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Cesare Zavattini (1902–1989)

Cesare Zavattini was born on September 20, 1902 in Luzzara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Umberto D. (1952) and It's Forever Springtime (1950). He died on October 13, 1989 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. See full bio »


(age 87) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

Umberto D. Writer


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 2008 A Man and His Dog (original screenplay)
 1995 A Walk in the Clouds (story and screenplay material: "Quattro passi fra le nuvole")
 1986 Ritorno dal cinema (Short) (story)
 1982 La veritaaaà (TV Movie)
 1978 The Children of Sanchez (writer)
 1977 Ligabue (TV Mini Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1977)
- Episode #1.2 (1977)
- Episode #1.1 (1977)
 1972 Lo chiameremo Andrea (screenplay) / (story)
 1970 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (uncredited)
 1970 Sunflower (story and screenplay)
 1968 A Place for Lovers (screenplay)
 1968 Caprice Italian Style (segment "La Gelosa")
 1967 Woman Times Seven (screenplay)
 1967 The Witches (collaboration - segment "Strega bruciata viva, La") / (story and screenplay - segment "Sera come le altre, Una")
 1966 After the Fox (screenplay)
 1966 Andremo in città (screenplay)
 1966 A New World
 1964 Ocho estrellas en busca del amor (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 Countersex (segment "Cocaina di domenica")
 1963 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (screenplay - segments "Anna", "Mara") / (story - segment "Mara")
 1963 The Boom
 1963 Mysteries of Rome (Documentary) (original idea)
 1962 The Condemned of Altona (screenplay)
 1962 Arturo's Island (collaboration)
 1962 Boccaccio '70 (screenplay - segment "La riffa")
 1961 La lunga calza verde (Short) (story)
 1961 Latin Lovers (concept)
 1961 The Last Judgment (story, adaptation and screenplay)
 1961 Un quarto d'Italia (Short)
 1961 Blood Feud
 1960 Two Women (adaptation)
 1960 Lipstick (screenplay)
 1959 Nel blu dipinto di blu (writer)
 1958 I sette contadini (Documentary short) (written by)
 1958 Love and Chatter (screenplay) / (story)
 1957 The Doll That Took the Town (writer)
 1956 The Virtuous Bigamist (story)
 1956 The Awakening (story and written by)
 1956 The Roof
 1955 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (screenplay - 1 episode)
- Quatro Passos Entre as Nuvens (1955) ... (screenplay)
 1955 The Sign of Venus (scenario collaborator)
 1954 San Miniato, luglio '44 (Short)
 1954 The Gold of Naples (adapted for the screen by) / (screenplay)
 1954 Angels of Darkness (screenplay)
 1953 Cavallina storna (screenplay)
 1953 The Walk
 1953 Love in the City (segments "Tentato suicidio", "Gli italiani si voltano", "Storia di Caterina", "Amore che si paga", "Paradiso per 3 ore", uncredited)
 1953 We, the Women (segment "Concorso 4 Attrici 1 Speranza") / (idea)
 1953 A Husband for Anna (screenplay) / (story)
 1953 Voice of Silence (taken loosely from a story by)
 1953 Indiscretion of an American Wife (from the story "Terminal Station") / (screen play)
 1952 The Lucky Five (screenplay) / (story)
 1952 The Overcoat (adaptation and screenplay)
 1952 Rome 11:00 (screenplay) / (story)
 1952 Hello Elephant (screenplay) / (story)
 1952 Umberto D. (story and screenplay)
 1951 Beautiful (story)
 1951 Mamma mia, che impressione! (screenplay - as C. Zavattini)
 1951 Miracle in Milan (novel "Totò il buono") / (screenplay)
 1950 Twelve Hours to Live (story)
 1950 First Communion (screenplay) / (story)
 1950 Sunday in August (screenplay)
 1950 It's Forever Springtime (screenplay) / (story)
 1949 La roccia incantata (writer)
 1949 Vent'anni (screenplay)
 1949 The Bride Couldn't Wait (original story)
 1949 The Flesh is Weak (screenplay)
 1949 Fabiola (screenplay)
 1948 Bicycle Thieves (screenplay) / (story)
 1948 Guerra alla guerra (screenplay) / (story)
 1947 Lost in the Dark (screenplay)
 1947 Bullet for Stefano (: screenplay - uncredited)
 1947 Tragic Hunt
 1947 Cronaca nera (screenplay)
 1946 Biraghin (screenplay)
 1946 Angel and the Devil (story)
 1946 Il marito povero (screenplay) / (story)
 1946 Canto, ma sottovoce... (screenplay)
 1946 Shoeshine (screenplay) / (story)
 1946 The Testimony (screenplay)
 1945 La freccia nel fianco (dialogue - uncredited) / (screenplay)
 1945 L'ippocampo (screenplay)
 1945 La porta del cielo (screenplay)
 1944 Piruetas juveniles (screenplay)
 1943 The Children Are Watching Us (screenplay)
 1943 Silenzio, si gira! (screenplay)
 1943 Our Dreams (screenplay)
 1943 C'è sempre un ma! (screenplay)
 1943 Gian Burrasca (screenplay)
 1943 Il birichino di papà (screenplay)
 1942 The Bigamist (story)
 1942 3/4 of a Page (screenplay)
 1942 Don Cesare di Bazan (screenplay)
 1942 I sette peccati (screenplay)
 1942 Avanti c'è posto... (story - as C. Zavattini)
 1941 La scuola dei timidi (screenplay) / (story)
 1941 È caduta una donna (screenplay)
 1941 Doctor, Beware (screenplay - uncredited)
 1940 Una famiglia impossibile (screenplay) / (story)
 1940 San Giovanni decollato (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1940 Senza cielo (screenplay)
 1939 Bionda sotto chiave (story and screenplay)
 1938 I'll Give a Million (story)
 1936 La danza delle lancette (adaptation and screenplay)
 1935 I'll Give a Million (screenplay) / (story)
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Alternate Names:

César Zabatini | C. Zavattini | Cesar Zavattini

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Personal Quote:

No doubt one's first and most superficial reaction to everyday reality is that it is tedious. Until we are able to overcome some moral and intellectual laziness, in fact, this reality will continue to appear uninteresting. One shouldn't be astonished that the cinema has always felt the natural, unavoidable necessity to insert a 'story' in the reality to make it exciting and 'spectacular.' All the... See more »


Former journalist, novelist and writer of children's stories, who rose to prominence in the 1940's as a leading force in Italy's neo-realist movement. He was particularly noted for his three decade-long collaboration with director 'Vittorio de Sica', resulting in such enduring classics as Shoeshine (1946) and Bicycle Thieves (1948). In the 1960's, Zavattini tried, less successfully, to adapt his ... See more »

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