Pietro Germi

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
An often underrated or simply overlooked figure of note in the history of Italian cinema, Pietro Germi had the misfortune to be labeled a "follower" of such seminal figures as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini ... Read more »
Born: 09/14/1914 in Italy

Filmography

Writer (19)

Amici Miei 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amici Miei 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

Alfredo, Alfredo 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alfredo, Alfredo 1972 (Movie)

(From Story)

Le Castagne Sone Buone 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Castagne Sone Buone 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

Serafino 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Climax 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Climax 1967 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Railroad Man 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Seduced and Abandoned 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Seduced and Abandoned 1963 (Movie)

(From Story)

Divorce Italian Style 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Divorce Italian Style 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

An Ugly Mess 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Man of Straw 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Man of Straw 1957 (Movie)

(From Story)
Director (10)

Alfredo, Alfredo 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Castagne Sone Buone 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Serafino 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Climax 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Railroad Man 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Seduced and Abandoned 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Divorce Italian Style 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

An Ugly Mess 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Man of Straw 1957 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (6)

The Railroad Man 1964 (Movie)

Andrea Marcocci (Actor)

The Love Makers 1961 (Movie)

Stefano Casamonti (Actor)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

Partisan Commander (Actor)

Lipstick 1960 (Movie)

Inspector Fioresi (Actor)

An Ugly Mess 1958 (Movie)

Inspector Ingravallo (Actor)

Man of Straw 1957 (Movie)

Andrea Zaccardi (Actor)
Producer (5)

Alfredo, Alfredo 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Castagne Sone Buone 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Serafino 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Climax 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An often underrated or simply overlooked figure of note in the history of Italian cinema, Pietro Germi had the misfortune to be labeled a "follower" of such seminal figures as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavattini in the annals of the most notable and studied movement within Italian film, neorealism. Simultaneously, he was castigated for not following the movement closely enough, seemingly indulging his fondness for Hollywood films and genre formulas, making crime films and Westerns at first and later specializing in comedy. As the "art cinema" distribution circuit grew in the 1950s and 60s, Germi was usually not deemed quite as distinctive or as idiosyncratic as the filmmakers who benefited most from such modes, namely Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini. Finally, Germi's work was often simply too popular in his native land to be taken as anything but enjoyably crafted fodder. It is true, of course, that some of Germi's hard-hitting dramas and his darkly satirical comedies were acclaimed internationally, so he is not an entirely unknown or unappreciated figure (his best known film, "Divorce Italian Style" 1961, even won an Academy Award). And one might argue as well that perhaps his oeuvre is not quite as great as that of some of his contemporaries. But what is equally true is that for some time Germi's work was too often considered for what it was not, rather than appreciated simply for what it was, outside narrow frameworks of comparative context. For this "craftsman" was also an artist with an arresting visual style and often ferociously expressed (whether dramatically or comically) thematic interests.

EDUCATION

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

Milestones

1975

"Amici Miei/My Friends," written by Germi and which he was to have directed, was completed by his friend and fellow director Mario Monicelli

1973

Directed last film, "Alfredo, Alfredo"

1966

Regularly acted as his own producer beginning with "The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians"

1965

In collaboration with L Vincenzoni, set up his own production company, RPA

1961

Had international hit with "Divorce Italian Style"; received Oscar for his contributions to the screenplay; also nominated as Best Director

1956

First acted a role in a film he also directed, "The Railroad Man"

1948

International reputation first established with "In nome delle legge/In the Name of the Law"

1948

Early notable acting performance, as a solider in "Fuga in Francia," directed by Mario Soldati

1946

Directed first feature film, "Il testimone/The Witness"

1939

Served as assistant director and screenwriter for "Retroscena," directed by Alessandro Blasetti

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