My favorite Italian directors

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Federico Fellini
Writer,
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ Favorite film: La dolce vita ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Morte a Venezia ” - orfeasv
 
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Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ Favorite film: Teorema ” - orfeasv
 
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Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ Favorite film: L'eclisse ” - orfeasv
 
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Roberto Rossellini
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American directors, including Martin Scorsese...
“ Favorite film: Germania anno zero ” - orfeasv
 
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Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
“ Favorite film: Partner ” - orfeasv
 
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Vittorio De Sica
Director, Bicycle Thieves
Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
“ Favorite film: Ladri di biciclette ” - orfeasv
 
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Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Favorite film: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: I pugni in tasca ” - orfeasv
 
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Paolo Taviani
Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan. After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever since...
“ and Vittorio Taviani. Favorite film: Allonsanfàn ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Lo Scopone scientifico ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Dillinger è morto ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: La noia ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Il deserto dei Tartari ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Salvatore Giuliano ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: La battaglia di Algeri ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: I cannibali ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: La storia vera della signora dalle camelie ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: Luci del varietà ” - orfeasv
 
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Dino Risi
Dino Risi became a movie director by chance. In 1940 he met Alberto Lattuada at a friend's boutique. Lattuada told him they needed an assistant director for the movie Piccolo mondo antico. Risi accepted just for fun, not for work. Later, he became a psychiatrist and wrote some articles for a local newspaper in his spare time...
“ Favorite film: Un amore a Roma ” - orfeasv
 
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“ Favorite film: I soliti ignoti ” - orfeasv
 
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Dario Argento
Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other family members...
“ Favorite film: Suspiria ” - orfeasv
 
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Sergio Corbucci
Writer, Django
Sergio Corbucci was born on December 6, 1927, in Rome, Italy. He entered grade school with thoughts of becoming a businessman, but after earning a college degree in economics he took an abrupt detour into the world of cinema. Corbucci began his career as a film critic, first for the Italian film journal...
“ Favorite film: Il grande silenzio ” - orfeasv
 
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Riccardo Freda
Riccardo Freda was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents. Educated in Milan, he became a sculptor, then a newspaper art critic. He began a career in film in 1937 as a screenwriter and production supervisor. He moved into directing in 1942, beginning a career that lasted some 40 years. Resisting the strong neo-realism trend in postwar Italy...
“ Favorite film: Maciste all'inferno ” - orfeasv