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THE OSIRIDE PEVARELLO PAGE
|A bandit in Yankee||The Greatest Philosopher in Lurlo prepares a meal|
|Olindo the Miller has run out of patience in La vacanza||An Indian Chief visits the Salon Kitty (The US VHS edition was so murky that this shot was rendered completely invisible)|
|Caligulas mute mascot, the Little Giant||Waiting to be questioned by the police in Action|
|A sailor in The Key|
|A villager in Miranda||Sergeí the Russian coach driver in Capriccio|
|A monk has a good time in Snack Bar Budapest||Remo settles a problem in Paprika|
|A bus passenger makes trouble in Così fan tutte||A monk in Monella|
|A voyeur at the beach in TRAsgreDIRE||The captain in Senso 45|
|The voyeur is still at the beach in Fallo!|
Who IS This Guy?
Postscript (Tuesday, 1 July 2004). Well, now I feel like an idiot. Turns out I knew who this guy was all along; I just didnt realize it! I have watched every Fellini-directed movie, and back in the late 1980s I watched I clowns on VHS over and over and over again, in total enchantment. Then I retired the tape, except to loan it out to friends. Ill never understand why I didnt make the connection until this spring, when I sat through a retrospective of nearly all of Fellinis films. The instant the opening credits hit the screen, it dawned on me that I was about to hear a very familiar voice. And once the film proper started, it dawned on me that I was about to see a very familiar face. Never had I enjoyed the film so much as I did that night. (Adding to my almost unendurable delight was the appearance of Pierre Etaix, who later went on to work on the restoration of Buster Keatons short films released on DVD in France by my friend Serge Bromberg.)
THANKS TO MARCO FORNIER, I JUST DISCOVERED THAT THERES A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT OSIRIDE! TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!!!!! WOWEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
Furthermore, Osiride Pevarello was interviewed in the introduction to the published script of Monella, where he explained that he is a Gypsy, born in 1915 in Padova, and spent his life in circuses, at first as an equestrian. In the 1950s his stage name was Zampanò, a name that Fellini borrowed for Anthony Quinns character in La strada. Osiride claims to have worked on 8 ½, E la nave va, and numerous other Fellini films. Well, if he did, he must have ended up on the cutting-room floorthough he did certainly appear in Satyricon, exclaiming Il tiranno è morto! (frustratingly dubbed by someone else in the English version). And perhaps, perhaps, he briefly appeared in Ginger e Fred as the guy who hands a bouquet of flowers to the the television van about eight minutes into the film. He also says he worked on Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, but, once again, either I cant recognize him, or he was deletedat least from the versions I saw.
Il tiranno è morto!
|Osiride Pevarello in his native setting, the circus|
(Federico Fellinis I clowns, 1970)
And now, a glimpse from Fellini and Masinas Ginger e Fred could it be?
Post-Postscript (added 4 July 2008): Theres more. Back in June 1990 the 148-seat Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (in Toronto) hosted a touring retrospective of all the films directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. I found that the films, without exception, were masterworks. But it was Pasolinis earliest movies, the ones in black and white, that seared themselves into my memory. They were works of Social Realism, and despite the fictional stories, the occasional absurdism, and the blatant artificiality of the ADR, they were more real than real. Watching those movies was hardly different from living the experiences depicted. From that time to the present, Pasolini has been one of my idols.
Mamma Roma is perhaps Pasolinis most powerful film, and perhaps his most accessible. I was so impressed that I purchased the Connoisseur VHS from the UK as soon as it was released, but couldnt bring myself to watch it, as it was a bit fuzzy, and therefore a violation of my memory of some of the sharpest, clearest, most devastating black and white I had ever seen. Just in the past few days I obtained the Criterion DVD, which is far superior to the VHS. I put it in my machine, watched the preview, and nearly fell over. I scanned through the movie to see if that same scene was actually in the final film. Yes, it was.
The preview was not timed as dark. So lets look at a few more frames:
Post-Post-Postscript. Theres also a Renzo Pevarello, who appeared in Yankee, and I assume that hes Osirides brother or cousin or something. Sometimes Osirides surname is spelled Peverello, and sometimes his full name is given as Curtis Hershel. If you want to see more pictures of this magnificent performer, please take a look at the following sites, and have much fun!
Cinema populaire Acteurs non reconnusActors not Recognized
Original research and commentary copyright © 2009 by Ranjit Sandhu. All rights reserved.
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