Gianni Bozzacchi biography - The Neorealism: we ware not just bicycle thieves Triworld Cinema
Gianni Bozzacchi
Home / Credits

Gianni Bozzacchi biography

“His black and white was full of color”. (Pablo Picasso)

Born in a poor district in the suburbs of Rome during the Second World War he starts as assistant of his father Bruno Bozzacchi (Director of the Photographic Center for Restoration of Ancient Books of the Capital); while a teenager he already has the luck to personally handle with original works by Michelangelo and Leonardo.

In his twenties he leaves for Africa as a photographer on the set of "The Comedians" (1967), with an all-star cast comprising Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Guinness and Peter Ustinov.

Taylor’s initially mistrust of Bozzacchi, considering his young age and almost total inexperience, is very quickly transformed into unconditional appreciation (she used to say “Gianni always captures the spirit”).

His fresh, intimate and unorthodox style wins over the Hollywood star to the extent that on completion of the filming he receives her formal request to become her personal photographer.

This are the years when - thanks to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the most glamorous and admired couple of the period - he also joins the international jet set, entering through the front door this time.

He constantly follows them on all their trips and on the sets where they are filming.

The golden world of Hollywood and the couple’s flamboyance becomes his day to day life.

From the late 60s through the early 70s, his aptitude for human contacts and his artistic talent - although not yet perfected with study and technique - allows him to gradually cut himself loose of his patrons’ aura and to venture out as a photographer in the presence of the world’s most famous people – from Grace Kelly and the Royal Family of Monaco to the Shah of Persia and his wife Farah Diba, Picasso, Coco Chanel, Claudia Cardinale, Clint Eastwood, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, Al Pacino, Steve McQueen, Noel Coward, Tito, George Raft, Warren Beatty, Michael Caine, Peter O'Toole, Lawrence Harvey, Anthony Hopkins, Alain Delon, Sergio Leone, to name just a few.

In the later years he makes the most of his awareness of visual composition; he decidesto totally devote himself to the film production. To transform this dream into reality, he establishes his own production and development company, backed up by a very high profile international staff and collaboration with an American network, sponsors, European investors and the Italian government.

Among other titles, Gianni Bozzacchi has produced "China 9 Liberty 37" (“Amore, piombo e furore”, 1978) for the direction of Monte Hellman, "Together"(“Amo non amo”, 1979), "Once Upon a Time in America" (“C'era una volta in America”, 1984), for the direction of Sergio Leone (financing the film), "I Love N.Y." (1987), as writer, director and producer, "Medusa touch" (“Il tocco della Medusa”, 1978), and the short film "We Were Not Just... Bicycle thieves. Neorealism" (“Il Neorealismo. Non eravamo solo… ladri di biciclette”, 2013), which he wrote, directs and produces.

In the same year is released his second book, "Exposed Memories", an autobiography about his life as a photographer.

He is currently developing the series of TV movies "Il Rinascimento" as scriptwriter as well as producer.

In the USA, the Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters of the state where he lives with his wife Tasha, son Brendonn and daughters Rhea, Bianca and Astoria, recently awarded him with a commendation as image consultant of important artists and show business celebrities.

Gianni Bozzacchi - biography
The Neorealism: we were not just bicycle thieves
Triworld Cinema