Claudia Cardinale walks the streets of Salzburg during the filming of A Fine Pair, 1968
For International Women’s Day, who better than Claudia?
She’s international for sure, with her mix of Italian, French and Tunisian roots.
And she’s the woman, at least in my eyes.
Plus, she always seemed to flee from stereotypical women roles, like “damsel in distress” or “hero’s bland love interest”.
She’s arguably the main character in Once Upon A Time In The West, one of the greatest movie of all time. In Les Pétroleuses, Brigitte Bardot and her played kick-ass heroines, defying westerns’ rules. In The Professionals, her character subverts the “damsel in distress” role. The Pink Panther's Princess Dahla isn't as naive and innocent as the other - male - characters might think.
In many, many other films, she played strong women characters, because her natural aura led her to become the muse of directors like Fellini and Visconti, and because she is a strong woman herself.
I love Claudia so much, she is so beautiful and talented.
I love her ears. There’s no way of saying this without sounding creepy, but I do.
An out-of-focus shot from the set of Les Pétroleuses (1971)