Paolo Taviani

Director, Screenwriter
During their student days, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani started shooting documentary films. Their first completed short, "San Miniato, July 1944" (1954), a collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, the cornerstone screenwriter ... Read more »
Born: 11/08/1931 in San Miniato, Pisa, IT

Filmography

Writer (18)

Maraviglioso Boccaccio 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Caesar Must Die 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lark Farm 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Risurrezione 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tu Ridi 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elective Affinities 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fiorile 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fiorile 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Night Sun 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Morning Babylon 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Morning Babylon 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

Chaos 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Night of San Lorenzo 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Meadow 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Padre Padrone 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Allonsanfan 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

San Michele Aveva un Gallo 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Agitators 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (18)

Maraviglioso Boccaccio 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Caesar Must Die 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lark Farm 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Luisa San Felice 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Risurrezione 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Another World is Possible 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Tu Ridi 1998 (Movie)

co-director (Director)

Elective Affinities 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Fiorile 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Sun 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Morning Babylon 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Chaos 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Night of San Lorenzo 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Meadow 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Padre Padrone 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Allonsanfan 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

San Michele Aveva un Gallo 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Agitators 1966 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Domani 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The True Life of Antonio H. 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

During their student days, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani started shooting documentary films. Their first completed short, "San Miniato, July 1944" (1954), a collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, the cornerstone screenwriter of the Italian neorealist movement, concerned a Nazi massacre in their hometown. Working as a team from the start, the early Taviani films were influenced by and often made with Valentino Orsini, a resistance fighter. A turning point in their work, as well as Italian political cinema in general, was "Subversives" (1967), which combined documentary footage of a prominent Communist leader's funeral and the story of four people for whom this death raises numerous questions about their political future.

Relationships

Ermanno Taviani

Father
persecuted by fascists

Vittorio Taviani

Brother
born on September 20, 1929 works with Paolo

EDUCATION

attended high school in Pisa near the end of WWII

University of Pisa

Pisa

Milestones

1986

First (largely) English-language film, "Good Morning, Babylon"

1977

Made their international breakthrough film, "Padre Padrone"

1962

Feature film directing debut, "A Man For Burning"

1954

Worked as assistant to Roberto Rossellini, Luciano Emmer and Raymond Pellegrini (along with brother) (dates approximate)

1954

Co-directed first short, "San Miniato, July 1944" (with brother and Orsini)

1950

Founded and ran the Pisa Cinema Club with brother Vittorio and Valentino Orsini

1950

Wrote and directed two populist plays at the Teatro della Cronaca in Livorno (with brother Vittorio and Valentino Orsini)

Moved to Rome

Made other short documentary films in collaboration with brother Vittorio and Orsini

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