Ornella Muti’s “Handsome Georgian Knight” – Otar Koberidze
15 October, 2016
Ornella Muti’s “Handsome Georgian Knight” – Otar Koberidze
In 1990s there was a magazine called New Films and its office was often visited by famous actors and directors like Otar Koberidze. They used to talk until midnight… Mr. Koberidze has been invited to play in foreign films and he had very interesting stories to tell about his encounter with Sean Connery, Claudia Cardinale, Mario Adorf and others.

Iconic Italian star Ornella Muti has also played with Otar Koberidze in a 1979 movie called Life is Beautiful. In the
process of making the movie, Ornella and Otar were often seen together in various restaurants of Rome and the magazines were full of headlines like “Beautiful Ornella and her handsome knight”, “Beautiful couple”, “Young Ornella feels wonderful with a handsome Georgian man”…
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Onde day, Otar brought a thick and colorful Italian magazine, where there were several photos of smiling Ornella and the Georgian actor. Back then, during soviet times, nobody would print these photos in soviet magazines. The editorial group of the magazine asked Otar Koberidze to write his memoires and he kindly agreed.
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Here is what Rezo Shatakishvili writes in his blog-post called “Otar Koberidze’s poignant adventures”:

“Otar Koberidze remembers:

‘I met Ornella Muti when working on an Italian-Soviet production of the movie called Life is Beautiful. During that period, it seems to me, she was very sad-looking. We were sitting there, in a shade of a tree and she was telling me her story, about how her husband tortured her by not letting her see their child unless she gave him a large sum of money. She told me she had only one problem now: to bring together some money and buy out her child. I offered her my sympathy and she put her head on my shoulder. So I kissed her on the cheek. The next morning, she came along laughing. She was holding some journal in her hand and shouted: ‘Otar, look what they have published, those blabbers’ and then she showed me a photo where she had put her head on my shoulder and I was kissing her.
There was also a photo of her husband and the headline: Ornella and her new white-haired love.’”

Otar Koberidze died at the age of 90 on March 9, 2015.

He was born on December 17, 1924. After graduating from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Institute in Tbilisi, he first worked in Sokhumi Drama Theater and then in Marjanishvili Academic Theater, as an actor. He also took part in various movies, playing roles of many legendary persons.

He has participated in more than 50 films and, as a director, has worked on several more. He also was a scriptwriter.

Bashi Achuki; Mamluk; Burden of a Woman; Children of Others; Last Day, First Day; The Children of the Sea; Data Tutashkhia; The Little Prince – this is just a short list of the movies Otar Koberidze played in.

He was married to one of the most beautiful Georgian actresses of all time, Lia Eliava, whom he met filming Bashi Achuki.
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