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Paolo Taviani



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Maraviglioso Boccaccio (Wondrous Boccaccio)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
91% 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
67% Fiorile (Wild Flower)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Good Morning, Babylon
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet Kaos
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
70% La Notte di San Lorenzo (Night of the Shooting Stars) (The Night of San Lorenzo)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
No Score Yet Il Prato
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
100% 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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