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From Albania to Zaire, there's a whole world out there.

Gian Maria Volonté
Topic by: Eoliano
Posted: December 10, 2002 - 9:32 AM PST
Last Reply: December 10, 2002 - 12:38 PM PST

author topic: Gian Maria Volonté
post #1  on December 10, 2002 - 9:32 AM PST  
>> of course i've seen him (Gian Maria Volonté) in a couple of movies, he had parts in fistful of dollars and for a few dollars more but i don't remember him in particular. of the other films i'm looking for nearly all of them, including lulu the tool (the working class goes to heaven), investigation of a citizen above suspicion, sacco and vanzetti, and the ones you mentioned.

His career, the post spaghetti western period that is, is very much politically driven. Sacco, at least the version on DVD is very poor quality stuff, and Morricone must have hated the Joan Baez collaboration, I know that I did. However, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and all of his most important films are not available on DVD, and damned few are on VHS except for the westerns. There are several films I'd love to see and/or see again like A Simple Story, Open Doors, The Moro Affair, and Todo Modo, to name a few. I would love to own DVDs of some of these, especially the Carlo Levi adaptation and others. And I could go on about the films of Francesco Rosi
>> whatever it is in my character, movie stars don't get into my heart that way. maybe because i haven't gone far enough along the road with anyone yet.

It had a lot to do with Volonté's strong social/political views and how he applied them to his life and work. He was very outspoken.

Go here

Unfortunately, it's in Italian and the text is in images so I can't copy and paste any of it into a translation, but the presentation is excellent as is the content.

Below is a badly translated quote, but you can get his drift.

"To be an actor is a matter of choice that is placed, above all, on an existential level: or to express oneself to the conservative societal structures as a robot in the hands of power and be satisfied, or it turns us towards the progressive components of society in order to attempt to establish a revolutionary relationship between art and life."

post #2  on December 10, 2002 - 12:38 PM PST  
DP, here is the missing link to the Volonté site from the above.

Go here

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