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Cesare Zavattini

Highest Rated: 100% The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini) (1971)

Lowest Rated: 17% A Place for Lovers (1968)

Birthday: Sep 29, 1902

Birthplace: Not Available

Italian screenwriter and film theorist Cesare Zavattini started as a writer of traditionalist, commonplace short stories and novels. His first screenplay, Daro un Milione (1935), fell so comfortably into formula that it was easily adapted into the Hollywood film I'll Give a Million (1938). His sensibilities toughened by the war, Zavattini began formulating the theories which helped launch the Italian neorealist movement of the postwar era. Zavattini's script for The Children Are Watching Us (1943) was the first of 23 collaborations with director Vittorio De Sica, the most internationally famous of which included Shoeshine (1943), The Bicycle Thief (1948), and Umberto D (1952). When De Sica decided that neorealism was becoming a cliché, and thus went on to such sentimental, box-office-safe comedies as The Gold of Naples (1954) and Marriage Italian Style (1964), Zavattini obligingly altered his writing style. Any accusations that Zavattini had abandoned neorealism were quelled by his searing screenplay for De Sica's Two Women (1962). As European movie tastes veered more toward the French New Wave, Zavattini attempted to touch base with this school; but his work on such films as A Young World (1966) and Woman Times Seven (1967) was disappointingly derivative, obliging critics to label the once-progressive writer as an "Old Timer." Zavattini regained pride of place with his final collaboration with De Sica, Sunflower (1969), which succeeded despite the noncreative interference of producer Carlo Ponti (whose wife, Sophia Loren, was the star). Cesare Zavattini's final contribution to cinema was an acting assignment in 1989's Strand -- Under the Dark Cloth.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Strand: Under the Dark Cloth Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Children of Sanchez Screenwriter 1978
100% The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini) Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Sunflower (I girasoli) Screenwriter 1970
17% A Place for Lovers Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches) Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Un monde nouveau Screenwriter 1966
75% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe) Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet Doll That Took the Town Screenwriter 1965
88% Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani) Screenwriter 1963
100% The Boom (Il boom) Screenwriter $56.9K 1963
No Score Yet The Condemned of Altona Screenwriter 1962
50% Boccaccio '70 Screenwriter 1962
88% Two Women (La Ciociara) Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet Il Tetto (The Roof) Screenwriter 1956
97% Umberto D Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet The Gold of Naples (L'oro di Napoli) (Every Day's a Holiday) Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Ali Baba et les Quarante Voleurs (Ali Baba and Forty Thieves) Screenwriter 1954
38% Indiscretion of an American Wife (Stazione Termini) Screenwriter 1953
80% Bellissima Screenwriter 1951
100% Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Attention! Bandits! Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Prima comunione (Father's Dilemma) Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet The Sky is Red (Il cielo e rosso) Screenwriter 1950
98% Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (The Bicycle Thief) Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Roma Citta Libera Screenwriter 1948
100% Shoeshine (Sciuscià) Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet I bambini ci guardano (The Children Are Watching Us) Screenwriter 1944


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