Mario Monicelli


Director, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Italy
Born
May 15, 1915
Died
November 29, 2010
Cause of Death
Suicide

Biography

Heralded as a masterful interpreter of the "Commedia all'Italiana," screenwriter/director Mario Monicelli was not only one of Italy's most beloved and critically celebrated filmmakers (perhaps second to only Federico Fellini) but was also recognized for spawning the careers of some of the country's favorite actors. The short list of collaborators includes such notables as Marcello Mastro...

Biography

Heralded as a masterful interpreter of the "Commedia all'Italiana," screenwriter/director Mario Monicelli was not only one of Italy's most beloved and critically celebrated filmmakers (perhaps second to only Federico Fellini) but was also recognized for spawning the careers of some of the country's favorite actors. The short list of collaborators includes such notables as Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, Monica Vitti, Anna Magnani, and Giancarlo Giannini, to name but a few. Monicelli's greatest strength was his deft ability to tightrope-walk the fine line between humor and tragedy (the defining nature of Italian film comedy), where life's cruelty meets its absurdity head-on. He began as a writer and director of short films in the 1930s before teaming up with artist Steno in the '40s--the duo produced eight films in half as many years. It was not until the 1950s, however, that he broke into the international scene with arguably his best works: the Academy Award-nominated heist film"Big Deal on Madonna Street" in 1958 and "The Great War" a year later, for which he won a Golden Lion. He continued to work prolifically throughout his life, winning a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival in 1991. He died in late 2010, in a deliberate and non-ironic farewell to the comedic art form he championed, by jumping out of his hospital window while awaiting surgery for prostate cancer at the age of 95.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Desert Roses (2008)
Director
Another World is Possible (2001)
Director
Cari Fottutissimi Amici (1994)
Director
Rossini, Rossini (1991)
Director
Parenti Serpenti (1991)
Director
Il Male Oscuro (1990)
Director
I Picari (1989)
Director
The Late Mattia Pascal (1988)
Director
Pourvu que ce soit une fille (1987)
Director
Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno (1984)
Director
Amici miei atto II (1983)
Director
Il Marchese del Grillo (1981)
Director
Viaggio con Anita (1979)
Director
Hurricane Rosy (1979)
Director
Travels With Anita (1978)
Director
An Average Man (1977)
Director
I Nuovi Mostri (1977)
Director
Signore e Signori, Buonanotte (1976)
Director
Caro Michele (1976)
Director
Amici Miei (1975)
Director
Romanzo Popolare (1974)
Director
Lady Liberty (1972)
Director
Vogliamo I Colonnelli (1972)
Director
Lady Liberty (1972)
Director
The Queens (1968)
Director of "Queen Armenia"
High Infidelity (1965)
Director for "modern people"
Casanova '70 (1965)
Director
The Organizer (1964)
Director
The Passionate Thief (1963)
Director
The Great War (1961)
Director
Risate di gioia (1960)
Director
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)
Director
Fathers And Sons (1957)
Director
Proibito (1955)
Director
Toto e Carolina (1955)
Director
Donatella (1955)
Director
Un Eroe dei nostri tempi (1955)
Director
Le Infedeli (1952)
Director
Toto e i re di Roma (1951)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Marcello: A Sweet Life (2006)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Old Man With Flowers
Il Ciclone (1997)
Voice Of Gino
The True Life of Antonio H. (1994)
Himself
Sono Fotogenico (1980)
Rue du Pied-De-Grue (1979)
Professur De Solfege

Writer (Feature Film)

The Desert Roses (2008)
Screenplay
Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
Based On "I Soliti Ignoti"
Cari Fottutissimi Amici (1994)
Screenplay
Rossini, Rossini (1991)
Screenplay
Il Male Oscuro (1990)
Screenwriter
I Picari (1989)
Screenwriter
The Late Mattia Pascal (1988)
Screenwriter
Pourvu que ce soit une fille (1987)
Screenwriter
Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno (1984)
Screenplay
Amici miei atto II (1983)
Screenplay
Amici miei atto II (1983)
From Story
Il Marchese del Grillo (1981)
Screenwriter
Travels With Anita (1978)
Screenwriter
An Average Man (1977)
Screenwriter
Signore e Signori, Buonanotte (1976)
Screenwriter
Romanzo Popolare (1974)
Screenwriter
Lady Liberty (1972)
Screenplay
Vogliamo I Colonnelli (1972)
Screenplay
Casanova '70 (1965)
Screenwriter
The Organizer (1964)
Story & Screenplay
Fatal Desire (1963)
Screenwriter
The Passionate Thief (1963)
Screenwriter
The Great War (1961)
Screenwriter
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)
Screenwriter
Fathers And Sons (1957)
Screenplay
La Donna piu bella del mondo (1955)
Screenwriter
Proibito (1955)
Screenwriter
Donatella (1955)
Screenplay

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The True Life of Antonio H. (1994)
Other
Splendor (1988)
Other
I Soliti Ignoti... Vent'Anni Dopo (1988)
Other
Crackers (1984)
Other

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

I Compagni (The Organizer) -- (1964) - I Know All Your Faces Turin, Italy, striking factory workers stealing coal, their ringleader the professor (Marcello Mastroianni, title character) seeking support, hungry teenage Bianca (Raffaella Carra`) winning the sympathy of a young policeman, in Mario Monicelli's I Compagni, a.k.a. The Organizer, 1964.
I Compagni (The Organizer) -- (1964) - Rice And Turnips Again After a domestic opening, director Mario Monicelli's sequences depicting the working day in a turn-of-the-century textile factory in Turin, worker Pautasso (Folco Lulli) visiting his child, in I Compagni a.k.a. The Organizer, 1964 starring Marcello Mastroianni.
I Compagni (The Organizer) -- (1964) - But That Would Be A Strike Just arrived in Turin, the professor (Marcello Mastroianni) inserts himself into a spat between semi-organized factory workers led by Pautasso (Folco Lulli), and hesitant Raoul (Renato Salvatori), early in Mario Monicelli's I Compagni a.k.a. The Organizer, 1964.
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958) - Penal Code From the opening credit sequence, quickly taking on comic tones, Roman thieves Cosimo (Memmo Carotenuto) and Capanelle (Carlo Pisacane) bungling a car theft, in Mario Monicelli's international hit Big Deal On Madonna Street, 1958, featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale.
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958) - It Was Me The Scoundrel Incarcerated thief Cosimo (Memmo Carotenuto) has arranged for failed boxer Peppe (Vittorio Gassman) to appear before the magistrate and admit guilt for the original crime, not working out, in Mario Monicelli's comic caper Big Deal On Madonna Street, 1958.
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958) - Nothing But Rocks And Cacti Mario (Renato Salvatori), junior member of the bumbling crime gang, sent on an errand, seizes the chance to romance Carmela (Claudia Cardinale), pretty sister of his colleague Ferribotte (Tiberio Murgia), who unexpectedly appears, in Big Deal On Madonna Street, 1958.
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958) - Hands Off The Baby Food! Bumbling crooks Ferribotte, Capanelle and Mario (Tiberio Murgia, Carlo Pisacane, Renato Salvatori) pay a visit to photographer pal Tiberio (Marcello Mastroianni), about their jailed pal who needs a stand-in, early in Mario Monicelli's Big Deal On Madonna Street, 1958.

Family

Tomaso Monicelli
Father
Journalist.

Bibliography