Gajoni, Cristina

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Gajoni, Cristina

Post by PeplumParadise » 03/11/2021, 17:23

Cristina Gajoni in a 60's publicity shot
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Cristina Gajoni (or Gaioni, the spellings seem to have been interchangeable) was an actress active in Italian films from the late 1950's until the mid-1990's.

From her earliest credits it seems probable that her birth name was Maria Cristina Gajoni. Most sources seem agreed that her birth date is November 4th 1940 in Milan, Italy (IMDb alone gives the same date in 1938). Her father was artist Adriano Gajoni. She married composer/musician Alberto Visentin in 1969, with whom she has a daughter born in 1974, Christiana, who is an accomplished painter. She is still living at the time of writing.

Cristina's Wikipedia profile contains the unconfirmed information that she studied acting at the drama school of Piccolo Teatro in Milan under George Strehler. A biography on You Tube says she started her career as a photo model in the 50's.

Following a blink-and-you'll miss-it appearance in La tempesta (1958), she kicked off her career with 4 substantial roles the following year. She worked steadily throughout the 1960's, occasionally playing lead roles, but most often being the 2nd or 3rd-billed actress in the credits, never quite achieving the upper levels of stardom. She tended to get cast in roles as victims, or as characters who were not too bright or somewhat mentally unstable.

With the arrival of the 70's she mostly, with one exception, avoided the exploitation fare which saw the slow decline of the careers of many of her contemporaries, instead finding work more sporadically and, one would assume, concentrating on her marriage and raising her daughter,, but still appearing in roles every few years up until the mid-90's.

Her looks, with tousled hair piled high, pouting lips and freckles, were in the "sex kitten" mould, similar in type to Brigitte Bardot or Mylene Demongeot. She always had a look as if she were about to burst into tears, possibly the result of usually having a fringe that hung to her eyes.

Most websites use the "I" spelling of her surname, but since she was more often credited using the "J" spelling then, after some deliberation, that's the one I've chosen to use.

Filmography
1958
  1. La tempesta .... Gypsy girl (uncredited)

    1959
  2. Arrangiatevi .... Maria Berta Armentano (credited as "Maria Cristina Gajoni")
  3. Guinguette .... Maryse (poster credit as "Maria Christina Gajoni" - role unconfirmed)
  4. Nella città l'inferno .... Marietta Mugnari (credited)
  5. Un maledetto imbroglio .... La matta (credited)

    1960
  6. Letto a tre piazze .... Prassede (credited as "Maria Cristina Gajoni")
  7. Via Margutta .... Marisa Maccesi (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")

    1961
  8. Gioventù di notte .... Suzette (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  9. I soliti rapinatori a Milano .... Elena (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  10. Il re di Poggioreale .... Pupetta (credited)
  11. L'assassino .... Nicoletta Nogaro (credited)
  12. Ursus .... Magali (credited)

    1962
  13. Dieci italiani per un tedesco (Via Rasella) .... Mariella (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  14. I tre nemici .... Kitty (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  15. Il figlio dello sceicco .... Fawzia (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  16. L'amore a vent'anni .... Christina (credited)
  17. L'ira di Achille .... Xenia (credited)
  18. La steppa .... La ragazza del fiume (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  19. Le massaggiatrici .... Iris (credited)
  20. Ultimatum alla vita .... Marcella (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")

    1963
  21. I tre implacabili .... Marisol Benavente (credited)
  22. Il giorno più corto .... Timid presenter (picture credit)
  23. Il successo .... Maria (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  24. Le verdi bandiere di Allah .... Ursula (credited)

    1964
  25. Agent Secret FX 18 .... Arlette (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  26. I marziani hanno 12 mani .... The farmer's daughter (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  27. Squillo .... role? (poster credit)
  28. Via Veneto .... role? (poster credit)

    1965
  29. Agente S 03: Operazione Atlantide .... Rosie (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  30. L'incendio di Roma .... Giulia (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  31. Le notti della violenza .... Franca (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")

    1966
  32. El Cisco .... Edda (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  33. Furia a Marrakech .... Greta (credited)
  34. La battaglia dei Mods .... Mary (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  35. La lunga notte di Veronique .... role? (credited)

    1967
  36. Spia spione .... The girl from the advert (credited)

    1968
  37. Una jena in cassaforte .... Jeanine (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")

    1971
  38. Le juge .... The orphan (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  39. Per amore o per forza .... role? (credited)

    1972
  40. Pulp .... Second typist (credited)

    1973
  41. Diario segreto da un carcere femminile .... Religious prisoner (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")
  42. Flesh for Frankenstein .... Girlfriend of Nicholas (credited as "Cristina Gaioni")

    1974
  43. Prostituzione .... Prostitute (credited)

    1975
  44. Attenti al buffone .... Prostitute (credited)

    1976
  45. Albert e l'uomo nero (TV mini-series) Eps. 1 & 2 .... Agata (credited)

    1989
  46. Willy Signori e vengo da lontano .... Ilona (credited)
Titles to check
  • Amour Rue De Lappe (1984) IMDb as Marisa Meccasi
  • Keep on Running (1991) IMDb as Raffaella
  • Camerieri (1995) IMDb as Girl in blue
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Re: Gajoni, Cristina

Post by PeplumParadise » 03/11/2021, 17:57

La tempesta (1958) as Gypsy girl, front right in the first image
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Arrangiatevi (1959) credited as "Maria Cristina Gajoni", as Maria Berta Armentano
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Guinguette (1959) credited on the poster as "Maria Christina Gajoni", as Maryse (role to be confirmed).
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/11/2021, 18:11

Nella città l'inferno (1959) credited, as Marietta Mugnari.

Holding her own alongside Anna Magnani and Giulieta Masina, Cristina was awarded Best supporting actress for her performance here by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
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Un maledetto imbroglio (1959) credited, as La matta.
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Letto a tre piazze (1960) credited as "Maria Cristina Gajoni", as Prassede.
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Via Margutta (1960) credited as "Cristina Gaioni", as Marisa Maccesi
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Gioventù di notte (1961) credited and pictured on the posters, as Suzette (role to be confirmed).
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Il re di Poggioreale (1961) credited, as Pupetta.
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