Tonino Guerra (1920–2012)

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Legendary Italian screenwriter was born Antonio Guerra on the 16th of March 1920 in Sant'Arcangelo, Italy, south of Ravenna. He wrote several short stories, poetry and novels and in 1956 his first screenplay "Man and Wolves" (co-written by Elio Petri) was directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Three years later he wrote the masterpiece, "L'Avventura", ... See full bio »

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Known For

Amarcord Writer
Blow-Up Writer
Kaos Writer
L'Avventura Writer


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  The Ladder to haven (Short) (story) (filming)
 2017 Welcome to the Basement (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- Zabriskie Point (2017) ... (screenplay)
 2010 The House by the Medlar Tree (collaborator on screenplay)
 2009 Everybody's Fine (original screenplay)
 2008 The Dust of Time (story consultant)
 2006 Um Ano Mais Longo (Short)
 2004 Eros (screenplay - segment "The Dangerous Thread of Things")
 2004 Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (co-writer)
 2003 The Dog, the General, and the Birds (book) / (screenplay)
 2001 Chasy bez strelok (TV Movie)
 2001 The Chimp
 2000 Bibo per sempre (screenplay) / (story)
 1998 Viaggio verso casa (TV Movie documentary)
 1998 Eternity and a Day (co-writer)
 1997 Porto Santo (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1997 The Truce
 1996 Les mercredis de la vie (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Alla turca (1996) ... (adaptation)
 1996 White Feast (screenplay) / (story "Hundred Birds")
 1995 Ulysses' Gaze (co-writer)
 1993 Golem, le jardin pétrifié (writer)
 1990 Viaggio d'amore (screenplay) / (story)
 1990 Night Sun (collaboration)
 1990 Dark Illness (screenplay)
 1990 The Palermo Connection (screenplay)
 1989 Burro (screenplay) / (story)
 1988 The Sparrow's Fluttering (writer)
 1988 Landscape in the Mist (screenplay)
 1987 Chez le médecin (Short)
 1987 Good Morning Babylon (screenplay in collaboration with)
 1986 Il mestiere dello sceneggiatore (Documentary short)
 1986 The Beekeeper
 1986 Ginger and Fred (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 Andrey Tarkovsky in Nostalghia (Documentary)
 1984 Kaos (screenplay collaboration)
 1984 Henry IV (screenplay collaboration)
 1984 Voyage to Cythera (screenplay)
 1984 Carmen (adaptation)
 1983 And the Ship Sails On (screenplay) / (story)
 1983 Voyage in Time (TV Movie documentary) (uncredited)
 1983 Nostalgia (screenplay)
 1982 Identification of a Woman (collaboration)
 1982 The Night of the Shooting Stars (collaboration)
 1981 Three Brothers (story and screenplay)
 1980 The Mystery of Oberwald (adaptation)
 1979 Tigers in Lipstick (writer)
 1979 Christ Stopped at Eboli (screenplay) / (story)
 1978 Un papillon sur l'épaule (scenario written by)
 1977-1978 Il Passatore (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... (adaptation)
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... (adaptation)
 1976 Caro Michele (screenplay)
 1976 Cadaveri eccellenti (screenplay)
 1976 Sex with a Smile (screenplay) / (story)
 1974 Say It with Flowers (dialogue)
 1973 Amarcord (screenplay) / (story)
 1973 Flesh for Frankenstein (uncredited)
 1973 Lucky Luciano (screenplay in collaboration with)
 1972 Descubrimiento del mayor túnel submarino (Documentary short) (story - as Antonio Guerra)
 1972 Gli ordini sono ordini (screenplay)
 1972 The Sin (screenplay) / (story)
 1972 The Mattei Affair (screenplay) / (story)
 1971 La supertestimone (writer)
 1971 Tre nel mille
 1970-1971 Qualcuno bussa alla porta (TV Series) (teleplay - 5 episodes)
- La quarta sedia (1971) ... (teleplay)
- La vedova (1971) ... (teleplay)
- Il cannocchiale (1971) ... (teleplay)
- Una sera qualsiasi (1970) ... (teleplay)
- Il pacco (1970) ... (teleplay)
 1970 The Voyeur
 1970 Many Wars Ago (screenplay - as Antonio Guerra)
 1970 Sunflower (story and screenplay - as Antonio Guerra)
 1970 Zabriskie Point (screenplay)
 1969 In Search of Gregory (screenplay)
 1969 The Uninvited (original scenario)
 1968 Colpo di sole (writer)
 1968 A Place for Lovers (screenplay)
 1968 Dismissed on His Wedding Night (screenplay) / (writer)
 1967 Ghosts, Italian Style (uncredited)
 1967 Catch As Catch Can (writer)
 1967 More Than a Miracle (story and screenplay)
 1967 L'occhio selvaggio (screenplay)
 1966 Blow-Up (screenplay)
 1966 The Queens (story - segment "Fata Armenia")
 1965 The 10th Victim (screenplay)
 1965 I grandi condottieri (screenplay - as Tonino Gierra)
 1965 Casanova 70 (story and screenplay)
 1964 Le ore nude
 1964 Saul e David (with the collaboration of)
 1964 Marriage Italian Style (screenplay)
 1964 Countersex (segment "Una donna d'affari", as Antonio Guerra)
 1964 Woman Is a Wonderful Thing (screenplay - segment "Una donna dolce, dolce", as Antonio Guerra) / (story - segment "Una donna dolce, dolce", as Antonio Guerra)
 1964 Red Desert
 1964 I maniaci (story - as Guerra)
 1962 L'Eclisse (scenario and dialogue)
 1962 His Days Are Numbered (collaborator on screenplay) / (story)
 1961 The Assassin (screenplay - as Antonio Guerra) / (story - as Antonio Guerra)
 1961 La Notte (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 L'Avventura (screenplay)
 1958 Il terribile Teodoro (writer)
 1958 The Year Long Road (writer)
 1958 Piece of the Sky (screenplay - as Antonio Guerra)
 1957 Men and Wolves (screenplay) / (story)
 1953 Nasce un campione (Documentary short) (written by - as Antonio Guerra)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote a children's book: "Il generale e Buonaparte", which he later adapted for the big screen (Francis Nielsen's "Le chien, le général et les oiseaux" (2003).

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Official Sites:

Official site (Italian)

Alternate Names:

Tonino Gierra | Antonio Guerra | Guerra

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Personal Quote:

Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) excited and filled me the strength to resume the way of the magnificent tale that the Maestro had taken.


He was the guest of the seventh Angers Film Festival from 20th to 29th January 1995. See more »

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