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#MinaMazzini #BrunoCanfora

Mina, nome d’arte di Mina Anna Mazzini (Busto Arsizio, 25 marzo 1940), è una cantante, conduttrice televisiva, attrice e produttrice discografica italiana naturalizzata svizzera Dopo il matrimonio del 10 gennaio 2006 con Eugenio Quaini è diventata, per l’anagrafe elvetica, Mina Anna Quaini. Tale variazione non viene applicata nelle registrazioni anagrafiche italiane.

Annoverata tra le maggiori cantanti di tutti i tempi, è nota per le qualità della sua voce e per essere stata protagonista in numerosi spettacoli televisivi diffusi dalla Rai a partire dalla metà degli anni sessanta. Il suo strumento, dal timbro caldo e personalissimo, subito riconoscibile, è dotato di grande ampiezza, estensione, agilità, capace di coniugare la potenza vocale con la duttilità, ed è sostenuto da una tecnica saldissima; Mina si distingue anche per le doti interpretative e l’ecletticità, che l’hanno portata ad affrontare con successo generi musicali spesso lontani tra loro.

Durante la sua carriera, iniziata alla fine degli anni cinquanta, Mina ha interpretato oltre 1 500 brani e venduto più di 150 milioni di dischi fino al 2010, ottenendo primati e ricevendo premi e riconoscimenti, con due partecipazioni al Festival di Sanremo, tre alla Mostra Internazionale di Musica Leggera, una Targa Tenco, e l’assegnazione dell’onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. Sulla scena internazionale ha raccolto il plauso di artisti quali Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Antony and the Johnsons, Jennifer Lopez, Mónica Naranjo, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti.

Bruno Canfora (Milano, 6 novembre 1924) è un direttore d’orchestra, compositore, arrangiatore, paroliere italiano.

È entrato nella storia dello spettacolo e della musica leggera italiana come autore delle musiche di trasmissioni televisive e di canzoni diventate degli evergreen, come Fortissimo, Il ballo del mattone, Il geghegè (lanciate da Rita Pavone), Due note, Brava, Sono come tu mi vuoi, Vorrei che fosse amore, Zum zum zum (portate al successo da Mina), Da-da-un-pa e La notte è piccola (successi delle gemelle Kessler) e Stasera mi butto, incisa da Rocky Roberts, “Soli”, “Ne come ne perché”, “Rome by Night“, “La Vita” (portata al successo mondiale da Shirley Bassey come This Is My Life) e moltissime altre.

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Anna Maria Quaini OMRI (born 25 March 1940), known as Mina Mazzini or simply Mina, is an Italian singer. She was a staple of television variety shows and a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the 1960s to mid-1970s,[6] known for her three-octave vocal range, the agility of her soprano voice, and her image as an emancipated woman.

In performance, Mina combined several modern styles with traditional Italian melodies and swing music, which made her the most versatile pop singer in Italian music. Mina dominated the country’s charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity.She has scored 79 albums and 71 singles on the Italian charts.

Mina’s TV appearances in 1959 were the first for a female rock and roll singer in Italy. Her loud syncopated singing earned her the nickname Queen of Screamers.The public also labeled her the Tiger of Cremona for her wild gestures and body shakes. When she turned to light pop tunes, Mina’s chart-toppers in West Germany in 1962 and Japan in 1964 earned her the title of the best international artist in these countries. Mina’s more refined sensual manner was introduced in 1960 with Gino Paoli’s ballad “This World We Love In”, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.

Mina was banned from TV and radio in 1963 because her pregnancy and relationship with a married actor did not accord with the dominant Catholic and bourgeois morals. After the ban, the public broadcasting service RAI tried to continue to prohibit her songs, which were forthright in dealing with subjects such as religion, smoking and sex. Mina’s cool act combined sex appeal with public smoking, dyed blonde hair, and shaved eyebrows to create a “bad girl” image.

Mina’s voice has distinctive timbre and great power. Her main themes are anguished love stories performed in high dramatic tones. The singer combined classic Italian pop with elements of blues, R&B and soul music during the late 1960s,[18] especially when she worked in collaboration with the singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti. Top Italian songwriters created material with large vocal ranges and unusual chord progressions to showcase her singing skills, particularly “Brava” by Bruno Canfora (1965) and the pseudo-serial “Se telefonando” by Ennio Morricone (1966). The latter song was covered by several performers abroad. Shirley Bassey carried Mina’s ballad “Grande grande grande” to charts in the U.S., U.K., and other English-speaking countries in 1973. Mina’s easy listening duet “Parole parole” was turned into a worldwide hit by Dalida and Alain Delon in 1974. Mina gave up public appearances in 1978 but has continued to release popular albums on a yearly basis to the present day.

Bruno Canfora (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruːno ˈkaɱfora]; born 6 November 1924) is an Italian composer, conductor, and music arranger.

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#RomySchneider

Romy Schneider, pseudonimo di Rosemarie Magdalena Albach-Retty (Vienna, 23 settembre 1938 – Parigi, 29 maggio 1982), è stata un’attrice tedesca naturalizzata francese.

La vera svolta nella carriera di Romy Schneider avvenne con il film L’amante pura (1958). Durante la lavorazione conobbe Alain Delon e con lui ebbe una lunga relazione sentimentale, trasferendosi a Parigi. Da questo momento recitò in film di produzione prevalentemente francese e italiana, come La piscina (1968) di Jacques Deray, La Califfa (1970) di Alberto Bevilacqua, Ludwig (1973) di Luchino Visconti, dove fu una ben diversa Elisabetta di Baviera, e La morte in diretta (1979) di Bertrand Tavernier, distinguendosi per la luminosa bellezza e il temperamento drammatico.

Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress born in Vienna who held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957, she played the central character of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy. Schneider moved to France where she made successful and critically acclaimed films with some of the most notable film directors of that era.

 

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#GaryCooper

Gary Cooper, nato Frank James Cooper (Helena, 7 maggio 1901 – Beverly Hills, 13 maggio 1961), è stato un attore statunitense.

È stato candidato 5 volte all’Oscar, vincendolo in due occasioni, nel 1942 e nel 1953, ai quali se ne aggiunse uno alla carriera nel 1961. Eroe per eccellenza del western e del melodramma hollywoodiano, l’American Film Institute ha inserito Cooper all’undicesimo posto tra le più grandi star della storia del cinema.

Per il suo contributo all’industria cinematografica, Gary Cooper è ricordato con una stella presso la Hollywood Walk of Fame, all’altezza del 6243 di Hollywood Boulevard (Los Angeles). Nel 1966 fu riconosciuto come uno dei migliori cowboy e un omaggio alla sua memoria è presente al National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (Museo dei ricordi dei Cowboy e del West) a Oklahoma City, nello Stato dell’Oklahoma.

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Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper; May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-five years, from 1925 to 1960, and included leading roles in eighty-four feature films. He was a major movie star from the end of the silent film era through the end of the golden age of Classical Hollywood. His screen persona appealed strongly to both men and women, and his range of performances included roles in most major movie genres. Cooper’s ability to project his own personality onto the characters he played contributed to his appearing natural and authentic on screen. The screen persona he sustained throughout his career represented the ideal American hero.

Cooper began his career as a film extra and stunt rider and soon landed acting roles. After establishing himself as a Western hero in his early silent films, Cooper became a movie star in 1929 with his first sound picture, The Virginian. In the early 1930s, he expanded his heroic image to include more cautious characters in adventure films and dramas such as A Farewell to Arms (1932) and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935). During the height of his career, Cooper portrayed a new type of hero—a champion of the common man—in films such as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Meet John Doe (1941), Sergeant York (1941), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943).

In the postwar years, he portrayed more mature characters at odds with the world in films such as The Fountainhead (1949) and High Noon (1952). In his final films, Cooper played non-violent characters searching for redemption in films such as Friendly Persuasion (1956) and Man of the West (1958).

He married New York debutante Veronica Balfe in 1933, and the couple had one daughter. Their marriage was interrupted by a three-year separation precipitated by Cooper’s love affair with Patricia Neal. Cooper received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in Sergeant York and High Noon. He also received an Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements in 1961. He was one of the top ten film personalities for twenty-three consecutive years, and was one of the top money-making stars for eighteen years. The American Film Institute (AFI) ranked Cooper eleventh on its list of the twenty five greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema.

 

 

 

#PierPaoloPasolini #AnnaMagnani

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Bologna, 5 marzo 1922 – Roma, 2 novembre 1975) è stato un poeta, scrittore, regista, sceneggiatore, drammaturgo e giornalista italiano, considerato tra i maggiori artisti e intellettuali del XX secolo. Culturalmente versatile, si distinse in numerosi campi, lasciando contributi anche come pittore, romanziere, linguista, traduttore e saggista, non solo in lingua italiana, ma anche friulana.

 Attento osservatore dei cambiamenti della società italiana dal secondo dopoguerra sino alla metà degli anni settanta, suscitò spesso forti polemiche e accesi dibattiti per la radicalità dei suoi giudizi, assai critici nei riguardi delle abitudini borghesi e della nascente società dei consumi, come anche nei confronti del Sessantotto e dei suoi protagonisti. Il suo rapporto con la propria omosessualità fu al centro del suo personaggio pubblico.

Anna Magnani (Roma, 7 marzo 1908 – Roma, 26 settembre 1973) è stata un’attrice italiana.

Considerata una delle maggiori interpreti femminili della storia.Attrice simbolo del cinema italiano, è altresì particolarmente conosciuta per essere stata, insieme ad Alberto Sordi e Aldo Fabrizi, una delle figure preminenti della romanità cinematografica del XX secolo.Celebri le sue interpretazioni, soprattutto in film come Roma città aperta, Bellissima, Mamma Roma e La rosa tatuata. Quest’ultimo le valse un Oscar alla miglior attrice protagonista.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˈpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini also distinguished himself as an actor, journalist, philosopher, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, painter and political figure.

He remains a controversial personality in Italy to this day due to his blunt style and the focus of some of his works on taboo sexual matters, but he is an established major figure in European literature and cinematic arts. His murder prompted an outcry in some circles of Italy, with its circumstances continuing to be a matter of heated debate.

Anna Magnani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈanna maɲˈɲaːni]; 7 March 1908 – 26 September 1973) was an Italian stage and film actress.She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with four other international awards, for her portrayal of a Sicilian widow in The Rose Tattoo.

Born in Rome, she worked her way through Rome’s Academy of Dramatic Art by singing at night clubs. During her career, her only child was stricken by polio when he was 18 months old and remained crippled.

She was referred to as “La Lupa,” the “perennial toast of Rome” and a “living she-wolf symbol” of the cinema. Time magazine described her personality as “fiery”, and drama critic Harold Clurman said her acting was “volcanic”. In the realm of Italian cinema she was “passionate, fearless, and exciting,” an actress that film historian Barry Monush calls “the volcanic earth mother of all Italian cinema.”[3] Director Roberto Rossellini called her “the greatest acting genius since Eleonora Duse”. Playwright Tennessee Williams became an admirer of her acting and wrote The Rose Tattoo specifically for her to star in, a role for which she received an Oscar in 1955.

After meeting director Goffredo Alessandrini she received her first screen role in La cieca di Sorrento (The Blind Woman of Sorrento) (1934) and later achieved international fame in Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (1945), considered the first significant movie to launch the Italian neorealism movement in cinema.As an actress she became recognized for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of “earthy lower-class women” in such films as L’Amore (1948), Bellissima (1951), The Rose Tattoo (1955), The Fugitive Kind (1959) and Mamma Roma (1962). As early as 1950 Life magazine had already stated that Magnani was “one of the most impressive actresses since Garbo”.

#SophiaLoren

Sophia Loren, nome d’arte di Sofia Villani Scicolone (Roma, 20 settembre 1934), è un’attrice italiana.

Tra le più celebri attrici della storia del cinema, la Loren entra nel mondo della settima arte giovanissima e si impone ben presto, agli inizi degli anni cinquanta, come sex symbol grazie al corpo da maggiorata. Da Vittorio De Sica sarà diretta in film come La ciociara, che le valse l’Oscar alla migliore attrice, il primo dato ad un’attrice in un film non in lingua inglese e l’unica attrice insieme a Marion Cotillard a detenere questo record. Nel 1965, per il film Matrimonio all’italiana, riceverà una seconda candidatura all’Oscar, mentre nel 1991 le verrà assegnato un Oscar alla carriera.

Durante la sua lunga carriera, ha vinto 2 Oscar, 5 Golden Globe, un Leone d’oro, la Coppa Volpi a Venezia, un Prix d’interprétation féminine a Cannes, un Orso d’oro alla carriera a Berlino, un BAFTA, 9 David di Donatello (di cui quattro riconoscimenti speciali) e 3 Nastri d’argento. Nel 1999, l’American Film Institute (31 premi) ha inserito la Loren al ventunesimo posto tra le più grandi star della storia del cinema, fra le 25 attrici della classifica la Loren è l’unica attrice ancora in vita.

 

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Sophia Loren (/sˈfə ləˈrɛn/; Italian pronunciation: [soˈfiːa ˈlɔːren]; born Sofia Villani Scicolone [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃʃikoˈloːne], 20 September 1934) is an Italian film actress. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and It Started in Naples.

Her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women; Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, the most ever received: Two Women; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Marriage Italian Style (for which she was nominated for a second Oscar); Sunflower; The Voyage; and A Special Day. After starting her family in the early 1970s, Loren spent less time on her acting career and chose to make only occasional film appearances. In later years, she has appeared in American films such as Grumpier Old Men and Nine.

Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards. In 1999, Loren was acknowledged as one of the top 25 female American Screen Legends in the American Film Institute’s survey, AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars.

#OrsonWelles

George Orson Welles (Kenosha, 6 maggio 1915 – Los Angeles, 10 ottobre 1985) è stato un attore, regista, sceneggiatore, scrittore, drammaturgo e produttore cinematografico statunitense.

È considerato uno degli artisti più versatili e innovativi del Novecento in ambito teatrale, radiofonico e cinematografico. Conquistò il successo all’età di ventitré anni grazie allo spettacolo radiofonico La guerra dei mondi, trasmissione che, leggenda narra, scatenò il panico in buona parte degli Stati Uniti, facendo credere alla popolazione di essere sotto attacco da parte dei marziani. Questo insolito debutto gli diede la celebrità e gli fece ottenere un contratto per un film all’anno con la casa di produzione cinematografica RKO, da realizzare con assoluta libertà artistica. Nonostante questa vantaggiosa clausola, solo uno dei progetti previsti poté vedere la luce: Quarto potere (1941), il più grande successo cinematografico di Welles, considerato “il più bel film della storia del cinema” secondo un sondaggio della rivista britannica Sight & Sound che ha interpellato oltre 250 critici e registi cinematografici.

La carriera successiva di Welles fu ostacolata da una lunga serie di difficoltà e inconvenienti che non gli permise di continuare a lavorare a Hollywood e che lo costrinse a trasferirsi in Europa, dove continuò a cercare di realizzare le proprie opere finanziandosi soprattutto con apparizioni in film altrui. Fra i suoi molti progetti, Welles riuscì a realizzare e dirigere film come: Macbeth (1948), Otello (1952), L’infernale Quinlan (1958), Il processo (1962), F come falso (1975) ed altri.

La sua fama è aumentata dopo la sua morte, avvenuta nel 1985, ed è considerato uno dei maggiori registi cinematografici e teatrali del XX secolo. Palma d’oro a Cannes nel 1952 (all’epoca Gran Prix du Festival), ricevette, tra gli altri riconoscimenti, l’Oscar alla carriera nel 1971. Nel 2002 è stato votato dal British Film Institute come il più grande regista di tutti i tempi. L’American Film Institute ha inserito Welles al sedicesimo posto tra le più grandi star della storia del cinema.

George Orson Welles (/ˈwɛlz/; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast “The War of the Worlds”, one of the most famous in the history of radio; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.

Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented an acclaimed series of productions on Broadway through 1941. Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds performed for his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It reportedly caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was actually occurring. Although some contemporary sources claim these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to notoriety.

His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career. He struggled for creative control on his projects early on with the major film studios and later in life with a variety of independent financiers, and his films were either heavily edited or remained unreleased. His distinctive directorial style featured layered and nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unusual camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. He has been praised as a major creative force and as “the ultimate auteur”.

Welles followed up Citizen Kane with critically acclaimed films including The Magnificent Ambersons in 1942 and Touch of Evil in 1958. Although these three are his most acclaimed films, critics have argued other works of his, such as The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Chimes at Midnight (1966), are underappreciated.

In 2002, Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in two British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was a well-regarded actor in radio and film, a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor, and an accomplished magician noted for presenting troop variety shows in the war years.

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#PabloPicasso #LuciaBosè

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso semplicemente noto come Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 25 ottobre 1881Mougins, 8 aprile 1973) è stato un pittore, scultore e litografo spagnolo di fama mondiale, considerato uno dei maestri della pittura del XX secolo.

Fu anche un apprezzato ceramista e prolifico disegnatore; usava dire agli amici di considerarsi «anche un poeta». Picasso è figlio di María Picasso e di José Ruiz Blasco Lopez dè Onate, anch’egli pittore ed insegnante. Pur nella duplicità dell’assegnazione dei cognomi nei paesi latini, Picasso preferì sempre utilizzare il cognome della madre piuttosto che quello paterno

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (/pɪˈkɑːs, ˈkæs/;Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture,[3][4] the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the Bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government during the Spanish Civil War.

Lucia Bosè (Milano, 28 gennaio 1931) è un’attrice italiana, madre di Miguel, Lucia e Paola ed ex-moglie di Luis Miguel Dominguín.

Insieme a Silvana Pampanini e Gina Lollobrigida è stata la prima maggiorata del cinema italiano.

Lucia Bosè (born 28 January 1931), is an Italian actress, who was at the height of her fame during the period of Italian Neorealism, the 1940s and 1950s. She is the mother of famous Spanish singer Miguel Bosé.

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#MinaMazzini

“Se non avessi la mia voce vorrei avere quella di una
giovane ragazza italiana di nome Mina”

Sarah Vaughan. 1968.

 

Mina è la più grande voce italiana di sempre. Ma non solo. Per gli italiani Mina è un’icona al pari di altri grandi “marchi”che parlano di qualità eccelsa nel mondo, quali Ferrari o Fellini. Nell’immaginario collettivo per gli italiani Mina è un patrimonio del quale andare orgogliosi.

Mina ha incarnato il modello del talento e della diva dello spettacolo sulle scene, in televisone e nei suoi dischi. Ha fatto la storia della televisione italiana negli anni ’60 e ’70 per poi decidere di non apparirvi più. Ha interpretato le canzoni di successo che hanno accompagnato la vita quotidiana degli italiani per 40 anni. Mina pubblica un lavoro discografico inedito ogni anno.

Oggi è forse l’unico caso al mondo di un artista che non si concede ai media (infatti non rilascia interviste e non fa né recitals né apparizioni pubbliche da più di 20 anni) rimanendo ugualmente al primo posto in classifica ogni volta che pubblica un nuovo disco.

Oltre a intensificare la sua attività discografica, negli ultimi anni Mina ha scritto su importanti testate, incarico in cui si è rivelata padrona di un pensiero importante: protagonista di seguitissimi editoriali dove il suo talento come artista e la sua acutezza e credibilità l’hanno portata ad essere autorevole come editorialista tanto quanto come cantante.
Con l’ironia che il suo “talento totale” le ha costantemente assicurato, Mina, già da molti anni prima che si parlasse di “look”, ha sempre giocato con la sua immagine, stravolgendola nelle copertine dei suoi dischi, che sono anche state oggetto di mostre nei musei italiani. Mina ha sempre precorso i tempi e amato confrontarsi con le nuove tecnologie. Nel 2001 ha aperto le porte del suo studio di registrazione attraverso internet, dando in streaming un filmato dove registrava live.
Le richieste di poter vedere Mina in questo documento filmato al server dell’operatore Wind telecomunicazioni s.p.a. sono state addirittura 50 milioni, facendo collassare l’intero sistema…

Mina è un’artista eclettica e versatile che ha interpretato musica di tutti i generi spaziando tra i diversi stili con assoluta proprietà di linguaggio.

 

“If I didn’t have my own voice, I’d like to have the voice of a young Italian girl named Mina”

Sarah Vaughan. 1968.

 

Mina is the greatest Italian singer of all times, but not only. For Italians, Mina is an icon equally as important as the biggest and best known names about which they boast as proof that Italy has the highest quality everything in the world, like Ferrari or Fellini. In the Italian collective imagination, Mina is a national treasure to be proud of and jealously guarded.

During the ‘60s and the ‘70s Mina embodied the very essence of the ultra-talented superstar on stage, in TV and in her records. She made television history and then suddenly, inexplicably decided to retire. She sang Italy’s greatest hits, which for over 40 years have been the leitmotiv of the everyday life of the Italian people. Nowadays Mina releases one record a year. She is perhaps the only artist in the world that does not offer herself up to the media – as a matter of fact, she does not grant interviews, has not appeared in concert or made any other public appearance for more than 20 years. Yet, all her new albums reach number one in the national hit parade.

In addition to her recordings, in recent years Mina has published as freelance journalist in important newspapers and magazines, revealing a penchant for deep, thought-provoking insight. Her successful columns have earned her a new, wide-flung reputation as a talented editorialist, demonstrating intelligence and adding wide journalistic credibility to her fame as singer.

Thanks to her capacity for “self-irony” that her unrivalled talent has always assured her, Mina has always laughed about, played and gambled with her imagine, varying it in a thousand ways in the media and even on her record sleeves, many of which have been placed on exhibit in Italian museums of art. Always ahead of her times, Mina remains on the cutting edge even in new technologies. In 2001 she opened the doors of her recording studios to the WWW by streaming an extended version of the videotaped session of her new album. The night the video went on-line, the server was overwhelmed with over 50,000 connection requests and the entire system crashed.

Mina is an eclectic, versatile artist completely at ease with a repertoire spanning all musical genres, all of which she has sung with masterful panache.

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#BrigitteBardot

Brigitte Anne Marie Bardot, anche conosciuta come B.B. (“Bri-Bri” da bambina) (Parigi, 28 settembre 1934), è un’attrice, ex modella, cantante, ballerina e attivista francese. Dopo gli esordi come danzatrice classica, diviene prima modella, posando per svariate copertine di riviste di moda, quindi attrice e infine, dal 1962, cantante. Negli anni del successo si consacrò come un’icona sexy. Dal 1962, inoltre, è un’attivista per i diritti degli animali, attività che l’ha assorbita completamente a partire dal suo abbandono del cinema avvenuto nel 1972.

Brigitte Bardot, née Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot le 28 septembre 1934 à Paris, est une actrice de cinéma, ancien mannequin et chanteuse française, militante de la cause animale, fondatrice et présidente de la fondation qui porte son nom. Figure féminine des années 1950 et 1960, elle est une star mondiale, l’égérie et la muse des plus grands artistes de l’époque. Emblème de l’émancipation des femmes et de la liberté sexuelle, elle passe des rôles de femme enfant à ceux de femme fatale. Elle tourne avec les plus grands réalisateurs, incarnant des personnages à l’élégante légèreté et à la sensualité photogénique. Elle devient rapidement un sex-symbol et acquiert une renommée internationale. Avec à son actif 48 films et plus de 80 chansons en près de vingt et un ans de carrière, Brigitte Bardot, tout aussi connue sous les initiales de « BB », est une des artistes françaises les plus célèbres au monde. Elle met un terme à sa carrière d’actrice en 1973 et se consacre dès lors à la défense des animaux.

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (French: [bʁiʒit baʁˈdo]; born 28 September 1934) is a French actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and was widely referred to by her initials, B.B.

Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in early life. She started her acting career in 1952 and after appearing in 16 routine comedy films, with limited international release, became world-famous in 1957, with the controversial film And God Created Woman. Bardot caught the attention of French intellectuals. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1959 essay, The Lolita Syndrome, which described Bardot as a “locomotive of women’s history” and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France.  She later starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris. For her role in Louis Malle’s 1965 film Viva Maria! Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress. From 1969 to 1978, Bardot was the official face of Marianne (who had previously been anonymous) to represent the liberty of France.

Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. During her career in show business, she starred in 47 films, performed in several musical shows and recorded over 60 songs. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985 but refused to receive it. After her retirement, she established herself as an animal rights activist. During the 2000s, she generated controversy by criticizing immigration and Islam in France and has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred

 

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#LaurenceOlivier #CharlieChaplin

Laurence Kerr Olivier, barone Olivier (Dorking, 22 maggio 1907 – Ashurst, 11 luglio 1989) è stato un attore cinematografico, attore teatrale e regista britannico.

Tra i grandi attori del XX secolo, detiene il singolare primato di aver ricevuto prima l’Oscar alla carriera e poi come attore (per la sua interpretazione nell’Amleto, da lui stesso prodotto e diretto). Nel 1979 riceverà un secondo Oscar alla carriera.

L’American Film Institute ha inserito Olivier al quattordicesimo posto tra le più grandi star della storia del cinema.

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, Kt (/ˈlɒrəns kɜːr ɒˈlɪvi/; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles.

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, noto come Charlie Chaplin (Londra, 16 aprile 1889 – Corsier-sur-Vevey, 25 dicembre 1977), è stato un attore, comico, regista, sceneggiatore, compositore e produttore cinematografico britannico, autore di oltre novanta film e tra i più importanti e influenti cineasti del XX secolo.

Sir Charles SpencerCharlieChaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “the Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

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