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Cesare Zavattini

Lowest Rated:   20% A Place for Lovers (1968)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
20% 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
71% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe)
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet Doll That Took the Town
  • Screenwriter
1965
86% Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani)
  • Screenwriter
1963
No Score Yet The Boom (Il boom)
  • Screenwriter
$42.9k 1963
No Score Yet The Condemned of Altona
  • Screenwriter
1962
75% Boccaccio '70
  • Screenwriter
1962
100% 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
96% 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
42% Indiscretion of an American Wife (Stazione Termini)
  • Screenwriter
1953
No Score Yet 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)
  • 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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