Was given an Honorary Degree in "Urban and Environmental Planning" by the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria.
Released "The Truce" after spending ten years making the film
Was director of the action film "The Palermo Connection"
Helmed "Carmen", an adaptation of Bizet's opera
Directed the Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Three Brothers"
Helmed the award-winning "The Mattei Affair"
First film as solo director, "The Challenge"
Technical director and co-adaptor of Vittorio Gassman's "Kean"
Completed direction of "Red Shirts" after original director, Goffredo Alessandrini, quit
Co-screenwriter of Luciano Emmer's "Parigi e sempre parigi"
Hired by Visconti as assistant director on "The Earth Trembles"
Moved to Rome as assistant director of Theater Quirino
Actor, writer and director for Radio Naples
Grew up avidly seeing and discussing movies with his father, who also made amateur Super-8 films.
Met and became lifelong friends with future President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano while in college.
Worked as an illustrator and cartoonist before beginning his film career.