Italian Directors

by mrc-meneghin | created - 16 Jun 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. 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 ...

La dolce vita 8½ Amarcord Il Casanova di Fellini

2. 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.

Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti This Must Be the Place La grande bellezza Youth

3. Luchino Visconti

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.

Il Gattopardo

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

5. Paolo Taviani

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

6. Vittorio Taviani

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

7. Roberto Benigni

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

8. 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 Land in Between ...

Gomorra Reality Tale of Tales Dogman

9. 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 ...

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), Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and The Great War (1959). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome.

I soliti ignoti

11. Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer | Mine vaganti

Ferzan Ozpetek was born on February 3, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Loose Cannons (2010), Facing Windows (2003) and His Secret Life (2001).

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

14. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | The Last Emperor

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...

Il sorpasso

16. Michelangelo Antonioni

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 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

19. Roberto Rossellini

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

Francesco Munzi was born in 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Black Souls (2014), Saimir (2004) and The Rest of the Night (2008).

Anime nere

21. Alice Rohrwacher

Director | Lazzaro felice

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1982 in Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Happy as Lazzaro (2018), The Wonders (2014) and Corpo Celeste (2011).

Le meraviglie

22. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Suspiria (2018) and I Am Love (2009).

Io sono l'amore A Bigger Splash Call Me by Your Name

23. Marco Bellocchio

Writer | I pugni in tasca

Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Fists in the Pocket (1965), Good Morning, Night (2003) and The Wedding Director (2006).

Vincere! Bella Addormentata

24. Emanuele Crialese

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)...

Nuovomondo

25. Stefano Sollima

Director | Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Stefano Sollima was born on May 4, 1966 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Gomorra (2014) and Suburra (2015).

A.C.A.B Suburra

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), Passion of Love (1981) and Le Bal (1983). 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 ...

Mediterranea

28. Antonio Pietrangeli

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

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 His Days Are Numbered (1962). He was married to Paola Pegoraro. He died on November 10, ...

Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto

The Passage Louisiana

Between Sisters

33. Jacopo Quadri

Editor | The Dreamers

Son of theatre critic Franco Quadri.

Lorello e Brunello

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

Ragazze, la vita trema

36. Mario Sesti

Director | Cinecittà - I mestieri del cinema Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling

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

Matteo Cerami is a writer and director, known for All Human Rights for All (2008), All at Sea (2011) and Adrian (2019).

La voce di Pasolini

Archipelago

39. Giulio Squillacciotti

Director | La dernière image

Born in Rome (I), artist, film-maker and researcher lives and works in Milan (I) and Maastricht (NL). He studied Medieval Art History in Barcelona and Rome, where he earned a BA hons in Humanities from La Sapienza University. He owns a MA hons in Visual Arts from the Venice University of ...

Archipelago

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), Un uomo a metà (1966) and Isole di fuoco (1955). 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

Demi-vie à Fukushima

43. Michelangelo Frammartino

Director | Il dono

Michelangelo Frammartino was born in 1968 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Gift (2003), Le Quattro Volte (2010) and L'occhio e lo spirito (1997).

Le quattro volte

44. Pietro Marcello

Director | Bella e perduta

Pietro Marcello was born on July 2, 1976 in Caserta, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Lost and Beautiful (2015), Martin Eden (2019) and The Mouth of the Wolf (2009).

Il passaggio della linea La bocca del lupo



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