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Mario Chiari

Mario Chiari



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Also Known As: Died: April 9, 1989
Born: July 14, 1909 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: Art Director ...


Director (feature film)

A Quiet Place in the Country (1970) as Assistant Director
A beautiful ghost inspires a painter to commit murder.

Cast (feature film)

Bellissima (1951) as Himself
Film director Blasetti is looking for a little girl for his new movie. Along with other mothers, Maddelena takes her daugther to Cinecittà, hoping she'll be selected and become a star. She is ready to sacrifice anything for little Maria, even if her husband would prefer they save their little money for the rent, instead of paying teachers, hairdressers or bribes for her illusions.

Writer (feature film)

Vulcano (1950) as Screenwriter
While awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that passed it off to Eagle Lion and finally to United Artits when they acquired Eagle Lion properties. Anna Magnani, a prostitute, is banished from Naples and returns to her home, a volcanic island off of southern Italy. There, she is accepted only by her younger sister and younger brother, and takes whatever job she can to get by. Rossano Brazzi, a diver by trade but a procuer for a prostitution ring---the white slave trade in those days---sets his cap for Anna's beautiful sister who has fallen in love with him. Anna sleeps with Brazzi to convince the sister he is bad news but the sister thinks otherwise. Later, on Brazzi's boat, Anna is pumping air to him while he is on an underwater dive and she resorts to the only course she has left to save her sister. She stops pumping. Feeling guilt and remorse she then climbs the island volcano as it begins erupting.

Assistant Direction (feature film)

Fabiola (1948) as Assistant Director
In ancient Rome a love story blossoms between Fabiola, daughter of a senator, and Rhual, a gallic gladiator. When Fabiola's father is killed, the Romans blame the Christians and the persecution begins. Rhual confesses to be a christian and is accused of the murder and sentenced to fight to death in the arena.
The Iron Crown (1941) as Assistant Director
A corrupt medieval ruler courts disaster when he ignores the legends surrounding his crown.

Art Director (feature film)

Grand embouteillage, Le (1988) as Art Direction
I Miei Primi Quarant'Anni (1987) as Art Direction
An exploration of Italian society from the 1940s to the present through the eyes of an upper-middle class woman.
Monte Napoleone (1987) as Art Direction
Yuppies 2 (1986) as Art Direction
Womanlight (1979) as Art Direction
The Deserter (1971) as Production Design
A young soldier's resilience is tested and his loyalties divided when he joins the French Foreign Legion during the Algerian uprising against France.
Fraulein Doktor (1969) as Art Director
During World War I, British Intelligence is hot on the pursuit of "Fraulein Doktor", an expert and elusive German spy, who thwarts them in every attempt to get to her.
The Queens (1968) as Art dir for "Queen Marta"
Weekend, Italian Style (1967) as Art Director
Doctor Dolittle (1967) as Production Design
A veterinarian who can communicate with animals travels abroad to search for a giant sea snail.
The Bible...In the Beginning (1966) as Art Director
John Huston narrates this dramatization of the Book of Genesis.
Conquered City (1965) as Art Director
The Hunchback of Rome (1963) as Art Director
An updated version of the "Hunchback" legend brought to World War II's fascist Italy, where the title character is a leader in the Resistance Movement, but his rape of the girl he loves, causes him to flee the town and the Nazis to hole up with his fighters in a suburb that he controls.
Son of the Red Corsair (1963) as Art Director
The Reluctant Saint (1962) as Art Director
In this true story, a 17th century man miraculously overcomes his intellectual challenges to become a priest.
Barabbas (1962) as Art Director
A thief is pardoned so Jesus can be crucified in his place.
White Nights (1961) as Art Director
An office worker falls for a woman who's pining for the man who deserted her.
Neapolitan Carousel (1961)
A family of travelling street musicians make their way through Italy from town to town performing various operettas, ballets, and song and dance routines interpreting their country's history.
Neapolitan Carousel (1961) as Art Director
Napoli, anni cinquanta. Un cantastorie, che abita con la numerosa famiglia in una misera catapecchia, viene sfrattato e se ne va coi suoi familiari per le strade, spingendo il pianino di Barberia, cui sono appese delle canzoni. Un colpo di vento spazza via i fogli e sullo schermo si susseguono gli episodi che formano l'argomento delle canzoni. Dall'arrivo dei mori nel 1300 fino al Secondo dopoguerra. Passano sullo schermo Francesi e Spagnoli, Inglesi e Americani: sembra non sia cambiato nulla attraverso tanti secoli di Storia per Napoli e per i napoletani. Senza perdere del tutto la speranza, il cantastorie continua il suo cammino: prima di allontanarsi nella via accoglie nella sua famiglia un giovane cantante innamorato della figlia maggiore. Riprendono tutti insieme il difficile cammino, con la musica nel cuore e nel cervello...
The Giant of Marathon (1960) as From sketches by
Five Branded Women (1960) as Art Director
Tempest (1959) as Art Director
Epic tale of a Russian soldier who gets involved with a Cossack rebel, saving his life. Soon, that Cossack overthrows the Empress and becomes the self-appointed tsar, Peter III.
This Angry Age (1958) as Art Director
War and Peace (1956) as Art Director
A young Russian girl fights to save her family during Napoleon's invasion of her homeland.
House of Ricordi (1955) as Art Direction
A sweeping chronicle of the Ricordi family which grew to become Italy's premier music publishing house and pioneered the idea of royalty fees for its many clients which included many famous composers.
Too Bad She's Bad (1955) as Art Direction
A taxi driver falls in love with the young thief who helped steal his cab.
Loves of Three Queens, The (1954) as Art Direction
A woman tries to decide which character she will show up as at a prestigious costume ball.
The Golden Coach (1953) as Art Direction
The star of a theater company hesitates between three men.
I Vitelloni (1953) as Art Direction
Five friends struggle to escape the boredom of their provincial hometown in Italy.
Open City (1946)
Towards the end of WWII, Italian underground workers stand up to the Nazis.

Costume-Wardrobe (feature film)

Miracle in Milan (1951) as Costumes
Once upon a time an old woman discovers a baby in her cabbage patch. She brings up the child and, when she dies, the boy, Toto, enters an orphanage. Toto leaves the orphanage a happy young man, and looks for work in post-war Milan. He ends up with the homeless and organizes them to build a shanty town in a vacant lot. The squatters discover oil in the land and Toto sees a vision of the old woman who gives him a magic dove that will grant him anything he wishes.

Art Department (feature film)

The Law (1960) as Des by
A cook turns to theft so she and her lover can marry.

Production Designer (feature film)

Ashanti (1979) as Production Designer
Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task...
King Kong (1976) as Production Designer
An oil company expedition disturbs the peace of Kong and brings him back to New York to exploit him. Although a woman in the group tames Kong somewhat, he finally breaks loose and terrorizes the city.
Spina Dorsale del Diavola, La (1971) as Production Designer
Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches set up a stronghold just out of the cavalry's reach in Mexico, Kaleb is given amnesty in exchange for leading a small band of especially trained soldiers to wipe out the Indian stronghold.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

White Buffalo, The (1977) as Special Consultant
Wild Bill Hickok returns to the West to hunt down an albino buffalo that haunts his dreams.
Ludwig (1972)
Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner, betrayed by him, in love with his cousin Elisabeth of Austria, abandonned by her, tormented by his homosexuality, he will little by little slip towards madness.
Ludwig (1972)
Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner, betrayed by him, in love with his cousin Elisabeth of Austria, abandonned by her, tormented by his homosexuality, he will little by little slip towards madness.

Production Designer (TV Mini-Series)

Christopher Columbus (1985)
A miniseries about the life of the Genoa-born explorer, from his mid-twenties as a determined young seaman to his last years as a tired old man still fired by dreams of exploration and discovery.

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