Giuseppe Patroni Griffi

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Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (1995). Portrait of Augusto De Luca

Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (born February 27, 1921 in Naples , † December 15, 2005 in Rome ) was an Italian director and writer .


Patrini Griffi was successful as an author with novels like "Scende giù per Toledo" and "Gli occhi giovani" as well as plays like "D'amore si muore", "Anima nera" and "Metti una sera a cena".

Since 1952 he has also written numerous screenplays for major feature films by Francesco Rosi , Roberto Rossellini , Luchino Visconti and Valerio Zurlini , after starting two light musical comedies for Domenico Paolella . For seven films, including a television work based on Alberto Moravia , he himself was behind the camera as a director. His first work, Il mare , which was created in 1962 , presented a relationship between his two protagonists (a homosexual and a child) that was daring for the time. Many of his films were based on his own literary models.

Filmography (selection)

  • 1969: Metti, una sera a cena
  • 1971: Addio fratello crudele
  • 1971: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
  • 1974: Identikit
  • 1975: A divine creature (Divina creatura)
  • 1985: The cage (La gabbia)
  • 1988: La romana (TV movie)


Patroni Griffi wrote several novels about his hometown of Naples:

  • Scende Giu 'per Toledo (1979)
  • The Death of Beauty ( La Morte della Bellezza ), ISBN 978-3861490234

Other works:

  • Gli occhi giovani
  • Ragazzo di Trastevere
  • Anima nera

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Roberto Poppi: Dizionario del cinema italiano, I registi. Rom, Gremese 2002, p. 326