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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.


FILMOGRAPHY
1945
  1. Sorelle Materassi (uncredited) .... Tavern customer

    1945
  2. La freccia nel fianco (uncredited) .... Audience member at the concert
  3. Lo sbaglio di essere vivo (uncredited) .... Hotel guest
  4. Quartieri alti (uncredited) .... Woman at tavern

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

    1950
  6. Totò cerca moglie (uncredited) .... Guest at the embassy party

    1951
  7. Amor non ho! Però, però... (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer
  8. Cameriera bella presenza offresi... (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

    1952
  9. Chi è senza peccato... (uncredited) .... Christmas party guest
  10. Il romanzo della mia vita (uncredited) .... Beauty institute client / Restaurant diner
  11. Non è vero... ma ci credo! (uncredited) .... Party guest
  12. Totò e le donne (uncredited) .... Café customer

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

    1954
  14. Carosello napoletano (uncredited) .... Street spectator
  15. Papà Pacifico (uncredited) .... American tourist
  16. Peccato che sia una canaglia (uncredited) .... Bus passenger
  17. Se vincessi cento milioni - segment "L'indossatrice" (uncredited) .... Woman at fashion show
  18. The Barefoot Contessa (uncredited) .... Roulette player

    1955
  19. I pappagalli (uncredited) .... Audience member at the concert
  20. L'angelo bianco (uncredited) .... Train passenger
  21. Lo scapolo (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

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

    1957
  25. C'è un sentiero nel cielo (uncredited) .... Party guest
  26. I colpevoli (uncredited) .... Audience member at violin concert
  27. I vampiri (uncredited) .... Party guest
  28. Il conte Max (uncredited) .... Passerby at Via Veneto
  29. Kean: Genio e sregolatezza (uncredited) .... Audience member at the theater
  30. Serenate per 16 bionde (uncredited) .... Audience member at music show
  31. Seven Hills of Rome (uncredited) .... Woman at fashion show
  32. Totò, Vittorio e la dottoressa (uncredited) .... Restaurant client

    1958
  33. Domenica è sempre domenica (uncredited) .... Party guest
  34. The Naked Maja (uncredited) .... Woman at the recital
  35. Totò e Marcellino (uncredited) .... Wedding guest

    1960
  36. Apocalisse sul fiume giallo (uncredited) .... Gambler
  37. Il vigile (uncredited) .... Party guest
  38. La dolce vita (uncredited) .... Journalist at the press conference
  39. Letto a tre piazze (uncredited) .... Wedding reception guest
  40. Via Margutta (uncredited) .... Audience member at the nightclub

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

    1963
  42. 8½ (uncredited) .... Priest-teacher
  43. La noia (uncredited) .... Party guest
  44. Mondo cane 2 (uncredited) .... Audience member at dog fashion show

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

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

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

    1968
  48. Italian secret service (uncredited) .... Old woman on the plane
  49. La pecora nera (uncredited) .... Party guest

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

    1970
  51. 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
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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
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Peccato che sia una canaglia (1954) as Bus passenger
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I pappagalli (1955) as Audience member at the concert
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Totò lascia o raddoppia? (1956) as Audience member
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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
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Helen of Troy (1956) as Spectator at the fight
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The Naked Maja (1958) as Woman at the recital
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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)
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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
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Gli Amanti Latini - Sonia Balabin2.jpg

Peggio per me... meglio per te (1967) as Choir singer
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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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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
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