Fabled Italian film star Claudia Cardinale has been the muse of such filmmakers as Luchino Visconti. Over the past six decades, she’s worked with such master directors as Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Werner Herzog. But when she began her career as a teenager, Cardinale voice was considered too husky, so it was dubbed for her early films. Th...

Cinema is, par excellence, a machine that creates “icons”. In particular female icons. Great actors and actresses, from all over the world since the birth of the “sixth muse”, have contributed to writing the history of the Big Screen, often affecting the collective imagination more than others and gaining a special place in the Olympus of cinema. W...

She was the irresistible muse of Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini who bewitched audiences across the globe with her sultry gaze: on Sunday, sixties screen siren Claudia Cardinale celebrates her eightieth birthday, on stage and without any nostalgia. “I really don’t care,” laughs the icon, when asked by AFP about turning the big 80. “It’s norma...