Balabin, Sonia

the most famous and prolific background actresses of Italian cinema
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Balabin, Sonia

Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 4:22

Sonia Balabin in "La dolce vita" (1960)
Sonia Balabin

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
1944
  1. Sorelle Materassi .... Tavern customer (uncredited)

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

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

    1949
  6. Fabiola .... Woman at the trial (uncredited)

    1950
  7. Luci del varietà .... Nightclub customer (uncredited)
  8. Totò cerca moglie .... Guest at the embassy party (uncredited)

    1951
  9. Amor non ho! Però, però... .... Nightclub customer (uncredited)
  10. Cameriera bella presenza offresi... .... Wedding guest (uncredited)
  11. Mamma mia, che impressione! .... Spectator at the marathon (uncredited)

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

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

    1954
  17. Carosello napoletano .... Street spectator (uncredited)
  18. Papà Pacifico .... American tourist (uncredited)
  19. Peccato che sia una canaglia .... Bus passenger (uncredited)
  20. Scuola elementare .... Audience member at educational awards ceremony (uncredited)
  21. Se vincessi cento milioni - segment "L'indossatrice" .... Woman at fashion show (uncredited)
  22. The Barefoot Contessa .... Roulette player (uncredited)

    1955
  23. I pappagalli .... Audience member at the concert (uncredited)
  24. L'angelo bianco .... Train passenger (uncredited)
  25. Lo scapolo .... Wedding guest (uncredited)

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

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

    1958
  37. Domenica è sempre domenica .... Party guest (uncredited)
  38. Le bellissime gambe di Sabrina .... Spectator at the jewellery show (uncredited)
  39. The Naked Maja .... Woman at the recital (uncredited)
  40. Totò e Marcellino .... Wedding guest (uncredited)

    1959
  41. The Nun's Story .... Nun (uncredited)

    1960
  42. Apocalisse sul fiume giallo .... Gambler (uncredited)
  43. Il vigile .... Party guest (uncredited)
  44. La dolce vita .... Journalist at the press conference (uncredited)
  45. Letto a tre piazze .... Wedding reception guest (uncredited)
  46. Un maledetto imbroglio .... Woman at train station (uncredited)
  47. Via Margutta .... Audience member at the nightclub (uncredited)

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

    1963
  49. 8½ .... Priest-teacher (uncredited)
  50. La noia .... Party guest (uncredited)
  51. Le monachine .... Audience member at presentation (uncredited)
  52. Mondo cane 2 .... Audience member at dog fashion show (uncredited)

    1965
  53. Gli amanti latini - segment "Il telefono consolatore" .... Woman at the meeting (uncredited)
  54. Il compagno Don Camillo .... Audience member at the opera (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

    1970
  60. The Adventurers .... Woman at fashion show (uncredited)
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, 4:26

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, 4:30

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
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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, 4:33

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

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) as Roulette player
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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
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 4:37

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, 4:39

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
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/03/2019, 13:12

Yet another Totò comedy: Totò e le donne (1952) as Café customer
Toto E Le Donne - Sonia Balabin.jpg
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Post by Ciavazzaro » 24/03/2019, 15:46

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, 16:40

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, 20:08

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

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