Mariangela Melato (born September 18, 1941) is an Italian actress.
Melato was born in Milan and studied at the Milan Theatre Academy. A striking, blonde actress, she began her stage career in the early 1960s and rose to fame after delivering powerful performances for a number of notable Italian stage directors such as Dario Fo, Luchino Visconti and Luca Ronconi.
Her cinematic debut came in 1969 with Pupi Avati's Thomas e gli indemoniati and Melato would continue to deliver memorable performances in the 1970s and grew to become a highly respected leading lady of many acclaimed and award-winning Italian films. Her memorable early film roles include the school teacher in Nino Manfredi's comedy Between Miracles (1971) and the female leads in Elio Petri's The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971) and Vittorio De Sica's Lo chiameremo Andrea (We'll Call Him Andrew, 1972).
Melato received much praise for her role as Giancarlo Giannini's Milanese mistress in The Seduction of Mimi (1972),...
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Swept Away (full English title: Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, full Italian title: Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto) is a 1974 Italian film written and directed by Lina Wertmüller. It is a study in romance and class warfare.The movie stars Giancarlo Giannini as the long-abused crewmember Gennarino Carunchio serving on the rented yacht of a wealthy couple Raffaella Pavone Lanzetti (played by Mariangela Melato) and Signor Pavone Lanzetti (played by Riccardo Salvino). Playing the part of a beautiful, wealthy, highly-privileged woman, Raffaella takes endless pleasure in verbally abusing Gennarino over nearly everything, but especially about his Communist politics. When an unusual event at sea leaves Gennarino and Raffaella castaway on an isolated Mediterranean island, the tables are finally turned and the Communist sailor suddenly has the upper hand in the relationship.Roger Ebert, the American film critic, gave the movie four stars ...
Love and Anarchy (Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero: stamattina alle 10, in via dei Fiori, nella nota casa di tolleranza...) is a 1973 film directed by Lina Wertmuller and starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. The story, set in Fascist Italy before the outbreak of World War II centers on two of Wertmuller's favorite themes: sex and politics.
Mimí metallurgico ferito nell'onore (1972) is an Italian language film directed by Lina Wertmuller, starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. It was released in the United States as The Seduction of Mimi, although a literal translation of the title would be "Mimi the metalworker, wounded in honor".The screenplay was adapted, very loosely, for the 1975 film Which Way Is Up? starring Richard Pryor.The Lizards •Let's Talk About Men •Don't Sting the Mosquito •The Belle Starr Story •The Seduction of Mimi •Love and Anarchy •Everything Ready, Nothing Works •Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August •Seven Beauties •A Night Full of Rain •Blood Feud •A Joke of Destiny •Softly, Softly •Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) •Summer Night, with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil •As Long as It's Love •Ciao, Professore! •The Nymph •The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser in a Whirl of Sex and Politics •Ferdinando e Carolina •Too Much Romance... It's...
The film shared the Grand Prix with The Mattei Affair at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972. Italian actor legend Gian Maria Volonté was the leading actor in both films.
Mariangela Melato was born