A commemoration of Prince de Curtis on the anniversary of his death

Seventy-five years ago, on April 15, 1967, the great Antonio de Curtis, better known as Toto, died in Rome.

Born in Naples in February 1898, a great actor in the Review Theater and Avenspetakolo, thirty years between 1937 and 1967, Toto averaged ninety-eight films for four titles (mostly as a protagonist) a year – an average that does not take this into account. The number of films he participated in between ’37 and ’46 is only six – he has worked with more than forty different directors. Without considering the many projects that have never been implemented.

The directors he has directed several times are Mario Mattoli (sixteen films), Camilo Mastrosinke (eleven films), Steno (ten), Sergio Carbucci (seven), Mario Moniseli (six) and Carlo Ludovico Bragglia (six), ninety-eight. Fifty-six films in total.

We remember him in his films Stop with your hands! (1937) by Gero Jambuto, Crazy animals (1939) by Carlo Ludovico Bragglia, St. John’s take off (1940) and Cheerful ghost (1941) by Amleto Palermi, Two hearts in animals (1943, also known by title Toto in the lion’s den) By Giorgio Simonelli, Sabin raped women (1945, also known by title Professor Trumbon) By Mario Bonard, Two orphans (1947), Toto in Giro d’Italia (1948) and FIFA and Arena (1948), by Mario Matoli, Even La Nuit (1949) by Giuseppe Amato, Totò le Mokò (1949) by CL Bragaglia, parody of Pepe Le Moko (1937) – Known as Italy Kasbah bandit – By Julien Duvivier with Jean Gabin, Naples millionaire (1950) by Eduardo de Filippo, 47 Speaking of the dead (1950) by CL Bragglia, Guards and thieves (1951) Steno and Mario Monicelli, with Aldo Fabrizi, Toto Third Man (1951) m. By Matoli, by parody Third person (1949) starring Joseph Cotton and Orson Wells by Carol Reid, Totò in color (1952) by Steno, Toto and the woman (1952) by Steno and M. Maniseli, People, animals and virtue (1953) by Steno, The most ridiculous show in the world (1953) m. By Matoli, by parody Great show The world (1952) by Cecil B. D. Mill, Driving license– Taken from a short story by Luigi Pirandello This is life (1954) by Luigi Zampa, Misery and nobility (1954) m. By Matoli, GuappoEpisode of Gold of Naples (1954) by Vittorio de Sica, Are we male or corporal? (1955) by Camilo Mastrosink, Courage (1955) by Domenico Paolella, where he starred opposite Gino Cervi, A group of honest people (1956), Toto, Peppino and … bad luck (1956) and Toto, Vittorio and Doctor (1957) by C. Mastrocinque, Ritual unknown (1958) m. Moniseli, dramatic Toto and Marcelino (1958) by Antonio Musu, The law is the law (1958) by Christian-Jack, where he played Fernandel (then known for his famous role as Don Camilo in Italy), Thief (1959) by Lucio Fulsi, Harassment (1959) by Steno.

He acted in the sixties The gentleman is born (1960) by Mario Matoli, Hesitates he has become (1960) by Sergio Corbucci, Totò, Peppino and… la dolce vita (1961), a parody of Beautiful life (1960) by Federico Fellini with Marcelo Mastroyanni, Anita Ekberg and Anok Aimi, Totòtruffa ’62 (1961) by Camilo Mastrosink, Totò and Peppino split in Berlin (1962) by Giorgio Bianchi, Forgetting college (1962) by S. Corbucci, parody Toto against Maxist (1962) with Nino Taranto by Fernando Searchio, Its monks Manja (1963) by S. Corbucci, with Nino Taranto, Erminio Macario and the young Adriano Celentano and Don Becky, The shortest day (1963), by S. Corbucci, parody of the war blockbuster The longest day (1962) by Ken Anakin, Toto and Cleopatra (1963) f. By search, Totò against black pirates (1964) f. By search, Love means to die a littleEpisode of Beautiful families (1964) by Ugo Gregory, Toto of Arabia (1965) A parody of Jose Antonio de Loma Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Peter O’Toole and David Sharif with Omar Sharif.

A versatile actor with a great deal of dramatic skill – only a handful of the best, as claimed by many film historians and film critics – has been directed by Alberto Latuada in the last years of his career. Mandrake (1965), by Dino Reese – Operation San Genaro (1966) and, above all, by Pierre Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975). The great Friulian writer, essayist, journalist, director, screenwriter and intellectual Toto In. Birds (1966), with a young Ninetto Davoli, in Earth seen from the moonEpisode of Witch (1967) and in What is a cloud?Episode of Whimsical Italian styleHe was shot in early ’67, but was released in ’68, almost a year after his death.

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