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Solbelli, Olga

Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 20:59

From"Cineguida 1949"
Olga Solbelli was one of the great character actresses of Italian cinema. In a career that spanned from the mid 1930s and until the late 1960s, she appeared in more than 80 films, including everything from light-hearted comedies and melodramas to peplums and horror films. Equally versatile in the types of roles she portrayed, Olga could switch with ease between playing simple working class women and snobbish upper-class ladies. Her specialites, however, were playing tormented and long-suffering mothers, or cruel and malicious villainesses, both of which she always did with great bravura.

Born as Anna Olga Solbelli in Verghereto on 11 May 1898, her acting career began in the theater, where she achieved much success in the 1920s and 30s. She worked in the company of Pietro Meda, whom she married in 1928, but also several others.

Olga made her film debut at the age of 38 with a small role in the crime film L'anonima Roylott (1936) and quickly became a much in-demand character actress, working steadily in film throughout the Fascist era. Her most famous roles from this era are in Via delle Cinque Lune (1942) as a cruel but sensual woman who seduces her stepdaughter's boyfriend, and as the third sister in the comedy Sorelle Materassi (1944).

During the post-war years, Olga's career continued to blossom and she appeared in a great number of melodramas, comedies and historical dramas, with high points being her portrayals of Catherine the Great in La figlia del capitano (1947) and particularly her dramatic interpretation of the long-suffering mother of real-life Italian irredentist Nazario Sauro in the biographical drama Fratelli d'Italia (1952).

In the late 1950s, Olga began to appear regularly in the fotoromanzi published in the weekly magazines Sogno, Luna Park and Cine Illustrato, and as a result, her film roles became somewhat less regular. In the 1960s, she was seen mostly in various peplum adventures, with her last great role being as the cruel and domineering mother of Franco Nero in the horror film Il terzo occhio (1966).

Olga retired from acting in 1967 and lived quietly outside the limelight until her death at age 78 on 8 September 1976 in Bologna. Her career is well documented by various sources, so there are probably not too many undocumented roles to be discovered. Her uncredited role in Erode il grande (1959) was not listed neither at ANICA nor IMDb, though, so it's possible there might be a few more uncredited roles that have not yet been discovered.

Additional biographical note from Cineguida 1949
  • Height: 1,68.
  • Weight: 55 kg.
  • Instruction: diploma in accounting.
  • She attended acting and dancing school.
  • Languages: French.
  • Dubbing, Radio, Prose theater.
  • She lived in Roma, in via Monfalcone, 3.
Source for biographical informations: "Dizionario del cinema italiano: Le attrici" (2003) by Enrico Lancia and Roberto Poppi.

Filmography
1936
  1. L'anonima Roylott .... Anna (credited)

    1939
  2. Cose dell'altro mondo …. Rosalie (credited - role unconfirmed)

    1940
  3. La peccatrice …. Carmela Bandelli (credited)
  4. Una romantica avventura …. Widow Cavara (credited)

    1941
  5. È caduta una donna …. Fashion house directress (credited)
  6. Ore 9: Lezione di chimica …. Signorina Bottelli (credited)

    1942
  7. Odessa in fiamme …. Luba (credited)
  8. Via delle Cinque Lune …. Sora Teta (credited)

    1943
  9. Apparizione …. Aunt Lavinia (credited)
  10. Calafuria …. Clara (credited)
  11. Campo de' Fiori …. Olga (credited)
  12. L'ultima carrozzella …. Boarding house landlady (credited)
  13. La statua vivente …. Rita's friend (credited)

    1944
  14. La locandiera …. Contessa di Albafiorita (credited)
  15. Sorelle Materassi …. Giselda Materassi (credited)

    1945
  16. Il ratto delle sabine …. Matilde (credited)

    1946
  17. Ogni giorno è domenica …. Marta (credited)
  18. Senza famiglia …. The governess (credited)

    1947
  19. L'onorevole Angelina …. One of Angelina's cell-mates (uncredited)
  20. La figlia del capitano …. Empress Catherine the Great (credited)
  21. Sperduti nel buio …. Emilia (credited)

    1949
  22. Il lupo della Sila …. Anna Campolo (credited)
  23. L'invasore …. The Marchesa (poster credit)

    1950
  24. Amori e veleni …. Contessa Baglioni (credited)
  25. Domani è troppo tardi …. Signora Giusti (credited)
  26. Faddja - La legge della vendetta …. Annarita's mother (credited)

    1951
  27. Domani è un altro giorno …. Giulia's mother (credited)
  28. I figli di nessuno …. Mother superior (credited)

    1952
  29. Don Camillo …. Gina's mother (credited)
  30. Fratelli d'Italia .... Anna Sauro (credited)

    1953
  31. Il cavaliere di Maison Rouge …. Madame Tusson (credited)
  32. Il mercante di Venezia …. Bianca (poster credit)
  33. La nave delle donne maledette …. Anita (credited)
  34. La pattuglia dell'Amba Alagi …. Turi's mother (credited)
  35. Siamo tutti inquilini …. Attorney Sassi's wife (uncredited)

    1954
  36. Gli amori di Manon Lescaut …. Prison nun (credited)
  37. Il prigioniero del re …. Queen Anne of Austria (credited - role unconfirmed)
  38. La corda d'acciaio …. Edvige (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  39. Orient Express …. Postmistress (uncredited)
  40. Teodora …. Egina (credited)

    1955
  41. Il piccolo vetraio …. Josiane (credited)
  42. L'angelo bianco …. Mother superior (credited)
  43. Ricordami …. Signora Barra (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  44. Totò all'inferno .... Cleopatra's mother (credited)

    1956
  45. Sangue di zingara …. Donato's mother (poster credit - role unconfirmed)

    1957
  46. A vent'anni è sempre festa …. Rita's mother (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  47. I misteri di Parigi …. Tavern proprietress (credited)
  48. Malafemmena …. Procuress (credited)
  49. Solo Dio mi fermerà … Don Salvatore's mother (credited)

    1958
  50. Festival della famiglia Gurgià (TV movie) …. Maria Gurgià (credited in Radiocorriere TV listing)
  51. Il vento notturno (TV movie) …. Candida (credited in Radiocorriere TV listing)

    1959
  52. Erode il grande …. Mother of the man being crucified (uncredited)
  53. I Reali di Francia …. Fazia (credited)
  54. La notte del grande assalto …. Caterina Sforza (credited)

    1960
  55. Gli amori di Ercole …. Lachesi, the sorceress (credited)
  56. Il mulino delle donne di pietra …. Selma (credited)

    1961
  57. Scano Boa …. One of the fishermen's wives (credited)

    1964
  58. Ercole l'invincibile …. The prophetess (credited as "Sand Beanty")

    1966
  59. 1000 dollari sul nero …. Pleading townswoman (credited)
  60. Il terzo occhio …. Mino's mother (credited as "Olga Sunbeauty")

    1967
  61. Assalto al tesoro di Stato …. Madame Angot (credited)
  62. Una rete piena di sabbia …. role? (poster credit)

    1968
  63. Quando la pelle brucia …. role? (poster credit)
Titles to check
  • Il fu Mattia Pascal (1937) ANICA as Silvia Caporale
  • Assenza ingiustificata (1939) - ANICA as Professoressa cattiva
  • L'ispettore Vargas (1940) - ANICA as Signora Drowe
  • I due foscari (1942) - ANICA as Moglie di Faredano
  • I quattro di Bir El Gobi (1942) - IMDb says this production was interrupted by the war and never completed
  • La principessa del sogno (1942) - ANICA as Clotilde, direttrice orfanotrofio
  • Le signorine della villa accanto (1942) - ANICA as Proprietaria della villa
  • Paura d'amare (1942) - ANICA as Padrona di casa
  • Grazia (1943) - IMDb lists this as an uncompleted film
  • La storia di una capinera (1943) - ANICA
  • La buona fortuna (1946) - ANICA as Zia Clementina
  • Ritorno al nido (1946) - ANICA as Virginia, la governante
  • L'ultimo sogno (1947) - ANICA
  • Fiori d'arancio (1947) - ANICA
  • Fuga nella tempesta (1948) - ANICA
  • Arrivederci papà! (1948) - ANICA
  • La scogliera del peccato (1950) - ANICA as Maria
  • Gli amanti di Ravello (1951) - ANICA as Governante
  • Core 'ngrato (1951) - ANICA as Eugenia
  • Strano appuntamento (1951) - ANICA
  • L'uomo della mia vita (1952) - ANICA as Emma
  • Mamma perdonami (1953) - ANICA
  • La barriera della legge (1954) - ANICA as Padrona pensione
  • Il canto dell'emigrante (1956) - ANICA
  • Il monaco di Monza (1963) - ANICA
  • Eroe vagabondo (1966) - ANICA
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Re: Solbelli, Olga

Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:04

L'anonima Roylott (1936) credited, as Anna.

This obscure crime film was Olga's first debut, and she appears only very fleetingly as an office manageress.
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Re: Solbelli, Olga

Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:06

Cose dell'altro mondo (1939) credited, as Rosalie (role to be confirmed).

I was only able to find the credit sequence for this film.
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:19

Le peccatrice (1940) credited, as Carmela Bandelli.

This was one of Olga's earliest antipathical roles, playing the cruel and disapproving sister of Vittorio De Sica. The cast list erroneously credits her with the character name "Francesca", but she is clearly addressed as "Carmela".
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:20

Una romantica avventura (1940) credited, as Widow Cavara
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:22

È caduta una donna (1941) credited, as Fashion house directress
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:24

Ore 9: Lezione di chimica (1941) credited, as Signorina Bottelli
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:32

Via delle Cinque Lune (1942) credited, as Sora Teta.

This is one of Olga's most famous roles, and for which she received great reviews. As the stepmother of Luisella Beghi, Olga manages to create a rounded character who is cruel but nevertheless charming and sensual - traits which she uses to seduce her stepdaughter's boyfriend (Andrea Checchi), with dramatic results.
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:38

Odessa in fiamme (1942) credited, as Luba.

This Italian-Romenian anti-communist propaganda film deals with the Battle of Odessa, and features another memorable bad girl role for Olga as a Soviet villainess.
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Post by Johan Melle » 25/12/2021, 21:41

Apparizione (1943) credited, as Aunt Lavinia
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