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Konopleff, Cirillo

Post by Johan Melle » 18/03/2020, 19:40

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Cirillo Konopleff in "Centomila dollari" (1940)
Cirillo Konopleff was born as Kirill Grigor'evič on 9 June 1882 in Abastumani (then a part of the Russian empire) and died on either 29 July or 1 August 1956 in Rome, Italy.[1] He lived in Rome, in Via Palestro, 69.[2]

A very distinctive-looking man with a bald head, large moustache and often seen with monocle, he was a family friend of the last tsar of Russia, for whom he also served as a cavalry colonel in the army. Following the October revolution of 1917, he sought shelter in Italy, where he ended up appearing as a generico in several films made during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Filmography
1939
  1. Dora Nelson .... Musician on film set (uncredited)
  2. Imputato alzatevi! .... Nightclub customer whose head is mistaken for a balloon (uncredited)
  3. Retroscena .... Audience member at concert (uncredited)
  4. Torna, caro ideal! .... Audience member at the recital (uncredited)
  5. Un'avventura di Salvator Rosa .... Nobleman (uncredited)

    1940
  6. Centomila dollari .... Man in hotel lobby (uncredited)
  7. Piccolo alpino .... The burgomaster (uncredited)
  8. Rose scarlatte .... Man at the funeral (uncredited)

    1941
  9. I mariti .... Guest at the ball / Man at the fox hunt (uncredited)
  10. I pirati della Malesia .... British officer at the party (uncredited)

    1942
  11. Acque di primavera .... Guest at wedding reception (uncredited)
  12. Il romanzo di un giovane povero .... The general (uncredited)
  13. Vertigine .... Roulette player (uncredited)

    1943
  14. Harlem (Knock-out) .... Spectator at boxing match (uncredited)
  15. Non mi muovo! .... Nightclub customer (uncredited)

    1945
  16. Il sole di Montecassino .... Zanna's lieutenant (uncredited)
  17. Nessuno torna indietro .... Audience member at the conference (uncredited)

    1947
  18. I due orfanelli .... Member of the suicide club (uncredited)

    1948
  19. Amanti senza amore .... A professor (uncredited)
  20. Follie per l'opera .... Autograph hunter (uncredited)

    1949
  21. Al diavolo la celebrità .... Polish delegate (uncredited)

    1950
  22. Alina .... Man at the casino (uncredited)
  23. La bellezza del diavolo .... Guest at the ball (uncredited)
  24. Totò cerca moglie .... Guest at the embassy party (uncredited)

    1951
  25. Maracatumba... ma non è una rumba! .... Angry man waiting in line outside the restaurant (uncredited)

    1952
  26. Carica eroica .... Man singing in the tavern (uncredited)
  27. I morti non pagano le tasse .... Witness at the signing of the documents (uncredited)

    1953
  28. Canzone appassionata .... Nightclub customer (uncredited)
  29. Lo scocciatore (Via Padova 46) .... Spectator at airport (uncredited)
  30. Roman Holiday .... Prince von und zu Lichtenstichenholz (uncredited)

    1954
  31. Appassionatamente .... Man in the hallway at the opera (uncredited)
  32. Mambo .... Witness at the reading of the will (uncredited)
Additional credits
  • Melodrammore (1978) contains re-used footage of Cirillo from Appassionatamente (1954)
More Cirillo!
Some further titles that Cirillo is supposed to appear in, but for which I've not been able to find copies...
  • Hanno rapito un uomo (1938) ANICA
  • Batticuore (1939) Tototruffa, as Guest at the embassy ball
  • Castelli in aria (1939) ANICA
  • Terra di fuoco (1939) ANICA
Cirillo is missing!
As is apparently always the case, there are some titles where Cirillo is listed as appearing, but in which I can't find him...
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1938) Listed by ANICA with no role given. I couldn't spot him anywhere, but there's an endless crowd of audience members in some of the opera scenes and most of them are never clearly seen, so it's very much possible that he appears in some of those scenes but without being visible on-screen.
Notes and sources
1. Identification and biographical informations provided by Simone Ribeiro of the Tototruffa website.
2. Dante Lazzaro. Cineguida 1943.
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Re: Bald Old Bolshevik

Post by Johan Melle » 18/03/2020, 19:41

Piccolo alpino (1940) as The burgomaster
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/03/2020, 19:42

Maracatumba... ma non è una rumba! (1951) as Angry man waiting in line outside the restaurant
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/03/2020, 19:44

I morti non pagano le tasse (1952) as Witness at the signing of the documents
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Post by Johan Melle » 18/03/2020, 19:46

Canzone appassionata (1953) as Nightclub customer
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Lo scocciatore (Via Padove 46) (1953) as Spectator at the airport
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Harlem (Knock-out) (1943) as Spectator at boxing match
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Torna, caro ideal! (1939) as Audience member at the recital
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Re: Bald Old Bolshevik

Post by Johan Melle » 04/10/2020, 19:18

Pretty cool and humorous role for him Imputato alzatevi! (1939) as Nightclub customer
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His big moment comes when Erminio Macario is popping balloons with a sharp pin, and then mistakes our man's bald head for a balloon and stings him, provoking a furious reaction. This gag was later imitated nearly 20 years later in Totò a Parigi (1958) - this time with Franz Colangelo as the bald-headed victim.
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Dora Nelson (1939) as Musician on film set
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Re: Cirillo Konopleff

Post by Johan Melle » 10/10/2020, 15:37

I due orfanelli (1947) as Member of the suicide club
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Identification made by the Tototruffa website

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