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Lina Ferri

Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:00

Lina Ferri in the fotoromanzo "Amore sublime" (1960)

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Alias: Carolina Ferri

A ubiquitous presence in Italian cinema of the 1950s, Lina Ferri is one of the most active and easily recognizable generiche of this period.

Usually cast as simple working class women, she appears in numerous comedies and melodramas from the 1950s, as well as films by prestigious directors like Elio Petri and Roberto Rossellini, but her most well-known role was probably as the mother of Renato Salvatori and Alessandra Panaro in Dino Risi's trilogy of Poveri ma belli (1957), Belle ma povere (1957) and Poveri milionari (1959). Although uncredited in most of her films, many of her appearances were speaking roles of a certain relevance, displaying an impressive talent for both comedic and dramatic parts.

In addition to her work in films, Lina Ferri was also an important character actress in fotoromanzi, where she was frequently cast as a kind and loyal maid, and sometimes as the protagonist's mother. Her earliest fotoromanzi roles were published in the mid 1950s in the weekly fotoromanzo magazines Sogno, Luna Park, Cine Illustrato, Tipo and Polvere di Stelle. Later, she also appeared in fotoromanzi for the famed publisher Lancio and for popular magazines of that time such as Moulin Rouge, Sentimentale, I fotoromanzi del Settimo Cielo etc. Although the roles she played were often quite significant, she was credited only sporadically.


FILMOGRAPHY

1953
  1. Una di quelle (credited as Carolina Ferri) .... Babysitter

    1955
  2. Gli innamorati (uncredited) .... Neighborhood woman

    1956
  3. Il bigamo (uncredited) .... Gossiping neighbor
  4. Il tetto (credited as Carolina Ferri) .... Francesco's wife

    1957
  5. Belle ma povere (credited) .... Sora Cecilia
  6. La finestra sul Luna Park (uncredited) .... Neighbor in the window
  7. La nonna Sabella (credited) ....Mescogliano family member
  8. Poveri ma belli (credited) .... Sora Cecilia

    1958
  9. Adorabili e bugiarde (uncredited) .... Neighbor at the crime scene
  10. Amore e guai... (credited) .... Teresa's mother
  11. Il pirata dello sparviero nero (uncredited) .... Ettore's stepmother

    1959
  12. Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti (uncredited) .... Neighbor
  13. Poveri milionari (credited) .... Sora Cecilia

    1960
  14. Era notte a Roma (uncredited) .... Fake nun
  15. Il vigile (uncredited) .... Woman who is scared when she hears a gunshot
  16. Letto a tre piazze (uncredited) .... The porter's wife
  17. Un militare e mezzo (uncredited) .... The colonel's housekeeper

    1961
  18. Il carabiniere a cavallo (uncredited) .... Mother of the girl taken hostage
  19. Il federale (uncredited) .... Countrywoman
  20. L'assassino (credited) .... Concierge

    1962
  21. L'attico (uncredited) .... A relative
  22. Lo smemorato di collegno (uncredited) .... Nursing-nun

    1963
  23. Il boom (uncredited) .... Woman at the loans company

    1964
  24. Totò contro il pirata nero (uncredited) .... Woman at the tavern

FOTOROMANZI
  1. "Stelle senza luce" (Published in Cine Tipo from March to August 1956)
  2. "Questo povero amore" (Published in Sogno from May to September 1956)
  3. "L'uomo del mare" (Published in Luna Park from December 1956 to June 1957)
  4. "Paura di te" (Published in Cine Illustrato from February to June 1957)
  5. "Patto di sangue" (Published in Luna Park from June to October 1957)
  6. "La sepolta viva" (Published in Sogno from September 1957 to January 1958)
  7. "L'orgoglio ti perderà" (Published in Cine Illustrato from November 1957 to May 1958)
  8. "Briciola" (Published in Sogno from April to August 1958)
  9. "L'azzurro confine" (Published in Sogno from September 1958 to February 1959)
  10. "Primi sogni" (Published in Cine Tipo from July to December 1959)
  11. "Il marchese di Roccaverdina" (Published in Cine Tipo from December 1960 to May 1961)
  12. "Fiamme tra i fiordalisi" (Published in Cine Tipo from September to December 1961) - credited
  13. "Amore sublime" (Published in Polvere di Stelle from October 1960 to 1961)
  14. "Piccerella" (Published in Polvere di Stelle from November 1960 to 1961) - credited
  15. Letizia N. 10: "Finché vivrò" (Published January 1962)
  16. Moulin Rouge N. 4: "I figli non si vendono" (Published 1 April 1962)
  17. Gli albi di Polvere di Stelle N. 46: "Dal primo incontro" (Published 14 April 1962)
  18. Tipo N. 5: "Una folata di vento" (Published May 1962)
  19. Gli albi di Polvere di Stelle N. 47: "Angoscioso dilemma" (Published 14 May 1962)
  20. Mina N. 5: "Lacrime di sposa" (Published August 1962)
  21. I fotoromanzi del Settimo Cielo N. 62: "La figlia straniera" (Published 16 August 1962)
  22. Mina N. 7: "Il tuo fuoco nelle mie vene" (Published October 1962)
  23. Gli albi di Polvere di Stelle N. 53: "Dopo l'altare il piombo" (Published 14 November 1962) - credited
  24. Gli albi di Polvere di Stelle N. 54: "Bellezza fatale" (Published 14 December 1962)
  25. I fotoromanzi della Fontana N. 2: "Non lasciarmi più!" (Published February 1963) - credited
  26. Letizia N. 28: "Il fiore del male" (Published July 1963)
  27. I fotoromanzi del Settimo Cielo N. 87: "Amore dannato" (Published 1 September 1963)
  28. Charme N. 63: "Questa donna è mia" (Published 10 November 1963)
  29. I fotoromanzi del Settimo Cielo N. 93: "L'eroe dall'anima sporca" (Published 1 December 1963)
  30. I fotoromanzi del Settimo Cielo N. 95: "Un uomo in fuga" (Published 1 January 1964)
  31. Moulin Rouge N. 46: "Ti ho tradito per salvarti" (Published 1 January 1964) - credited
  32. Marina N. 29: "Nessuno mi crederà" (Published March 1964)
  33. Magali N. 4: "Il segreto di Nanette" (Published 1 April 1964)
  34. I fotoromanzi della Fontana N. 1: "Il sapore della vendetta" (Published January 1965)
  35. "Desiderio d'amore" (Published in Luna Park during August 1965)
  36. Polvere di Stelle N. 40: "La madre di Suor Angelica" (Published February 1966)
  37. Albi del Firmamento N. 3: "Passione ai tropici" (Published April 1966)
  38. Sentimentale N. 6: "Amare la propria pena" (Published June 1967)
  39. Grand Hotel N. 1098: "Lacrime perdute" (Published 8 July 1967) - credited
  40. Tipo N. 69: "Il prezzo del peccato" (Published September 1967)
  41. Fotoromanzi della Fontana N. 11: "Quella bambina è tornata" (Published November 1967) - credited
  42. Il re dell'F.B.I. N. 8: "Morirai domani" (Published October 1968) - credited
  43. "L'avventura di vivere" (Published in Sogno from January to September 1969)
  44. Rendez-Vous N. 3: "...e tutto fu cenere" (Published March 1969)
  45. I racconti di Sogno N. 45: "Il giorno delle mimose" (Published July 1969)
  46. I racconti di Sogno N. 46: "Paolo delle borgate" (Published August 1969)

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Re: Lina Ferri

Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:04

Lina's most well-known role is surely that of Sora Cecilia, the mother of Salvatore (Renato Salvatori) and Anna Maria (Alessandra Panaro) in Dino Risi's famous Poveri ma belli (1957) and its two sequels. Lina is credited and is present in many scenes
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As Sora Cecilia again in the sequel Belle ma povere (1957)
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:10

Lina as Sora Cecilia for the third and final time in Poveri milionari (1959)
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And now her other movie roles, starting with the earliest known role so far: Una di quelle (1953) as The babysitter, a brief role where she's credited as Carolina Ferri
Una Di Quelle - Lina Ferri1.jpg
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Gli innamorati (1955) as Neighborhood woman
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:14

Nice uncredited speaking role in Il bigamo (1956) as Gossiping neighbor
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Credited as Carolina Ferri again in Il tetto (1956) where she has a very good role as Francesco's wife, a very sympathetic countrywoman
Il Tetto - Lina Ferri1.jpg
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:18

Very brief but credited role in La nonna Sabella (1957) as Mescogliano family member
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Another nice little credited role Amore e guai... (1958) as Teresa's mother
Amore E Guai - Lina Ferri1.jpg
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And finally in color in Il pirata dello sparviero nero (1958) as Ettore's stepmother
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:21

Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti (1959) as Neighbor
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Uncredited yet fairly significant role in Rossellini's Era notte a Roma (1960) as Fake nun
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Letto a tre piazze (1960) as The porter's wife
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Un militare e mezzo (1960) as The colonel's housekeeper
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Il vigile (1960) as Woman who is scared when she hears a gunshot
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Il federale (1961) as Countrywoman
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:28

Credited in Elio Petri's famous L'assassino (1961) as The concierge
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Lo smemorato di Collegno (1962) as Nursing nun
Smemorato Di Collegno - Lina Ferri.jpg

Il boom (1963) as Woman at the loans company
Il Boom - Lina Ferri.jpg

Totò contro il pirata nero (1964) as Woman at the tavern
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:39

And now let's look at her fotoromanzo roles, starting with the 1950s roles - all uncredited:

"Stelle senza luce", published in Cine Tipo from March to August 1956
Stelle Senza Luce - Lina Ferri.jpg

"Questo povero amore", published in Sogno from May to September 1956
Questo Povero Amore - Lina Ferri.jpg

"L'uomo del mare", published in Luna Park from December 1956 to June 1957
L'uomo Dal Mare - Lina Ferri.jpg

"La sepolta viva", published in Sogno from September 1957 to January 1958
Sepolta Viva - Lina Ferri.jpg

"Briciola", published in Sogno from April to August 1958
Briciola - Lina Ferri.jpg

"L'azzurro confine", published in Sogno from September 1958 to February 1959
L'Azzurro Confine - Lina Ferri.jpg

With a very young Marilù Tolo in "Amore sublime", published in Polvere di Stelle from October 1960 to 1961
Amore Sublime - Lina Ferri.jpg

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Post by Johan Melle » 18/04/2019, 17:45

Gli albi di Polvere di Stelle N. 46: "Dal primo incontro" (14 April 1962)
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Mina N. 5: "Lacrime di sposa" (August 1962)
Mina 5 - Lina Ferri.jpg

Finally credited in Gli albi di Polvere di Stelle N. 53: "Dopo l'altare il piombo" (14 November 1962)
Albi Polvere Di Stelle 53 - Lina Ferri1.jpg
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Charme N. 63: "Questa donna è mia" (10 November 1963)
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