Pietro Germi


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Pietro Germi
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Germi, Pietro

 

Born Sept. 14, 1914, in Genoa; died Dec. 5, 1974, in Rome. Italian actor and movie director.

Germi studied at the Rome Experimental Cinema Center. He was one of the initiators of neorealism; his first films were The Witness (1946) and Lost Youth (1947). Social themes and documentary (1965), and Amoral (1966). His castigating as a director he also attached great significance to the ability of his subject matter to capture the viewer’s attention. In his most significant films, In the Name of the Law (1949; released in the Soviet Union as Under the Skies of Sicily) and The Road to Hope (1950), the age-old poverty and backwardness of Sicily are boldly shown; both films aroused great public interest. The traditions of neorealism were developed in the multileveled social cinema novels The Engineer (1956) and The Spineless Man (1958); Germi played the title roles in both these films.

From the early 1960’s, Germi worked in the genre, new for him, of social and realist satiric comedy: Divorce Italian Style (1961), Seduced and Abandoned (1964), Ladies and Gentlemen (1965), and Amoral (1966). His castigating satire is at times filled with caustic bitterness and hopelessness. In 1969 he produced the merry and mischievous comedy Serafino, full of national spirit, which won the Gold Prize at the Sixth International Film Festival in Moscow in 1969.

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Razvod po-italïanski. Moscow, 1965. (With E. de Concini and A. Gianatti.)
“Soblaznennaia i pokinutaia.” Iskusstvo kino, 1965, no. 3. (With Age-Scarpelli and L. Vincenzoni.)
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Although Pezzotti's main focus is the 'new giallo wave' (1990s/2000s), some precursors relevant to her thesis are included, such as Pietro Germi and Elio Petri.
Her book also investigates many of the more important films on the topic (among others, Elio Petri's A ciascuno il suo and Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, Pietro Germi's Un maledetto imbroglio (based on Gadda's Quer pasticciaccio), Michele Placido's Romanzo criminale and Marco Tullio Giordano's Romanzo di una strage - unfortunately only mentioning his La meglio gioventu in passing).
(9) D'altronde si era gia verificato con L'uomo di paglia di Pietro Germi, al quale non fu perdonato di aver ridotto in melodramma il lavoro operaio.
The prolific Vincenzoni started his screenwriting career in 1954 with Aldo Fabrizi comedy "They Stole a Tram," followed by Pietro Germi's "The Railroad Man" in 1956.
This list would be long but I really liked Divorzio all'italiana, a classic movie directed by Pietro Germi describing the old Italian society at a time when divorce was not allowed.
Mastroianni's performance is one of the several things to admire, and enjoy, in "Divorce Italian Style." It was directed and co-written by Pietro Germi (1914-1974) -- in the view of some cineastes the most underrated filmmaker to arise from Italy's neo-realist movement.
Pietro Germi's 1962 Divorce - Italian Style (b&w; in Italian with subtitles; 104 minutes; Hen's Tooth Video) stars Marcello Mastroianni and takes place in a Sicilian town, "Agramonte," south of Catania.
More developed and seemingly pertinent to the study at hand is an examination of the contemporary director's debt to Pietro Germi. Calabretta-Sajder argues convincingly that, following the tenets of the commedia all'italiana, Ozpetek's Mine vaganti provides a modern critique of society's inability to accept homosexuality just as Germi's Sedotta e abbandonata (1964) had lampooned the conservative sexual mores of southern Italy.
Con il successo straordinario del libro di Roberto Saviano* 2 e del film di Matteo Garrone (3), anticipato in un certo senso dalla sua quarta opera (4), e accaduto qualcosa di inaspettato e di simile a quanto avvenne alla fine degli anni quaranta alle opere di De Martino e nella cinematografia con La terra trema (1948) di Luchino Visconti, In nome della legge (1948) di Pietro Germi, Stromboli terra di Dio (1949) di Roberto Rossellini.
Di fronte a un fotogiornalismo che nel secondo dopoguerra stento a liberarsi da un atteggiamento conformista nei confronti della politica governativa, la denuncia dell 'emigrazione come piaga sociale divenne cosi appannaggio soprattutto di pellicole cinematografiche come Il cammino della speranza di Pietro Germi (1950), per l'esodo all'estero, o Roteo e i suoi fratelli di Luchino Visconti (1960), per i flussi interni.
Helmers Dino Risi and Pietro Germi are among other filmmakers the duo collaborated with on scores of hits, including Risi's "Il Mattatore" (Love and Larceny), starring Vittorio Gassman, and Germi's dramedy "Sedotta e Abbandonata" (Seduced and Abandoned), in which Stefania Sandrelli played a young Sicilian woman who breaks with convention after she is deflowered by her sister's future husband.
per un'analisi approfondita di Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Meriaana, versione Garzanti, ben distinta da Il palazzo degli ori, pubblicato sulla rivista Letteratura, e dalla trasposizione cinematografica di Pietro Germi, che scioglie in modo esplicito qualsiasi dubbio sull'identita dell'assassino.