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Ermanno Olmi

Lowest Rated:   57% The Tightrope (2014)
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Though not among Italy's most internationally renowned filmmakers, Ermanno Olmi ranks as one of his country's finest. He is known for making realistic films about the lives of average people that are infused with an almost austere subtlety and rare ambiguity that is sympathetic yet not overly sentimental. A native of Bergamo, Italy, he was the son of peasant factory workers. Following his father's death during WWII, Olmi and his mother supported the family working in the Edison-Volta electric plant where Olmi worked as a clerk. While there, he became involved in company-sponsored filmmaking and theatrical projects. Most of the films he made for the company had industrial themes. Eventually, he came to head the company film department and over the next seven years made many documentaries, notably his last Edison-Volta film, Il Tempo Si E Fermato (Time Stood Still), in 1959. It was with this film, a chronicle of the relationship that gradually developed between an elderly nightwatchman and his assistant while stationed at the construction site of an Alpine dam, that evidenced the sensitivity that would characterize Olmi's later works. The success of the film led Olmi to become a feature filmmaker. To that end, he traveled to Milan and co-founded the Twenty-Four Horses, an independent film co-op where he made his semi-autobiographical feature-film debut with Il Posto in 1961. Both this and his subsequent effort, I Fidanzati (The Fiancés) (1963), quickly earned him a good reputation and led him to make his one mainstream film, And There Came a Man (1965), an epic biography of Pope John XXIII. Unfortunately, this film -- the only one in which he did not use nonprofessional actors -- was a box-office flop and after making one more feature, Olmi became a television director. He did not make another feature until 1978. The film was The Tree of Wooden Clogs, a complex interweaving of the lives of five peasant families struggling to survive, and is considered Olmi's finest work.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% The Tightrope
  • Producer
$19.4k 2014
No Score Yet Torneranno I Prati
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Il villaggio di cartone (The Cardboard Village)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Il segreto del bosco vecchio
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
74% 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain)
  • Producer
$31.5k 2010
No Score Yet Rupi Del Vino
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Terra Madre
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Centochiodi (One Hundred Nails)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
69% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe)
  • Producer
2007
71% Tickets
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Cantando dietro i paraventi (Singing Behind Screens)
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Singing Behind Screens (Cantando dietro i paraventi)
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Mestiere Delle Armi
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2002
No Score Yet Il Mestiere delle Armi
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Verdi: Jerusalem
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Bible, The: Genesis
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet La leggenda del santo bevitore
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet Lunga vita alla signora (Long Live the Lady!)
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Keep Walking
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1982
100% The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979
No Score Yet The Circumstance
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet One Fine Day (Un certo giorno)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet La cotta (The Crush)
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet I Fidanzati
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1964
100% Il Posto
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1963
No Score Yet Il Tempo Si È Fermato
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet Time Stood Still
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet Lungo Il Fiume
  • Director
  • Screenwriter

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