Luigi Zampa

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
One of the first students at Rome's famed cinema school, Zampa worked as a scenarist before making his directorial bow with "L'Attore Scomparso" in 1941. Although he began working early in the fascist era on "white ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1905 in Italy

Filmography

Director (11)

Letti Selvaggi 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Tigers in Lipstick 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Gente di rispetto 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Bisturi, la Mafica Bianca 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jinx 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Anyone Can Play 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Anni ruggenti 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Love Specialist 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Woman of Rome 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Onorevole Angelina 1946 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Woman of Rome 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

One of the first students at Rome's famed cinema school, Zampa worked as a scenarist before making his directorial bow with "L'Attore Scomparso" in 1941. Although he began working early in the fascist era on "white telephone" comedies, Zampa reached his creative peak during the post-war neorealist movement with such films as "Vivere in Pace"/"Live in Peace" (1946) and "Processo alla Citta" (1952). Zampa's best films combine social realism with light satire, and his heroes are frequently workers suffering under government bureaucracy or corruption. A working-class woman (Anna Magnani) leads a protest against city officials in "Angelina" (1947); "Difficult Years" (1948) deals with an office worker's attempts to please his fascist employers; and "City on Trial" (1952) condemns a government controlled by the Mafia. "L'Arte di Arrangiarsi/The Art of Making Do" (1954) was the first in a series of films that continued through the 1970s, in which comedian Alberto Sordi portrayed cynical opportunists, petty thieves or corrupt public servants.

Relationships

Fabrizio Zampa

Son

EDUCATION

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

1935 - 1938

studied engineering and architecture at the University but never finished school

Santa Cecilia Academy

Milestones

1946

First international success, "To Live in Peace"

1940

Film directing debut (also co-writer), "L'attore Scomparso"

1938

Screenwriting debut

1938

Began writing scripts and working as an assistant director with Max Neufeld's "A Thousand Lire a Month", "Mario Soldati's "Dora Nelson", Carlo Ludovico Bregaglia's "A Sea of Trouble" and Camillo Mastrocinque's "The Dance of Millions"

1928

Gave up engineering studies

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