Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0014231130: GIANCARLO GIANNINI

Rather uncommon vintage in blue felt-tip pen on a 3x5-inch off-white card, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Bob Keidanz in the early 1970s. In good condition and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. An alumnus of Rome's Theater Academy, Giancarlo Giannini could have enjoyed a comfortable career as a suave, mustachioed, two-dimensional leading man, but has always preferred the creative challenges provided by the complex, contrary characters conjured up by his longtime collaborator, writer/director Lina Wertmuller, including The Seduction of Mimi (1967), Love and Anarchy (1973) and Seven Beauties (1976), for which he was Oscar-nominated. While his appearances in other director's films are seldom as memorable as his pairings with Wertmuller, Giannini has worked harmoniously with filmmakers as diverse as Visconti, Fassbinder and Coppola. Highlights of his four-decade career include The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), the horror flick Hannibal (2001), and the Bond flicks Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008).  It is a little-known fact that he has also made quite a living dubbing international stars in films released on the Italian market, including Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Gerard Depardieu, and Ian McKellen. Stanley Kubrick openly praised Giannini's dubbing of Nicholson in The Shining (1980).