Cesare Zavattini

Screenwriter, Author, Director
Central architect of Italian neorealist cinema who laid down the blueprint for the movement with writings ranging from screenplays and novels to theory and poetry. pAfter an uneventful screenwriting debut with "Daro un ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1902 in Italy

Filmography

Writer (41)

Un homme et son chien 2009 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Bicycle Thief 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

from screenplay("Quattro Passi Fra Le Nuvole") (From Story)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

I Bambini Ci Guardano 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Veritaaa' 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Children of Sanchez 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ligabue 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Cuore Semplice 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Una Breve Vacanza 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

We'll Call Him Andrea 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sunflower 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Place For Lovers 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Witches 1969 (Movie)

(("The Witch Burned Alive" "A Night Like Any Other")) (From Story)

The Witches 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Woman Times Seven 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

After the Fox 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Young World 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arturo's Island 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ieri, Oggi, Domani 1962 (Movie)

("Anna" and "Mara") (Screenplay)

The Boom 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Boom 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Condemned of Altona 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Women 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lipstick 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Roof 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gold of Naples 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sign of Venus 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

from story "Stazione Termini"(("Terminal Station")) (From Story)

Umberto D. 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Umberto D. 1954 (Movie)

(From Story)

Ali-Baba 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(("Tentato Suicidio"--"When Love Fails")) (From Story)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Miracle in Milan 1951 (Movie)

(From Story)

Miracle in Milan 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sciuscia 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Strand: Under the Dark Cloth 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

La Veritaaa' 1981 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)
Director (2)

La Veritaaa' 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

La Veritaaa' 1981 (Movie)

(Music)
Producer (1)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

(Production Coordinator)
Other (2)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

from idea("Il lavoro") (Other)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

from idea("Il lavoro") (Other)

Biography

Central architect of Italian neorealist cinema who laid down the blueprint for the movement with writings ranging from screenplays and novels to theory and poetry. <p>After an uneventful screenwriting debut with "Daro un Milione" (1935), Zavattini, a committed Marxist, began to formulate his vision of a cinema of truth, free of artificiality and pretense, which would concern itself with the problems of everyday people. He collaborated with another key figure of the movement, Vittorio De Sica, as early as "Teresea Venerdi" (1941), but it was with "The Children are Watching Us" (1943), about a young boy who experiences the separation of his parents, that the foundations for the movement were laid. Zavattini and De Sica went on collaborate on such classic films as "Shoeshine" (1946), "Bicycle Thieves" (1948), "Miracle in Milan" (1950) "Umberto D" (1952), "The Roof" (1956) and "Two Women" (1960).<p>Zavattini also wrote several books (some of which were turned into films) as well as screenplays for other directors, among them Alessandro Blasetti ("Four Steps in the Clouds" 1942), Rene Clement ("The Walls of Malpaga" 1949) and Luchino Visconti ("Bellissima" 1951). At the age of 80 he directed his first film, the surrealistic "The Truth" (1982).

EDUCATION

attended university but did not graduate

Milestones

1982

Film directing debut with "La Verita/The Truth"

1940

First collaboration with Vittorio De Sica, "Teresa Venerdi"

1935

Screenwriting debut with "Daro un Milione"

At outbreak of WWII, moved to Rome to concentrate on film work; contributed to state-run film journal "Cinema"

Published first short stories and novels in early 1930s

Worked as journalist and script reader

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