Lando Buzzanca

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Lando Buzzanca
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Lando Buzzanca in 2009 at the Roma Fiction Festival
Born Gerlando Buzzanca
(1935-08-24)24 August 1935
Palermo, Italy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present

Gerlando Buzzanca (born 24 August 1935 in Palermo) is an Italian comedy actor.

Life and career[edit]

He left high school in Palermo when he was 16 years old, and moved to Rome to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. In order to survive, he took many jobs: waiter, furniture mover, and a brief appearance as a slave in the film Ben-Hur.

In his long career he often interpreted the role of the average Italian immigrant from southern Italy, who slowly began to enjoy moderate success during the years of the Italian economic miracle. His films showcased all the freshness of the 1960s, the 1970s and the heavier transition to the 1980s, focusing on the common life in several Italian cities such as Rome, Verona or Milan, balanced between personal happiness and professional achievement.

Buzzanca often interpreted roles of a subordinate white collar worker, with a heavy vein of machismo, as a frustrated employee who tries to redeem his dull existence with his virility. He became famous for his role in the film Il merlo maschio, (The Male Blackbird), where in a provincial environment of cultural importance, the philharmonic orchestra of the Arena di Verona, he vents out his own frustrations, indulging into candaulism when he induces his bride to expose her naked body in the middle of a bridge in Verona.

Some critics, in a lighter vein, have defined Buzzanca as a "Homo eroticus": a human being halfway between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens, who risked extinction in the 1970s because of the harsh struggle with feminism activists. Today, even though much less so, this male type is still found among Italian males.

Buzzanca's fame is greater in foreign countries than in his native land, and in countries as France, Japan, Greece, Israel, Spain and Switzerland.

On November 2, 2014, Buzzanca appeared on Domeica Live with host Barbara D'Urso. He spoke about living in poverty, about his wife, who died 4 years earlier, and about his 2 sons and his grandchildren.

Filmography[edit]

1959 – 1969[edit]

Year Film Role Director Other players
1959 Ben-Hur Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited) William Wyler Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Hugh Griffith, Finlay Currie
1961 Divorzio all'italiana Rosario Mulè Pietro Germi Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste, Odoardo Spadaro
1962 I giorni contati Son of Cesare Elio Petri  ?
1963 La smania addosso carabiniere Sanfilippo Marcello Andrei Gérard Blain, Annette Stroyberg, Nino Castelnuovo, Vittorio Gassman
1963 La parmigiana Michele Pantanò Antonio Pietrangeli Catherine Spaak, Nino Manfredi, Salvo Randone
1963 Le monachine Amilcare Franzetti Luciano Salce  ?
1963 Tutto il bello dell'uomo  ? Aldo Sinesio  ?
1963 I mostri Luciana's Husband (segment "Come un padre") Dino Risi Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Marisa Merlini, Michèle Mercier, Marino Masé
1964 Senza sole né luna  ? Luciano Ricci  ?
1964 Extraconiugale Roberto, suo fratello (episode "La doccia") Massimo Franciosa  ?
1964 Cadavere per signora Enzo Mario Mattoli  ?
1964 Sedotta e abbandonata Antonio Ascalone Pietro Germi  ?
1964 Amore in quattro dimensioni  ? (segment "Amore e alfabeto") Mino Guerrini, Massimo Mida, Gianni Puccini and Jacques Romain  ?
1964 I marziani hanno dodici mani Lo sposo Franco Castellano & Giuseppe Moccia (Castellano & Pipolo)  ?
1964 L'idea fissa  ? (segment "Prima notte, La") Mino Guerrini and Gianni Puccini  ?
1964 Il magnifico cornuto Guardian Antonio Pietrangeli  ?
1965 Su e giù Cuccio (segment "Questione di Principo") Mino Guerrini  ?
1965 Letti sbagliati  ? (segment "Il complicato") Stefano Vanzina (Steno)  ?
1965 James Tont operazione U.N.O. James Tont Bruno Corbucci Alighiero Noschese
1965 James Tont operazione D.U.E. James Tont Bruno Corbucci France Anglade
1965 Le Corniaud Lino Gérard Oury  ?
1965 Le lit à deux places  ? Jean Delannoy, François Dupont-Midi, Alvaro Mancori and Gianni Puccini  ?
1965 Made in Italy Giulio (segment "1 'Usi e costumi', episode 2") Nanni Loy  ?
1966 Per qualche dollaro in meno Bill Mario Mattoli Raimondo Vianello
1966 Ringo e Gringo contro tutti Serg. Gringo Bruno Corbucci  ?
1966 I nostri mariti Ragionier Manzi (segment "Il Marito di Olga") Luigi Filippo D'Amico, Dino Risi and Luigi Zampa  ?
1966 Caccia alla volpe Police Chief Vittorio De Sica Peter Sellers, Victor Mature
1967 Spia, spione Carlo Barazzetti Bruno Corbucci  ?
1967 Una Rosa per tutti Lino Franco Rossi Claudia Cardinale, Nino Manfredi
1967 Don Giovanni in Sicilia Giovanni Percolla Alberto Lattuada  ?
1967 Operazione San Pietro Napoleone Lucio Fulci Edward G. Robinson
1968 Colpo di sole  ? Mino Guerrini  ?
1968 Anyone Can Play Blackmailer Luigi Zampa Ursula Andress, Virna Lisi, Claudine Auger
1968 Better a Widow Massito Duccio Tessari Virna Lisi, Peter McEnery, Gabriele Ferzetti
1968 Criminal Affair Esteban de Flori Rossano Brazzi Ann-Margret, Rossano Brazzi
1969 Puro siccome un angelo papà mi fece monaco... di Monza Nunzio di Licordia Giovanni Grimaldi Didi Perego,Alfredo Rizzo, Umberto D'Orsi, Paul Muller, Renato Malavasi
1969 La donna a una dimensione Host on TV (uncredited) Bruno Baratti
1969 Frau Wirtin hat auch eine Nichte Conte Lombardini Franz Antel Margaret Lee, Edwige Fenech
1969 Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies Marcello Ken Annakin Tony Curtis, Peter Cook, Walter Chiari

1970 – 1980[edit]

Year Film Role Director Other players
1970 Nel giorno del Signore Pietro Bruno Corbucci Fred Robsahm, Sydney Earle Chaplin, Ira von Fürstenberg, Lino Banfi, Gino Bramieri, Vittorio Caprioli
1970 Un caso di coscienza Salvatore Vaccagnino Giovanni Grimaldi Raymond Pellegrin, Aldo Bufi Landi, Nando Gazzolo
1970 Fermate il mondo…voglio scendere! Ricky Ceciarelli Giancarlo Cobelli Paola Pitagora, Barbara Steele
1970 When Women Had Tails Kao Pasquale Festa Campanile Senta Berger, Giuliano Gemma, Frank Wolff, Renzo Montagnani, Lino Toffolo, Francesco Mulé, Aldo Giuffrè, Paola Borboni

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