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Luigi Zampa

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Italian screenwriter/director Luigi Zampa began as a student of architecture and engineering, but opted instead for a theatrical career as a playwright. At 31, Zampa became one of the first students to enroll at the pioneering Italian film school Centro Sperimante di Cinematografia. From 1938 to 1941, he served his apprenticeship as an assistant director and script collaborator. He directed his first feature in 1941, then spent the next few years specializing in the frivolous "white telephone" romantic comedies so beloved of filmgoers of the period. From 1944 to 1945, he was assigned to the film unit of the Italian army. Apparently profoundly affected by this experience, he forsook escapism after the war and became one of the vanguards of the neorealist movement. Zampa was instrumental in building Anna Magnani into stardom, and later performed the same magic for Gina Lollobrigida. A trenchant satirist, Zampa thrived on sticking it to government bureaucracy and bourgeois pretentiousness: Many of his most successful films featured Alberto Sordi as a mildly corrupt government official or blue-collar laborer. For reasons unknown, Luigi Zampa seemed to lose his touch in the late '50s; his final film efforts were still entertaining, but far more conformist and conventional than such vintage Zampa efforts as To Live in Peace (1946) and City on Trial (1952).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Le dolci signore (Anyone Can Play)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Bisturi, la mafia bianca (Secrets of a Nurse)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Gli anni ruggenti (Roaring Years)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Anni facili (Easy Years)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Bello, onesto, emigrato Australia sposerebbe compaesana illibata (A Girl in Australia)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
No Score Yet Gente di rispetto (The Flower in His Mouth)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Il Vigile (The Traffic Policeman)
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Woman of Rome
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The Art Of Getting Along (L'arte DI Arrangiarsi)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet The City Stands Trial (Processo alla citta)
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet È più facile che un cammello... (His Last Twelve Hours)
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Cuori senza frontiere (The White Line)
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Anni difficili
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Vivere in Pace (To Live in Peace)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Angelina
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1947

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