Italian Directorsby mrc-meneghin | created - 16 Jun 2014 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
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 ...
La dolce vita 8½ Amarcord Il Casanova di Fellini
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.
Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti This Must Be the Place La grande bellezza Youth
Writer | Rocco e i suoi fratelli
Luchino Visconti was born on November 2, 1906 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Luchino Visconti di Modrone. He was a writer and director, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Death in Venice (1971) and Le Notti Bianche (1957). He died on March 17, 1976 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
4. 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 ...
Per un pugno di dollari Per qualche dollaro in più Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo C'era una volta il West Once Upon a Time in America
Director | La notte di San Lorenzo
Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). 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 ...
La Notte di San Lorenzo Kaos Cesare deve morire
Director | La notte di San Lorenzo
Vittorio Taviani studied law at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Paolo, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever ...
La Notte di San Lorenzo Kaos Cesare deve morire
Actor | La vita è bella
Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi ...
La vita è bella
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 Land in Between ...
Gomorra Reality Tale of Tales Dogman Pinocchio
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 ...
Ladri di Biciclette Umberto D. Il giardino dei Finzi Contini
10. Mario Monicelli
Writer | I compagni
Mario Monicelli was born on May 16, 1915 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Organizer (1963), The Great War (1959) and Speriamo che sia femmina (1986). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome.
I soliti ignoti
11. Ferzan Ozpetek
Writer | La finestra di fronte
La finestra di fronte
12. Ermanno Olmi
Director | L'albero degli zoccoli
Ermanno Olmi was born on July 24, 1931 in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) and The Profession of Arms (2001). He was married to Loredana Detto. He died on May 5, 2018 in Asiago, Veneto, Italy.
L'albero degli zoccoli
13. Nanni Moretti
Producer | La stanza del figlio
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 ...
Caro diario La stanza del figlio Mia madre
Writer | Ultimo tango a Parigi
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...
Il conformista The Last Emperor
15. 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...
Writer | Blowup
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"...
Gente del Po N.U. La signora senza camelie Il grido L'avventura Blow-Up The Passenger
17. Gillo Pontecorvo
Director | La battaglia di Algeri
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 ...
La battaglia di Algeri
18. 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 Illustrious Corpses (1976), Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and La sfida (1958). He was married to Giancarla Mandelli. He died on January 10, 2015 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Salvatore Giuliano Le mani sulla città
Writer | Paisà
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 ...
Roma città aperta Paisà Europa '51 Il generale Della Rovere La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV
20. Francesco Munzi
Director | Anime nere
21. Alice Rohrwacher
Director | Lazzaro felice
22. Luca Guadagnino
Director | Call Me by Your Name
Io sono l'amore A Bigger Splash Call Me by Your Name
23. Marco Bellocchio
Writer | Buongiorno, notte
Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Good Morning, Night (2003), The Wedding Director (2006) and Fists in the Pocket (1965).
Vincere! Bella Addormentata
Director | Respiro
Although born in Rome in 1965, Emanuele Crialese has Sicilian roots, to which he pays tribute in film after film. In 1991 he leaves for the USA where he studies film direction at New York University. After making several shorts, he directs his first feature-length movie Once We Were Strangers (1997)...
25. Stefano Sollima
Director | Sicario: Day of the Soldado
26. Ettore Scola
Writer | Una giornata particolare
Ettore Scola was born on May 10, 1931 in Trevico, Campania, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for A Special Day (1977), The Family (1987) and Passion of Love (1981). He was married to Gigliola. He died on January 19, 2016 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Una giornata particolare
27. Jonas Carpignano
Writer | A Ciambra
Jonas Carpignano was born in 1984 and grew up between New York City and Rome. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival -Semaine de la Critique in 2015 before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. That same year he ...
Writer | Io la conoscevo bene
Antonio Pietrangeli was born on January 19, 1919 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for I Knew Her Well (1965), The Visit (1963) and March's Child (1958). He died on July 12, 1968 in Gaeta, Lazio.
Io la Conoscevo Bene
29. Yuri Ancarani
Director | Da Vinci
Yuri Ancarani is an Italian video artist and film maker. His works come from a continuous mingling of documentary cinema and contemporary art, and are the result of a research aimed to explore regions which are not very visibile in the daily life, realities in which the artist delves in first ...
The Challenge Whipping Zombie
30. Elio Petri
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 ...
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto
34. Stefano Savona
Director | La strada dei Samouni
Stefano Savona was born on December 18, 1969 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Samouni Road (2018), Tahrir: Liberation Square (2011) and Palazzo delle Aquile (2011).
La strada di Samouni
36. Mario Sesti
Mario Sesti (born 1958), has worked as specialist in film restoration of Italian postwar cinema, as film critic for Italian news-magazines and newspapers, as film programmer for TV network. He realized and directed films about Pietro Germi, Federico Fellini and the restoration process, which was ...
La voce di Pasolini
37. Matteo Cerami
Writer | All Human Rights for All
La voce di Pasolini
Director | La dernière image
Artist, film-maker and researcher lives and works in Maastricht (NL) and Milan (I). He is 2018/2019 Van Eyck Academie Residency Fellow, and 2019 Italian Council Grant recipient. He was recently awarded the Talent Prize 2019, the Dommering Fonds production grant and the Arte Visione/SKY Art prize. ...
40. Vittorio De Seta
Director | Banditi a Orgosolo
Vittorio De Seta was born on October 15, 1923 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Bandits of Orgosolo (1961), Isole di fuoco (1955) and Un uomo a metà (1966). He died on November 28, 2011 in Sellia Marina, Calabria, Italy.
Banditi a Orgosolo
41. Valentino Orsini
Director | Un uomo da bruciare
Valentino Orsini was born on January 19, 1927 in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Un uomo da bruciare (1962), Corbari (1970) and My Dearest Son (1985). He died on January 26, 2001 in Cerveteri, Lazio, Italy.
I dannati della terra
Director | Il dono
Le quattro volte
44. Pietro Marcello
Director | Bella e perduta
Il passaggio della linea La bocca del lupo
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 ...
Appunti per un film sull'India
Writer | Caccia tragica
Giuseppe De Santis was born on February 11, 1917 in Fondi, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Tragic Hunt (1947), Days of Love (1954) and Bitter Rice (1949). He was married to Gordana Miletic. He died on May 16, 1997 in Rome, Lazio.