Cinema Italiano – Directors

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Italy is known for its cinema. Pictures such as 8 1/2 and Life is Beautiful have been widely regarded as some of the best movies ever made. Let’s take a closer look at the three masterminds behind the Italian big screen!

Federico Fellini


Fellini is, perhaps, most famous for his film 8 1/2 (which, ironically in this context, told the story of an Italian filmmaker in a creative slump). His films brought a sense of grandiose fantasy to viewers across the globe while still keeping them connected to very human characters. You’ll have a hard time making it through film school without hearing Fellini’s name mentioned more than a few times.


Roberto Benigni


Roberto Benigni brought audiences to tears with his film Life is Beautiful, in which a father tries to make life as happy and care-free as possible in the concentration camps of World War II. Benigni made headlines when, after receiving an Oscar for the film, he climbed over theater seats and danced around in a fit of sheer joy. But whoever said Italian directors couldn’t be a little eccentric?


Bernardo Bertolucci


Bernardo Bertolucci snagged the Oscar for best director with his film The Last Emperor. The film will go down in history as one of the epic biographical films amongst the ranks of Ghandi and Amadeus. The film is known for being one of the first Western films to be allowed to operate independently in China. Bertolucci’s skill as a storyteller were showcased in the gripping drama and politics all taking place within a matter of a few hours. The Last Emperor won a stunning total of nine Academy Awards and secured Bertolucci’s place as one of Italy’s finest directors.

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