Here are some wonderful photographs from the "Victor Mature. From Rendena Valley to Hollywood" exhibition and film retrospective that was in Trento during February and April of this year. It was a fabulous event dedicated to Victor's amazing life and career. Thank you so much to Mr. Marco Benedetti for these great photographs! :)
Exciting News! There are new dates for "Victor Mature. From Rendena Valley to Hollywood" -- the Victor Mature exhibition and film retrospective. The new dates in Trento are from 24 February 2001 to 8 April 2001 in Centro S. Chiara - Spazio Foyer. Make sure to attend all of the fabulous events dedicated to screen legend Victor! You'll be able to see original posters, magazines, play-bills, costumes and much more from his amazing life and career. Below are more wonderful photographs from the opening day and you can preview some of the great memorabilia that you will be able to see. A special thank you goes to Mr. Benedetti and to Luisa Masè for everything! :) I will be adding some very interesting news articles about the opening ceremony also very soon! :)
From 25 November 2000 to 7 January 2001 "Victor Mature. From Rendena Valley to Hollywood" will be in Trento at the Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara. Spazio Foyer. Make sure to attend this exciting event! For the next update I will be adding some articles about the opening ceremony. I will also be adding more great photographs from the opening day. The articles talk about the opening ceremony, Victor's Italian heritage, and Vic's friendship with Mickey Rooney. On a Vic related note, I wanted to say that if you get the chance, make sure that you attend Mickey Rooney and Jan Chamberlin Rooney's musical comedy revue, Two For The Show. I recently had the pleasure of seeing it. Mickey Rooney is beyond amazing as is his wife Jan, who has the most beautiful voice. You'll just love the show. It's fabulous. Their musical director, Sam Kriger, is just brilliant and is the nicest person. I had the pleasure of meeting all of them and they graciously autographed some of my memorabilia from the Victor Mature Exhibition in Italy. Mickey Rooney is truly a legend and Mrs. Rooney is just brilliant and is the nicest person. Definitely make sure to attend their show when it comes to your town! :)
Below you will find another fabulous photograph from the 15 July 2000 opening of "Victor Mature. From Rendena Valley to Hollywood" -- the Victor Mature exhibition and film retrospective. Thank you so very much to Luisa Masè for all of these beautiful photos and for everything! :) Definitely make sure to attend all of the exciting events! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that you definitely don't want to miss! The event runs through 3 September 2000 in Madonna di Campiglio. From 25 November 2000 to 7 January 2001 it will be in Trento at the Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara. Spazio Foyer. For the next update I will be adding more great photographs and also two great articles about the opening day. :)
On 15 July 2000 the opening of "Victor Mature. From Rendena Valley to Hollywood" -- the Victor Mature exhibition and film retrospective -- took place in Madonna di Campiglio. It's a spectacular event and I'm so happy to present these great pictures from the opening day! Thank you so very much to Luisa Masè for all of these beautiful photos and for everything! :) I will be adding many more great photos soon! Definitely make sure to attend all of the exciting events! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that you definitely don't want to miss! You'll be able to see posters, original play-bills, magazines of the time, photos about both his private and public life and his costumes plus much more. The details, including times and dates, can be found below. :)
FILM INFORMATION FOR THE CINEMA REVIEW LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT VIC'S FAMILY TREE AND MOVIES
23 JULY 2000: NEWS UPDATE! Here are some new links to articles about Victor on the great website of Madonna di Campiglio. Make sure that you attend all of the exciting events! :)
INFORMATION ON VIC
MAIN PAGE OF INFORMATION ON VIC
FILM INFORMATION FOR THE CINEMA REVIEW
LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT VIC'S FAMILY TREE AND MOVIES
PER REDAZIONE SPETTACOLI
ANITA EKBERG MADRINA DELLA MOSTRA "VICTOR MATURE DALLA RENDENA AD HOLLYWOOD"
All'inaugurazione (a Madonna di Campiglio sabato 15 luglio - ore 18) anche la figlia Victoria e gli attori Mickey Rooney e Maria Grazia Buccella
Madonna di Campiglio. E' un pezzo di storia del Cinema, scandita tra Hollywood e Cinecittà, quello che sabato si radunerà a Madonna di Campiglio in occasione dell'inaugurazione della mostra dedicata a Victor Mature, la star del Cinema hollywoodiano degli anni '40, interprete di numerosi film dal 1939 al 1966 e di ruoli entrati a pieno titolo nella storia del grande cinema: quello sofferto e sensibile di "Doc Holliday" in "Sfida infernale" diretto da John Ford, quello forse più famoso in "Sansone e Dalila" di Cecil B. D Mille.
La madrina della mostra antologica di Madonna di Campiglio intitolata "Victor Mature dalla Val Rendena a Hollywood", curata da Roberto Festi e Maurizio Baroni e ospitata al Centro Rainalter da sabato 15 luglio fino al 3 settembre, sarà Anita Ekberg, che prima di diventare il sogno proibito di milioni di italiani con il bagno forse più famoso nella storia del Cinema - quello nella fontana di Trevi insieme a Marcello Mastroianni in "La dolce vita" di Fellini - aveva interpretato con Mature nel 1957 "Zarak Khan" con la regia di Terence Young. E con lei, insieme alla figlia di Mature, Victoria, saranno a Madonna di Campiglio per questo evento anche l'attore Mickey Rooney (100 film tra commedie musicali, drammi e un oscar nel 1938) e l'attrice di origine trentina Maria Grazia Buccella interprete accanto a Victor Mature e Peter Sellers di "Caccia alla volpe" (1966) per la regia di Vittorio De Sica.
Victor Mature era figlio di un arrotino di Pinzolo, Marcello Gelindo Maturi (classe 1877), emigrato in America con altri due fratelli nel 1912 e stabilitosi a Louisville nel Kentucky dove il 29 gennaio 1913 nacque Victor.
La mostra di di Madonna di Campiglio ripercorre le tappe della sua carriera di attore, attraverso manifesti e locandine originali dei suoi film più noti, alcuni preziosi costumi di scena recuperati negli Stati Uniti, riviste d'epoca, foto della sua vita privata e di attore nella mecca del Cinema. Sono circa 200 i reperti iconografici che la mostra propone, offrendo lo spunto per un viaggio attraverso le atmosfere del grande schermo e il mondo che è stato di Mature, quello del Cinema, del divismo negli anni d'oro di Hollywood.
La mostra è accompagnata da un catalogo con contributi sul personaggio e l'attore Mature e il cinema del genere "peplum" di alcuni tra i più noti critici italiani: Tullio Kezich, Stefano Della Casa, Piera Detassis, e di Vittorio Curzel sulla storia della famiglia Maturi/Mature nel contesto dell'emigrazione trentina in America di fine '800.
Sempre il giorno della vernice, sabato 15 luglio alle 21.30 al Cinema Quill di Madonna di Campiglio, con la proiezione di "Sfida infernale" di John Ford (1946) sarà inaugurata la retrospettiva cinematografica dedicata a Victor Mature. Con un appuntamento settimanale in luglio e agosto al Cinema Dolomiti di Pinzolo riproporrà al pubblico alcune delle più famose pellicole interpretate dall'attore: "Sinhue l'egiziano" (17 luglio), "I gladiatori" (21 luglio), "La Tunica" (28 luglio), "Kasim, furia dell'India" (2 agosto), "Sfida infernale" ( 7 agosto), "I misteri di Shanghai" (21 agosto), "Safari" (27 agosto).
La mostra è stata promossa dall'Apt Madonna di Campiglio - Pinzolo - Val Rendena in collaborazione con il Comune di Pinzolo, l'Assessorato alla Cultura della Provincia di Trento e l'Azienda di promozione turistica del Trentino.
Madonna di Campiglio, luglio 2000
"Victor Mature. From Rendena Valley to Hollywood" will start on Saturday, the 15th of July in Madonna di Campiglio, at 6.00 p.m. with the opening of the exhibition of costumes, posters, original play-bills of Victor's most famous films, magazines of the time, and photos about both his private and public life. The exhibition will be open until September, the 3rd. In November and December it will be moved to Trento, the main city of the Trentino region. The opening time is: 4.30 - 7.30 p.m. ; 9.00 - 10.30 p.m. The entrance ticket costs £5.000 - free for aged under 14.
At 9.30 p.m., on the 15th of July the films retrospective will start with the showing of "My Darling Clementine" at the cinema of Madonna di Campiglio.
These are the dates of the other films' showing, at the cinema of Pinzolo:
Monday, the 17th July at 5 pm. and 9 pm: The Egyptian
Friday, the 21st July at 5 pm. and 9 pm: Demetrius and the Gladiators
Friday, the 28th July at 5 pm. and 9 pm: The Robe
Wednesday, the 2nd August at 5 pm: The Bandit of Zhobe
Monday, the 7th August at 5 pm: My Darling Clementine
Monday, the 21st August at 5 pm: The Shanghai Gesture
Sunday, the 27th August at 9 pm: Safari
The ticket costs £10.000. The films will be shown in Italian.
Here is further information on this exciting event.
AN EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO VICTOR MATURE, THE KNIFE-SHARPENER’S SON WHO HAS BECOME A HOLLYWOOD STAR.
Madonna di Campiglio (Italy): “I’m no actor,and I’ve got 64 pictures to prove it”. This famous and auto-ironical statement fully expresses the detached relationship to the world of cinema which has always marked Victor Mature’s career, Hollywood star during the 40s and the 50s, interpreter of numerous movies between 1939 and 1966. Some of his roles have gone down in the history of the cinema: the tormented and sensitive role of “Doc Holliday” in “My Darling Clementine” directed by John Ford, or perhaps the most famous one, as Samson, in “Samson and Delilah” by Cecil B. De Mille, where Mature fully embodies the “icon” that Hollywood had created for him, “the hunk”.
One year after his death, Victor Mature will be remembered during the entire summer in the valley that his father left more than a century ago. In 1912, Marcello Gelindo Maturi, a knife-sharpener who was born in Pinzolo - a village situated in the North of Italy and which at that time belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire - and some of his brothers emigrated to the United States and settled in Louisville, Kentucky, where his son, Victor, was born in 1913.
An exhibition entitled “Victor Mature. From the Rendena Valley to Hollywood” opens between the 15th July and the 3rd September in Madonna di Campiglio reconstructing the actor’s career by means of 200 iconographic “repertoires”, including posters, original play-bills of his most famous films, magazines of the time, photos about both his private and public life in the cinema “Mecca”.
The contributions to the catalogue are by the famous Italian critics Tullio Kezich, Stefano Della Casa and Piera Detassis. An exhibition by Roberto Festi and Maurizio Baroni.
It’s an event organized by Madonna di Campiglio-Pinzolo-Val Rendena Tourist Board in cooperation with the Municipality of Pinzolo, the Department of Culture (Assessorato alla Cultura) of the Province of Trento and Trentino Tourist Board.
Madonna di Campiglio, June 2000
12 FEBRUARY 2000: I'm very happy to announce that there will be a retrospective exhibition and cinema review of Victor's career and life that will be held in Italy at Madonna di Campiglio during July and August 2000. Victor's fathers family was originally from the area of Pinzolo and the Rendena Valley (at the end of the 19th Century the country still belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire but the language spoken by the population was Italian). The community of Pinzolo and the local tourist board will be having the exhibition at the neighboring Madonna di Campiglio. Victor's native homeland will remember him with an exhibition of materials related to his life and career. Eight of his films will also be shown. It will be a wonderful tribute to a true legend.
You can learn more about this wonderful exhibition by visiting the website for the Tourist Office of Madonna di Campiglio. I will be adding more information about it in the future months. :)
Below you can see beautiful photos of the area where Victor's family came from. Special thanks to Mr. Benedetti for the great pictures. :)