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Lydia Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 29/08/2018, 23:35

Lydia Zanussi in ...continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (1971)

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Alias: Lidia Zanussi, Lia Zanussi.

Lydia Zanussi was one of the most important character actresses in fotoromanzi during the 1950s, playing numerous important and credited roles in fotoromanzi published in magazines like Sogno, Cine Illustrato, Luna Park and Grand Hotel.

Lydia was also active in films, and during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, she was one of the most recognizable 'golden girls' of the generici scene. It seems the only film she was ever credited in was Grog (1982), but she played fairly large roles in some other films, too, such as La clinica dell'amore (1976).

Her daughter is Isabella Zanussi, who also worked as a generica for many years.

Lydia Zanussi was identified by Emiliano, who found her credited in the fotoromanzo "Io ho solo l'amore", with the help of S. R. / Tenente Colombo.

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FILMOGRAPHY

1952
  1. Noi due soli (uncredited) .... Woman at bus stop

    1953
  2. Via Padova 46 (Lo scocciatore) (uncredited) .... Caffè Italia customer

    1966
  3. Scusi lei è favorevole o contrario? (uncredited) .... Party guest
  4. Io,io,io e gli altri (uncredited) .... Woman in theatre

    1967
  5. Arriva Dorellik (uncredited) .... One of the Duponts
  6. Assalto al tesoro di stato (uncredited) .... Woman on the train
  7. Totò: Premio Nobel (TV) (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1968
  8. Brutti di notte (uncredited) .... Franco's aunt
  9. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (uncredited) .... Woman in fancy restaurant
  10. La famiglia Benvenuti (TV series) - episode 6 (uncredited) .... A mother
  11. La morte ha fatto l'uovo (uncredited) .... Party guest
  12. Odissea (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman of the court

    1969
  13. L'alibi (uncredited) .... Party guest
  14. Giocando a golf una mattina (TV Mini-Series) (uncredited) .... Woman in club

    1970
  15. FBI - Francesco Bertolazzi investigatore (TV series) - episode 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" (uncredited) .... Woman in film footage
  16. Lacrime d'amore (uncredited) .... London hotel client
  17. Lady Barbara (uncredited) .... Woman at the drinking fountain

    1971
  18. ...continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (uncredited) .... Restaurant guest
  19. Il provinciale (uncredited) .... Night club client

    1972
  20. Avanti! / Che cosa è successo tra mio padre e tua madre? (uncredited) .... Hotel guest
  21. Fellini's Roma (uncredited) .... Maîtresse
  22. Il generale dorme in piedi (uncredited) .... Spectator
  23. Valeria dentro fuori (uncredited) .... Asylum patient

    1973
  24. Anastasia mio fratello (uncredited) .... Woman in the courtroom
  25. Buona parte di Paolina (credits?) .... Roman noblewoman
  26. Io e lui (uncredited) .... Old woman in building
  27. Qui squadra mobile (TV series) - episode 2: "Rapina a mano armata" (uncredited) .... Woman in the crowd
  28. Vogliamo i colonnelli (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral

    1974
  29. La poliziotta (uncredited) ...Woman at ceremony
  30. L'erotomane (uncredited) .... Woman in the palace
  31. Il lumacone (uncredited) .... Woman at the conference
  32. Il poliziotto è marcio (uncredited) .... Party guest
  33. Paolo il freddo (uncredited) .... Party guest
  34. Sistemo l'America e torno (uncredited) .... Airplane passenger

    1975
  35. Attenti al buffone (uncredited) .... Wedding guest
  36. Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia (uncredited) .... Wedding guest
  37. L'esorciccio (uncredited) .... Sisto's mother
  38. La novizia (uncredited) .... Woman in church
  39. La poliziotta fa carriera (uncredited) .... Woman outside Gianna's home
  40. Le orme (uncredited) .... Chairwoman at the international congress
  41. Lezioni private (uncredited) .... Woman at funeral
  42. Paolo Barca, maestro elementare, praticamente nudista (uncredited) ...Old woman on train
  43. Quel movimento che mi piace tanto (uncredited) .... Party guest
  44. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire (uncredited) .... Party guest
  45. Salon Kitty (uncredited) .... Woman at Salon Kitty

    1976
  46. Bluff - Storia di truffe e di imbroglioni (uncredited) .... Woman gambling
  47. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (uncredited) .... Fish shop customer
  48. La clinica dell'amore (uncredited) .... Gianni Solaro's mother
  49. Maestro di violino (uncredited) .... Bar customer at polo club
  50. Mark colpisce ancora (uncredited) .... Woman at street café
  51. Natale in casa d'appuntamento (uncredited) .... Party guest
  52. Roma, l'altra faccia della violenza (uncredited) .... Party guest who is robbed
  53. Spogliamoci così senza pudor (uncredited) .... Friend of the Partibon family

    1978
  54. Emanuelle e le porno notti (uncredited) .... Horny woman sitting on dildo-chair
  55. I gabbiani volano basso (uncredited) .... Old woman getting on the airplane
  56. La cage aux folles / Il vizietto (uncredited) .... Nightclub client
  57. Le témoin / Il testimone (uncredited) .... Woman at the hotel
  58. Poliziotto senza paura (uncredited) .... Woman at restaurant

    1979
  59. Caro papà (uncredited) .... Old woman at the cello concert
  60. Mani di velluto (uncredited) .... One of the Minister's relatives

    1980
  61. Arrivano i gatti (uncredited) .... Old woman at the notary
  62. L'avvertimento (uncredited) .... Wedding guest
  63. Sono fotogenico (uncredited) .... Extra at Cinecittà

    1981
  64. Occhio alla penna ! (uncredited) ... Old woman on train
  65. La salamandra (uncredited) .... Party guest
  66. L'assistente sociale a tutto pepe (uncredited) ... Nun
  67. Una vacanza del cactus (uncredited) .... Casino player

    1982
  68. Grog (credited) .... role?
  69. La sconosciuta (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman at the auction

    1983
  70. Massimamente folle (uncredited) .... role?

    1984
  71. La bella Otero (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Woman at the casino

    1985
  72. Caccia al ladro d'autore (TV series) - episode 6: "Il calice di Murano" (uncredited) .... Countess Jaszewski, a guest of the countess

FOTOROMANZI
  1. "Il mio prigioniero" (Published in Sogno from May to October 1950)
  2. "Principessa in esilio" (Published in Sogno from July to December 1951)
  3. "Noi che ci amiamo" (Published in Sogno from December 1951 to May 1952)
  4. "Il nostro amore impossibile" (Published in Sogno from October 1952 to March 1953)
  5. "Ho scelto il tuo amore" (Published in Sogno from November 1953 to April 1954)
  6. "Desiderio d'amore" (Published in Sogno from April to August 1954) - credited
  7. "Io ho solo l'amore" (Published in Grand Hotel from May to October 1954) - credited
  8. "Amore e inganno" (Published in Sogno from October 1954 to February 1955) - credited
  9. "Alla conquista di un cuore" (Published in Cine Illustrato from February to July 1955) - credited
  10. "L'incatenata" (Published in Luna Park from April to September 1955) - credited as Lidia Zanussi
  11. "Il prezzo dell'onore" (Published in Cine Illustrato from July to November 1955)
  12. "Un fiore tra le spine" (Published in Sogno from August 1955 to January 1956)
  13. "La voce del sangue" (Published in Cine Illustrato from March to August 1956)
  14. "La figlia dell'assassino" (Published in Sogno from July to December 1956) - credited
  15. "Una donna si ribella" (Published in Sogno from October 1956 to March 1957) - credited as Lia Zanussi
  16. "La donna del sogno" (Published in Polvere di Stelle from April 1957) - credited as Lidia Zanussi
  17. "I giorni dell'odio e dell'amore" (Published in Sogno from January to June 1970)
  18. Cineromanzo N. 6: "Nancy nel deserto" (June 1974)
  19. Le avventure di Jacques Douglas N. 108: "Susan e Ken: Un amore unico al mondo" (September 1974)
  20. "I fratelli Zaccheo" (Published in Grand Hotel from April to November 1984)

Currently, the pictures from the following films are lost:

- Noi due soli (1952) - (original poster: Ghibarian)
- Via Padova 46 (1953) - (original poster: Ghibarian)
- Avanti! (1972) - (original poster: Ghibarian)
- La poliziotta fa carriera (1975) - (original poster: Ghibarian)
- Mani di velluto (1979) - (original poster: Ciavazzaro/Emiliano)
- L'assistente sociale a tutto pepe (1981) - (original poster: dusso)

Also, the pic from Il lumacone (1974) in the old forum looks damaged. Maybe there's a better version?

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Re: Lydia Zanussi

Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 18:19

One of Lydia's greatest roles is as Gianni Solaro's mother in the sex comedy La clinica dell'amore (1976):

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Clinica Dell'Amore - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


And then some other wonderful 1970s roles. First as one of the party guests (together with countless other generici) in Quel movimento che mi piace tanto (1975):

Quel Movimento - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


As one of the clients in Salon Kitty (1975):

Salon Kitty - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


And as a wedding guest in Attenti al bufone (1975) - pic and identification by Ciavazzaro:

Attenti Al Buffone - Lydia Zanussi.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 18:30

Various 1960s roles.

First as a party guest in Scusi lei è favorevole o contrario? (1966) - pic and identification by Ciavazzaro:

Scusi Lei E Favorevole - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


Visible here in the background in Io, io, io... e gli altri (1966):

Io Io Io - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


Briefly visible as a woman on the train in Assalto al tesoro di stato (1967) - identification by TRS:

Assalto Tesoro - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


And here a great close-up in a scene full of generici in Arriva Dorellik (1967) - identification by Ciavazzaro:

Arriva Dorellik - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


And here as one of the party guests in the bizarre giallo La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968):

Morte Ha Fatto Luovo - Lydia Zanussi.jpg
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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 18:39

Another party guest role for Lydia in L'alibi (1969):

Alibi - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Alibi - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


And then a few television roles, starting with the famous TV mini series Odissea (1968) where Lydia gets a great close-up:

Odissea - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


And here in the mini series Giocando a golf una mattina (1969) - pic and identification by Ciavazzaro:

Giocando Golf - Lydia Zanussi.jpg


Lydia can also be spotted in the film footage being watched in the TV series FBI - Francesco Bertolazzi investigatore - episode 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" (1970):

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:00

Lydia was first identified on the old Thrilling Forum back in 2011 - by Emiliano, who with the assistance of S. R. / Tenente Colombo found her credited in the fotoromanzo I romanzi di Grand Hotel N. 124: "Io ho solo l'amore" (published 1 september 1966). This, however, is a re-edition, as "Io ho solo l'amore" was originally published in Grand Hotel from May to October 1954.

Here are the scans from this fotoromanzo - courtesy of Emiliano:

Io Ho Solo L'Amore1.jpg

Io Ho Solo L'Amore2.jpg

Io Ho Solo L'Amore3.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:12

After the discovery of Lydia Zanussi in the fotoromanzo "Io ho solo l'amore", I've started to collect fotoromanzo magazines from the 1950s and have discovered Lydia in a whole bunch of old fotoromanzi - and often in big and important roles, too!

The earliest fotoromanzo in which I've been able to find Lydia is "Il mio prigioniero", which was published in the magazine Sogno from May to October 1950. It's a very small role and uncredited and she only appears in these pics:

Il Mio Prigioniero - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg
Il Mio Prigioniero - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


Lydia then appeared in a bigger (but uncredited) role as the queen mother in the very famous fotoromanzo "Principessa in esilio", which was published in Sogno from July to December 1951, and which also features a very young and still unknown Sophia Loren:

Principessa In Esilio - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Principessa In Esilio - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


And then a pretty big (but still uncredited) role as the protagonist's unsympathetic aunt in "Noi che ci amiamo", published in Sogno from December 1951 to May 1952:

Noi Che Ci Amiamo - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Noi Che Ci Amiamo - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

Noi Che Ci Amiamo - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:16

A more sympathetic role for Lydia in the fotoromanzo "Il nostro amore impossibile", published in Sogno from October 1952 to March 1953, and Lydia is still uncredited:

Nostro Amore Impossibile - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Nostro Amore Impossibile - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg


Still uncredited but quite substantial role as the protagonist's mother in "Ho scelto il tuo amore", published in Sogno from November 1953 to April 1954:

Ho Scelto Il Tuo Amore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Ho Scelto Il Tuo Amore - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:25

Finally a credited fotoromanzo role for Lydia in "Desiderio d'amore", published in Sogno from April to August 1954:

Desiderio D'Amore - Lydia Zanussi Credit.jpg

Desiderio D'Amore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Desiderio D'Amore - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


And credited again in "Amore e inganno" (published in Sogno from October 1954 to February 1955), in which Lydia has one of her very best fotoromanzo roles:

Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi Credit.jpg

Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg


I love this role for Lydia, which is full of great expressions and dramatic poses:

Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

Amore E Inganno - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:33

Lydia is credited yet again in the costumed fotoromanzo production "Alla conquista di un cuore", published in Cine Illustrato from February to July 1955:

Alla Conquista - Credits.jpg

Alla Conquista - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Alla Conquista - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg


In the fotoromanzo "L'incatenata" (published in Luna Park from April to September 1955), she's credited again, but this time as Lidia Zanussi:

L'incatenata - Lydia Zanussi Credit.jpg

L'incatenata - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

L'incatenata - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg


"Il prezzo dell'onore" (published in Cine Illustrato from July to November 1955) - this time Lydia is uncredited again, even though she plays a very substantial role:

Prezzo Dell'Onore - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Prezzo Dell'Onore - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 30/08/2018, 19:37

Yet another uncredited fotoromanzo role in "Un fiore tra le spine", published in Sogno from August 1955 to January 1956:

Fiore Tra Le Spine - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Fiore Tra Le Spine - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

Fiore Tra Le Spine - Lydia Zanussi3.jpg


Another good but uncredited fotoromanzo role in "La voce del sangue", published in Cine Illustrato from March to August 1956:

Voce Del Sangue - Lydia Zanussi1.jpg

Voce Del Sangue - Lydia Zanussi2.jpg

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