Amalia Pellegrini

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Amalia Pellegrini

Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:17

Amalia Pellegrini in Questa è la vita (1954)
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Amalia Pellegrini was a generica-actress who was active in Italian films from the mid 1930s and until the end of the 1950s.

A diminutive lady with a characteristic face dominated by a large nose and winning smile, she was most often cast as maids, but also played her fair share of grandmothers, nuns, old noblewomen etc. She mostly appeared in uncredited bit parts, but always knew how to make the most of her limited screen-time and managed to land roles in films by several of the most well-known directors, such as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Luigi Comencini and Alessandro Blasetti.

In the 1950s, Amalia's name began to appear more frequently in the on-screen credits, though for the most part, her roles didn't become much bigger. One notable exception was the comedy Piccola posta (1955), in which she had a memorable part as a rich old woman that Alberto Sordi keeps trying to murder in order to inherit her money. Around the same time she also appeared with Sordi in various other roles.

According to IMDb and Italian Wikipedia, she was born on 16 June 1873 in Vigevano - the source for which appears to be the Pavia e dintorni website. According to this website, "others" (whoever that's supposed to be) say she was born in Pavia in 1877. IMDb and Wikipedia also list her as having died on 13 September 1958 in New York of all places, which seems highly unlikely to be correct.


FILMOGRAPHY
1935
  1. Il cappello a tre punte (uncredited) .... Maid

    1938
  2. Voglio vivere con Letizia (uncredited) .... Housekeeper

    1939
  3. I grandi magazzini (uncredited) .... Department store customer

    1940
  4. Una romantica avventura (uncredited) .... Maid

    1941
  5. Il prigioniero di Santa Cruz (uncredited) .... Maria, the maid
  6. L'elisir d'amore (uncredited) .... Woman at the party

    1942
  7. Il romanzo di un giovane povero (uncredited) .... Maddalena
  8. Un garibaldino al convento (uncredited) .... Nun

    1942
  9. Dagli Appennini alle Ande (uncredited) .... Rosita
  10. Il fidanzato di mia moglie (uncredited) .... Woman in the taxi

    1944
  11. La Fornarina (uncredited) .... Marozia
  12. Sorelle Materassi (uncredited) .... The Swedish lady's maid

    1945
  13. Lo sbaglio di essere vivo (uncredited) .... Adriano's neighbor
  14. Roma città aperta (uncredited) .... Boarding house maid

    1946
  15. Un giorno nella vita (credited) .... Sister Scolastica
  16. Voglio bene soltanto a te! (uncredited) .... Rossi's maid

    1948
  17. Il barone Carlo Mazza (uncredited) .... Woman at the funeral

    1949
  18. Catene (uncredited) .... Woman who delivers secret message
  19. Fabiola (uncredited) .... Woman at the feast
  20. Monastero di Santa Chiara (uncredited) .... Aunt Ines

    1950
  21. Faddija - La legge della venedetta (credited) .... Annarita's grandmother
  22. Prima comunione (uncredited) .... Guest at Carloni's house

    1951
  23. Bellissima (credited) .... Grandmother at Cinecittà
  24. La famiglia Passaguai (credited) .... One of the three gossips
  25. La vendetta del corsaro (uncredited) .... Nun
  26. Signori, in carrozza! (uncredited) .... Train station employee

    1952
  27. Altri tempi - segment "Una selezione di canzoni del tempo" (credited) .... The grandmother
  28. Città canora (credited as A. Pellegrini) .... Amalia, the maid
  29. Cuore forestiero (credited) .... Donna Carmela

    1953
  30. Pane, amore e fantasia (uncredited) .... Matteo's grandmother
  31. Puccini (uncredited) .... Concierge

    1954
  32. Amori di mezzo secolo - segment "Dopoguerra 1920" (uncredited) .... Alberto's aunt
  33. I tre ladri (uncredited) .... Witness at the trial
  34. Maddalena (uncredited) .... Filomena, the maid
  35. Pane, amore e gelosia (uncredited) .... Matteo's grandmother
  36. Peccato che sia una canaglia (credited) .... Old woman with luggage at the train station
  37. Questa è la vita - segment "Marsina stretta" (credited) .... Adele, the professor's maid
  38. Spettacolo fuori programma (TV movie) (credited) .... Wardrobe keeper
  39. Un americano a Roma (uncredited) .... Old woman watching TV
  40. Un giorno in pretura (credited as Amelia Pellegrini) .... The old rich woman

    1955
  41. Bravissimo (credited) .... The maestro's mother
  42. L'intrusa (uncredited) .... Amelia, the priest's sister
  43. La bella mugnaia (credited) .... Donna Dolores' maid
  44. Piccola posta (credited) .... Donna Virginia
  45. Prigionieri del male (uncredited) .... Woman by the ex-voto

    1956
  46. Cime tempestose (TV mini-series) - episode 3 (credited) .... Old woman at the ball
  47. Mio figlio Nerone (credited as Amelia Pellegrini) .... Agrippina's maid
  48. Moglie e buoi... (credited) .... Bevilacqua's maid

    1957
  49. A vent'anni è sempre festa (poster credit) .... Role?
  50. La nonna Sabella (uncredited) .... Donna Valentina
  51. Totò, Vittorio e la dottoressa (uncredited) .... Hospital sister

    1958
  52. Amore e chiacchiere (uncredited) .... Old woman requesting pension
  53. Ballerina e buon Dio (uncredited) .... Grandmother

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

More Amalia!
Here's a list of further titles that Amalia is supposed to appear in, but for which I've not been able to find copies...
  • Amicizia (1938) Wikipedia as Curious peasant woman
  • L'orologio a cucù (1938) ANICA
  • Il carnevale di Venezia (1939) ANICA as Curious old woman in the window
  • Il ladro (1939) ANICA as Old woman with umbrella
  • Un mare di guai (1939) ANICA as Procuress
  • La canzone rubata (1940) ANICA
  • Rosa di sangue (1940) ANICA as Mamita
  • Il signore a doppio petto (1941) ANICA
  • I due Foscari (1942) ANICA as Old woman in hovel
  • Il ponte sull'infinito (1942) Cinematografo.it as Boarding house landlady
  • Labbra serrate (1942) ANICA as D'Anzi's maid
  • Dente per dente (1943) ANICA
  • Gelosia (1943) ANICA as Friend of the marchese of Roccaverdina
  • I dieci comandimenti (1945) ANICA
  • La storia di una capinera (1945) ANICA
  • Canto, ma sottovoce... (1946) ANICA as Old refugee
  • Le vie del peccato (1946) ANICA as Pinna's maid
  • Sperduti nel buio (1947) ANICA as Assunta, the maid
  • Santo disonore (1950) ANICA as Commoner at the trial
  • Carcerato (1951) ANICA
  • Sentiero dell'odio (1951) ANICA as Angela, the grandmother
  • Il romanzo di un giovane povero (1958) ANICA as Countess Giovanna

No Amalia!
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.
  • Harlem (1943) Listed at Cinematografo.it and IMDb with no role given. I couldn't find anyone that look like her.
  • Io sono il Capataz (1951) Listed by ANICA with no role given. I couldn't find her, but there a lots of extras with hats, wigs etc, so I might well have missed her.
  • Graziella (1954) Listed by ANICA with no role given. IMDb and Wikipedia list her with playing a noblewoman, but I couldn't find her anywhere. The print I watched was very bad, though, so I might possibly have missed her.
  • L'ultimo amante (1955) Listed at IMDb as playing an old guest at the institute, but she doesn't play this role and doesn't appear anywhere else either. It's possible that someone has confused her with the somewhat similarly named Amelia Perrella.

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Re: Amalia Pellegrini

Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:20

Il cappello a tre punte (1935) as Maid. In her earliest known film appearance, Amalia is playing what was to be her signature role, that of the maid or housekeeper.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:22

Voglio vivere con Letizia (1938) as Housekeeper
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I believe she appears in some other scenes too, but the print I watched made several scenes unwatchable, whereas others were missing outright due to print damage.

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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:23

Grandi magazzini (1939) as Department store customer
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:24

Una romantica avventura (1940) as Maid
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:25

Il prigioniero di Santa Cruz (1941) as Maria, the maid
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:26

L'elisir d'amore (1941) as Woman at the party
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:27

Il romanzo di un giovane povero (1942) as Maddalena
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:29

Un garibaldino al convento (1942) as Nun. As far as I can tell, she only appears in this scene, which is a bit odd since most of the other nuns recur in several different scenes.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/12/2020, 20:30

Dagli Appennini alle Ande (1943) as Rosita
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