. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Leonard Harris in Conversation with Marcello Mastroianni – Nov. 11, 1975 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.
In the history of World Cinema, one of the most enduring and recognizable faces of the 20th Century was that of Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. He appeared in a string of milestone films, and became as closely associated with those dramatic leaps in modern Cinema as those directors he worked with; Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni and countless others.
His career extended from the early 1950s all the way to his death in 1997 – a remarkable run and one of the most legendary figures in Film.
In 1975, as part of a promotion for his then-latest film Down The Ancient Stairs and for his auto-biography, Mastroianni is interviewed by film critic Leonard Harris for the In Conversation Radio series.
He discusses his work, his collaborators, his process and his craft. And it makes for a riveting half-hour. Mastroianni died in 1997, but his work continues to be seen and his influence continues to be felt on newcomers.
Have a listen, and check out any of his huge filmography. Film would have been different without him, and became a lifelong source of magic and truth because of him.