Pietro Germi

Pietro Germi

Highest Rated: 100% Divorce, Italian Style (1962)

Lowest Rated: 100% Divorce, Italian Style (1962)

Birthday: Sep 14, 1914

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

An often underrated or simply overlooked figure of note in the history of Italian cinema, Pietro Germi had the misfortune to be labeled a "follower" of such seminal figures as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavattini in the annals of the most notable and studied movement within Italian film, neorealism. Simultaneously, he was castigated for not following the movement closely enough, seemingly indulging his fondness for Hollywood films and genre formulas, making crime films and Westerns at first and later specializing in comedy. As the "art cinema" distribution circuit grew in the 1950s and 60s, Germi was usually not deemed quite as distinctive or as idiosyncratic as the filmmakers who benefited most from such modes, namely Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini. Finally, Germi's work was often simply too popular in his native land to be taken as anything but enjoyably crafted fodder. It is true, of course, that some of Germi's hard-hitting dramas and his darkly satirical comedies were acclaimed internationally, so he is not an entirely unknown or unappreciated figure (his best known film, "Divorce Italian Style" 1961, even won an Academy Award). And one might argue as well that perhaps his oeuvre is not quite as great as that of some of his contemporaries. But what is equally true is that for some time Germi's work was too often considered for what it was not, rather than appreciated simply for what it was, outside narrow frameworks of comparative context. For this "craftsman" was also an artist with an arresting visual style and often ferociously expressed (whether dramatically or comically) thematic interests.




No Score Yet No Score Yet Fuga in Francia Unknown (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 91% My Friends Writer - 1975
No Score Yet 44% Alfredo, Alfredo Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Pocketful of Chestnuts Director,
- 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Serafino Director,
- 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet L' Immorale (Climax) (Too Much for One Man ) Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax Director - 1967
No Score Yet 91% The Birds, the Bees and the Italians Director,
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Named John Padre del pontefice (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 89% Seduced and Abandoned Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Matter of Honor Director - 1964
100% 93% Divorce, Italian Style Director - 1962
No Score Yet 100% La Viaccia Stefano (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 83% The Facts of Murder Dottor Ingravallo (Character),
- 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Branded Women Partisan commander (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man of Straw Andrea Zaccardi (Character),
- 1958
No Score Yet 74% The Railroad Man Andrea Marcocci (Character),
- 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mid-Century Loves Director - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Ways Out Director,
- 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jealousy Director - 1953
No Score Yet 43% The Brigand of Tacca del Lupo Director - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Path of Hope Director - 1950