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Cirillo Konopleff

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

Cirillo Konopleff in Centomila dollari (1940)
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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.

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.

This identification and all biographical informations are the work of Simone Ribeiro of the Tototruffa website.

FILMOGRAPHY
1939
  1. Dora Nelson (uncredited) .... Musician on film set
  2. Imputato alzatevi! (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer whose head is mistaken for a balloon
  3. Torna, caro ideal! (uncredited) .... Audience member at the recital

    1940
  4. Centomila dollari (uncredited) .... Man in hotel lobby
  5. Piccolo alpino (uncredited) .... The burgomaster

    1941
  6. I mariti (uncredited) .... Guest at the ball / Man at the fox hunt

    1942
  7. Il romanzo di un giovane povero (uncredited) .... The general
  8. Vertigine (uncredited) .... Roulette player

    1943
  9. Harlem (Knock-out) (uncredited) .... Spectator at boxing match

    1945
  10. Il sole di Montecassino (uncredited) .... Zanna's lieutenant

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

    1948
  12. Follie per l'opera (uncredited) .... Autograph hunter

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

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

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

    1952
  16. I morti non pagano le tasse (uncredited) .... Witness at the signing of the documents

    1953
  17. Canzone appassionata (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer
  18. Lo scocciatore (Via Padova 46) (uncredited) .... Spectator at airport

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.

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Re: Bald Old Bolshevik

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

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

Maracatumba... ma non è una rumba! (1951) as Angry man waiting in line outside the restaurant
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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, 18:46

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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Re: Bald Old Bolshevik

Post by PeplumParadise » 07/08/2020, 17:38

Harlem (Knock-out) (1943) as Spectator at boxing match
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Re: Bald Old Bolshevik

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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, 17:18

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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Re: Bald Old Bolshevik

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/10/2020, 15:40

Dora Nelson (1939) as Musician on film set
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Re: Cirillo Konopleff

Post by Johan Melle » 10/10/2020, 13:37

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

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