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Also Known As: Giuseppe Avati Died:
Born: November 3, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bologna, IT Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, clarinetist

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Bologna-born Giuseppe 'Pupi' Avati gave up veterinary studies to join a jazz band as a clarinetist in the mid-1950s and later left a job in the frozen food industry to enter films in 1964. Forming the A.M.A. production company with his brother Antonio and Gianni Minervini, Avati went on to direct several award-winning films in his native Italy ("Bordella" 1975, the made-for-TV "Jazz Band" 1978). He also collaborated on the screenplay of Pasolini's last film, the highly controversial "Salo o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma/The 120 Days of Sodom" (1975).

Bologna-born Giuseppe 'Pupi' Avati gave up veterinary studies to join a jazz band as a clarinetist in the mid-1950s and later left a job in the frozen food industry to enter films in 1964. Forming the A.M.A. production company with his brother Antonio and Gianni Minervini, Avati went on to direct several award-winning films in his native Italy ("Bordella" 1975, the made-for-TV "Jazz Band" 1978). He also collaborated on the screenplay of Pasolini's last film, the highly controversial "Salo o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma/The 120 Days of Sodom" (1975).

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  Incantato (2003) Director
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  Midsummer Night Dance (2000) Director
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  Via degli angeli, La (1999) Director

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1956:
Joined the Rheno Jazz Band as a clarinet player and toured Europe until 1964
1964:
Worked for a frozen food company (date approximate)
1964:
First involved in show business
1965:
Put together a theater piece for A.R.C.I. In Bologna
1968:
Left frozen food job and first worked on a film with "Balsamus, L'Uomo Di Satana/Blood Relations"
1975:
Collabroated on screenplay of Pasolini's "Salo o Le 120 Giornate di Sodoma/Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom"
1976:
Formed A.M.A. Production company with brother Antonio and Gianni Minervini
1980:
Produced first film, Lamberto Bava's "Macabro" (also wrote screenplay)
1984:
Formed new production company, Duea Films, with brother Antonio
1986:
Wrote and directed "Hamburger Serenada", a show in 12 episodes, in collaboration with Gianni Cavina and Antonio Avati
1989:
Directed and wrote the semi-autobiographical "Storia di ragazzi e de ragazze/The Story of Boys and Girls" (released theatrically in the USA in 1991)
1991:
Made first English-language film "Bix", about jazz great Bix Beiderbecke
1994:
Second English-language film "The Childhood Friend"
1996:
Scripted and helmed the horror-themed "L'Arcano Incantore/The Arcane Enchanter"
1997:
Directed "The Best Man", Italy's selection for the Best Foreign Film Oscar
1999:
Co-wrote and directed "La Via degli angeli/Up to the Angels"
2000:
Directed and co-wrote (with brother) "Midsummer Night Dance"
2001:
Helmed the English-language medieval epic "Knights of the Quest"
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Education

University of Florence: -

Notes

Avati has also written and directed commercials for such companies as Renault, Olivetti, Televideo as well as for La Cassa Di Risparmio.

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brother:
Antonio Avati. Producer. In partnership with brother since early 1970s.

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