with Anouk Aimée
by René de Ceccatty
piano Andrea Del Bianco
production Les visiteurs du soir
Moravia, author of many famous portraits of women, liked writing in first person. From the Romana-The Woman of Rome(1947) to the Ciociara-Two Women(1957) to the Donna Leopardo-The Leopard Woman(1990) he studied the psychology of women with love, irony, cruelty, sensibiliy. Prostitutes, actresses, middle-class, common women, intellectuals, very young or mature: no woman escaped from his subtle pen.
Particularly in the last twenty years, Moravia wrote stories that obey this absolute principle of writing in first person feminine. We have selected six in which, between1970 and 1990, Moravia sketched the lives of the women he knew best of all, with an unparalleled art of vitality, humour, immature frailness. Among these invented lives, we have inserted two real memories of young love. A Frenchwoman whom he wanted to marry. She is a woman from Paris that he met one foggy evening. Love, deceit, illusion, seduction, betrayal, awakened dream, anxiety of death, joy of life. Many topics covered which put together an unexpected self-portrait through his women.
That great filmmakers′ friend, that subtle film critic had to be revived on stage thanks to a legendary actress of French cinema, a friend of Italy. With her fragile, sensual inner voice, both ironic and sweet, Anouk Aimée follows the intimate secrets and provocations of Moravia′s women with truthfulness. The unforgettable actress of the Dolce Vita and 8 ˝ and many other Italian films could not help but belong to Moravia′s world one day.