Later on two movies filmed a few years before "Malizia", previously banned by the Italian strict censorship board, finally appear in the cinemas: "Simona" (1974), based on the novel "Histoire de l'oeil" by Georges Bataille, and "Le malizie di Venere" (1975), originally "Venere in pelliccia" (1969), based on the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
Laura Antonelli's acting skills can also be appreciated in some movies with a decadent or aristocratic setting, such as: "Mio Dio, come sono caduta in basso!" (1974), directed by Luigi Comencini. "Divina Creatura" (1975), directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi with Terence Stamp and Marcello Mastroianni, and "L'innocente" (1976), Luchino Visconti's last work, based on Gabriele D'Annunzio’s homonymous novel.
The Istrian actress mainly keeps on playing in a large number of commercial genre films, including: "Letti selvaggi" (1979), an all female episodic movie directed by Luigi Zampa, "Mi faccio la barca" (1980), directed by Sergio Corbucci with Johnny Dorelli, "Casta e pura" (1981), third work by Salvatore Samperi with Massimo Ranieri, and "Viuuulentemente mia" (1982), directed by Carlo Vanzina with Diego Abatantuono, only to mention a few.
At the same time, a special mention definitely goes to the intense role of Clara played in "Passione d'amore" (1981), directed by Ettore Scola, that allows Laura Antonelli to win the David di Donatello award as "best non-protagonist actress".
Towards the end of her career, by completely changing her own artistic register, the actress plays in several Italian style comedy movies: "Grandi Magazzini" (1986), directed by Castellano & Pipolo, "Roba da ricchi" (1987) and "Rimini Rimini" (1987), both directed by Sergio Corbucci.
The only exceptions to this rule, standing out by interpretative intensity, are the roles of the dark lady performed in "La gabbia" (1985), directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, and the mature widow played in "La Venexiana" (1986), directed by Mauro Bolognini and based on a sixteenth century comedy by Anonymous.
The most valuable performance in the farce "L'Avaro" (1990), freely adapted from Molière's homonymous comedy, is well matched to her perrformance in "Il malato immaginario" (1979) and represents the penultimate act of Laura Antonelli's career. Both Molière's farces are directed by Tonino Cervi and performed at Alberto Sordi's side.
The actress's artistic adventure ends in 1991, after her participation in "Malizia 2 mila", but not before having taken part in two successful television mini-series: "Gli indifferenti" (1988), directed by Mauro Bolognini, and "Disperatamente Giulia" (1989), directed by Enrico Maria Salerno.
Ill-fated and controversial events, that will end up in law courts, eventually force Laura Antonelli to leave the big screen and the show biz. Only recently, after nearly two decades from the beginning of her human and judicial odyssey, legal proceedings involving Laura Antonelli have been decided with final judgements in favour of her. Further information regarding this topic can be found at "wikipedia.org" (Italian edition).
In almost thirty years of activity Laura Antonelli has had the chance of working with the most prominent directors of the Italian movie scene. The "High Fidelity" award definitely goes to Salvatore Samperi, who directed the actress in four movies.
He is closely followed by (in alphabetical order): Mauro Bolognini, Tonino Cervi and Sergio Corbucci, with three directions each, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and Dino Risi, with two directions a head. The remaining directors have worked with Laura Antonelli only once.
After her definite retirement from the stage, Laura Antonelli now lives in a pleasant seaside resort of the Rome province, far from the spotlights and clamour of the show business, surrounded by her dearest mates, who always stayed on her side even during the most difficult and tormented moments of her life, never lacking of friendship and affection towards her.
Her sparkling but nonetheless winding arc as a major Italian and international movie star definitely comes to an end on 22 June 2015, in solitude, inside her small apartment at Ladispoli, away from the clamor of the media and out of the spotlights.
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