Giuseppe Tornatore

Director, Screenwriter, Photographer
Sicilian-born Giuseppe Tornatore proved a prodigy of sorts, beginning his career as a prize-winning still photographer. While in his mid-teens, he began directing, first for the stage and then by making the short film ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1956 in Italy

Filmography

Writer (16)

La Corrispondenza 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Grande Fausto 2014 (Movie)

screenplay supervision (Other Writer)

The Best Offer 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Baarìa 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "Stanno Tutti Bene") (Source Material)

The Unknown Woman 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Malena 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Legend of 1900 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Star Maker 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Star Maker 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Pure Formality 1995 (Movie)

from original story (From Story)

A Pure Formality 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Everybody's Fine 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cinema Paradiso 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Cinema Paradiso 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Camorrista 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (15)

La Corrispondenza 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best Offer 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Baarìa 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Unknown Woman 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Malena 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Legend of 1900 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Star Maker 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

A Pure Formality 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Ritratti d'Autore: Seconda Serie 1995 (Movie)

("Giuseppe Tornatore/ Riccardo Freda") (Director)

Lo Schermo a tre punte 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Especially on Sunday 1993 (Movie)

("The Blue Dog") (Director)

Everybody's Fine 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Cinema Paradiso 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Il Camorrista 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Two Friends 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Il Manoscritto del principe 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Son of Bukunin 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Sicilian-born Giuseppe Tornatore proved a prodigy of sorts, beginning his career as a prize-winning still photographer. While in his mid-teens, he began directing, first for the stage and then by making the short film "Il Carretto/The Wagon". Eventually Tornatore caught the attention of RAI television and was hired to hem documentaries and TV-movies. In 1982, he garnered attention for his documentary "Ethnic Minorities in Sicily", which picked up a prize at the Salerno Film Festival. He shifted to fictional features co-writing the script to 1983's "Centro Giorni a Palermo/A Hundred Days in Palermo". Three years later, he debuted his first full-length feature as director, "Il Camorrista/The Professor/The Cammora Murder" (1986), a drama about a journalist who runs afoul of gangsters.

Relationships

Francesco Tornatore

Brother

Milestones

1998

Helmed first English-language feature "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" (released in USA in 1999 as "The Legend of 1900"); also wrote script based on the monologue "Novacentro" by Italian novelist Alessandro Barrico; Ennio Morricone provided the lu

1995

"L'Uomo delle stelle/The Star Maker", a companion piece to "Cinema Paradiso", earned a Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award nomination

1994

Wrote and directed fourth film, "Una pura formalita/A Pure Formality", starring Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski

1990

Wrote and directed the comedy "Stanno tutti bene/Everybody's Fine", starring Marcello Mastroianni; shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival

1988

Wrote and directed second film, "Cinema Paradiso"; opened theatrically in Rome; after editing and reshaping, shown in competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival; garnered the 1989 Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award; marked initial collaborations w

1986

Feature film directorial debut, "Il Camorrista/The Professor"; also penned screenplay

1983

Co-screenwriting debut, "Centro giorni a Palermo/A Hundred Days in Palermo"; also served as second unit director; film produced by CLCT Cooperative

1982

Garnered attention with the documentary "Ethnic Minorities in Sicily"

1979

Hired by RAI Television where he directed such films as "Diario di Guttuso" and "Brancati and Sciascia"

1978

Served as president of CLCT Cooperative

1972

Made first short film, "Il Carretto/The Wagon" (date approximate)

1972

Directed two stage plays, "Bella Vita" and "L'Arte della Commedia"

Won awards from various Italian photography magazines

Taught aesthetics at the University of Palermo

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