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
“ Favorite film: Morte a Venezia ” - orfeasv
Pier Paolo Pasolini
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
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
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
“ Favorite film: Partner ” - orfeasv
Vittorio De Sica
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
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii
and The Colossus of Rhodes
“ Favorite film: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: I pugni in tasca ” - orfeasv
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
“ Favorite film: Lo Scopone scientifico ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: Dillinger è morto ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: La noia ” - orfeasv
Valerio Zurlini was born on March 19, 1926. During his law studies in Rome, he started working in the theatre. In 1943, he joined the Italian resistance. Zurlini became a member of the Italian Communist Party. He filmed short documentaries in the immediate post-war period and in 1954 directed his first feature film...
“ Favorite film: Il deserto dei Tartari ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: Salvatore Giuliano ” - orfeasv
Gillo Pontecorvo was an Italian filmmaker. He is best known for his 1966 masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers, widely viewed as one of the finest films of its genre: realistic though fictionalized documentary. Its portrayal of the Algerian resistance during the Algerian War uses the neorealist style pioneered by fellow Italian film directors de Santis and Rossellini...
“ Favorite film: La battaglia di Algeri ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: I cannibali ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: La storia vera della signora dalle camelie ” - orfeasv
“ Favorite film: Luci del varietà ” - orfeasv
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
“ Favorite film: I soliti ignoti ” - orfeasv
Dario Argento was born in Rome, Italy on September 7 1940. He is the son of producer Salvatore Argento. He began his career as a movie critic for the Rome daily newspaper "Paese Sera". A professional screenwriter by the tender age of 20, he joined Bernardo Bertolucci
to write the screenplay for Sergio Leone's epic western "Once Upon A Time In The West" in 1967...
“ Favorite film: Suspiria ” - orfeasv
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
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