“I have a bisexual sister, I fight for civil rights. My son the chef? He was misrepresented »-Corriere.it

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“I grew up in a family where no one ever made any difference of any kind. Not by skin color, not by religion, much less by sex. My sister has always been bisexual and has never been remotely an issue for us.’ Barbara Bouchet will be the godmother of the 37th edition of the Lovers Film Festival, directed by Vladimir Luxuria, which opens on Tuesday and runs at Cinema Massimo until May 1.

On Tuesday night, at the opening, Bouchet will have a 360° dialogue with the director Luxuria talking about a career spanning more than 60 years that has led her to be loved and appreciated by everyone. Quentin Tarantino and Italian women included.

How was your Lovers sponsorship born?

«One day I was at Milan Central Station and I met Vladimir by chance. We talked and then we parted. She came back and asked for my number because, according to her, she had an idea. And here we are.”

What will be your contribution to the festival?

“I bring my share, my absolute yes to civil rights for everyone. I advocate that the LGBTQ+ community should have the same rights as everyone else.”

When she arrived, was Italy racist?

“In the beginning, no. I came from California where we lived with other communities different in color, religion, sexual tastes. Nobody found it strange at all. I certainly have more gay friends than straight ones, they are exquisite people with whom I have a great affinity. I don’t know where I would be without them.’

Were women at the time of your sexy films dying of jealousy for you?

“Italians have always shown me respect and affection. I am very grateful to them. Even today I get the compliments that, given by a woman, are worth ten times more to me. My best friends are all women: Iva Zanicchi, Gloria Guida, Marisa Laurito. Above all Corinne Clery ».

When she was little, she was also a refugee. What do you remember?

“I have always been an immigrant. My family had to leave Czechoslovakia due to the Russian invasion. My grandfather was told to take his hat and go. They were moved to a refugee camp in Germany. Children, if there are no horrors of war around, luckily they always find a way to adapt. Then we went with my parents to America, we all picked cotton in the fields. I always did. When I see what is happening in Ukraine, with the lives of fugitives crammed into their carts, grief invades me. Please finish the pesto ».

What do you want today?

“I like my job a lot. The mornings when I wake up and have a set to go to, I’m happy. I accept everything, great-grandmother roles too. I’m not tormented by my past, by ‘I was considered a beautiful woman, a sex symbol…’. It’s enough for me to keep working and stay healthy.”

Controversy over lack of roles for mature women?

“It’s true, there aren’t any, not even in the United States. The only place they are is France. But I’m not complaining, I’m satisfied with the smaller roles.”

Was the rivalry between you and Edwige Fenech real?

“We were never friends, but not enemies. We both did so many movies that we were busy on some set every day. Producers have always wanted one or the other.”

His son Alessandro Borghese is in a media spat over his allegations about working for free in the kitchen to learn. What do you think?

“I think it was a little misrepresented. Both of my children were taught to fend for themselves without financial help from me. Alessandro made a big mess, going in and out of kitchens that often closed and finding himself in the middle of a street. He is a hard worker. He also had my learning, I kept my eyes open to understand and learn ».

Do you like Turin?

“Very much. Here is the best theater audience in Italy. At the Cinema Museum I will hand over all my awards that I have received throughout my career and many other things too».


“Thanks to him, all my films have revived a second youth. They would have ended up in oblivion. I couldn’t believe it when he said I was his favorite actress. To think I’ve never seen a movie of his, I don’t like splashes ».

Do you see other loves in your future?

“I had a long marriage. I am someone who is comfortable with herself, even alone. If a new love comes, I’m here waiting for him. Otherwise, it’s all right ».

Do you have a favorite movie?

“Impossible to say with 120 films behind it. Some have been better publicized and therefore have a special place for the public, such as Spaghetti at midnight, Milan caliber 9, Casino Royale… ».

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