Lea Massari


Actor
Lea Massari

About

Also Known As
Anna Maria Massatani
Birth Place
Italy

Biography

Worked as an assistant to art director Piero Gherardi before being spotted by director Mario Monicelli and cast in his "Proibito" (1954). Best known for her roles as Anna, the woman who vanishes in Antonioni's "L'Avventura" (1960), and as the incestuous mother in Louis Malle's "Murmur of the Heart" (1971)....

Family & Companions

Carlo Bianchini
Husband
Married in 1963.

Biography

Worked as an assistant to art director Piero Gherardi before being spotted by director Mario Monicelli and cast in his "Proibito" (1954). Best known for her roles as Anna, the woman who vanishes in Antonioni's "L'Avventura" (1960), and as the incestuous mother in Louis Malle's "Murmur of the Heart" (1971).

Life Events

1954

Film acting debut in "Proibito"

1962

English language debut in "The Conquered City/The Captive City"

1988

First film as co-writer (also actress), "La donna spezzata"

Videos

Movie Clip

Meetings Of Anna, The (1972) - You Never Talked To Me After a long chat on the train from Germany with a stranger about her early life in Brussels, Aurore Clément as the title character, touring film-maker Anna, arrives at there and meets Lea Massari, whom we’ll soon learn is her mother, in Belgian writer-director Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendez-vous D’Anna, 1978, a.k.a. The Meetings Of Anna.
Colossus Of Rhodes, The (1961) - Open, Island Of Rhodes, 280 B.C. Leave it to Sergio Leone, in his first feature, a cold-open no less, with a Hellenistic commando raid on unspecified villains, the blonde guy being rescued is the French actor Georges Marchal, whom we’ll learn is a rebel Phoenecian slave, in the Italian-financed, shot in Spain, released by MGM The Colossus Of Rhodes, 1961, starring Rory Calhoun.
Colossus Of Rhodes, The (1961) - Proof Of My Ardor Rory Calhoun (who director Sergio Leone later described as a “proletarian Cary Grant”), as Greek soldier and visitor Dario, has pursued sexy, connected local dignitary Diala (Lea Massari) from a big banquet to a quieter temple, but she’s planning tricks, in the Spanish-made Italian-financed MGM release The Colossus Of Rhodes, 1961.
Colossus Of Rhodes, The (1961) - Nectar Of Euphrates This plays rather like a Sergio Leone scene, and comes from his first feature, at a banquet on Rhodes celebrating the new (titular) statue, rakish Greek visitor Dario (Rory Calhoun) flirts with local socialite Diala (Lea Massari), while the king (Roberto Camardiel) susses out a rebel slave (an un-credited actor!), in The Colossus Of Rhodes, 1961.
Murmur Of The Heart (1971) - He Collects In The Street In director Louis Malle’s opening, Dijon, 1954, jazz nut Laurent “Renzo” (Benoit Ferreux) and a friend have been collecting for French war veterans, then home with his father, brothers and mother (Daniel Gelin, Marc Winocourt, Fabien Ferreux, Lea Massari), in Murmur Of The Heart, 1971.
Have I The Right To Kill (a.k.a. L'Insoumis) - You'll Be An Accomplice Hired kidnapper Thomas (Alain Delon) has been sneaking drinks to human rights lawyer Dominique (Lea Massari), held in Algiers by his right-wing militant employers during the 1962 French occupation, in Have I The Right To Kill (a.k.a. L'Insoumis or The Unvanquished), 1964.

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Companions

Carlo Bianchini
Husband
Married in 1963.

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