An Interview with Actress

Cinzia Roccaforte

Q: You had one of the lead roles, as Lucia, in the film FERMO POSTA TINTO BRASS(English title: P.O. BOX TINTO BRASS) which was directed by avant-garde/art film director Tinto Brass (CALIGULA, SALON KITTY). Tell us about your experience.

A: It was fun to play Lucia. She is Tinto Brass's naive secretary. She wants to stick to her good Catholic girl morals. She disagrees with many of Tinto's libertine concepts...she doesn't want to cheat on her boyfriend...but she keeps playing kinky little games with Tinto, and she would love to be in one of his movies! Some described Lucia as Tinto's Alter Ego.

Q:What was it like working with Tinto Brass?

A: To work with Tinto was a dream come true for me. He's one of my favorite directors and a really cool guy.

Q: The film was shot at the famous Cinecitta' Studios (nicknamed "Hollywood Sul Tevere"{Hollywood on the Tiber}) in Italy. What was your experience like in being there?

A: Cinecitta' was interesting to me, mostly for all the people I met there. Some working class guys have been in the movie business all their life, they all know each other. It's like a family. It was fun to hear their stories about old time Italian movie stars like Anna Magnani or directors like Pasolini or Visconti.

Q: Many of the actresses that appeared in Tinto Brass's films later went on to success in European films. However, you chose to go a different route. What did you do and why did you chose to do things that way?

A: I moved to the states to seek out better opportunities. I like having the possibility of a variety of choices. I like working on genre films, noir, etc... In Italy, when I left, there weren't even that many films being made. (Here in the U.S.) with Vasily (Shumov) I had the chance of really having fun playing different characters and expanding my acting "repertoire".

Q: You also played the lead in LA IENA(U.S. title: FATAL SEDUCTION), where you worked with the prolific, late, horror director Joe D'Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS, hailed by fans as "The Ed Wood of Italy"). Tell us about that.

A: To work with Joe D'Amato was fun. I really felt excited at being on an actual Italian genre movie set, after dreaming about what it would be like for so long. It was a small budget film, few people had known each other before working on it. Joe, not only was directing , but was director of photography, setting the lights...I remember Joe referred to all the bloody scenes, by using the Italian word "effettacci". Unfortunately the movie was just a thriller so he could not put too many "effettacci" in it.

Q:Any interesting anecdotes or memories of working with Joe D'Amato?

A: I remember Joe D'Amato like a really kind guy. He always had a smile on his face and on the set he used to tell me jokes and make me laugh all the time.

Q: There was an interesting reference to one of his earlier films in one of the scenes that you appeared in. What was that?

A: In LA IENA at one point I'm watching on TV some scene from Joe's previous movie ANTHROPHAGUS, showing some disgust and fear over certain scenes (in the meantime, a psycho killer is breaking into the house.). The film in LA IENA was definitely a premonition of a bad adventure about to happen!

Q: Here in the U.S., you recently appeared in three installments of the DARK CORNER short film series, DARK CORNER CRUISER, KELTON'S DARK CORNER and KELTON'S DARK CORNER, EPISODE 2, all directed by Vasily Shumov. What are these films about, who is this character, and how does she relate to the films?

A: They are all inspired by the Film Noir genre, using characters that look like those that you would find in those films. Mine was a "Femme Fatale", who was inspired by Marilyn Monroe, from the first film I ever saw, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE. She acted out many of the bad things you would expect her to do in one of the Noirs!

Q: In the third installment, you play a somewhat different character, and there is also a "surprise" aspect to your appearance in the film. What can you tell us about all that?

A: The character has a different "look", as far as hairstyle and clothing goes, but is more or less a "modern" version of the same character. But I do have a good amount of dialogue(some of it in Italian). As for the "surprise", let's just say Joe D'Amato would be proud (and/or scared!).

Q: Do you have a favorite character that you've portrayed, and are there certain types of characters that you would like to be given a chance to play?

A: I would really like to do a period film. I usually get cast in roles that are ambiguous and "two-faced", which I like actually, but maybe it would be nice to play for once the part of a virtuous, faithful woman!