Damiano Damiani

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Damiano Damiani (born July 23, 1922 in Pasiano di Pordenone , Friuli-Venezia Giulia , Italy , † March 7, 2013 in Rome ) was an Italian screenwriter and film director . He gained particular fame through socially critical political thrillers such as The Clan That Walled Up His Enemies Alive (1971).


In Milan , Damiani studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera . He was politically active and drew comics, billboards and posters. First collaborations on documentary films followed. In 1953 he went to Rome and met Cesare Zavattini there, who introduced Damiani to cinematic neorealism . Before he worked independently as a director, he also worked as a co-writer for several films.

Damiani's films often deal with the intertwining of politics and the mafia. He also made action films. He liked to use novels by well-known authors such as Alberto Moravia as templates for his films . He also made films about the mafia for television. The series Alone against the Mafia with Michele Placido was an international success. Despite or because of this success, the television series had many opponents.

Damiani celebrated his greatest successes in the late sixties and early seventies with the mafia films "The Day of the Owl", "The Clan That Walled Up Its Enemies Alive", "Proceedings Dropped - Forget It" and "Why Did Public Prosecutor Traini Have To Die?". The main role was always played by Franco Nero . “The clan that walled up its enemies alive” was not only very successful in its country of origin, but also received wide international attention.

Unlike Francesco Rosi , who was also of the same age, who was also very successful at this time , Damiani not only concentrated on showing the structures of the Mafia, but also shot very emotional thrillers and crime stories, in which the organizations mostly remained in the background and only their actions and entanglements gradually after were pointed out by the protagonists. Damiani proved his great talent in image composition and camera work.


Script and direction
  • 1947: La banda d'Affori (documentary)
  • 1954: Le Giostre (documentary)
  • 1960: innocence in cross-examination (Il rossetto)
  • 1961: The bitter life (Il sicario)
  • 1962: Island of Forbidden Love ( L'isola di Arturo , based on a novel by Elsa Morante )
  • 1963: See you for one night (La rimpatriata)
  • 1963: The Naked ( La noia , based on a novel by Alberto Moravia )
  • 1966: Witch of Love (La strega in amore)
  • 1967: Kill Amigo (Quien sabe)
  • 1968: Una ragazza piuttosto complicata
  • 1968: The Day of the Owl (Il giorno della civetta)
  • 1970: Law and Passion (La moglie più bella)
  • 1971: The clan that walled up its enemies alive (Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica)
  • 1971: The case is closed: Forget it! (L'istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi)
  • 1972: Girolimoni, the monster of Rome (Girolimoni - il mostro di Roma)
  • 1973: Exiled (Il sorriso del grande tentatore)
  • 1974: Why did prosecutor Traini have to die? (Perché si uccide un magistrato?)
  • 1975: Nobody is the greatest (Un genio, due compari, un pollo)
  • 1977: I'm scared (Io ho paura)
  • 1978: Goodbye and Amen (Goodbye & Amen)
  • 1979: A man on his knees (Un uomo in ginocchio)
  • 1980: The Deadly Warning (L'avvertimento)
  • 1982: Blood and Slogans (Parole e sangue) (television)
  • 1985: Pizza Connection (The pizza connection)
  • 1986: The Investigation (L'inchiesta)
  • 1989: The Train ( Lenin: The Train , television)
  • 1990: The dark sun (Il sole buio)
  • 1992: Angel of Revenge (L'angelo con la pistola)
  • 1994: Una bambina di troppo (television)
  • 1999: Love your enemy (Ama il tuo nemico)
  • 2001: Ama il tuo nemico 2
  • 1948: Uomini senza domani - Director: Gianni Vernuccio
  • 1953: Crooks with a Heart (Piovuto dal cielo) - Director: Leonardi di Mitri
  • 1957: Helena, the courtesan of Athens (Afrodite, Dea dell'amore) - Director: Mario Bonnard
  • 1957: The Beast of Paris (I misteri di Parigi) - Director: Fernando Cerchio
  • 1958: Herod - Blood over Jerusalem (Erode il grande) - Director: Arnaldo Genoino
  • 1959: Wolgaschiffer (I battellieri del Volga) - Director: Viktor Tourjansky
  • 1959: Judith - The Sword of Vengeance (Giuditta e Oloferne) - Director: Fernando Cerchio
  • 1959: Ransom milestone 15 (L'inferno addosso) - directed by Gianni Vernuccio
  • 1960: Revolt of the Circassians (I cosacchi) - directed by Viktor Tourjansky, Giorgo Rivalta
  • 1960: The Curse of the Pharaoh (Il sepolcro dei re) - Director: Fernando Cerchio
  • 1995: The Broken Silence ( Non parlo più , television) - Director: Vittorio Nevano
  • 1982: Amityville II - The Possession (Amityville II - The possession)
  • 1984: Alone against the Mafia (La piovra)
  • 1986: La gran incognita
  • 1987: Imago urbis (documentary together with eight other directors)
  • 1989: Playing with Death (Gioco al massacro)
  • 2000: Alex l'ariete
  • 2001: Another world is possible (Un altro mondo è possibile)
  • 2002: Assassini dei giorni di festa
  • 1973: The Assassination of Matteotti (Il delito Matteotti) - Director: Florestano Vancini


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Howard Hughes: Once Upon A Time in the Italian West: The Filmgoers' Guide to Spaghetti Westerns . IBTauris, 2006, ISBN 978-0-85773-045-9 ( google.de [accessed on March 19, 2017]).