Il 2 Novembre scorso il quotidiano britannico "The Times" ha dedicato un'ampia pagina a Nando Orfei, patriarca della famiglia circense più antica e celebre d'Italia. Dal Circorama al circo Circo delle mille e una notte, dal domatore all'albero genealogico della famiglia, dall'esperienza cinematografica all'amicizia con Federico Fellini. Sono stati tanti i momenti che hanno caratterizzato la vita di Nando Orfei ampiamente raccontata sul giornale inglese.
Impresario of Italy’s oldest circus and noted animal tamer who once wrestled with a lion and spoke to elephants
Nando Orfei was the patriarch of Italy’s oldest and most celebrated circus family, which has drawn audiences to its big top for more than a century and a half. His conviction that the circus remained the greatest show on earth was shared by his friend the director Federico Fellini, in several of whose films he also appeared.
As well as being the impresario of his own circus, Orfei was fêted as an animal tamer. His menagerie included scores of elephants, lions and tigers, many of whom he had raised himself. Indeed, from boyhood he played with the show’s cubs, and…