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Claudia Cardinale

February 03, 2023 – February 21, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

In collaboration with Cinecittà, Rome, MoMA celebrates the Tunisian-born Italian actress and women’s rights activist Claudia Cardinale with a retrospective that spans her nearly 70-year career, featuring approximately 20 films, including 12 restorations. Though internationally worshiped for her voluptuous beauty—and invariably compared in movie star magazines with Brigitte Bardot (her private life was consumed by a voracious public, including a notorious profile by Alberto Moravia)—Cardinale has brought an emotional vulnerability and intelligence to her many varied roles (she is fluent in Italian, French, English, Spanish, Sicilian dialect, and Tunisian Arabic) and she has collaborated with filmmakers as diverse as Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, Abel Gance and Alexander Mackendrick, Sergio Leone, Werner Herzog, and Richard Brooks. In addition to such classics as Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers and The Leopard, Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, and Fellini’s 8 1⁄2, this retrospective includes her work with Mauro Bolognini (Il Bell’ Antonio, La Viaccia, Senilita’, and Libera, Amore Mio!) Valerio Zurlini (The Girl with the Suitcase), Pasquale Squitieri (Atto di Dolore), and Marco Bellocchio (Enrico IV), as well as a selection of international films including Richard Brooks’s The Professionals, Alexander Mackendrick’s Don’t Make Waves, Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo and the Shadow, Nadine Trintignant’s L’été prochain, and Boris Despodov’s Twice Upon a Time in the West.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, and Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero, Cinecittà. Thanks to Marco Cicala and Claudia Squitieri. 

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and Karen and Gary Winnick.


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La Ragazza di Bube (Bebo’s Girl). 1963. Italy. Written and directed by Luigi Comencini. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Bello onesto emigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata (A Girl in Australia). 1971. Italy. Directed by Luigi Zampa. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Un maledetto imbroglio (The Facts of Murder). 1959. Italy. Directed by Pietro Germi. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

The Professionals. 1966. USA. Written and directed by Richard Brooks. Courtesy of Photofest.

Enrico IV (Henry IV). 1984. Italy. Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

La ragazza con la valigia (Girl with a Suitcase). 1961. Italy. Directed by Valerio Zurlini. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Il magnifico cornuto (The Magnificent Cuckold). 1964. Italy/France. Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli. Courtesy of Photofest.

Otto e mezzo (8 1/2). 1963. Italy. Directed by Federico Fellini. Courtesy of Photofest.

Don’t Make Waves. 1967. USA. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

Sandra. 1965. Italy. Directed by Luchino Visconti. Courtesy of Everett Collection.

O Gebo e a sombra (Gebo and the Shadow). 2012. Portugal/France. Written and directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Courtesy of Cinema Guild.