Domenico Benassi

Benassi DomenicoIn 1921 he acted in America with Eleonora Duse, then remained four years in a company with Irma Gramatica. Although he was born for the theatre, he also dedicates himself to cinema, taking part in at least thirty-five films.
He began when the cinema was still silent, with Notte di tempesta (1916) and Mimi e gli straccioni (1918), both directed by Guglielmo Zorzi. He almost never played leading roles, but always with the best actors of the moment.
Among the films he interpreted we remember: The old lady (1932) by A.Palermi, with E.Gramatica, Falconi and De Sica; Dad's employee (1933) and The Haller case (1933) directed by A.Blasetti, with Marta Abba and Isa Miranda and Nelly Corradi from Parma; we also find him in the colossal of the African Scipio regime (1937) by Carmine Gallone; in La Principessa Tarakanova (1938) by Fedor Ozep and Mario Soldati, with Anna Magnani; in Horizon painted (1941) by G.Salvini with Luisella Beghi (Parma) and A.Falconi.
In 1942 he took part to six films, including Blasetti's La cena delle beffe, with Nazzari, Calamai and O.Valenti; I due foscari by E.Fulchigoni; A tooth for a tooth by Elter, with C. Boratto and Nelly Corradi from Parma. He also worked for television.