolucci's THE SPIDER'S STRATAGEM (1970): THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1977); and INFERNO (1979).

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Rossano Brazzi - Leo                

 

ROSSANO BRAZZI plays Leo Kovalensky, fugitive son of an aristocrat. Brazzi was truly one of the great romantic leading men to emerge in the film industry. In over 50 years of acting, Brazzi performed in over 100 movies, a score of TV series, winning several best actor awards in Italy and other European countries.

He was born in Bologna in 1916 and attended law school in Florence. When his parents were killed by the Fascists, Brazzi moved to Rome and joined a repertory company in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, and when WE THE LIVING was made in 1942, he was already among the highest paid Italian film stars. Generally cast in swashbuckling roles, WE THE LIVING established him as a serious actor as well. During World War II, Brazzi worked with resistance groups in Rome.

His first Hollywood film was LITTLE WOMEN in 1949, but he did not win a following in America until 1954 when he appeared in THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN. After that he appeared with Katherine Hepburn in David Lean's SUMMERTIME and the musical SOUTH PACIFIC and a number of other Hollywood hits. Brazzi died December 24th, 1994.

Among his other memorable films are THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954); INTERLUDE (1957); A CERTAIN SMILE (1958); LEGEND OF THE LOST (1957); LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (1962); De Sica’s WOMAN TIMES SEVEN (1967); THE ITALIAN JOB (1969); MISTER KINGSTREET'S WAR (1970); THE OMEN--FINAL CONFLICT (1981); THE FAR PAVILIONS (1984); FEAR CITY (1985).

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Fosco Giachetti - Andrei                

 

FOSCO GIACHETTI plays Andrei Taganov, the ruthless GPU official and idealistic revolutionary.

Giachetti became a major force in Italian film after his first successful starring role in SQUADRONE BIANCO, released in 1936. By the time he starred in WE THE LIVING, he was the number one box office attraction in Italy. Giachetti abandoned the theater for cinema and made approximately 50 films during his career.

A virile screen presence, he was considered at his best when playing the romantic, melancholy loner. Giachetti completed his last film, L'HERITIER in 1973, a year before his death at the age of 70.

Among his other notable films are: SCIPPIONE L'AFRICANCO (1938); THE LIFE OF G. VERDI (1940); Alessandrini's NOZZE DI SANGUE (1941); ALCAZAR (1942); BROTHERS KARAMAZOFF (1947); and, in French, Rene Clement's CHATEAU DE VERRE (1948), with Michele Morgan and Jean Marais.

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Other Characters  

Tishenko

Pavel Syerov

Comrade Sonia

Victor Dunaev

Morozov

Alexel Argounov

Vassili Dunaev

Maria Petrovna Dunaev

Marisha

Lydia Argounova

Galina Petrovna Argounova

Tonia

GPU Captain

Sasha

Ada Dunaev

Irma Dunaev
GIOVANNI GRASSO

EMILIO CIGOLI

CESARINA GHERALDI

ARIO PISU

GUGUELMO SINAZ

GERO ZAMBUTO

ANNIBALE BETRONE

ELVIRA BETRONE

SYLVIA MANTO

CLAUDIA MARTI

EVELINA PAOLI

GINA SAMMARCO

LAMBERTO PICASSO

SENNUCOIO BENELU

GIOIA COLLEI

BIANCA DORIA

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