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Modugno, Domenico
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Singer, film and stage actor Born in small town on the Adriatic coast, ‘Mr Volare’, as Modugno came to be known throughout the world, moved to Rome in 1950 and studied acting at the Centre Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Although he would become best known as a singer, cinema was his acknowledged first love and even before graduating with honours from the Centro he had appeared in Eduardo De Filippo’s film version of Filumena Marturano (1951). He subsequently acted in numerous films, as well as on the stage, and worked with many of the major Italian directors including Blasetti, Lizzani, Zampa, De Sica, Bolognini, Comencini and with Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. In 1963 he directed his one and only film, Tutto è musica (All is Music).