My favourite Italian directors

by satanetto | created - 12 Apr 2011 | updated - 18 Apr 2011 | Public

1. Pupi Avati

Writer | Gli amici del bar Margherita

Pupi Avati was born on November 3, 1938 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Gli amici del bar Margherita (2009), Il papà di Giovanna (2008) and The Story of Boys & Girls (1989).

2. Daniele Ciprì

Cinematographer | È stato il figlio

Daniele Ciprì was born on August 17, 1962 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a cinematographer and director, known for È stato il figlio (2012), Vincere (2009) and Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio (2004).

3. Sergio Citti

Writer | I magi randagi

Sergio Citti was born on May 30, 1933 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for We Free Kings (1996), Vipera (2000) and Il minestrone (1981). He died on October 11, 2005 in Ostia, Rome.

4. Luigi Comencini

Director | Voltati Eugenio

Luigi Comencini was born on June 8, 1916 in Salò, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Voltati Eugenio (1980), Everybody Go Home! (1960) and Bread, Love and Dreams (1953). He was married to Giulia Grifeo. He died on April 6, 2007 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

5. 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 ...

6. Damiano Damiani

Writer | Il giorno della civetta

Damiano Damiani was born on July 23, 1922 in Pasiano di Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Il giorno della civetta (1968), The Reunion (1963) and Confessions of a Police Captain (1971). He died on March 7, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

7. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

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 ...

8. Federico Fellini

Writer | Amarcord

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 ...

9. Marco Ferreri

Writer | Storie di ordinaria follia

Marco Ferreri was born on May 11, 1928 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Storie di ordinaria follia (1981), Dillinger Is Dead (1969) and L'udienza (1972). He was married to Jacqueline Ferreri. He died on May 9, 1997 in Paris, France.

10. Lucio Fulci

Writer | Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza

Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming.

Abandoning ...

11. Matteo Garrone

Director | Gomorra

Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. He is the son of a theatre critic, Nico Garrone, and a photographer. In 1996 he won the Sacher d'Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with the short film Silhouette (1996), that became one of the three episodes of his first feature film Terra di mezzo (...

12. Marco Tullio Giordana

Director | I cento passi

Marco Tullio Giordana was born on October 1, 1950 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for I cento passi (2000), Romanzo di una strage (2012) and The Best of Youth (2003).

13. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

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 ...

14. Carlo Lizzani

Director | Banditi a Milano

Carlo Lizzani was born on April 3, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Banditi a Milano (1968), Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954) and Celluloide (1996). He died on October 5, 2013 in Rome.

15. Nanni Loy

Director | Le quattro giornate di Napoli

Nanni Loy was born on October 23, 1925 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Four Days of Naples (1962), Il padre di famiglia (1967) and Scugnizzi (1989). He died on August 21, 1995 in Fiumicino, Lazio, Italy.

16. Franco Maresco

Director | Belluscone. Una storia siciliana

Franco Maresco was born in 1958 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Belluscone. Una storia siciliana (2014), Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio (2004) and Il ritorno di Cagliostro (2003).

17. Francesco Maselli

Director | Storia d'amore

Francesco Maselli was born on December 9, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Storia d'amore (1986), Codice privato (1988) and Gli sbandati (1955).

18. Mario Monicelli

Writer | I compagni

Mario Monicelli was born on May 15, 1915 in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Organizer (1963), Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and La grande guerra (1959). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome, Lazio, ...

19. Nanni Moretti

Producer | Palombella rossa

Nanni Moretti was born on the 19th of August, 1953. He lives in Rome, where since he was a kid he devotes himself to his two passions: cinema and water-polo. In 1970 he also played in water-polo first division in Italy, and in the junior National team. In those years he was also very committed in ...

20. Maurizio Nichetti

Writer | Luna e l'altra

Maurizio Nichetti was born on May 8, 1948 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a writer and actor, known for Luna e l'altra (1996), Volere volare (1991) and The Icicle Thief (1989).

21. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

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 (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

22. Elio Petri

Writer | Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

Elio Petri was born on January 29, 1929 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Eraclio Petri. He was a writer and director, known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) and Lulu the Tool (1971). He was married to Paola Pegoraro. He died on November 10, 1982 in ...

23. Dino Risi

Director | Il sorpasso

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 (1941). Risi accepted just for fun, not for work. Later, he became a psychiatrist and wrote some articles for a...

24. Francesco Rosi

Writer | Cadaveri eccellenti

Francesco Rosi was born on November 15, 1922 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Cadaveri eccellenti (1976), La sfida (1958) and Salvatore Giuliano (1962). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

25. Luciano Salce

Director | La voglia matta

Luciano Salce was born on September 25, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and director, known for La voglia matta (1962), Fantozzi (1975) and La cuccagna (1962). He was married to Jole Bertolazzi and Diletta D'Andrea. He died on December 17, 1989 in Rome.

26. Ettore Scola

Writer | Le bal

Ettore Scola was born on May 10, 1931 in Trevico, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Le bal (1983), The Family (1987) and A Special Day (1977). He was married to Gigliola. He died on January 19, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

27. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

28. Steno

Writer | La polizia ringrazia

Steno was born on January 19, 1917 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Stefano Vanzina. He was a writer and director, known for Execution Squad (1972), Guardie e ladri (1951) and La patata bollente (1979). He died on March 12, 1988 in Rome.

30. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Job Wertmüller von Elgg Espanol von Brauchich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (1974) and The Basilisks (1963). She...



Recently Viewed