Maria Grazia Cucinotta is being featured at the Venice Film Festival in an a exhibition that extols the beauty of Italian movie actresses by Douglas Kierkland.
For many fans of this talented and incredibly beautiful and sophisticated Italian actress it is a testament to her impact that the photographer chose her to be his muse approximately 20 years since she made her impact on the American film scene in the movie "Il Postino".
The film for many movie viewers was the introduction to the sophistication, beauty and passion that exists within Italian women of which she became one of the models for men in the United States.
In the exhibit one of the most intriguing aspects of the photographs was that she does not look as if she has aged a day. She looks gorgeous in each picture as a pin-up model/actress from the 1950s and to some looks even sexier now than she did twenty years ago and has some fans wanting to transport themselves back to the 1950s if it would provide them the opportunity to meet someone who looked like her.
The photographer selected her as his muse because back in the 1950s in his mind actresses conducted themselves with a grace, sophistication and beauty that he identifies as being very feminine and she with her passion that seems to exude from her very being was the ideal representative.
She embodies the beautiful Italian woman and make men such as the photographer Douglas Kirkland reminisce about her on the film and at the same time 'raises the bar' for current Italian actresses.
Maria Grazia Cucinotta has created a legacy of sophistication, beauty and passion that men now associate with italian women and in doing so is literally daring those actress who follow her to match what she has left behind: the memory and and image of the sultry, passionate, sophisticated feminine Italian goddess as an actress.