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Alberto Sordi

Rome, 15 June 1920, 24 February 2003




Son of Peter Deaf, music professor and instrumentalist, owner of tuba contra low of the orchestra and the Opera of Rome, and Mary Righetti, elementary teacher. Albert was the fourth of the children. Already in elementary school he began to improvise small performances with a puppet show for his schoolmates, also sang soprano in the choir of the Sistine Chapel directed by Don Lorenzo Perosi.Growing Alberto began to study singing and performing in an opera as low. In 1936 he recorded a disc of fairy tales for children on behalf of the record company Fonit and with the proceeds from Alberto left for Milan where he enrolled in acting class at the Accademia dei Filodrammatici. Alberto Sordi on an episode of the Maurizio Costanzo Show recounts an episode that happened while studying elocution elocution teacher in Milan called him aside and told him:


She says guèrra but it says war, he replies "<< Groove >> war constrains Me to tell


Will be ejected, precisely because of its diction and dialect influence.


During World War II Alberto Sordi will wear the uniform of the Royal Army, serving at the silent musical band in 81° infantry regiment "Torino", accompanying the departures of the military. In 1937, he found a job at Cinecittà as an extra in the film ( Scipio Africanus ) in a generic role of a Roman soldier, in the movie Giarbud by Goffredo Alessandrini, in which she played the part of one of the soldiers in garrison of the OASIS. Alberto won a contest held by Metro Goldwyn Mayer to dub the voice of Oliver Hardy (initially she performed with the pesudomino Albert Odisor, together with Mauro Zambuto who lent his voice to San Laurel). Will work until 1951 as a voice actor, giving voice to other great actors, Bruce Bennett, Anthony Quinn, John Ireland, Robert Mitchum, Armedàriz Patel, Franco Fabrizi and Marcello Mastroianni. His voice is recognizable in the masterpieces of Frank Capra's it's a wonderful life and Vittorio De Sica's bicycle thieves, as well as in the films of Alessandro Blasetti first communion, and in the movie Penguins are looking at us, directed by Guido Leoni, where animals are present in the film speak with the voices of famous actors. In 1956 he made a comedy that follows the turbulent events of a student of singing, very spoiled, conceited and maintained by exasperated father-in-law (Aldo Fabrizi), who aspires to the scenes of the Opera, the film is titled lets me Santa directed by Mario Bonnard, the film also features singers, real celebrities, including the powerful Sienese bass Giulio Neri. Alberto Sordi in 1957 and joined the SIAE as mandolin, an instrument which knew well because during the second world war had been part of the army band.He obtained the qualification of composer melodist. Alberto started acting in the company of Aldo Fabrizi to theater, but unfortunately was an early unsuccessful and he left the company.




Alberto Sordi and the radio



In 1946, inspired by the environments of Catholic action, ironically gives rise to its satire of the characters speaking, a little tiny parish getting described Chan in the nose and with an attitude from person "as it should". The character and reworked in the protagonist of the movie Oh, my God, what an impression!The character has the features of a boy scout, a big kid who grew up, still in uniform, with doing the Gossipy and nosy, borderline irritating described with comedy. The success continues with Conrad's broadcasts that the spear through Red and blackHey Presto, and talks to Alberto Sordi, where he creates some characters destined for great popularity: Mr. Says in collaboration with Fiorenzo Fiorentini, and Ettore Scola, count Claro, and Mario Pio, the latter character is also proposed at the cinema in the film debut of Mauro Bolognini, We are in the gallery of 1953, in addition to Radio playback, during season 1968 – 1969, in historic broadcast Variety and also by Alighiero Noschese, in the radio program two pair.



Alberto Sordi and Cinema


For over ten years at the cinema plays tiny roles and not very significant in a score of films, with the exception of three pilots of Mario Mattioli, where he was one of the protagonists. Alberto Sordi also has the opportunity to work with the great Genoese actor Gilberto Govi, an Argentine impresario in the movie That time! film version of the stage play of Pignasecca and Pignaverde of Emerico Valentinetti. In 1950 they point out his great artistic skills in a film scripted by Cesare Zavattini, Mamma mia that impression! where Alberto carries on the big screen acting all verbal model experienced in radio and create your character on Compagniuccio of ParrochiettaBetween 1952 and 1955 Deaf's popularity exploded on the big screen at first with two films directed by Federico Fellini, the white Sheik and I Vitelloni, and then with some films directed by Steno, A day District Courtan American in Rome, and Small Post, where Alberto builds the kind of guy a little coward, carrion, exploitative indolent and lazy, childish and philistine who accompany you throughout the 1950s. The success took the general public begins, when Albert plays the character of Fernando (Nando) Malloy, in A day in preturaWith " America faces Tarzan" the popularity of this character was such that the character was developed, reiterated and consecrated in An American in Rome, a triumph at the box office, generating proceeds of about 380,370,000 Lire. With the advent of Italian comedy gave birth to a multitude of characters almost all negative of Italian Middle, unedifying, but satisfying to an obvious reality and painted with a viciousness sometimes tainted by suspicions of complacency, but always redeemed by a Magisterium recitative like no other, many times also the subject and screenplay of the movie interpreted. Alberto Sordi directed 18 films in total, starting from 1966, with smokethe devil, and excuse me, are you for or against?His best work behind the camera remain An Italian in America, together with Vittorio De Sica, as long as there is war there is hope, My love help me, episode The intelligent holidays of the collective, Where are you going on holiday?Also profitable artistic associations should not be underestimated with screenwriter Rodolfo Sonego, worked in many of his films ( the seducer by Franco Rossi) and with the composer Piero Piccioni, who signed many of the soundtracks his most famous film, not because of some of his famous songs, irreverent and a little naughty. In 1996 it spread the hypothesis that the Roman actor wishing to run for the Mayor of Rome, Francesco Rutelli, defying the same they took part in an episode of the flying carpet by Luciano Rispoli, Telemontecarlo, in which he declared:


The Mayor doesn't have to worry about: I have been, am and will stay until the end of my days actor.



On 24 April 2002 was conferred by the University of Salerno a honorary doctorate in communication sciences. On his 80th birthday, on 15 June 2000 the Mayor of Rome, Francesco Rutelli, gave way to a day the "selected" in Rome. One of his last appearances dating back to 18 December 2001, the program Door to Door hosted by Bruno Vespa and devoted entirely to him. In 2002 is host to the Italians in the world program presented by Pippo Baudo. Affected by lung cancer dies on the night of 24 February 2003 at the age of 82 years, at his home in Via Druso.


Film Awards



Venice Film Festival


1959/ special award: " for his performance " – the great war



Golden Lion


2001/ Pietro Bianchi Award


Berlin International Film Festival


1963/ Golden bear for his film the devil

1972 / Silver bear for best actor, for Inmate awaiting trial



Moscow International Film Festival


1963/ nominated Grand Prize – I know that you know I know .

1983/ special award: "For the contribution to the cinema" – I know that you know I know


Golden Globe Award


1963/ nominated best actor in a motion picture musical comedy – the two enemies

1966/ best actor in a comedy film for the film those magnificent men in their flying machines


1962/ nominated best foreign actor for the film the best of enemies


Chicago International Film Festival


1982/ Gold Hugo Nomination for the movie I know you know I know


International Film Festival in Acapulco


1963/ best actor for the film " Mafioso "

1963/ best actor – motion picture " the devil "



Premio Vittorio De Sica


1979/ Italian Film actor award

2001/ Italian Film actor award


 Art Film Festival


1996/ Actor Award


Taormina Film Fest


1990/ Charybdis career

2001/ Diamond Awards


Flaiano Prize


1992/ lifetime achievement award


David di Donatello


1960/ Best actor – The great war

1961/ Best actor – All at home

1966/ Best actor- Smoke from London

1963/ Best actor – The family doctor

1972/ Best actor – in prison awaiting trial

1973/ Best actor – The Scientific Purpose

1977/ Best actor- A small bourgeois

1981/ Gold Medal of the city of Rome

1982/ Best actor – The Marquis of Grillo

1984/ Special plate

1990/ David special career

1999/ David career


Silver Ribbon


1954/ Best supporting actor- The calfs

1956/ Best supporting actor – The Bachelor

1959/ Best actor – her husband

1960/ Best actor in a leading role – The great war

1961/ Best actor – All at home

1962/ Best actor – a difficult life

1963/ Nominated best actor – Mobster

1968/ Nominated best actor – An Italian in America

1970/ Nominated for best supporting actor – in the year of our Lord

1972/ Best actor – Nice honest emigrated, Australia would marry countrywoman illibata

1977/ Best actor – A small bourgeois

1981/ Best actor – Io and Caterina

1984/ Best actor – The Taxi driver

1995/ Silver Ribbon for career

2003/ Silver Ribbon special (posthumous)


Golden Globe


1960/ Special prize of the Jura – All at home

1969/ Best actor – The family doctor

1981/ Best actor – Io e caterina

1982/ Outstanding actor –The Marquis of Grillo

2000/ Lifetime achievement award


Grolla d'Oro


1958/ Best actor – the husband and Thief Him, thief her

1961/ Best actor – All at home

1966/ Special prize – Smoke from London

1977/ Best actor – A small bourgeois

1989/ Lifetime achievement award

1995/ Best actor- Novel of a poor young man


Gold lectern


1995/ Special mention




Knight Grand Cross of the order of merit of the Italian Republic, Rome, 16 March 1994

Gold Medal benefactors of culture and art (in memory) Rome, 25 March 2003

Honorary doctorate in Communication Sciences and technologies.


"The honorary doctorate in Sciences and Technology of communication is assigned to Alberto Sordi to the consistency of a job that has no equal and for the exceptional ability to use cinema to communicate and transmit the ideal history of values and customs of Italy modern from the early 1900s to today. "


IULM University of Milan, 12 March 2002


 Filmography actor



1937/ Scipio Africanus, directed by Carmine Gallone

1937/ The fierce Saladin, directed by Mario Bonnard

1938/ The Princess Tarkanva, directed by Mario Soldati

1939/ The Night of The Mockings, directed by Carlo Campogalliani

1940/ Hearts in the storm, directed by Carlo Campogalliani

1942/ The ladies of the villa next door, directed by Gian Paolo Rosmino

1942/ Miss Làszlo Kish, Director;

1942/ Casanova would do sodirected by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

1942/ The three pilots, directed by Mario Mattioli

1942/ Girabub, directed by Goffredo Alessandrini

1943/ Saint Helena, small island, directed by Renato Simoni and Umberto Scarparelli

1944/ Three girls try husband, directed by Duilio Coletti

1945/ The innocent Casimir, directed by Carlo Campogalliani

1945/ The miseries of Signor Travet, directed by Mario Soldati 

1947/ The wind I sang a song, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1947/ The Murder of John Episcopal, directed by Alberto Lattuada

1947/ The Passer, directed by Duilio Coletti

1948/ That time, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1948/ Za-Bum equestrian circus, directed by Mario Mattoli

1951/ Mamma mia, what impression!, directed by Roberto Savarese

1951/ Beautiful waitress presence offereddirected by Giorgio Pàstina

1951/ Toto and the Kings of Rome, directed by Steno and Mario Monicelli

1952/ Youth, directed by Giorgio Pàstina

1952/ The tuner has arrived, directed by Duilio Coletti

1952/ The white Sheik, directed by Federico Fellini

1953/ The Calfs, directed by Federico Fellini

1953/ Long live the cinema! " directed by Giorgio Baldaccini and Enzo Trapani

1953/ Songs, songs, songs, directed by Domenico Paolella

1953/ The enchanting enemy, directed by Claudio Gora

1953/ Plonker (Via Padova 46), directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1953/ We are in the gallery, directed by Mauro Bolognini

1953/ A day in pretura, directed by Steno

1954/ Two nights with Cleopatra, directed by Mario Mattoli

1954/ Tripoli, bel his d'amore, directed by Ferruccio Cerio

1954/ Marriage, by Antonio Petrucci

1954/ Loves of half a century, (episode Post-war 1920), directed by Mario Chiari

1954/ Our Times, Zibaldone n. 2 (episode ), directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1954/ Variety (episodes Fregoli ), directed by Domenico Paolella

1954/ Allegro Squadron, directed by Paolo Moffa

1954/ Happens at the police station, directed by Giorgio Simonelli

1954/ The seducer, directed by Francesco Rosi

1954/ A Parisian Lady in Rome, directed by Erich Kobler

1954/ An American in Rome, directed by Steno 

1954/ The art of getting along, directed by Luigi Zampa

1955/ The sign of Venus, directed by Dino Risi

1955/ Good night... Lawyer!, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1955/ The Penguins are watching us, directed by Guido Leoni

1955/ From here to eternity, directed by Riccardo Chilly

1955/ La Bella di Roma, directed by Luigi Comencini

1955/ Mascalzon face, directed by Raffaele Andreassi

1955/ Happens to the penitentiary

1955/ Bravissimo, directed by Luigi Filippo D'Amico

1955/ Small post, directed by Steno

1955/ Parrots, directed by Bruno Paolinelli

1955/ The Bachelor, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

1955/ The city of cinema, directed by Vittorio Sala

1956/ Guard, Guard Choice, Brigadier and Marshal, and directed by Mauro Bolognini

1956/ My son Nero, by Steno

1956/ Let me, Santa, directed by Mario Bonnard

1956/ Was 17 Friday, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

1957/ Here come the dollars!, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

1957/ Souvenir d'Italie, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

1957/ Count Max, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1957/ Doctor and the healer, directed by Mario Monicelli

1957/ Her husband, directed by Nanni Loy, Gianni Puccini 

1957/ Farewell to arms, directed by Charles Vidor

1957/ Thief him, thief her, directed by Luigi Zampa

1958/ Fortunella, directed by Eduardo De Filippo

1958/ Sunday is always Sunday, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1958/ Electric's widow, directed by Raymond Bernard

1958/ Venice, the moon and you, Dino Risi

1958/ Summer Tales, directed by Gianni Franciolini

1959/ In the city hell, directed by Renato Castellani

1959/ The young lion, directed by John Berry

1959/ Polycarpus, writing officer, by Mario Soldati

1959/ Winter Vacation, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1959/ The moralist, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1959/ French Riviera, directed by Vittorio Sala

1959/ The Magliari, directed by Francesco Rosi

1959/ The Great War, directed by Mario Mattioli

1959/ The widower, directed by Dino Risi

1959/ Brief loves in Palma, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1960/ Gastone, by Mario Bonnard

1960/ Watchful, directed by Luigi Zampa

1960/ All home, directed by Luigi Comencini

1960/ Crime, directed by Mario Camerini

1961/ The last judgment, directed by Vittorio De Sica

1961/ The two enemies, directed by Gu Hamilton

1961/ A difficult life, directed by Dino Risi

1962/ The Commissionersor, directed by Alberto Lattuada

1962/ Mafioso, directed by Alberto Lattuada 

1963/ The devil, directed by Gian Luigi Polidoro

1963/ The Boom, by Vittorio De Sica

1963/ Prohibited temptations, directed by Osvaldo Civiriani

1963/ The Master of Vigevano, directed by Elio Petri

1964/ Italian Laughter, various directors

1964/ My Lady, directed by Tinto Brass, Luigi Comencini, and Mauro Bolognini

1964/ The flying saucer, directed by Tinto Brass

1965/ The Three Faces (segment "Latin Lover"), directed by Franco Indovina

1965/ Those magnificent men in their flying machines, directed by Ken Annakin

1965/ The complexes (episode, William the tooth), directed by Luigi Filippo D'Amico

1965/ Thrilling (episode, the highway of the sun), directed by Carlo Lizzani

1965/ Made in Italy ( episode 2 of episode 5, family ), directed by Nanni Loy

1966/ Smoke from London, by Alberto Sordi

1966/ Our husbands (episode the Husband of Roberta ), directed by Luigi Filippo D'Amico

1966/ The fairies (segment " Fata Marta ), directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

1966/ The Witches (episode Civic ), directed by Mauro Bolognini

1966/ Excuse me, are you for or against?, by Alberto Sordi

1967/ An Italian in America, by Alberto Sordi

1968/ The family doctor, directed by Luigi Zampa

1968/ Our heroes will be able to find The friend who mysteriously disappeared in Africa directed by Ettore Scola 

1969/ My love help me, by Alberto Sordi

1969/ The year of our Lord, by Alberto Sordi

1969/ Prof. Dr. Guido Tersilli Head of the Villa Celeste Clinic, contracted with Asl, directed by Luciano Salce

1970/ General Challenge (episode the priest ), directed by Luigi Zampa

1970/ President of Borgorosso Football Club, directed by Luigi Filippo D'Amico

1970/ Couples (episode the room, by Alberto Sordi, and the lion, directed by Vittorio De Sica

1971/ In prison awaiting trial, directed by Nanni Loy

1971/ Beautiful, honest, emigrant Australia would marry, countrywoman illibata, directed by Luigi Zamp 

1972/ Rome, directed by Federico Fellini

1972/ The Scientific Purpose

1972/ The most beautiful night of my life by Ettore Scala

1973/ Anastasia my brother, directed by Steno

1974/ As long as there is war there is hope, by Alberto Sordi

1975/ What about Fellini's Casanova?, directed by Gianfranco Angelucci, Liliana Betti

1975/ What's your sign?

1975/ A smile, slap, a white mouth, directed by Mario Morra

1976/ The common decency, directed by Alberto Sordi

1975/ Those strange occasions (segment "the elevator ), directed by Luigi Comencini

 1977/ A small bourgeois, directed by Mario Monicelli

1977/ The new monsters (episodio Er, like a Queen and the eulogy ) directed by Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, and Ettore Scale 

1978/ The traffic jam, directed by Luigi Comencini

1979/ The witness, directed by Jean-Pierre Mocky

1979/ The imaginary invalid, directed by Tonino Cervi

1980/ I and Caterina, by Alberto Sordi

1981/ The Marquis of Grillo

1982/ I am you know who I know, by Alberto Sordi

1982/ Traveling with dad, by Alberto Sordi

1983/ The Taxi driver, by Alberto Sordi

1983/ The Bersaglieri, directed by Corrado Prisco, short film

1984/ Everybody inside, by Alberto Sordi

1985/ I'm a paranormal phenomenon, directed by Sergio Corbucci

1986/ Too strong, directed by Carlo Verdone 

1987/ A taxi driver in New York, directed by Alberto Sordi

1988/ A shot of life, directed by Enrico Oldoini

1990/ The miser, directed by Tonino Cervi

1990/ In the name of the sovereign people, directed by Luigi Magni

1991/ Christmas Holidays ' 91, directed by Enrico Oldoini

1992/ Acquitted for committing the fact, by Alberto Sordi

1994/ Nestore, the Last Run, by Alberto Sordi

1995/ Novel of a poor young man by Ettore Scola

2002/ Forbidden Encounters, by Alberto Sordi





1983/ The Taxi driver, by Alberto Sordi

1989/ The promised newlyweds, directed by Salvatore Nocita



 Alberto Sordi filmography (Director)


1966/ Smoke from London

1966/ Excuse me, are you for or against?

1967/ An Italian in America

1969/ My love help me

1970/ Couples (episode the room)

1973/ Stardust

1974/ The common sense of decency

1978/ Where do you go on holiday?

1979/ Story of an Italian tv movie, four editions (first and second in 1979, third in 1981 and 4th in 1986)

1980/ I and Caterina

1982/ I'll have you know I know

1982/ Traveling with dad

1983/ The Taxi driver

1984/ Everybody inside

1987/ A taxi driver in New York

1992/ Acquitted for committing the fact

1944/ Nestore, the Last Run

1998/ Forbidden Encounters


Alberto Sordi has dubbed Oliver Hardy in


Time of pic – nic (A Perfect Day)

Below zero, directed by James Parrott

Hog wild, directed by James Parrott

A hoax, directed by James Parrott

We go to work, directed by James w. Horne

A dangerous rescue, directed by James Parrott

Walls, directed by James Parrott

The musical scale, directed by James Parrott

The circus went bankrupt, directed by James Parrott

The companion B, directed by George Marshall

Unexpected guests, directed by Ray Mc Carey

County Hostel, directed by James Parrott

Us and the small Slim, directed by George Marshall

Happy holidays, directed by George Marshall

The midnight patrol, directed by Lloyd French

Work in progress, directed by Lloyd French

Fra ' Diavolo, Director Hal Roach

Alchemy, directed by Lloyd French

The wedding present, directed by Lloyd French and Chale Reogers

Sons of the desert, directed by William a. Seiter

Double Ad, directed by Lloyd French

Country living, directed by Charlie Rogers

In Wonderland, directed by Charlie Rogers

The Haunted Ghost, directed by Charley Rogers

A matter of honor, directed by Charlie Rogers

Cheerful poets, directed by Charlie Rogers

Blood brothers, directed by James w. Horne

The Bohemian girl, we're zingarelli, directed by James w. Horne, Charlie Rogers

Adventure in Vallechiara, directed by John g. Blystone

Twenty years later, Laurel and Hardy, directed by John g. Blystone

We are the columns, regia di Alfred Goulding

There was once a small naviglio, directed by Douglas Gordono

Hi friends, directed by Monty Banks

Sim Sala Bim, directed Alfred Wecker

The enemy of listen, directed by Edward Sedgwick

Jitter Bugs, directed by Malcolm St. Clair

Always in trouble, directed by Sam Taylor

The bullfighters, directed by Malcolm St. Clair

Atoll K, directed by Leo Joannon



Alberto Sordi dubbing Movies


Curt Bois in Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz

Preston Forster in TheValley of decision, directed by Tay Garnett

Sheldon Leonard in The unnamed Bandit, directed by Joseph l. Mankiewicz

Gordorn Oliver in The spiral staircase, directed by Robert Siodamrk

Vittorio Mottini in to mush and wealth, by Gennaro Righelli

Frank Faylen in It's a wonderful life, directed by Frank Capra

Wood Herman in The city of Jazz, directed by Arthur Lubin

Craig Stevens in Head over heels, directed by Jean Negulesco

Pedro Armdàriz in The massacre at Fort Apache, directed by John Ford

Seller of bicycles in The bicycle thief

Charles Bardstreet in The brain of Frankenstein, directed by Vittorio de Sica Bardstreet

Marcello Mastroianni in Sunday in August, directed by Luciano Emmere Maggs

Franco Frabrizi in The Chronicle of love, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Voiceover by an animal The Penguins are looking at us, directed by Guido Leoni



 Past productions


San Giovanni, Compagnia di Aldo Fabrizi e Anna Fougez

But in the country side is another, Compagnia di Guido Riccioli e Nanda Primavera

Theatre of caricature, next to Fanfulla

Returns Za-Bum, di Marcello Marchesi, directed by Mario Mattoli

A world of armonie, rivista musicale di Alberto Semprini

Blows I know.. di Pietro Garinei e Sandro Giovannini

And he says ... by Benecoste , directed by Oreste Biancoli e Adolfo Celi

Grand Baraonda, di Pietro Garinei e Sandro Miles, next to Wanda Osiris



 Alberto Sordi and music


Lightweight satire tracks or rather the slow pace he has written and attributed to his pseduominoMaster Gambara " and singer around the years ' 40.


Some of them: Granny, convict, Seeking a female, the baby who did not experience childhood .


1942/ A stroll or Watch the donkeys flying in the skies, sung by Alberto Sordi in the film the flying Deuces doubling Oliver Hard.


1966/ You never told me ", performed by Julie Rogers in the movie Fumo di Londra and in Italian by Mina with title short love


1966/ Richmond Bridge, sung by Lydia Macdonald nel film Smoke from London


1967/ Walk Song, sung by Lydia Mac Donald in the film An Italian in America


1969/ Luna you ain't no film My love help me, Alberto Sordi, sings the spin off of the song, also known as Moon it's not you anymore


1970/ President of Borgorosso Football Club


1973/ Mando.vai? Sung by Alberto Sordi e Monica Vitti nel film Stardust


1981/ And go ... And go


1981/ I dear Olympia short version sung by the Gavotte of Olympia from the movie Il marchese del Grillo.





2004/ Story about an Italian

2006/ Alberto Sordi's most beautiful songs


Television Broadcasts


1979 – 19981 – 1986/ History of an Italian 


Radio programs


1949/ The Lady was mother-in-law of George Feydeau, directed by Alberto Casella

1950/ Speaker Alberto Sordi