Eduardo De Filippo

Actor, Director, Producer
Eduardo De Filippo was a Neopolitan playwright, director, and actor known for his work in Italian theater and cinema. He was born into a family of dramatists--his father was also a playwright and his mother a costume ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1900 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (4)

Cuore 1983 (Movie)

Old Schoolmaster (Actor)

Shoot Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand 1965 (Movie)

Uncle Nicola (Actor)

Everybody Go Home! 1962 (Movie)

Innocenzi's Father (Actor)

Ghosts in Rome 1959 (Movie)

Principe (Actor)
Writer (3)

Il Sindaco 1995 (Movie)

free adaptation from play("The Local Authority") (Writer (adaptation))

Marriage - Italian Style 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 1962 (Movie)

("Adelina") (Screenplay)
Director (1)

Shoot Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Eduardo De Filippo was a Neopolitan playwright, director, and actor known for his work in Italian theater and cinema. He was born into a family of dramatists--his father was also a playwright and his mother a costume designer. In 1931 he formed a theater company with his sister, Titina, and brother, Peppino. The three siblings also often appeared together in films. He penned several popular plays for the company throughout the decade, culminating in two works that would become his best known, "Napoli Milionaria" in 1945 and "Filumena Marturano" a year later. Titina became so well known for her portrayal of the title character in the latter film that she was often called Filumena by the Italian public. De Filippo made a film version of "Filumena Marturano," again with Titina, in 1951. He also maintained a healthy career as a film actor himself, making his debut in the 1933 comedy "I Sing for You Alone." As a director De Filippo enjoyed success throughout the '40s and '50s, often helming the film versions of his own plays. In 1954 he starred in Vittorio De Sica's comedy "L'oro di Napoli" with Toto and Sophia Loren. He continued to write, direct, and act up until 1981. Much beloved in his home country, he was made an honorary senator of Italy that same year. He died in 1984.

Relationships

Pepino De Filippo

Brother

Titina De Filippo

Sister

Milestones

1940

First film as director

1933

Film acting debut

1932

Founded a stage company with his brother and sister

1913

Joined Neapolitan dialect company of Eduardo Scarpetta

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