Mario Monicelli

Mario Monicelli

Highest Rated: 100% Bitter Rice (1949)

Lowest Rated: 50% Boccaccio '70 (1962)

Birthday: May 16, 1915

Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Heralded as a masterful interpreter of the "Commedia all'Italiana," screenwriter/director Mario Monicelli was not only one of Italy's most beloved and critically celebrated filmmakers (perhaps second to only Federico Fellini) but was also recognized for spawning the careers of some of the country's favorite actors. The short list of collaborators includes such notables as Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, Monica Vitti, Anna Magnani, and Giancarlo Giannini, to name but a few. Monicelli's greatest strength was his deft ability to tightrope-walk the fine line between humor and tragedy (the defining nature of Italian film comedy), where life's cruelty meets its absurdity head-on. He began as a writer and director of short films in the 1930s before teaming up with artist Steno in the '40s--the duo produced eight films in half as many years. It was not until the 1950s, however, that he broke into the international scene with arguably his best works: the Academy Award-nominated heist film"Big Deal on Madonna Street" in 1958 and "The Great War" a year later, for which he won a Golden Lion. He continued to work prolifically throughout his life, winning a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival in 1991. He died in late 2010, in a deliberate and non-ironic farewell to the comedic art form he championed, by jumping out of his hospital window while awaiting surgery for prostate cancer at the age of 95.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of My Father Himself (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 55% The Roses of the Desert Director,
Screenwriter
- 2006
62% 78% Under the Tuscan Sun Old Man with Flowers (Character) $43.6M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fede cieca Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 72% The Cyclone Gino (Voice) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Paradise Director,
Writer
- 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rossini! Rossini! Director,
Screenwriter
- 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal (Le Due Vite di Mattia Pascal) Director - 1985
No Score Yet 55% Let's Hope It's a Girl Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marquis of Grillo Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurricane Rosy Director - 1980
No Score Yet 13% Lovers and Liars Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Un borghese piccolo piccolo Director - 1977
No Score Yet 84% An Average Little Man Director - 1977
No Score Yet 66% The New Monsters Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Michael Director - 1976
No Score Yet 91% My Friends Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Home and Meet My Wife Director,
Writer
- 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Want the Colonels Director,
Writer
- 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Liberty Director - 1972
No Score Yet 69% Brancaleone at the Crusades Director - 1971
No Score Yet 87% The Girl With a Pistol Director - 1968
No Score Yet 91% For Love and Gold Director,
Screenwriter
- 1966
No Score Yet 67% The Queens Director - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Fate Director - 1966
No Score Yet 58% Casanova 70 Director,
Writer
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Infidelity Director - 1964
88% 89% The Organizer Director,
Writer
- 1963
50% 78% Boccaccio '70 Director - 1962
No Score Yet 79% The Passionate Thief Director,
Writer
$30.8K 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tailor's Maid Director - 1959
No Score Yet 94% The Great War Director,
Writer
- 1959
89% 90% Big Deal on Madonna Street Director - 1958
No Score Yet 75% A Hero of Our Times Director,
Writer
- 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Toto E Carolina Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dov'è la libertà...? Co-Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Verdi, the King of Melody Screenwriter - 1953
No Score Yet 80% The Unfaithfuls Director - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cops and Robbers Director - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vita Da Cani Director,
Writer
- 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soho Conspiracy Writer - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame and the Devil Director - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Totò cerca casa Director - 1949
100% 80% Bitter Rice Screenwriter - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Down With Misery Writer - 1945

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