(ANSA) - ROME, 05 JAN - "Ten years are few for me. It's as if she had passed away yesterday. Because not only was she a very talented artist, but she was really a woman, a very good person. I would like her to be remembered more It was a true Italian excellence".
Renzo Arbore sighs for a moment to tell ANSA about Mariangela Melato, the love of a lifetime, but also "the greatest actress of Italian theater ever", who died on 11 January 2013, just ten years ago.
For the occasion, Rai Storia will re-propose Mariangela!, the documentary made a few months after her disappearance by Fabrizio Corallo, with Arbore among the many interventions (on 11 January at 21.20).
Born in Milan on 19 September 1941, beautiful with blue eyes and an unmistakable voice, Melato gave the
Italia a gallery of characters, on stage as well as on TV and in the cinema, who seem to be interpreted today.
The story with Arbore, who also directed her in Il Pap'occhio, had begun at the dawn of the 70s.
"A love that lasted a lifetime - he says - even if we had other stories, because it wasn't just love, but esteem, friendship. With her I discovered theater with a capital T, that of the great directors, of the avant-garde. I remember the 'Orestea directed by Ronconi: six straight hours of show, in which Mariangela performed covered in bandages. An incredible effort. When she came out on stage at a certain point, she recognized me in the audience hanging from a column in desperation - she laughs - But she really did everything ", continuing quoting Dear Michele di Mario Monicelli, metallurgical Mimì injured in the
honor and Overwhelmed by an unusual fate by LinaWertmuller, Filumena Marturano by Eduardo.
But the list of "greats" with whom he worked, from prose to musicals, is truly endless, from Luchino Visconti to Elio Petri, Giorgio Strehler, Pupi Avati, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Garinei and Giovannini, Vittorio De Sica, Luigi Comencini.