Cesare Zavattini

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Cesare Zavattini (1980)

Cesare Zavattini (born September 20, 1902 in Luzzara , † October 13, 1989 in Rome ) was an Italian screenwriter and theorist of neorealism .

Cesare Zavattini portrayed by Paolo Monti , 1975


Born in Luzzara, near Reggio nell'Emilia , in northern Italy, he studied law at the University of Parma , but devoted himself to writing. In 1930 he moved to Milan and worked for the book and magazine publisher Angelo Rizzoli . After Rizzoli began making films in 1934, Zavattini received his first scriptwriting assignments in 1936. Three years later he met Vittorio De Sica , with whom he made over two dozen films, including such masterpieces of Italian neorealism as shoe shiners ( Sciuscià , 1946), bicycle thieves ( Ladri di Biciclette , 1948), The Miracle of Milan ( Miracolo in Milano , 1951) and Umberto D. (1952). For the joint book project Un Paese ("A Village"), Zavattini wrote texts about his place of birth for the black and white photographs of Paul Strand .

During his career he worked with over 80 directors, including Michelangelo Antonioni , Alessandro Blasetti , Mauro Bolognini , Mario Camerini , René Clement , Federico Fellini , Pietro Germi , Alberto Lattuada , Mario Monicelli , Elio Petri , Dino Risi , Roberto Rossellini , Mario Soldati and Luchino Visconti .

Zavattini died in Rome on October 13, 1989.

Filmography (selection)


Zavattini has been nominated for an Oscar three times . Four times he received the Silver Ribbon of the Professional Association of Italian Film Journalists. In 1982 he was finally awarded a Golden Lion for his life's work at the Venice Film Festival .

Films about Zavattini

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.repubblica.it/venerdi/2016/03/14/foto/i_comunisti_di_luzzara_secondo_paul_strand_e_cesare_zavattini-135451421/1/
  2. Awards for Cesare Zavattini on imdb.com
  3. Joachim Gatterer / Jessica Alexandra Micheli (eds.): Ivo Barnabò Micheli. Poetry of opposites. Cinema radicale , Folio Verlag, Vienna-Bozen 2015, p. 117.