Lando Buzzanca, ‘il merlo maschio’ of the commedia sexy all’italiana

Dressed in panni dell’italiano medio e del meridionale provinciale e furbetto, Lando Buzzanca, dead at 87 years old, ottenne la notorietà, mail successo di publico e quello commerciale negli anni Settanta conquered him as an unrepentant donnaiolo, symbol actor of the commedia sexy all’ Italian, also thanks to a ‘bellezza maschia’ followed by prominent mascella, sguardo vispo, bel sorriso and naso scolpito.

With baffi or meno, with films like “Il merlo maschio”, “Homo Eroticus”, “L’uccello migratore” and “All’onorevole piacciono le donne” Buzzanca has said that I will present those who were not the sexual frustration of the communal community in the confrontation of the gentle sex and marriage.

Born as Gerlando Buzzanca to Palermo on August 24, 1935, a completed tour of the scuola dell’obbligo if he transferred suddenly to Rome in near fortune. In 1956, at 21 years old, he was married to Lucia Peralta (scomparsa in 2010), the future mother of his sons, Mario and Massimiliano. Nella Capitale, dopo vari lavoretti, he decides to go to the big hill and follow his true passion: the recitation.

He frequents the Accademia Sharoff and starts the troupe participating in a kolossal in costume that if he turns to Cinecittà, the first quality is “Ben Hur” (1959) by William Wyler. This prova gli porta fortuna and, successively, begins to work for the piccolo schermo participating in two sceneggiati di Vittorio Cottafavi: “La trincea” (1961) and “Il mondo è una prigione” (1962).

But Pietro Germi will see in this lean Sicilian ragazzo dal naso pronounced and all’aspetto hesitant an actor degno di lode, so much that he will recite it together with Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli in “Divorzio all’italiana” (1961) and affiancando still the Sandrelli in “Sedotta e abbandonata” (1964).

In the frattempo Buzzanca continues the drawer lavorando per grandi nomi, like Elio Petri in “I contati giorni” (1962), Dino Risi in “I mostri” (1963) and Antonio Pietrangeli in “La parmigiana” (1963); Also has the space of grandi and mitici actors such as Amedeo Nazzari (“Le monachine”, 1963), Gino Cervi (“La smania addosso”, 1963) and della coppia comica Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia (“I marziani hanno 12 mani” and “Cadavere per signora”, entrambi del 1964).

Lando Buzzanca slowly acquires more decisively and his space in a Cinecittà nel pieno della dolce vita, imposing himself, anchored by Pietrangeli and with Ugo Tognazzi, in “Il magnifico cornuto” (1964).

If he always claims that he is a comic actor, fine when he comes written for a series of films that parodizzano James Bond, in which he wears and panni di ‘James Silly’ in “James Silly operazione uno” (1965) by Bruno Corbucci (with cui He started a long sodalizio) and Giovanni Grimaldi who immediately directed him in “La prima notte del dottor Danieli, industriale, col complesso del… giocattolo” (1970).

Notorious, Nanni Loy directs him in the film in the episode “Made in Italy” (1965), opposite Peppino De Filippo, Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi; He is the protagonist Giovanni Percolla in “Don Giovanni in Sicilia” (1967) by Alberto Lattuada and recites in “Le dolci signore” (1967) by Luigi Zampa with Vittorio Caprioli.

Ma sarebbe rimasto comunique un actore di secondo piano, se non fosse per la grande notorietà che raggiunge grazie alla sua partecipazione en la commedia sexy: la sua graffante ‘masculinità’ e la capacità di far ridere in situazioni connotate dalla excessive attività sessuale, or on the contrary , gives a total impotence, it was his fortune.

Pasquale Festa Campanile, Marco Vicario, Steno, Luciano Salce, Gianni Grimaldi and Luigi Filippo D’Amico recently registered and registered, with Barbara Bouchet, Laura Antonelli, Sylva Koscina, Rossana Podestà, Agostina Belli and Femi Benussi their company on the set. Such is the raggiunta fame, that the designer Leone Cimpellin created in 1972 a personage for a comic and satirical smoke series with his fat sue, Jonny Logan, published late in 1978. The Buzzanca faccia will be prey soon also for the sexy smoke ” Il Montatore” (1975-1982; comprehensively 114 volumes taped for adults), with a story set in the world of work with the protagonist who is a metal mechanic.

Buzzanca also traces the scenic stage, riscuotendo great success with the musical comedy “Il cenerentolo” and “Signore e signora” performed by Delia Scala, from which a version was also made for the Rai in black and white. Fu proprio il varietà del sabato will be “Signore e signora” sul Canale Nazionale della Rai del 1970 that mise en luce tutte the qualità comiche dell’attore and if it had a great trampoline of Lancio, soprattutto in the cinema even on the radio, consentogli di uscire dal cliché da characterista nel cuale fue state used fine ad hora. His battuta “mi vien ca ridere” had a nice tormentone, like i grotteschi characters from the contadino “Buzzurro”, from “Buzzanco” and from “Pecoraro dell’Apiro”.

The international notoriety arrives at Buzzanca with the sexy comedy “Il merlo maschio” (1971) directed by the Campanile Festival with Laura Antonelli; nello stesso anno he interprets “Le belve” di Grimaldi, “Il vichingo venuto dal sud” di Steno e “Homo Eroticus” di Vicario.

Forte of his commercial success, also comes from scegliere of only and ruoli of interpreting: his idea of ​​film like “L’arbitro” (1974) by D’Amico, “Il sindacalista” (1972) by Salce e ” All’onorevole piacciono le donne” (1972) by Lucio Fulci, in which he treats parodie of personaggi really existent and easily recognizable.

With Barbara Steele in “Fermate il mondo… voglio ascendere!” (1970), “When she donne avevano la coda” (1970) and “When she donne persero la coda” (1972), entrambi di Festa Campanile, così come with “Ius primae noctis” (1972), “L’uccello migratore ” (1972) di Steno, “La schiava io ce l’ho e tu no” (1973) di Giorgio Capitani (1973), “Io e lui” (1973) di Salce and “Il cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco, ovvero: Dracula in Brianza” (1975, with Franco and Ciccio), Buzzanca outlines a davvero cospicuous filmography of ben 114 titoli più or less cult.

With the fine years of Settanta and the tramonto of the sexy comedy genre, Buzzanca diminishes its participation on television and in the cinema. He returns sporadically to his grand schermo as actor of the second piano, ad esempio in “Secondo Ponzio Pilato” (1987) by Luigi Magni, where he returns to the Sandrelli. He also turns in theater reciting in “La scuola delle mogli” (1990), “La cena delle beffe” (1991) and “Liolà” (1994). He also waits for him in the part of the Burattinaio Mangiafuoco in “Pinocchio” (2002) by Roberto Benigni but dissapori with the record is not written.

Subsequently, however, his career has reversed the trend in a positive sense and if Riaffaccia on TV became the protagonist of numerous fiction: from 2005 he was the series “Mio figlio”, where he played the part of a father who saw the omosessualità del figlio, cui dal 2012 is followed by the successful series “Il restaurateur”.

Il grande riscatto giunge, soprattutto, per Buzzanca con l’interpretazione nel film “I Vicerè” (2007), di Roberto Faenza, dove i panni del principe Giacomo gli valgono a candidacy to the David di Donatello 2008 as best actor and winning a Golden Globe . In 2016 he starts part of the undicesima edizione di Ballando con le stelle, dancing in coppia with Sara Mardegan. In 2017 compare to the film “Chi will save the rose?” I gave Cesare Furesi to the fianco of Carlo Delle Piane, nel quale i due interpretano un coppia di anziani omosessuali. From 2021 the health conditions of the attorneys are fatte always più declining, because of a disabling malady that has cost him to live his one stay at the hospital in a clinic, or in a private house.

Lando Buzzanca was married for 57 years with Lucia Peralta, who died in 2010. From the married couple they were born due figli, Massimiliano and Mario. In an interview, the attorney has confessed that in the corso delle his lunge nozze if he was granted some scappatella: “Non ho mai avuto una doppia vita. “Io non ho mai alzato le mani. Le mie cose con le attrici erano una o al massimo due volte. I always return home.”

In 2016 Lando Buzzanca met Francesca Della Valle, 35 years old. La nascita di esta legame sentimentale ha portato alla nascita di tensioni tra i figli di Lando e la compagna del padre, acuite dal peggioramento continuo delle condizioni fisiche dell’attore.

(by Paolo Martini)

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Lando Buzzanca, ‘il merlo maschio’ of the commedia sexy all’italiana


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