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Vasco, Aldo

Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 2:47

Aldo Vasco in La legge è legge (1958)
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Aldo Vasco was a generico-actor who was active in Italian cinema from at least the early 1940s and until the mid 1970s.

Characterized by his intense, sunken eyes and slightly gorillaesque features, Aldo was frequently cast as policemen, but also as criminals or working class men. Although he was credited in a fair number of films (usually at the very bottom of the cast list), he mostly appeared in bit parts and usually - but not always - speaking a few lines.

Aldo landed a major role in the rare western Buffalo Bill a Roma (1950), but this appears to have made no impact on his career, and he was soon back to playing minor uncredited roles again. He did, however, appear in films for a number of prestigious directors such as Federico Fellini, René Clement, Alberto Lattuada, Christian-Jaque, Francesco Rosi and above all Luigi Zampa, whose films he was regularly cast in. He also appeared in four films in the Don Camillo film series - playing a different character in each one.

All online filmographies I've come across list L'onorevole Angelina (1947) as Aldo's earliest film, but the earliest appearance I've found from him is from six years earlier, so there are no doubt many more 1940s roles just waiting to be discovered.

Filmography
1941
  1. Marco Visconti .... Conspirator (uncredited)

    1947
  2. L'onorevole Angelina .... Policeman (uncredited)

    1950
  3. Buffalo Bill a Roma .... Pietro (role unconfirmed - poster credit)
  4. É più facile che un cammello .... Policeman (credited)

    1951
  5. I sette nani alla riscossa .... Messenger (uncredited)

    1952
  6. Altri tempi - segment "Il tamburino sardo" .... Soldier (credited)

    1953
  7. Riscatto .... Carabinieri officer (uncredited)

    1954
  8. Appassionatamente .... A miner (credited)
  9. Ballata tragica .... Bar patron (uncredited)
  10. Disonorata senza colpa .... Contraband officer (credited)
  11. La romana .... Police inspector (credited)
  12. Prima di sera .... Angry farmer (uncredited)
  13. Scuola elementare .... Member of the teaching staff (uncredited)
  14. Un giorno in pretura .... Court house usher (uncredited)

    1955
  15. Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone .... Tasca, the sharecropper (uncredited)

    1956
  16. Giovanni dalle Bande Nere .... One of Giovanni's men (credited)
  17. Il bigamo .... Policeman in the court room (uncredited)
  18. Le schiave di Cartagine .... Arguing man in the senate (uncredited)

    1957
  19. I vampiri .... Police agent (uncredited)
  20. Parola di ladro .... Man at the tavern (uncredited)
  21. Serenate per 16 bionde .... Audience member at music show (uncredited)

    1958
  22. I soliti ignoti .... Police officer who arrests Cosimo (uncredited)
  23. La legge è legge .... The brigadier (credited)
  24. La zia d'America va a sciare .... Officer in the hotel nightclub (uncredited)
  25. Ladro lui, ladra lei .... Maresciallo (uncredited)
  26. Le dritte .... Journalist (uncredited)
  27. Mia nonna poliziotto .... Member of the criminal gang (uncredited)
  28. Totò nella luna .... Prison guard (uncredited)

    1959
  29. Fantasmi e ladri .... Mario, one of the thieves (uncredited)
  30. Il magistrato .... Dock worker (credited)
  31. Il nemico di mia moglie .... Librarian (uncredited)

    1960
  32. A noi piace freddo...!! .... Partisan in funeral procession (uncredited)
  33. L'impiegato .... Office clerk (uncredited)
  34. La dolce vita .... Father of the miracle children (uncredited)

    1961
  35. Che gioia vivere .... Anarchist (uncredited)
  36. Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo .... One of Peppone's men (uncredited)
  37. Il ladro di Bagdad .... Courtier (uncredited)
  38. Psycosissimo .... Security guard (uncredited)

    1963
  39. Io Semiramide .... Arriba (credited)
  40. Le mani sulla città .... Spectator in parliament (uncredited)
  41. Zorro e i tre moschettieri .... Nobleman at the ball (uncredited)

    1964
  42. Gli schiavi più forti del mondo .... Slave who falls from the aquaduct (uncredited)
  43. La rivolta dei pretoriani .... Calpurnio (uncredited)
  44. The Visit .... Villager (uncredited)

    1965
  45. Il compagno Don Camillo .... A socialist comrade (credited)

    1967
  46. Arriva Dorellik .... One of the Duponts (uncredited)
  47. L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta .... Porter at cigar factory (uncredited)

    1970
  48. Ma chi t'ha dato la patente? .... Doctor (credited)

    1972
  49. Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi .... Ticket taker at dance hall (credited)

    1973
  50. Bisturi la mafia bianca .... Hospital nurse (credited)

More Aldo!
There are a few more titles that Aldo is listed with in appearing that I have been unable to find copies of, so here are some more to look for...
  • Anni facili (1953) - ANICA
  • In amore si pecca in due (1953) - ANICA
  • Gli uomini, che mascalzoni! (1953) - ANICA
  • Vestire gli ignudi (1954) - ANICA
  • Luna nova (1955) - ANICA
  • Accadde di notte (1956) - ANICA
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Re: Aldo Vasco

Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 2:50

Marco Visconti (1941) as Conspirator

The earliest role I've found for Aldo is just a small non-speaking part, but he does get a pretty great close-up.
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 2:52

L'onorevole Angelina (1947) as Policeman

The first on many Luigi Zampa films that Aldo appeared in.
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 2:56

Buffalo Bill a Roma (1950) as Pietro (role to be confirmed)

I've not been able to find a copy of this very rare early Italian western, but Aldo is pictured and credited in both the fotobusta and the poster below. He is fourth billed and this appears to have been the biggest role of his career.
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 2:58

É più facile che un cammello (1950) credited, as Policeman

Another appearance in a Luigi Zampa film.
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 2:59

I sette nani alla riscossa (1951) as Messenger
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 3:01

Altri tempi (1952) - segment "Il tamburino sardo", credited, as Soldier
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 3:02

Appassionatamente (1954) credited, as A miner
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 3:04

Ballata tragica (1954) as Bar patron
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Post by Johan Melle » 04/04/2021, 3:05

Disonorata senza colpa (1954) credited, as Contraband officer
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