Franca Valeri Franca Valeri

Animals and other actors. Stories of dogs, cats and other characters

  • (Animali e altri attori)
  • pages: 180 - 14x20
  • published: 01/10/2005
Franca Valeri Franca Valeri


Not only a legendary figure in Italian cinema and theatre, Franca Valeri is also an accomplished writer of grace and style. In this singular book she brings together a gallery of portraits: dogs, cats and humans that are not out of place next to the famous historic roles she has played. The various characters are presented almost as if they were acting on a real stage: Camilla, the aristocratic pedigree dog, living la dolce vita at Rosati’s café in Rome, licking ice-cream from Luchino Visconti’s hand; the clever and canny cat Arturo, true gentleman thief who could break into any fridge unnoticed; and all the others that achieve their moments of glory on Valeri’s stage. Side by side with these animals Franca describes forgotten trades such as the stage door receptionist, the theatre manager and the seamstress. A blend of irony, feeling and passion has gone into these lovely and wholly enjoyable short stories.


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