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Memo Benassi

(21 June 1891 – 24 February 1957 Sorbolo)




Memo Benassi actor, real name Domenico, initially became interested in music, studying cello at the Conservatory of Parma. But soon realizes that his interests were another area of art, and enrolled in Milan to acting classes by Teresa Boetti Valvassura, where he was hired in 1915, Ermete Novelli. Alongside the latter on the centenary of the brothers Quintero, Benassi distinguished himself and was called by the then Director of the Stable of Manzoni of Milan, Marco Praga. From now on it will be detected as Memo, and became the first young actor in the company from 1919 to 1921 Carini Gentilli, distinguished by the restless drama. In 1921 he became the first young actor in the company of e. Duse, which learns to love IbsenInterprets lor Foreigner will the lady from the seaOsvaldo talking SpectraWith Duse, formed a company with Gramatica, Irma first and then with Emma, and in 1928, with the two sisters together.      In 1933, he participated in the representation of Sant'Uliva, in the cloister of Santa Croce, the direction of Copeau. After a series of interpretations under the direction of Simoni, in 1939 he formed a company with r. Morelli and in 1940 with l. Campbell. Between 1938 and 1940 he ventured into directing, achieving some success. In these years he also took part in theatrical performances, and occasionally in acting for film. He joined the company of the teatro Manzoni in Milan, between 1953 and 1954, afterwards part for South American tour. In these years he prepared silent King Lear, but on 22 December 1956, at rehearsal with the Stabile of Bolzano, was stricken with cerebral thrombosis, and on 24 February 1957 dies at the Hospital of Bologna. Memo Benassi is consecrated as original, unpredictable and eccentric actor, able to vary his own creations in a single representation.





La vecchia signora, by Amleto Palermi, 1932

The case of Haller, directed by Alessandro Blasetti, 1933

The Treaty passed away, by Mario Bonnard, 1933

The Clerk Papa, directed by Alessandro Blasetti, 1933

Mrs. Paradise, by Enrico Guazzoni, 1934

Everybody's woman, Max Ophuls, 1934

Lisetta, by Carl Boese, 1934

Tonight at eleven, by Oreste Biancoli, 1937

Scipio Africanus, by Carmine Gallone, 1937

The Princess Tarakanova, by Mario Soldati, 1938

The horizon painting, by Guido Salvini, 1940

The conquest of the air, Romolo Marcellini, 1940

Dinner of mockery, directed by Alessandro Blasetti, 1941

The tramp, by Carlo Borghesio, 1941

Fedora, Camillo Mastrocinque, 1942

Les Deux orphelines, by Carmine Gallone, 1942

A tooth for a tooth, by Marco Elter, 1942

I due Foscari, by Enrico Fulchignoni, 1942

The son of the Red Corsair, by Marco Elter, 1943

The country without peace, di Leo Menardi, 1943

The fourth page, Nicola Manzari, 1943

Rossini, by Mario Bonnard, 1943

Sinners, by Flavio Calzavara, 1945

The last dream, by Marcello Albani, 1946

The tyrant of Padua, Max Neufeld, 1946

Messalina, by Carmine Gallone, 1951

C'era una volta Angelo Musco, by Giorgio Walter Chili, 1953

Adriana Lecouvreur, by Guido Salvini, 1955





Faust, Wolfgang Goethe, directed by Corrado Pavolini, 1953

The Lark, Jean Anoulih, directed by Mario Ferrero, 1954

Murder in the Cathedral, by Thomas Stearns Eliot, directed by Enzo Ferrieri, 1955



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The school for wives, by Molière, directed by Corrado Pavolini, 1955

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, 1955

The merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, 1956 

Henry IV, by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Claudio Up, 195