Ettore Scola

Director, Screenwriter, Journalist
Ettore Scola was an Italian filmmaker who wrote and directed over forty movies throughout his fifty-plus year career. Born and raised in the Southern Italian town of Trevico, Scola got his start in show business in his ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1931 in Trevico, IT

Filmography

Writer (33)

I Knew Her Well 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

People of Rome 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unfair Competition 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dinner 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Passione d'amore 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mario, Maria e Mario 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Nuit de Varennes 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What Time Is It? 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Splendor 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Famiglia 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Macaroni 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Bal 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Terrazza 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Special Day 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Special Day 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Brutti, Sporchi e Cattivi 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Signore e Signori, Buonanotte 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

C'eravamo tanto amati 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Permette? Rocco Papaleo 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anyone Can Play 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Kinky 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Kinky 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Devil In Love 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Made in Italy 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Made in Italy 1964 (Movie)

(From Story)

Let's Talk About Women 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Songs 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Easy Life 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghosts in Rome 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love A La Carte 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lo Scapolo 1955 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (26)

People of Rome 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Unfair Competition 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Another World is Possible 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dinner 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Passione d'amore 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Romanzo di un Giovane Povero 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Mario, Maria e Mario 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Voyage of Captain Fracassa 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

La Nuit de Varennes 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

What Time Is It? 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Splendor 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

La Famiglia 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Macaroni 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Bal 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

La Terrazza 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

A Special Day 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

I Nuovi Mostri 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Brutti, Sporchi e Cattivi 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Signore e Signori, Buonanotte 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

C'eravamo tanto amati 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Permette? Rocco Papaleo 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pizza Triangle 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil In Love 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Talk About Women 1963 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Voi siete qui 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Marcello: A Sweet Life 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Editor (1)

La Famiglia 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (2)

Passion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Other

Romanzo di un Giovane Povero 1994 (Movie)

sceenplay (Other)

Biography

Ettore Scola was an Italian filmmaker who wrote and directed over forty movies throughout his fifty-plus year career. Born and raised in the Southern Italian town of Trevico, Scola got his start in show business in his early teens when he began ghostwriting jokes for a prominent Italian comic named Toto. His work for the comic was funny enough that by his early 20s, Scola was making a good living writing comedy screenplays for various Italian movie studios. Despite having a successful screenwriting career, however, Scola longed to direct his own films. He had his chance in 1964 when co-wrote and directed "Let's Talk About Women." The film was a minor success, which allowed Scola to write and direct several more films throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. His first major hit came in 1974 with the comedy-drama "We All Loved Each Other So Much." The film won two Italian Golden Globes and was nominated for several more, thus distinguishing Scola as one of Italy's most acclaimed directors. Scola continued directing films at a breakneck speed over the next few decades, with films like "The Night In Varennes" (1982), "What Time Is It?" (1989), and "The Dinner" (1998), all receiving wide acclaim. Scola's directing career slowed down in the 2000s, with a 10-year gap between 2003's "People of Rome" and his final film, 2013's "How Strange to Be Named Federico." With a prolific career spanning seven decades and dozens of films, Scola died peacefully on January 19, 2016 in Rome. He was 84.

Relationships

Paola Scola

Daughter

EDUCATION

University of Jurisprudence

Milestones

2013

Co-wrote and directed his final film "How Strange to Be Named Federico"

2001

Helmed and scripted the historical drama "Unfair Competition"

1996

Was screenwriter and director on "The Dinner"

1993

Wrote and directed the triangular romance "Mario, Maria and Mario"

1991

Directed "Captain Fracassa's Journey"

1987

Second Academy Award nominated Best Foreign-Language Film, "The Family"

1984

"Le Bal", a historical drama told without dialogue, screened at Berlin Film Festival where it won the Best Director prize

1982

Directed and wrote the speculative historical drama "La Nuit de Varennes"

1981

Helmed and scripted the period romance "Passione d'Amore"

1977

Wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign-Language Film "A Special Day/Una Giornata particolare"

1975

Garnered international attention with "C'Eravamo Tanto Amati/We All Loved One Another So Much"

1969

Helmed "The Pizza Triangle"

1964

Directorial debut, "Let's Talk About Women"

1952

First screenwriting credit on "Canzoni de Mezzo Secola"

1948

Began writing gags for radio

Began contributing illustrations and articles to satirical magazines at age 16

Bonus Trivia

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Scola's first brush with show business came when he was 16 years old and began ghostwriting jokes for a famous Italian comic.

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Scola wrote over a dozen comedy screenplays in the 1950s and early 60s, before becoming a film director in 1964.

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Over the course of his 60-plus year career Scola directed over 40 feature films, in addition to writing dozens of screenplays.

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