The Millenary Meets The Monsieur: Marcello Mastroianni

Posted on May 22, 2015

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As part of a content partnership, The Monsieur is partnering with The Millenary to share the style and lifestyles of one stylish gentleman per week to our readers. We begin the series with Marcello Mastroianni, Italian film icon and Knight of the Grand Cross.

Nobody pulled off a smoking jacket quite like Marcello Mastroianni. Nor made smoking quite as cool as Mastroianni. Not even Hugh Hefner.

Nobody pulled off a smoking jacket quite like Marcello Mastroianni. Nor made smoking quite as cool as Mastroianni. Not even Hugh Hefner.

Meet Monsieur Marcello Mastroianni

One of three actors to win Best Actor twice at Cannes, the suave Mastroianni shot to public consciousness as a style icon following his role as debonair playboy journalist in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Italian for “the sweet life” or “the good life”, the 1960s film follows Society Journalist Marcello Rubini, played by Mastroianni, in pursuit of love and happiness in the Eternal City, Rome. The prologue alone establishes Marcello’s character as ladies’ man, as he gets sidetracked by bikini-clad women sunbathing on an apartment building rooftop and he orders the news helicopter to hover over them in order to elicit phone numbers. Marcello’s lifestyle of excess, fame and pleasure in Rome reads like a retro-telling of The Wolf of Wall Street; eventually resulting in the film’s ban in Spain after strong condemnation by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano in 1960.

No one pulls thick framed acetate glasses quite like Marcello Mastroianni either.

No one pulls thick framed acetate glasses quite like Marcello Mastroianni either.

Nevertheless the film cast all doubt of the Italian film actor’s charisma after he was romantically linked with co-stars Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée. In fact, his retinue of lovers, reads like a Hollywood celebrities’ who’s who including Faye Dunaway, his co-star in A Place for Lovers1968, Lauren Hutton, Ursula Andress and eventually Catherine Deneuve, whom he had a daughter with in the 70s.

Actually, we just can't get over the fact that Deneueve played a bi-sexual vampire in Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983) and Marcello Mastroianni was the man who fathered a child with her. Who the man? Marcello the man.

Actually, we just can’t get over the fact that Deneueve played a bi-sexual vampire in Tony Scott’s The Hunger (1983) and Marcello Mastroianni was the man who fathered a child with her. Who the man? Marcello the man.

While it’s easy to tar him as some skirt chasing dilettante, he was recognised for his artistic achievements in the cinematic arts by the Italian republic and named a Knight of the Grand Order. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic was founded by Italy’s second President, Luigi Einaudi in 1951 and is the highest ranking honour of the Republic. Rispetto!

 

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