Farewell to Bertolucci’s wife, who was Clare Peploe

Farewell to Bertolucci’s wife, who was Clare Peploe
Farewell to Bertolucci’s wife, who was Clare Peploe

She passed away at the age of 79 Clare Peploe, the director and screenwriter who had married director Bernardo Bertolucci in 1979. The news of the disappearance – which took place on June 23 in Rome – was reported among others byAdnkronos.

Peploe was Mark’s sister, who was also a screenwriter and director. Clare Peploe was the great love in the life of Bernardo Bertolucci. From their wedding until the director’s death in 2018, the couple never separated, working and living together between London and Rome.

Before marrying the screenwriter, the director had been married twice, first with Adriana Asti, an actress he met in 1961 on the set ofBeggar, the second in 1967 with Maria Paola Maino.

Born in 1942 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, of English parents, Clare Peploe grew up between England and Italy: from a young age she developed a great interest in cinema and art, studying first at the Sorbonne in Paris. and then at the University of Perugia.

His career has been studded with many successes and marked by important collaborations with great names in Italian cinema: his activity began in 1970 as assistant director of Michelangelo Antonioni in Zabriskie Point.

Six years later Clare first met Bernardo Bertolucci, working with him in the creation of Twentieth century, one of the director’s cult films. It was he who saw a great talent in Peploe, so much so that he wanted her again by his side a few years later for the film The Moon, which marked her debut as a screenwriter. Their professional partnership, born before their love, then marked the beginning of that a bond that remained indissoluble for almost 40 years.

In her career Clare devoted herself not only to screenplay, but also to directing: after making the short film in 1981 Couples and Robbers, nominated for an Oscar and a British Academy Award, in 1987 Peploe made his first feature film High Season, winner of the Silver Shell in San Sebastian.

In 1995 he directed the film Miss Magic with Bridget Fonda and Russell Crowe, who was still a semi-unknown at the time, prior to the role of ne Gladiator. Among his most recent films there is The triumph of love, presented in 2001 in Venice, also accompanied by the book written by the director.

Clare Peploe

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