Alessandro Blasetti

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Leading Italian director of the 1930s, 40s and 50s whose credits extend into the late 60s. Much of Blasetti's best and most typical work was in comedy, and his whimsical "Four Steps in the Clouds" (1942) was considered ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1900 in Italy

Filmography

other (8)

Splendor 1988 (Movie)

film extract("La Cena delle Beffe" (1941)) (Other)

Liola 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Liola 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Bad She's Bad 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Terra Madre 1930 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Terra Madre 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Bolivar (Movie)

(Director)

La Corona di Ferro (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Leading Italian director of the 1930s, 40s and 50s whose credits extend into the late 60s. Much of Blasetti's best and most typical work was in comedy, and his whimsical "Four Steps in the Clouds" (1942) was considered a precursor of the Neo-realist movement.

Relationships

Giulio Cesare Blasetti

Father

Augusta Lulani Blasetti

Mother

EDUCATION

studied law at university; dropped out to pursue acting careerin 1919; returned and graduated with law degree

Milestones

1959

Directed "Europa di notte/European Nights", what has been termed as an early example of the "erotic documentary"

1952

Helmed the episodic "Altri tempi/Time Gone By"

1951

Appeared as himself in Luchino Visconti's "Bellissima"

1948

Enjoyed a box-office hit with the overblown spectacle "Fabiola"

1941

Received praise for "Quattro passi fra le nuvole/Four Steps in the Clouds"

1940

Directed and co-wrote "La corona di ferra/The Iron Crown", an expensive failure

1937

Helmed first in a series of historical spectacles, "La Contessa di Parma/The Countess of Parma"

1933

Helmed what is considered by some critics as his masterpiece, "1860"

1932

Founded film school that would become the famed Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

1930

First sound feature, "Nerone/Nero"

1929

Film directing debut, "Sole"; also co-wrote with Aldo Vergano

1928

Co-founded (with Gofredo Alesandrini and Umberto Barbaro, among others) the film collective Augustus

1925

Worked as journalist and film critic at L'Impero; wrote column "Lo Schermo/Screen" which became Mondo della Schermo/Screen World and later Cinematografo

1919

Film acting debut in bit role in a movie directed by Mario Caserini

Made second film "Ressuectio/Resurrection"; not released until 1931

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