L.A. Italia Fest to Honor Actor Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni in 'La Dolce Vita' (1960)

A retrospective of films starring Italy's most iconic actor is coming to Hollywood.

The upcoming L.A. Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest will be dedicated to iconic Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni and include a retrospective of films featuring the beloved leading man of directors including Antonioni, Fellini, De Sica, Germi, Scola and Visconti.

“In 1962, Time magazine said that Mastroianni was the most beloved foreign actor in America — thanks to his timeless elegance and charm,” festival founder and director Pascal Vicedomini said Wednesday in a statement. “So, 20 years after his death, we are going to celebrate his memory with a retrospective in Los Angeles aimed at reaching both younger generations of moviegoers as well as cinema students.”

Mastroianni, whose career spanned 160 films, was nominated three times for an Academy Award for Divorce Italian Style (1961), A Special Day (1977) and 1987's Dark Eyes (he won the Golden Globe for Divorce Italian Style). American audiences know him best as the face of La Dolce Vita (1960) and (1961). Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), which starred Mastroianni opposite Sophia Loren, won helmer Vittorio Di Sica the Oscar for best foreign film. He is one of only three actors to win the best actor prize twice at Cannes, for his films The Pizza Triangle (1970) and Dark Eyes. Mastroianni died in 1996 from pancreatic cancer.

“Mastroianni continues to be a source of inspiration for many American performing artists who love Italian cinema, along with the numerous directors who consider him to be an icon,” said Mark Canton, the L.A. Italia fest’s honorary chairman.

The 12th edition of the festival is set to run Feb. 19-25 at Hollywood's Chinese Six Theater complex, presented by the Capri in the World Institute.