Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi, which literally translated from the Italian mean ‘to live better, have fun with us’, is an Italian anthology comedy film from 1978. The film was written and directed by Italian filmmaker Flavio Mogherini.
The film is basically a movie in three separate episodes. In the first, the story of a woman suffering violence at the hands of seven Himalayan Sherpas, is told. In the second, a man tests the fidelity of his wife. In the third, the owner of a race horse makes the horse try and win big at racing betting sites in order to solve his economic problems.
At the head of Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi stands Italian actress Monica Vitti.
Monica Vitti, born on the 3rd of November 1931, is an Italian actress best known for her leading roles from early 1960s films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. After being immersed in Antonioni productions, Vitti changed direction and started focusing on comedies, working with film director Mario Monicelli on various projects.
She landed her first film role in 1954 in Edoardo Anton’s Ridere Ridere Ridere, but her most well-known first appearance was in 1958 in Mario Amendola’s Le dritte. While working with Antonioni, Vitti is said to not only have given him her screen excellence, but also helped with the production aspect of things in helping money, and sticking with him despite difficulties in terms of locations.
Her performance in the 1960 L’avventura catapulted her into an international career, and she made her mark as one of the most famous Italian actresses of the 20th century. To commemorate the success of both L’avventura and Vitti herself, her image from the film appeared on an Italian post stamp at a later date.
Vitti also received much praise for her leading roles in La Notte in 1961, L’Eclisse in 1962, and Deserto Rosso in 1964, all of which were directed by Antonioni. After her relationship with Antonioni ended, Vitti went on to perform in a string of other productions, and the two did not work together until 1980, when they filmed Il mistero di Oberwald.
In her career, Vitti only made two English-language films. These are Modesty Blaise in 1966, opposite Terence Stamp and Dirk Bogard, and An Almost Perfect Affair in 1979 opposite Keith Carradine.
She continued to star in film and television roles well into the 1990s, but has disappeared from the public eye since 2011, apparently due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Throughout her career, Vitti has had the opportunity to work with various acclaimed actors, including Marcello Mastroianni, Richard Harris, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, and Dirk Bogard.
Vitti won numerous awards throughout her acting career, including five David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, seven Italian Golden Globes for Best Actress, the Career Golden Globe, and the Venice Film Festival Career Golden Lion Award.
Vitti has also been awarded the Festival Tribute at the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival in France in 1993, the Silver Bear for Outstanding Single Achievement at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival, four Golden Grail awards, and three Nastro d’Argento awards.