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Mario Monicelli was a film director who, more than anyone else, was able to capture the true spirit of the Italian comedy on the silver screen, especially in the 1950s and 60s. His movies reflect how things really were, and he created characters whose actions could have been those of your next-door neighbor. In fact, the lifestyle and values that shaped a nation could be found in his films.
A murder, an unsolved mystery and a book are all part of an event that still endures in the minds of Italians.
The fingerprints of Italian-Americans can be seen all over Hollywood's greatest modern masterpieces. They are actors, producers, screenwriters and, quite notably, directors. Names like Scorsese, Coppola and Tarantino are often bandied about when speaking about the greatest directors of their generations and all are of Italian heritage. Following in the footsteps of greats like Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life) these directors have brought their unique visions and life experiences to the silver screen and enhanced the profiles of Italian-Americans at the same time.
Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in San Remo, Italy. His birth occurred only one day after Germany declared war on France and Russia after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria; thus, beginning World War I. His father, Eugenio Bava, was a cinematographer and technician during for silent films. Mario originally studied to be a painter; but, the lure of the film industry was very magnetic. He began his career during the 1930s and assisted his father much like his son would later do for him.
The Filmography of Federico Fellini - The Italian Cinematic Master
Luci del varieta
Fellini's debut film (co-directed with Alberto Lattuada) tells the story of a lovely young lady who talks her way into a job dancing with a bawdy music hall dance troupe. She quickly becomes the star of the show and embarks on a romance with the troupe's aging manager.
Lo sceicco bianco
The White Sheik
Fellini's first solo directing debut is a comedy that has all the earmarks of his quirky imagination. A honeymooning couple becomes separated on their trip to Rome, which they embark upon in hopes of having an audience with the Pope. The husband becomes entangled with prostitutes and the wife enters the world of her favorite comic book hero, The White Sheik.
Italy's Gift to World Cinema
Sergio Leone is in many ways the least typical of Italian film directors. Leone was born in Rome in 1929, and began his career doing biblical-era epics.
Biography & Filmography of Bruno Bozzetto
(Author Note: You can check out Bruno's classic cartoon, Europeans & Italians at this site. Here's the link: See the cartoon )