you sleep with me, I assumed he was homosexual. He was a traitor »-

from Emilia Costantini

The actor-director’s muse says, “He begged me to return again and I discovered him in mattress with another person.” “After I left, he needed to rent seven folks to switch me”

“The primary time I met him, he did not make an excellent impression on me. We had been friends in a villa at Circeo. I noticed this bleached man, with purple nail polish, lounging in a hammock, with a bottle of whiskey close by. I did not know who he was, however then he turned a very powerful man in my life, together with my first husband, the daddy of my youngsters.” That is how Lydia Mancinelli tells about her first assembly with Carmelo Bene, with whom she shared virtually twenty years of life and theaterand shortly turned the muse of the nice actor and director who died twenty years in the past.

How was that day on the seashore?

“Truly, I needed to go at first, however then I used to be persuaded to go down with everybody else to the seashore. Maybe attracted by my lengthy, pure blonde hair, Carmelo took my hand, to enter the water collectively: that was the final time I noticed him enter the water, I do not keep in mind him ever taking a swim within the lake. Then within the afternoon he sat subsequent to me and talked till late at night time. I did not actually perceive the that means of what he stated, despite the fact that he wasn’t drunk… However I used to be 27, he was a couple of months youthful, and I belonged to a special setting than his, so I did not perceive what he was speaking about: he already made the actor, however clearly not but well-known. We met once more by likelihood a month later close to the Sistina Theatre: subsequent to my parked automobile was a convertible … it was his. At the moment I used to be promoting carousels, and since I had a ardour for the theater, I requested him if he had something to get me to behave: he made me audition for the function of Queen Gertrude in “Hamlet” and employed me “.

Does this begin your creative and nostalgic partnership?

“Sentimental? To be trustworthy, I did not like him in any respect, and I additionally thought he was homosexual. However once we went to Spoleto, the place we might later make our debut, he distributes the rooms to all of the actors and says to me: you sleep with me. Then and there I didn’t fear, pondering exactly that he was not serious about intercourse with girls, and since I’ve the spirit of a Pink Cross nurse, I assumed to myself: possibly this man desires to redeem himself from his homosexuality … he turned out to be fairly homosexual. A while later, a good friend of ours requested me: are you continue to with Carmelo? Watch out as a result of he’s a whorehouse! “.

And was it actually?

“Fan! And I used to be very jealous of him … As soon as, one of many many who cheated on me, we had been friends within the villa of an aristocratic woman in Forte dei Marmi, and he went as far as to have intercourse with a woman, whereas I slept on the ground upstairs. However that point I made him pay dearly: I bit his ear and tore off a bit … first I spat it on the bottom, then we went to search for it to reattach it”.

And did you discover the piece of meat?

“Yep. We went to the hospital and Carmelo instructed the physician that the cat had bitten him. He then instructed the episode in a separate ebook entitled “The lacking ear” ».

Why did your story finish?

“Our story, whereas artistically thrilling, had drained me for numerous causes, together with a miscarriage once I turned pregnant with a baby of my very own. I used to be not solely his main actress, however the head of the corporate, his driver as a result of he did not like driving, I taken care of him in each manner, I even reduce his hair, I purchased his sneakers… A lot in order that once we lastly received again collectively, he needed to rent 7 folks to switch me in all of the totally different roles ».

How did Carmelo react to his determination to finish the connection, each privately and publicly?

“After I instructed him I used to be going to go away him, he replied: let’s get married, however I used to be very confused as a result of it was one factor to be his companion, one other to be his spouse. Generally he was additionally violent and I did not wish to find yourself like Desdemona with Othello … ».


“After all, the feminists of the time accused him of mistreating girls. Once we went to carry out in Paris, on the Pageant d’Automne, they organized an indication towards him and threw eggs on stage”.

Briefly, did Carmelo lastly surrender?

“Sooner or later he attacked me on the telephone to persuade me to return to him and once I determined to attempt to reside collectively once more I am unable to discover him in mattress with another person? That is proper…and I undoubtedly despatched him to that nation. I couldn’t bear to be deceived, though I understood that it was a facet of his character and that for him these betrayals had no that means, they had been simply superficial relationships, with out emotional involvement. Later we recovered, however received out once more, additionally as a result of he had taken up a behavior with sure substances which I didn’t share”.

What was Carmelo Bene like on stage: a showman who dominated the state of affairs or a loyal companion on stage? Was he the main man who didn’t give approach to the others or not?

“He definitely didn’t conquer others, he didn’t compete, quite the opposite … Whereas following the teachings of rehearsals, he sat within the viewers and directed the others, typically paying little consideration to his function. He was very beneficiant along with his actors. His work as a director surpassed that of an actor, and with him it was a steady work that received higher from the primary to the final rerun”.

Among the many many tasks made collectively, which is the funniest episode?

“Throughout the recording of “Our Girl of the Turks”, the place I performed Santa Margherita, we had been in a city the place within the church I needed to create a scene dressed as a Madonna and go as much as the altar. However the villagers, who noticed me, actually took me for a Madonna and needed to kiss my fingers, beg me for mercy! Carmelo clearly tried to stop this absurdity, however the carabinieri got here and instructed us: if you happen to do not fulfill them, they will not go away! ».

The present you really liked probably the most?

“The” Pinocchio”, the place I performed the fairy and the evil fox. And when Carmelo repeated it, a few years later, it was in my function the proficient Sonia Bergamasco, who, nonetheless, used my voice that was recorded! ».

If she went again, what would she do and what would not she do?

“I might do it over again, I might additionally marry him, after which go away him. And if I may, I might inform him that I typically dream of creating like to him.”

The Armani bookshop and the Triennale bookshop in Milan promote the vinyl to which she has given her voice, with the title “Lydia Mancinelli reads Marcello Maloberti. Hammered. Cool fonts ».

“It was a fantastic expertise, a poetic and minimalist studying, linked to the artist Maloberti. Philosophical and political phrases, spied phrases, fragments … Marcello needed my voice, I used to be glad. ».

You simply turned 86: did you want?

“Sure, my well being will assist me in these final years of my life”

21 September 2022 (change 21 September 2022 | 07:50)

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