From Flickr: “Alida Valli and Rossano Brazzi in Noi Vivi (1942)” by Truus, Bob & Jan too!

Italian postcard by ASER, no. 224. Photo: Pesce / Scalera Film. Publicity still for Noi Vivi/We the Living (Goffredo Alessandrini, 1942).

Strikingly beautiful actress Alida Valli (1921-2006) was Italy’s Sweetheart of the early 1940s. She fascinated audiences not only with her flawless porcelain face, her dark, voluptuous hair and her green, expressive eyes, but also with her ability to simultaneously hide and reveal a character’s thoughts and emotions. In a career that spanned seven decades, she appeared in more than 110 films including such classics as The Third Man (1949) and Senso (1954).

Handsome Italian actor and director Rossano Brazzi (1916-1994) personified the Latin Lover and romantic aristocrat in such Hollywood classics as Three Coins in a Fountain (1954), Summertime (1955) and South Pacific (1958), but he also starred in many European productions. In his 55 years career, he did over 100 films, mainly in Italy and France, but also in Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Brazil, Argentina, and the US. In Italy, he was also a hugely popular stage and TV actor, and an accomplished stage director.

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