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Also Known As: Salvatore Giuseppe Tornatore, Peppuccio Tornatore Died:
Born: May 27, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: director, screenwriter, photographer

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Sicilian-born Giuseppe Tornatore proved a prodigy of sorts, beginning his career as a prize-winning still photographer. While in his mid-teens, he began directing, first for the stage and then by making the short film "Il Carretto/The Wagon". Eventually Tornatore caught the attention of RAI television and was hired to hem documentaries and TV-movies. In 1982, he garnered attention for his documentary "Ethnic Minorities in Sicily", which picked up a prize at the Salerno Film Festival. He shifted to fictional features co-writing the script to 1983's "Centro Giorni a Palermo/A Hundred Days in Palermo". Three years later, he debuted his first full-length feature as director, "Il Camorrista/The Professor/The Cammora Murder" (1986), a drama about a journalist who runs afoul of gangsters.

Sicilian-born Giuseppe Tornatore proved a prodigy of sorts, beginning his career as a prize-winning still photographer. While in his mid-teens, he began directing, first for the stage and then by making the short film "Il Carretto/The Wagon". Eventually Tornatore caught the attention of RAI television and was hired to hem documentaries and TV-movies. In 1982, he garnered attention for his documentary "Ethnic Minorities in Sicily", which picked up a prize at the Salerno Film Festival. He shifted to fictional features co-writing the script to 1983's "Centro Giorni a Palermo/A Hundred Days in Palermo". Three years later, he debuted his first full-length feature as director, "Il Camorrista/The Professor/The Cammora Murder" (1986), a drama about a journalist who runs afoul of gangsters.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Baarìa (2009)
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  Malena (2000) Director
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  Legend of 1900, The (1999) Director
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  Ritratti d'Autore: Seconda Serie (1996) Director ("Giuseppe Tornatore/ Riccardo Freda")
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  Schermo a tre punte, Lo (1995) Director
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  Star Maker, The (1995) Director
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  Une Pure Formalite (1994) Director
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  Especially on Sunday (1991) Director ("The Blue Dog")

CAST: (feature film)

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 Fellini (2001) Himself
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Won awards from various Italian photography magazines
1972:
Directed two stage plays, "Bella Vita" and "L'Arte della Commedia"
1972:
Made first short film, "Il Carretto/The Wagon" (date approximate)
1978:
Served as president of CLCT Cooperative
1979:
Hired by RAI Television where he directed such films as "Diario di Guttuso" and "Brancati and Sciascia"
1982:
Garnered attention with the documentary "Ethnic Minorities in Sicily"
1983:
Co-screenwriting debut, "Centro giorni a Palermo/A Hundred Days in Palermo"; also served as second unit director; film produced by CLCT Cooperative
1986:
Feature film directorial debut, "Il Camorrista/The Professor"; also penned screenplay
1988:
Wrote and directed second film, "Cinema Paradiso"; opened theatrically in Rome; after editing and reshaping, shown in competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival; garnered the 1989 Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award; marked initial collaborations with producer Franco Cristaldi and composer Ennio Morricone
1990:
Wrote and directed the comedy "Stanno tutti bene/Everybody's Fine", starring Marcello Mastroianni; shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival
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Taught aesthetics at the University of Palermo
1994:
Wrote and directed fourth film, "Una pura formalita/A Pure Formality", starring Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski
1995:
"L'Uomo delle stelle/The Star Maker", a companion piece to "Cinema Paradiso", earned a Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award nomination
1998:
Helmed first English-language feature "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" (released in USA in 1999 as "The Legend of 1900"); also wrote script based on the monologue "Novacentro" by Italian novelist Alessandro Barrico; Ennio Morricone provided the lush score
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brother:
Francesco Tornatore. Producer.

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