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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1982 - 31 July.8 August


Luigi Comencini (Salò, 8 June 1916) is an Italian film director. Together with Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli, he was considered among the masters of the 'commedia all'italiana' genre.

His first successful movie was "The Emperor of Capri", featuring Totò. Comencini's 1953 "Bread, Love and Dreams", with Vittorio De Sica and Gina Lollobrigida, is considered a primary example of 'neorealismo rosa' (pink neorealism). It was followed by "Bread, Love and Jealousy".

After a first work with Alberto Sordi ("The belle of Rome", 1955), Comencini again directed the Roman actor in what is considered his masterwork, "Everybody Go Home", a bitter comedy about Italy after the armistice of 1943. The film was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Special Golden Prize. Also set in World War II, but devoted to the Italian partisans, are "La ragazza di Bube" (1963). This was followed by "Misunderstood" (1966, based on the English novel by Florence Montgomery).

Comencini obtainted an outstanding success with what is ranked amongst the best production of Italian television ever, "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1972). In the same year he directed the feature film "The Scientific Cardplayer", a notable dark comedy with Sordi and Silvana Mangano. In 1975 he released the mystery "The Sunday Woman", featuring Marcello Mastroianni, Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Comencini subsequent works were characterized by the presence of one of the most important Italian actors of the time, such as Ugo Tognazzi in "The Cat" (1977) and Nino Manfredi for his episode of "Basta che non si sappia in giro".

  • Filmography:

    Hey Boy (1948)
    The Emperor of Capri (1949)
    Behind Closed Shutters (1951)
    Girls Marked Danger (1952)
    Heidi (1952)
    La valigia dei sogni (1953)
    Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)
    Bread, Love and Jealousy (1954)
    The Belle of Rome (1955)
    The Window to Luna Park (1957)
    Husbands in the City (1957)
    Mogli pericolose (1958)
    And That on Monday Morning (1959)
    Le sorprese dell'amore (1959)
    Everybody Go Home (1960)
    On the Tiger's Back (1961)
    The Police Commissioner (1962)
    La ragazza di Bube (1964)
    Three Nights of Love, episode "Fatebenefratelli" (1964)
    My Wife, episode "Eritrea" (1964)
    The Dolls, episode "Il trattato di eugenetica" (1965)
    Six Days a Week (1965)
    Don Camillo in Moscow (1965)
    Misunderstood (1966)
    Italian Secret Service (1968)
    Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence (1969)
    Unknown Woman (1969)
    The Scientific Cardplayer (1972)
    Somewhere Beyond Love (1974)
    Till Marriage Do Us Part (1974)
    The Sunday Woman (1975)
    Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen (1976) - Co-director
    Basta che non si sappia in giro, episode "L'equivoco" (1976)
    Strange Occasion, episode "L'ascensore" (1976)
    The Cat (1977)
    Traffic Jam (1979)
    Eugenio (1980)
    Cercasi Gesù (1982)

    I bambini e noi - documentaristic TV series (1970)
    The Adventures of Pinocchio - TV miniseries in 6 episodes (1972)

    short films
    L'ospedale del delitto (1950)
    Il museo dei sogni (1950)

    La novelletta (1937)
    Bambini in città (1946)
    L'amore in Italia (1978)