Icons of the Century
He epitomized the world-weary lover — the very image of the charming European that American women dreamed about encountering near the Trevi Fountain. But images are deceiving, and Mastroianni’s talent took him to internationally acclaimed heights.
He was also Federico Fellini’s alter ego, a partnership that kicked off famously with 1960’s “La Dolce Vita,” continued with “8½” — a film that cemented his onscreen Latin lover persona — and continued through to 1985’s “Ginger and Fred.” “Divorce Italian Style” (1961) made him a name in the U.S.
Mastroianni represented and transcended Italian cinema — his love affair with Catherine Deneuve rivaled Taylor-Burton for glamour — while his quiet intelligence and talent kept him steadily working with the best of the global film community — Ettore Scola, Michelangelo Antonioni, Manoel de Oliveira, Robert Altman — until his death in ’96.