Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi

  • Highest Rated: 100% I Fidanzati (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% The Tightrope (2014)
  • Birthday: Jul 24, 1931
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

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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
73% 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
70% 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 The Legend of the Holy Drinker (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
94% 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
100% I Fidanzati Screenwriter Director 1964
100% Il Posto Screenwriter Director 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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