Francesco Rosi

Highest Rated: 100% Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
Birthday: Nov 15, 1922
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy
Distinguished Italian director Francesco Rosi is best known for the political films he made during the 1960s. He had his start assisting Luchino Visconti on La Terra Trema in 1947. Afterward, Rosi assisted other major directors, including Michelangelo Antonioni, and collaborated on film scripts until 1952 when he helmed Red Shirts. Taking the production over from director Goffredo Alessandrini, who had just quit, it turned out to be a solid, albeit rather average beginning. In 1958, Rosi made his real directorial debut with The Challenge. He made a splash on the international circuit four years later with Salvatore Guiliano, a neorealist biography of the Sicilian bandit. Its realism combined with none-too-subtle allegations of Mafia influence over the government caused controversy in Italy. That year, the film earned a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. His next film, Hands Over the City (1963), contained similar themes to Guiliano while his 1965 film The Moment of Truth was an exploitation exposé of bullfighting. By the 1970s, Rosi's films became considerably less topical and presented more conventional views of corruption in Italy. In the '80s, Rosi's style and focus again changed to even less inflammatory material based on literature. Rosi wrote and directed his last film, The Truce, in 1997; he died in 2015, at age 92.

Highest Rated Movies



86% Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli) Screenwriter Director 2019
53% La Tregua (The Truce) Screenwriter Director 1997
No Score Yet Diario Napoletano (Neapolitan Diary) Director 1992
No Score Yet Dimenticare Palermo Director 1990
No Score Yet Cronaca di una morte annunciata Director 1987
88% Carmen (Bizet's Carmen ) Director Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet Tre Fratelli (Three Brothers) Director Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Cadavres exquis Director 1976
No Score Yet Lucky Luciano Director Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet Il Caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair) Director 1973
No Score Yet Uomini contro (Many Wars Ago) Director 1970
33% C'era una volta... (Cinderella: Italian Style) (More Than a Miracle) Director 1967
78% The Moment of Truth (Il momento della verità) Producer Director Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City) Screenwriter Director 1963
100% Salvatore Giuliano Screenwriter Director 1962
No Score Yet I Magliari Screenwriter Director 1959
No Score Yet La sfida (The Challenge) Director 1958
80% Bellissima Screenwriter 1951


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