Mario Monicelli

Mario Monicelli

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Organizer (I compagni) (1963)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Boccaccio '70 (1962)
  • Birthday: May 15, 1915
  • Birthplace: Viareggio, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
  • A history and philosophy student at the Universities of Pisa and Milan, Mario Monicelli first yelled "Roll 'em" (in Italian, of course) when he co-directed a 16-millimeter short subject called I ragazzi dela via Paal (1935), inspired by Ferenc Molnar's The Boys of Paul Street. The film won a Venice Festival prize, whereupon Monicelli embarked on a lengthy apprenticeship as assistant to several of Europe's top directors: Gustav Machaty, Pietro Germi, and a host of others. A scriptwriter from 1944, Monicelli formed a partnership with comedy scrivener Stefano Vanzina, who billed himself as "Steno." The team directed its first feature, Al diavolo la Celebrita, in 1949. Monicelli's first solo effort was Proibito (1954), which like many of his best films dealt with everyday folks who are mired down by their unwillingness to take risks and/or their inability to rise above their simple-minded attitudes. One of his biggest hits was Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), a tale of a "perfect crime" gone awry due to the indecision, ignorance, and ineptitude of its participants. Even when Monicelli's characters are firm in their convictions, they are prone to failure: An excellent example of this is his 1963 drama I compagni (The Conformist), a case history of a labor strike which, like Monicelli's earlier La Grand Guerra (The Great War, 1959) won Venice's Golden Lion Award. Mario Monicelli has also won the Berlin Festival Best Director prizes for 1957's Fathers and Sons, 1976's Caro Michele, and 1982's Il Marchise del Grillo.

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No Score Yet Rossini! Rossini! Director 2014
No Score Yet Il tradimento (Double Cross) Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet La mortadella (Lady Liberty) Director 2014
No Score Yet Caro Michele Director 2014
No Score Yet Il medico e lo stregone (Doctor and the Healer) Director 2013
No Score Yet Totò cerca casa Director 2013
No Score Yet Il conte Ugolino (The Iron Swordsman) Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Padri e figli (A Tailor's Maid) Director 2011
No Score Yet Vogliamo i colonnelli Screenwriter Director 2011
No Score Yet Camera D'albergo Director Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Ritratto di mio padre Actor 2010
No Score Yet What Do You Know About Me? (Di me cosa ne sai) Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Roses of the Desert (Le Rose del deserto) Director 2006
No Score Yet Marcello: A Sweet Life Actor 2006
61% Under the Tuscan Sun Old Man with Flowers $43.5M 2003
No Score Yet Ciclone, Il, (The Cyclone) Gino 1996
No Score Yet Parenti serpenti (Dearest Relatives, Poisonous Relations) Director 1992
No Score Yet Speriamo che sia femmina (Let's Hope It's a Girl) Director 1986
No Score Yet The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal (Le Due Vite di Mattia Pascal) Director Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Amici miei atto II (All My Friends Part 2) (My Friends Act II) Director 1984
No Score Yet Il marchese del Grillo Screenwriter Director 1981
No Score Yet Viaggio con Anita (Lovers & Liars) (Travels with Anita) Director 1979
No Score Yet I Nuovi Mostri (Viva Italia!) (The New Monsters) Director 1977
No Score Yet Un borghese piccolo piccolo (A Very Little Man) (An Average Little Man) Director 1977
No Score Yet Amici miei (My Friends) Director 1975
No Score Yet Brancaleone alle crociate, (Brancaleone at the Crusades) Director 1972
No Score Yet Capriccio all'italiana Director 1968
No Score Yet La Ragazza con la Pistola (Girl with a Pistol) Director 1968
No Score Yet L'armata Brancaleone (For Love and Gold) Director 1966
No Score Yet Casanova '70 Director Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet High Infidelity (alta Infedelta) Director 1965
100% The Organizer (I compagni) Screenwriter Director 1963
60% Boccaccio '70 Actor 1962
89% Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti) Screenwriter Director 1960
No Score Yet The Passionate Thief Screenwriter Director $31.3K 1960
No Score Yet Laughs Of Joy (Risate DI Gioia) Director Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet La grande guerra Screenwriter Director 1959
No Score Yet Beautiful But Dangerous (La Donna Piu Bella del Mondo) Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Un Eroe Dei Nostri Tempi Screenwriter Director 1955
No Score Yet The Unfaithfuls Director Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Guardie e ladri (Cops and Robbers) Screenwriter Director 1951
No Score Yet Vita da cani (A Dog's Life) Director Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet È arrivato il cavaliere! Director 1950
No Score Yet Lost Youth (Gioventu Perduta) Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Totò e Carolina (Toto and Carolina) Director


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