Amina Pirani Maggi

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Amina Pirani Maggi

Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:19

Amina Pirani Maggi in Il cavaliere dalla spada nera (1956)
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Amina Pirani Maggi was born in Verona, Italy on 15 January 1892 and was a frequent presence on Italian movie screens during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Her acting career began in the theater, however, and she worked extensively on stage from as early as at least the 1910s and appeared in many leading roles.

Already close to 40 when she began appearing in films, Amina was never able to achieve the same kind of success in films as she'd had on the stage. Her roles were nearly always small and very often uncredited, but as a consummate professional, she always made the most of her limited screen-time and managed to make an impression. Due to her heavily build and large nose, Amina was often cast in comedic roles, but also appeared in dramatic parts, playing many diverse characters such as mothers, maids, prison guards, nuns or nosy gossips. From the late 1950s and onwards, she started to be credited more frequently, even though her roles still remained small.

Amina Pirani Maggi disappeared from the movie screens in the mid 1960s, and she died in Rome in 1979. Unfortunately, a lot of her films from the 1930s and 40s are currently unavailable, but will hopefully be unearthed in the future. There are surely also quite a few undocumented roles for her to be discovered.

Source for biographical informations: "Luci sulla città: Verona e il cinema" (2002) by Paolo Romano and Giancarlo Beltrame


FILMOGRAPHY
1935
  1. Come le foglie (uncredited) .... Elena
  2. Darò un milione (uncredited) .... Patroness
  3. Vecchia guardia (uncredited) .... The mayor's wife

    1936
  4. La damigella di Bard (uncredited) .... The countess

    1938
  5. Giuseppe Verdi (uncredited) .... Chestnut vendor

    1939
  6. I grandi magazzini (uncredited) .... Department store customer
  7. Montevergine (credited) .... Maria
  8. Un'avventura di Salvator Rosa (uncredited) .... Duchess Isabella's companion

    1940
  9. Cuori nella tormenta (credited) .... Gilda, Teresa's mother
  10. Lucrezia Borgia (uncredited) .... Beatrice
  11. Oltre l'amore (poster credit) .... Elisa (role unconfirmed)

    1941
  12. Il bravo di Venezia (uncredited) .... Gossiping woman by the well
  13. Il cavaliere senza nome (credited?) .... Elena, the nurse-maid (role unconfirmed)
  14. Il re si diverte (credited?) .... Berarda, Gilda's maid
  15. Teresa Venerdì (uncredited) .... Impatient woman in line at the post office

    1942
  16. La mecca dei desideri (Short film) (credited) .... The wife
  17. Una signora dell'Ovest (uncredited) .... Mama Alvarez
  18. Una storia d'amore (credited as A. Pirani Maggi) .... Boarding house landlady

    1943
  19. La Fornarina (uncredited) .... Mamma Rosa
  20. Rita da Cascia (uncredited) .... Nun

    1945
  21. L'innocente Casimiro (uncredited) .... Casimiro's mother

    1949
  22. Napoli eterna canzone (credited as Amina Pirani Maggio) .... Mario's mother

    1950
  23. Amori e veleni (credited) .... Marta, the housekeeper
  24. Il monello della strada (credited as Anna Pirani Maggi) .... Agnese
  25. Vita da cani (uncredited) .... Landlady

    1951
  26. Amo un assassino (credited) .... Giovanna, the cleaning lady
  27. Bellezze in bicicletta (credited as Annina Pirani Maggi) .... Bus passenger

    1952
  28. Altri tempi - segment "Il processo di Frine" (uncredited) .... Spectator at the trial
  29. Chi è senza peccato (uncredited) .... Prison matron
  30. When in Rome (credited) .... Dove Silesto

    1953
  31. La lupa (uncredited) .... Midwife
  32. Stazione Termini (uncredited) .... Woman at telegram office
  33. Vortice (uncredited) .... Prison matron

    1954
  34. La campana di San Giusto (poster credit) .... Role?
  35. Questa è la vita - segment "Marsina stretta" (uncredited) .... Nosy woman chatting with the doorman
  36. Se vincessi cento milioni - segment "Il pensionato" (uncredited) .... Signora Anastasi

    1955
  37. Buonanotte... avvocato! (credited as Pirani Maggi) .... Countess Pirani
  38. L'angelo bianco (credited) .... Prison matron
  39. La donna più bella del mondo (uncredited) .... Nora
  40. Porta un bacione a Firenze (credited) .... Agnese
  41. Torna piccina mia! (uncredited) .... Teresa, the maid

    1956
  42. Ci sposeremo a Capri (credited) .... Aunt Agnese
  43. Il cavaliere dalla spada nera (credited) .... Marco's mother
  44. Totò lascia o raddoppia? (uncredited) .... Television viewer

    1957
  45. Ascoltami (credited as Amina Pierani Maggi) .... Giulia's colleague
  46. Il corsaro della Mezza Luna (credited) .... Gertrude, the nurse-maid
  47. L'ultima violenza (credited) .... Cleaning lady

    1958
  48. Amore e guai... (uncredited) .... Nun on the train
  49. L'amore nasce a Roma (uncredited) .... Silvia's mother
  50. La Maja desnuda (uncredited) .... Maid
  51. Le dritte (uncredited) .... Rina's mother

    1959
  52. Il mondo dei miracoli (credited) .... Member of the acting troupe
  53. Simpatico mascalzone (credited as A. Pirani-Maggi) .... Signora Assunta

    1960
  54. Fontana di Trevi (uncredited) .... Woman in record store
  55. La banda del buco (credited) .... Signorina Brambilla, the secretary

    1961
  56. Gli scontenti (credited) .... Ersilia
  57. Rosmunda e Alboino (credited) .... Woman taking care of Rosmunda's baby

    1963
  58. Zorro e i tre moschettieri (credited) .... Disapproving woman at the ball

    1964
  59. Soldati e caporali (credited as Anna Maria Pirani Maggi) .... Signora Olga

More Amina!
Here's a long list of further titles that Amina is supposed to appear in, but for which I've not been able to find copies...
  • Televisione (1931) Cinematografo.it as Signora Ridon
  • Il treno delle 21.15 (1933) ANICA
  • Luci sommerse (1934) ANICA
  • Seconda B (1934) ANICA as Signora Renzi
  • Mille lire al mese (1938) ANICA as Magda's mother
  • Bionda sottochiave (1939) ANICA
  • L'ospite di una notte (1939) ANICA as Caterina
  • Leggenda azzurra (1940) ANICA
  • Manon Lescaut (1940) ANICA as Gossiping noblewoman at the ball
  • Mare (1940) ANICA as Fisherman's wife
  • L'amore canta (1941) ANICA
  • Caravaggio, il pittore maledetto (1941) ANICA
  • Ridi pagliaccio! (1941) ANICA as Prison nun
  • Villa da vendere (1941) ANICA as Concierge
  • La pantera nera (1942) ANICA as Signora Simmons
  • Perdizione (1942) ANICA
  • Soltanto un bacio (1942) ANICA as Anna's aunt
  • Ultimo addio (1942) ANICA
  • Una volta alla settimana (1942) ANICA as Signora Maria
  • Il ponte sull'infinito (1942) Cinematografo.it as Marta
  • La statua vivente (1943) ANICA
  • La storia di una capinera (1945) ANICA
  • Vietato ai minorenni (1945) ANICA
  • Felicità perduta (1946) ANICA
  • Il marito povero (1946) ANICA
  • Arrivederci papà! (1948) ANICA as Nanna, the housekeeper
  • La figlia del mendicante (1950) ANICA
  • Sambo (1950) ANICA as Fortune-teller
  • Vogliamoci bene! (1950) ANICA as Signora Silvestri
  • Abracadabra (1952) ANICA
  • Tormento di anime (1953) ANICA as Sora Peppina
  • La prigioniera di Amalfi (1954) ANICA
  • I calunniatori (1956) ANICA
  • Mamma sconosciuta (1956) ANICA as Landlady

No Amina!
Like always with little-known actors with large online filmographies, there are some titles that various sources list them as appearing in, but in which they are actually nowhere to be found. I couldn't find Amina in the following films, but maybe others will have more luck...
  • L'argine (1938) Listed by ANICA as playing "A woman of the people". There is one woman that resembles Amina, but she's too fat for it to be her in my opinion.
  • Il canto della vita (1945) Listed by ANICA with no role given.
  • La carrozza d'oro (1952) Listed by ANICA with no role given.
  • Menzogna (1952) Listed by ANICA as playing "Nunziata, the maid". There is a maid that resembles Amina in build and hairstyle, but the face looks different to me.
  • Guai ai vinti (1954) Listed by ANICA as playing "Woman in mourning" but I couldn't find her in the admittedly poor version I watched.
  • Torna! (1954) Listed by ANICA with no role given.

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Re: Amina Pirani Maggi

Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:22

Unfortunately, very little information is available on Amina theater work, but she was active in this field since at least the 1910s and played many leading roles. She also did quite a lot of dialectal theater. This rare photo of her from 1921 is the only one I've managed to find of her from her pre-movie years
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:23

Vecchia guardia (1935) as The mayor's wife
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:25

Come le foglie (1935) as Elena
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Darò un milione (1935) as Patroness
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:27

La damigella di Bard (1936) as The countess
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:28

I grandi magazzini (1939) as Department store customer
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:30

Montevergine (1939) credited, as Maria
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:31

Un'avventura di Salvator Rosa (1939) as Duchess Isabella's companion. Seen only very briefly as the camera pans across her.
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Post by Johan Melle » 24/08/2020, 1:33

Cuori nella tormenta (1940) credited, as Gilda, Teresa's mother
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