Sophia Loren
(Movies & TV)
Mario Soldati
David Lean
(Movies & TV)
Luchino Visconti
(Movies & TV)
Michelangelo Antonioni
(Movies & TV)

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Carlo Ponti

Knowledge Identifier: +Carlo_Ponti


Carlo Ponti

Italian film producer with over 140 production credits, and the husband of Italian movie star Sophia Loren add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1912.

Countries: Italy (50%), United States (15%), United Kingdom (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sophia Loren, Mario Soldati, Blowup

Linked to: The Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, University of Milan, Gagosian Gallery




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Carlo Ponti was born in 1912 add something


Ponti attempted to establish a film industry in Milan in 1940 and produced Mario Soldati's "Piccolo Mondo Antico" there, starring Alida Valli, in her first notable role add something


Ponti accepted an offer from Lux Film in Rome in 1941, where he produced a series of commercially successful films featuring the comedian Totò add something


Around 1950, Ponti, while serving as a judge in a beauty contest, met a minor actress named Sofia Lazzaro add something


Sophia Loren - Loren first met Carlo Ponti in 1950 when she was 15 and he was 37


May Britt - "'Maybritt Wilkens"', as she was known originally, was discovered by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati in 1951


In 1952 his friend, Goffredo Lombardo, head of production at Titanus, changed Lazzaro's name to Sophia Loren add something


In 1954 he had his greatest artistic success with the production of Federico Fellini's "La strada" add something


Rik Battaglia - He was discovered in a bar and producer Carlo Ponti hired him on the spot and signed to his first film in 1955's "La donna del fiume", directed by Mario Soldati and opposite Sophia Loren


In 1957, Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia Loren by proxy add something


In 1960 Ponti and Loren returned to Italy and when summoned to court, denied being married add something


He produced Visconti's "Boccaccio '70" in 1962, "Marriage Italian Style" in 1964, and "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" in 1965 add something


Later, they had the marriage annulled in 1962, after which he arranged with his first wife, Giuliana, that the three of them move to France and become French citizens add something


He produced his most popular and financially successful film, David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" in 1965 add something


In 1965 Giuliana Ponti divorced her husband, allowing Ponti to marry Loren in 1966 in a civil wedding in Sèvres add something


He subsequently produced three notable films with Michelangelo Antonioni, "Blowup" in 1966, "Zabriskie Point" in 1970 and "The Passenger" in 1974 add something


Blowup - The film was produced by Carlo Ponti, who had contracted Antonioni to make three English-language films for Metro-Goldwyn-May 1966 er


Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu - In 1967, Carlo Ponti produced a film based on Gheorghiu's book


Ivan Passer - Following the Soviet invasion in 1968, Passer defected to the West, aided by Carlo Ponti and has been living and working in the United States since


Two unsuccessful attempts were made to kidnap Ponti in 1975, including one involving an attack on his car with gunfire add something


The Passenger (1975 film) - Co-starring Maria Schneider, "The Passenger" was the final film in Antonioni's three-picture deal with producer Carlo Ponti and Metro-Goldwyn-May 1975 er, after "Blowup" and "Zabriskie Point", and competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival


Ponti was tried in absentia in 1979 for smuggling money and works of art abroad and fined 22 billion lire and sentenced to four years in prison add something


He was finally cleared of the charges in 1990 add something


When Ponti reached a deal with the Italian government and was cleared of the charges brought against him in 1990, he regained possession of 230 confiscated paintings add something


In 2006, two Bacon paintings that had previously been in the Ponti collection were exhibited in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London add something


In 2007, another pope painting by Bacon sold by Ponti in 1991, was sold in a private deal brokered by Acquavella Galleries in New York for more than £15 million add something

Carlo Ponti died in 2007 add something


Ponti died in Geneva, Switzerland, from pulmonary complications on 10 January 2007 add something


Sophia Loren - Loren remained married to Carlo Ponti until his death on 10 January 2007 of pulmonary complications


Sasha Alexander - On August 11, 2007, Alexander married director Edoardo Ponti, son of actress Sophia Loren and the late film producer Carlo Ponti, in Geneva


When asked in a November 2009 interview if she were ever likely to marry again, Loren replied "No, never again add something