Paolo Taviani

Paolo Taviani

Highest Rated: 92% Caesar Must Die (2013)

Lowest Rated: 57% Fiorile (Wild Flower) (1993)

Birthday: Nov 8, 1931

Birthplace: Not Available

Italian filmmaker Paolo Taviani and his brother Vittorio, known for their politically charged re-workings of historical events, began their long, fruitful collaboration while still in school. Their earliest films were documentaries, and their liberal political tendencies are already apparent in their first finished short San Miniato, July 1944 (1954), a chronicle of a Nazi massacre in their hometown done in collaboration with Cesare Zavattini. The notorious resistance fighter Valentino Orsini was a friend and also had a tremendous effect on their work. The brothers gained notoriety in 1967 with the groundbreaking Subversives, a film that combined actual footage of a Communist leader's funeral with the story of four people for whom the death marks a major turning point in their political futures. With their feature films, the brothers Taviani share every aspect of filmmaking from writing and design, to directing. When they began in features, they adopted conventions of Neo-Realism by using non-pro actors, natural lighting, location shoots, natural sound, and working class scenarios. Later, they branched off in search of their own style of blurring the lines between traditional documentary and fictional features by presenting subjective views of actual facts to create a metaphorical look at history. A good example of their vision and style can be seen in La notte di San Lorenzo (1984), a remake of their first film. The film reflects the Taviani's commitment to retelling history in a manner apropos to contemporary needs in order to prevent a repetition of its tragedies.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Rainbow: A Private Affair (Una questione privata) Screenwriter Director 2017
60% Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Wondrous Boccaccio) Director Screenwriter 2015
92% Caesar Must Die Director 2013
No Score Yet 40 X 15 Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Lark Farm Director Screenwriter 2007
No Score Yet Luisa Sanfelice Director 2004
No Score Yet Domani Minister 2001
No Score Yet Italia non è un paese povero, L', (Italy Is Not a Poor Country) Director 1999
No Score Yet Tu ridi (You Laugh) (You're Laughing) Director Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet Elective Affinities Director Screenwriter 1996
57% Fiorile (Wild Flower) Director 1993
No Score Yet Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night) Screenwriter Director 1990
80% Good Morning, Babylon Screenwriter Director 1987
No Score Yet Kaos Screenwriter Director 1984
77% La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo) Director 1982
No Score Yet Il Prato Screenwriter Director 1979
75% Padre Padrone Screenwriter Director 1977
No Score Yet Allonsanfan Director Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet St. Michael Had a Rooster Director Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Un Uomo da bruciare (A Man for Burning ) Director 1962
No Score Yet Il prato Director


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