Nicoletta Braschi (born August 10, 1960) is an Italian actress, best known for her work with her husband, actor and director Roberto Benigni. She has also collaborated with American director Jim Jarmusch. Braschi earned international acclaim for her role in Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997) as "Dora", and has also starred in the panned Pinocchio (2002) (as the "Blue Fairy").
Born in Cesena, Braschi studied in Rome’s Accademia di Arte Drammatica and first worked with Benigni in 1983, in the comedy Tu Mi Turbi (“You Upset Me”), as “Madonna.” She starred in Jarmusch’s Down by Law and Mystery Train. In 1991, she starred as Maria in the Italian comedy Johnny Stecchino.
In 2002, she was a member of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival.
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La tigre e la neve (English: The Tiger and the Snow) is a 2005 Italian movie starring and directed by Roberto Benigni.The film is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Rome and in occupied Baghdad during the Iraq War. The story is told as a double-faced dream with a surprise ending, inspired by the tale of "Sleeping Beauty". The memorable initial scene moves the audience as a celebration of love, man's greatest strength, with an abundance of poetic references mentioned in the closing credits.Rome, March 2003. Attilio de Giovanni (Roberto Benigni), a comical but talented literature professor and the divorced father of two teenage girls, is hopelessly in love with Vittoria (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's wife in real life), a writer who is the subject of a recurring dream, featuring a surreal wedding ceremony with poetry verses in the background. Attilio's strenuous courtship is, however, unsuccessful and he has to face the fact that Vittoria does not share the same feelings.Vittoria...
Life Is Beautiful (Italian: La vita è bella) is a 1997 Italian language film which tells the story of a Jewish Italian, Guido Orefice (played by Roberto Benigni, who also directed and co-wrote the film), who must learn how to use his fertile imagination to help his son survive their internment in a Nazi concentration camp.
The title derives from Leon Trotsky's last testament; while in exile in Mexico, expecting to die shortly from high blood pressure, Trotsky wrote,
The first half of the movie is a whimsical, romantic comedy and often slapstick. Guido, a young Italian Jew, arrives in Arezzo where he sets up a bookstore. Guido is both funny and charismatic, especially when he romances Dora (Italian, but not Jewish), whom he steals – at her engagement – from her rude and loud fiancé. Several years pass, in which Guido and Dora have a son, Joshua (written Giosuè in the original script). In the film, Joshua is around six years old. However, both the beginning and ending of the film is...,
Il Mostro (The Monster) is a 1994 Italian comedy film. It starred Roberto Benigni as a man who is mistaken by police profilers for a serial killer due to odd circumstances.
Benigni's character is the chief suspect in a series of rape/murders. An attractive police officer (played by Nicoletta Braschi) goes undercover to befriend him and find out if he is the serial killer.
Il Mostro at the Internet Movie Database...
Mystery Train is a 1989 portmanteau film written and directed by independent film director Jim Jarmusch and set in Memphis, Tennessee. The Film is comprised of three different stories set on the same night. They are linked by one run-down hotel run by Night Clerk (played by Screamin' Jay Hawkins) and his dishevelled bellboy Cinque Lee, a scene featuring Elvis Presley's "Blue Moon" and a gunshot.The first story, "Far From Yokohama", features a teenage couple from Yokohama, Japan--Mitzuko and Jun--travelling across America. They have made an almost holy pilgrimage to Memphis. Mitzuko is obsessed with Elvis Presley, and even, in one scene "deduces" that Elvis was the basis for Madonna and the Statue Of Liberty. Their story follows their holiday, including an exhaustive trip to Sun Records and the film's sex scene. Their story also features a cameo by legend Rufus Thomas as an old man in a train station.The second story, "A Ghost", follows a stop-over with an Italian Widow (possibly Mafia...
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