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Sonia Balabin

Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 3:22

Sonia Balabin in La dolce vita (1960)

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Alias: Nadia Balabine

Sonia Balabin is a generica who was active in the 1950s and 60s, appearing in everything from Totò comedies to Hollywood movies shot in Italy, and at least four Fellini films.
Apparently, her only credited role was in the fotoromanzo "Anime senza luce", published in the magazine Tipo in 1951.

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FILMOGRAPHY

1945
  1. La freccia nel fianco (uncredited) .... Audience member at the concert

    1948
  2. Il barone Carlo Mazza (uncredited) .... Audience member at the performance

    1950
  3. Totò cerca moglie (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1952
  4. Totò e le donne (uncredited) .... Café customer

    1953
  5. Canzone appassionata (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer

    1954
  6. Peccato che sia una canaglia (uncredited) .... Bus passenger
  7. The Barefoot Contessa (uncredited) .... Roulette player

    1955
  8. I pappagalli (uncredited) .... Audience member at the concert
  9. L'angelo bianco (uncredited) .... Train passenger
  10. Lo scapolo (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

    1956
  11. Helen of Troy (uncredited) .... Spectator at the fight
  12. La fortuna di essere donna (uncredited) .... Woman at the Grand Hotel
  13. Totò lascia o raddoppia? (uncredited) .... Audience member

    1957
  14. I colpevoli (uncredited) .... Audience member at violin concert
  15. Kean: Genio e sregolatezza (uncredited) .... Audience member at the theater
  16. Serenate per 16 bionde (uncredited) .... Audience member at music show
  17. Totò, Vittorio e la dottoressa (uncredited) .... Restaurant client

    1958
  18. Domenica è sempre domenica (uncredited) .... Party guest
  19. The Naked Maja (uncredited) .... Woman at the recital
  20. Totò e Marcellino (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

    1960
  21. Il vigile (uncredited) .... Party guest
  22. La dolce vita (uncredited) .... Journalist at the press conference
  23. Letto a tre piazze (uncredited) .... Wedding reception guest
  24. Via Margutta (uncredited) .... Audience member at the nightclub

    1962
  25. Boccaccio '70 - segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio" (uncredited) .... Woman in church

    1963
  26. 8½ (uncredited) .... Priest-teacher
  27. La noia (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1965
  28. Gli amanti latini - segment "Il telefono consolatore" (uncredited) .... Woman at the meeting

    1966
  29. Scusi, lei è favorevole o contrario? (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1967
  30. Peggio per me... meglio per te (uncredited) .... Choir singer

    1968
  31. Italian secret service (uncredited) .... Old woman on the plane

    1969
  32. Fellini Satyricon (uncredited) .... Old woman at the nymphomaniac's tent

    1970
  33. The Adventurers (uncredited) .... Woman at fashion show

FOTOROMANZI
  1. "Anime senza luce" (Published in Tipo from March to September 1951) - credited
  2. "Eterna canzone" (Published in Sogno from October 1952 to February 1953)

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Re: Sonia Balabin

Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 3:26

Apparently, Sonia's only credited role is in the fotoromanzo "Anime senza luce", published in 29 parts in the magazine Tipo from March to September 1951
Anime Senza Luce Credits.jpg
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 3:30

And now the movie roles, starting with one of her numerous films with Totò: Totò cerca moglie (1950) as Party guest
Toto Cerca Moglie - Sonia Balabin1.jpg
Toto Cerca Moglie - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

Peccato che sia una canaglia (1954) as Bus passenger
Peccato Che Sia - Sonia Balabin.jpg

I pappagalli (1955) as Audience member at the concert
Pappagalli - Sonia Balabin.jpg
Pappagalli - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

Totò lascia o raddoppia? (1956) as Audience member
Toto Lascia O Raddoppia - Balabin.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 3:33

She also shows up in several Hollywood productions shot in Italy:

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) as Roulette player
Barefoot Contessa - Sonia Balabin1.jpg
Barefoot Contessa - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

Helen of Troy (1956) as Spectator at the fight
Helen of Troy - Sonia Balabin.jpg

The Naked Maja (1958) as Woman at the recital
Naked Maja - Sonia Balabin.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 3:37

Thanks to her characteristic face, Sonia was also cast in some of Fellini's most famous films:

La dolce vita (1960) as Journalist at the press conference
La Dolce Vita - Sonia Balabin.jpg

Although she is uncredited in the actual film, numerous film encyclopedias credit a Nadia Balabine as playing one of the journalists at the press conference. Here's the cast list printed in the book "I film di Federico Fellini" (1995)
La Dolce Vita - Balabine Credit.jpg

Seen very briefly in the background and out of focus in Boccaccio '70 (1962) - segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio" as Woman in church
Boccaccio 70 - Sonia Balabin.jpg

And finally a bizarre role where she is made to play a male character: (1963) as Priest-teacher
Otto E Mezzo - Sonia Balabin1.jpg
Otto E Mezzo - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 3:39

And finally some more 1960s roles:

Via Margutta (1960) as Audience member at the nightclub
Via Margutta - Sonia Balabin.jpg

La noia (1963) as Party guest
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Gli amanti latini (1965) - segment "Il telefono consolatore" as Woman at the meeting
Gli Amanti Latini - Sonia Balabin1.jpg
Gli Amanti Latini - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

Peggio per me... meglio per te (1967) as Choir singer
Peggio Per Me - Sonia Balabin1.jpg
Peggio Per Me - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 12:12

Yet another Totò comedy: Totò e le donne (1952) as Café customer
Toto E Le Donne - Sonia Balabin.jpg

Bad shot because she's in movement but this is Sonia for sure on the left in La fortuna di essere donna (1956) as Woman at the Grand Hotel
Fortuna Di Essere Donna - Balabin.jpg

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Re: Sonia Balabin

Post by Ciavazzaro » 24/03/2019, 14:46

Great i was very curios to see her !

I know this face and i think i have more roles !!!

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Post by Ciavazzaro » 24/03/2019, 15:40

And infact like i was telling you my first role for Sonia and the most recent so far
woman on the plane in Italian secret service (1968)
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Re: Sonia Balabin

Post by Johan Melle » 06/04/2019, 18:08

Totò, Vittorio e la dottoressa (1957) as Restaurant client
Toto Vittorio Dottoressa - Sonia Balabin.jpg

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