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Monica Viti: Italian actress dies at age 90 after suffering from dementia Ents and art news

Italian actress Monica Viti has died at the age of 90 after allegedly suffering from dementia.

Born Maria Luisa Chechiarelli in Rome in 1931, she made two English-language films, including a spy parody, Modesti Blaze, with Terence Stump and Dirk Bogard in 1966.

Before turning to comedy in the 1970s, Viti starred in a series of films made by director Michelangelo Antonioni, her lover at the time.

L’Avventura, La Notte, L’Eclisse and Red Desert are described as a study of “modernity and its grievances”.

In the first of them, released in 1960, Viti plays an icy cool woman who has sunk in a relationship with the lover of a missing friend.

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Monica Viti and Jack Nicholson at the 9th Cesar Awards in Paris in 1984. Photo: AP

In the Red Desert, she plays a hero who struggles to cope with a transformed industrial world.

In a special screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1999, Antonioni paid tribute to her performance.

“The main character Juliana is going through a deep personal crisis due to her inability to adapt,” he said.

In 1970, Viti participated with Marcello Mastroianni in Dramma Della Gelosia, a Roma woman.

Four years later, she won the David di Donatello Award – the equivalent of the Italian Oscar – for Best Actress in Polvere di Stella, one of five such awards in her career.

In 1995, the Venice Film Festival awarded her the Golden Lion for her career achievements.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Viti was an actress with “great irony and extraordinary talent, who won over generations of Italians with her spirit, bravado and beauty.”

Monica Viti: Italian actress dies at age 90 after suffering from dementia Ents and art news

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