Alida Valli - Rotten Tomatoes

Alida Valli

Highest Rated:   100% The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
Lowest Rated:   29% The Cassandra Crossing (1977)
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Birthplace:   Pola, Istria, Italy [now Pula, Istria, Croatia]
Born in Italy, Alida Valli (often billed simply as Valli) was the daughter of an Austrian journalist. Possessed of a haunting beauty even at an early age, Valli began her European film career when she was 15, after brief formal training. Though few of her Italian starring films have stood the test of time, she remained popular throughout the early 1940s. When she refused to make any more films for Italy's fascist regime, she had to virtually go into hiding to avoid arrest and execution (ironically, her mother was shot as a collaborator by anti-fascists in 1945). After the war, Valli and her then-husband, composer Oscar de Mejo, came to Hollywood at the invitation of producer David O. Selznick. Signed to a contract, she spent most of her Selznick years on loanouts, starring in such trivialities as Miracle of the Bells (1947). Her best work during this period included her portrayal of an accused murderess in Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947), and her unforgettable portrayal of Anna Schmidt (made even more unforgettable by her uncompromising final scene) in Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949). Her career temporarily stalled by an infamous sex-drug-murder scandal in 1954, Valli returned to the screen in a progression of strong, well-defined character parts, often playing a worldly-wise adventuress of ambivalent sexual tastes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Siamo donne (Of Life and Love)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Il feroce Saladino
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Semana Santa (Angel of Death)
  • Dona Catalina
2002
92% The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)
  • His Wife
2001
71% A Month by the Lake
  • Signora Fascioli
1995
No Score Yet Le Jupoun Rouge (Manuela's Loves)
  • Bacha
1987
No Score Yet Le Jupon Rouge
  • Bacha
1987
No Score Yet Killer Nun (Suor Omicidi)
  • Mother Superior
1982
64% Inferno
  • Carol
1980
50% La Luna
  • Giuseppe's mother
1979
No Score Yet Zoo zéro
  • Actor
1979
47% 1900 (Novecento)
  • Signora Pioppi
1977
29% The Cassandra Crossing
  • Mrs. Chadwick
1977
93% Suspiria
  • Miss Tanner
1977
No Score Yet Berlinguer ti voglio bene (Berlinguer: I Love You)
  • Signora Cioni
1977
No Score Yet Flesh and the Orchid
  • La foile de la gare
1975
No Score Yet The Antichrist
  • Irene
1974
58% Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (The Devil in the House of Exorcism)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Beyond Erotica
  • Louise
1973
No Score Yet La Prima notte di quiete (Indian Summer) (The Professor)
  • Mother
1972
100% The Spider's Stratagem
  • Draifa
1970
86% Edipo re (Oedipus Rex)
  • Merope
1967
No Score Yet Il Disordine (Disorder)
  • Tycoon's Wife
1964
No Score Yet The Paper Man (El hombre de papel)
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet El Valle de las espadas (The Castillian) (Valley of the Swords)
  • Queen Teresa
1963
No Score Yet Castilian
  • Actor
1963
98% Eyes Without a Face
  • Louise
1962
No Score Yet Ophélia
  • Claudia Lesurf
1962
No Score Yet The Happy Thieves
  • Duchess Blanca
1961
No Score Yet The Long Absence
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Dialogue With The Carmelites
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Une Aussi Longue Absence
  • Therese Langlois
1960
No Score Yet The Night Heaven Fell
  • Florentine
1958
80% Il Grido (The Cry)
  • Irma
1957
85% Senso
  • Livia Serpieri
1954
No Score Yet Walk Softly, Stranger
  • Elaine Corelli
1950
No Score Yet The White Tower
  • Carla Alton
1950
100% The Third Man
  • Anna Schmidt
1949
78% The Paradine Case
  • Maddalena Anna Paradine
1948
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells
  • Olga Treskovna
1948
No Score Yet Beniamino Gigli - Ridi Pagliaccio
  • Julia
1948
No Score Yet Noi vivi (We the Living)
  • Kira Argounova
1942
No Score Yet Invisible Agent
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo mondo antico)
  • Lucia
1941

Quotes from Alida Valli's Characters