The genius of Carlo Rambaldi on display

Original Article in italian, translated by google translate
By Carolina Tocci April 27, 2017

At the genius of Carlo Rambaldi , Oscar’s three-time award for creating characters like ET , King Kong and Alien , is dedicated to the traveling Art and Cinema Show that will open on August 5th in Lamezia Terme , Calabria, where the artist spent his the last years of his life and where he died in the summer of 2012.

Few people know that Rambaldi   was an artist in the most complete sense of the term: ET’s dad has always cultivated as a boy the passion for painting, as well as the well known for mechanics, although his paintings (figurative art and abstract) have never been exposed in public.

The opportunity to see up close his paintings came: ARTEPOZZO Energy of Contemporary Art in Montaldeo (Alessandria) and Quadrifoglio of Rosarno (Reggio Calabria) are in fact organizing the exhibition to be held at Teatro Grandinetti Lamezia Terme. The initiative, which is based on the close collaboration of the artist’s family (particularly Daniela’s daughter, vice president of the Museum, entitled to his father), will be traveling and envisages stages in other cities, as well as in Calabria. Along with the works of the master will also be those of other top-level artists - painters, sculptors and photographers - who will be invited to participate directly from the organizers.

He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Rambaldi began to film almost by chance when in 1956 he was called to Cinecittà to design the dragon Fafner, protagonist of a low-cost science fiction film, Sigfrido directed by Giacomo Gentilomo .

He then moved to Rome where he lived in the golden age of Italian cinema, making his art available to the greatest directors of the time: from Fellini to Ferreri, from Pasolini to Monicelli to Dario Argento (the terrifying doll of Profondo Rosso is His work) Then the landing in  Hollywood , called by  Dino De Laurentis who wanted him to create King Kong by John Guillermin, the colossal that allowed him to conquer the first Oscar. Right in a town near Los Angeles, Burbank, Rambaldi opened his lab where he developed sophisticated mechatronics projects  (the special effects obtained with the union of mechanics and electronics).   Projects that will also be applied to other highly successful international films, starting  with Ridley Scott’s Alien , for which he contributes, along with Hans Ruedi Giger, to the alien creature’s design which has become famous worldwide. And then, in 1982, Collaboration with Steven Spielberg for what is considered his absolute masterpiece: ET, the essence of the big head and sad eyes that Rambaldi has been able to give a soul as well as a body with a ‘expressivity that perhaps in the past nobody was able to give a mechanical creature.

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