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Carlo Lizzani biography

Born in Rome in 1922, Carlo Lizzani was director, actor, film producer and essayist (author of an history of the Italian cinema).

He became a protagonist of neorealism movement during Italy's early postwar period, initially as a critic, then as a scribe working with, among others, Roberto Rossellini on the gut-wrenching 1948 "Germany Year Zero," a look at devastated Berlin through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy. He also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on Giuseppe De Santis' 1950 film Bitter Rice.

His contribution to Neorealism was not only as director but he was also important for the screenplays he wrote for other directors such as Rossellini, De Santis and Lattuada.

Other films Lizzani is known for include "Chronicle of Poor Lovers" (“Cronache di poveri amanti”, 1954) "Il processo di Verona" (1963), "Banditi a Milano" (1968), "Crazy Joe" (1973)

"Mussolini ultimo atto" (1974), "Storie di Vita e malavita" (1975), "Fontamara" (1977), "La casa del tappeto giallo" (1983), "Mamma Ebe" (1985),"Caro Gorbaciov" (1988), "Cattiva" (1991), "Celluloide" (1995), "Hotel Meina" (2007).

In addition to that a series of television dramas: "Nucleo Zero" (1984), "Un’isola" (1986) e "La trappola" (1989).

From 1979 to 1982, he headed the Venice Film Festival.

In 1998 he published a collection of all his writings that describe a unique experience through the twentieth century completed in 2007 with his autobiography, "Il mio lungo viaggio nel secolo breve".

In 1999 he received the University of Turin honorary degree in Communication Sciences.

In 1996 he was ordained a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

In 2002 he was awarded from the President of the Republic of Knighthood of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

In the last year was tutor of the course of film-makers of the Academy Multimedia Act of Cinecittà.

Carlo Lizzani died in Rome the 5th of October 2013.

Carlo Lizzani - biography
The Neorealism: we were not just bicycle thieves
Triworld Cinema