Nicoletta Elmi

Nicoletta Elmi (born 13 February 1964) is an Italian film actress. She appeared in many films in the 1970s as a child actress, but also appeared in several roles in adulthood in the 1980s.[1]

Nicoletta Elmi
Born (1964-02-13) 13 February 1964 (age 58)
Other namesNicole Elmi
Years active1969-1988


She is best known for (but was not limited to) a series of roles as a child in Italian horror films, especially the giallo subgenre.[2] Her film career started in 1969 with an uncredited appearance in Le Sorelle (Italian for The Sisters), followed later in the same year by an appearance as Rosy in Ettore Maria Fizzarotti's musicarello Il suo nome è Donna Rosa (Italian for Her Name is Donna Rosa),[3] a role she reprised the following year in the sequel Mezzanotte d'amore (Italian for Midnight of love).[4] In 1971 she made an uncredited appearance as the little girl at the table in Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice.[5] In 1971 she made an uncredited appearance as the unnamed daughter of Renata and Albert (Claudine Auger and Luigi Pistilli respectively) in Mario Bava's A Bay of Blood.[6] Also in 1971 she made another uncredited appearance as Mary, the daughter of the main characters Salvatore and Carmela Lo Coco in Steno's Gang War (Cose di Cosa Nostra in the Italian release).[7] In 1972 she played the role of Gretchen Hummel in another Mario Bava film, Baron Blood.[8] In the 1972 release Who Saw Her Die?, directed by Aldo Lado and Vittorio De Sisti, she played Roberta (the one that dies, to which the title refers), the daughter of George Lazenby's character Franco Serpieri.[9] In 1973 she made an uncredited appearance as the character Virginia in Luciano Salce's comedy Io e lui (Italian for Me and him).[10] In 1974 she played the role of Marika/Monica, Baron Frankenstein's daughter, in Flesh For Frankenstein.[11] In 1975 she played the character Paula (Paola in the Italian release) in Luigi Bazzoni's Footprints on the Moon,[12] the same year she appeared in the role of Olga in Dario Argento's Deep Red.[13][14] In 1976 she played the titular role in Massimo Dallamano's The Night Child (also known as The Cursed Medallion).[15] The final film of the first segment of her career was Aldo Scavarda's only film as a director, the World War II drama Stream Line (La linea del fiume was the Italian title), in which she played Graziella Torretti, acting alongside Philippe Leroy and John Hurt.[16]

After a career break during her teenage years, she went on to appear in several film and TV roles as an adult, including a return to the horror genre in Lamberto Bava's Demons in 1985.[17][18] However, the previous year she appeared in two comedies: the Carlo Vanzina-directed romantic comedy Amarsi un po'... in the role of Amanda Orselli, alongside Tahnee Welch and Virna Lisi,[19] and the Claudio Risi-directed Windsurf - Il vento nelle mani (Italian for The wind in his hands) in which she played the character of Alice, again acting with Philippe Leroy, with whom she had appeared in Stream Line.[20] From 1987 to 1988 she played the part of Benedetta Valentini in the TV series I ragazzi della 3ª C, which was also directed by Claudio Risi, with whom she had worked on Windsurf three years previously.





  1. ^ Nicoletta Elmi, British Film Institute, retrieved 20 February 2021
  2. ^ Nicoletta Elmi, Binged, retrieved 20 February 2021
  3. ^ Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film: Tutti i film italiani dal 1960 al 1969, Roberto Poppi, Enrico Lancia, Mario Pecorari, 2007, p.46, Gremese, ISBN 8884405033
  4. ^ Mezzanotte d'amore (1970) Cast,, retrieved 16 March 2021
  5. ^ Morte a Venezia, British Film Institute, retrieved 21 March 2021
  6. ^ A Bay of Blood, British Film Institute, retrieved 4 March 2021
  7. ^ Cose di Cosa Nostra, il Davinotti, retrieved 27 March 2021
  8. ^ American International Pictures: A Filmography, Robert Ottoson, 1985, p.220, Garland, ISBN 9780824089764
  9. ^ Revisiting Space: Space and Place in European Cinema, Wendy Ellen Everett, Axel Goodbody (eds.), 2005, p.121, Peter Lang, ISBN 9783039102648
  10. ^ Io e lui, il Davinotti, retrieved 22 April 2021
  11. ^ 3-D Movies: A History and Filmography of Stereoscopic Cinema, R.M. Hayes, 1998, p.186, McFarland, Incorporated, ISBN 9780786405787
  13. ^ Deep Red (1975),, retrieved 3 March 2021
  14. ^ Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul, 8 June 2015, p.64, McFarland, Incorporated, ISBN 9780786487493
  15. ^ Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970-1979, Roberto Curti, 11 September 2017, p.145-146, McFarland, Incorporated, ISBN 9781476629605
  16. ^ Stream Line cast,, retrieved 3 April 2021
  17. ^ Nicoletta Elmi, Metacritic, retrieved 20 February 2021
  18. ^ Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1995, Leonard Maltin, September 1994, p.320, Penguin, ISBN 9780452273276
  19. ^ Amarsi un po'..., FilmAffinity, retrieved 2 March 2021
  20. ^ Windsurf Il vento nelle mani, British Film Institute, retrieved 7 April 2021

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