Ettore Scola


Director, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Trevico, , IT
Born
May 10, 1931
Died
January 19, 2016
Cause of Death
Undisclosed Illness

Biography

Ettore Scola was an Italian filmmaker who wrote and directed over forty movies throughout his fifty-plus year career. Born and raised in the Southern Italian town of Trevico, Scola got his start in show business in his early teens when he began ghostwriting jokes for a prominent Italian comic named Toto. His work for the comic was funny enough that by his early 20s, Scola was making a go...

Biography

Ettore Scola was an Italian filmmaker who wrote and directed over forty movies throughout his fifty-plus year career. Born and raised in the Southern Italian town of Trevico, Scola got his start in show business in his early teens when he began ghostwriting jokes for a prominent Italian comic named Toto. His work for the comic was funny enough that by his early 20s, Scola was making a good living writing comedy screenplays for various Italian movie studios. Despite having a successful screenwriting career, however, Scola longed to direct his own films. He had his chance in 1964 when co-wrote and directed "Let's Talk About Women." The film was a minor success, which allowed Scola to write and direct several more films throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. His first major hit came in 1974 with the comedy-drama "We All Loved Each Other So Much." The film won two Italian Golden Globes and was nominated for several more, thus distinguishing Scola as one of Italy's most acclaimed directors. Scola continued directing films at a breakneck speed over the next few decades, with films like "The Night In Varennes" (1982), "What Time Is It?" (1989), and "The Dinner" (1998), all receiving wide acclaim. Scola's directing career slowed down in the 2000s, with a 10-year gap between 2003's "People of Rome" and his final film, 2013's "How Strange to Be Named Federico." With a prolific career spanning seven decades and dozens of films, Scola died peacefully on January 19, 2016 in Rome. He was 84.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

How Strange to Be Named Federico (2013)
Director
Another World is Possible (2001)
Director
Unfair Competition (2001)
Director
The Dinner (1999)
Director
Romanzo di un Giovane Povero (1996)
Director
Mario, Maria e Mario (1993)
Director
The Voyage of Captain Fracassa (1991)
Director
What Time Is It? (1989)
Director
Splendor (1988)
Director
La Famiglia (1987)
Director
Macaroni (1985)
Director
Le Bal (1984)
Director
La Nuit de Varennes (1982)
Director
Passione d'amore (1981)
Director
La Terrazza (1979)
Director
I Nuovi Mostri (1977)
Director
A Special Day (1977)
Director
Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976)
Director
Signore e Signori, Buonanotte (1976)
Director
We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)
Director
La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita (1972)
Director
Permette? Rocco Papaleo (1971)
Director
The Pizza Triangle (1970)
Director
The Devil in Love (1968)
Director
Let's Talk About Women (1964)
Director
La Congiuntura (1964)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Voi Siete Qui (2011)
Marcello: A Sweet Life (2006)
The Magic of Fellini (2002)
Himself
Fellini (2001)
Himself

Writer (Feature Film)

How Strange to Be Named Federico (2013)
Writer
Unfair Competition (2001)
Screenwriter
The Dinner (1999)
Screenwriter
Mario, Maria e Mario (1993)
Screenplay
What Time Is It? (1989)
Screenwriter
Splendor (1988)
Screenplay
La Famiglia (1987)
Screenwriter
Macaroni (1985)
Screenplay
Le Bal (1984)
Screenplay
La Nuit de Varennes (1982)
Screenwriter
Passione d'amore (1981)
Screenwriter
La Terrazza (1979)
Screenwriter
A Special Day (1977)
Story By
A Special Day (1977)
Screenwriter
A Special Day (1977)
From Story
Signore e Signori, Buonanotte (1976)
Screenwriter
Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976)
Screenwriter
We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)
Screenplay
La Piu Bella Serata Della Mia Vita (1972)
Screenwriter
That's How We Women Are (1971)
Writer
Permette? Rocco Papaleo (1971)
Screenwriter
The Pizza Triangle (1970)
Screenwriter
Anyone Can Play (1968)
Screenwriter
The Devil in Love (1968)
Story-Screenplay
Made in Italy (1967)
Screenwriter
Made in Italy (1967)
Story
Opiate '67 (1967)
Screenwriter
La visita (1966)
Screenwriter
Love à la Carte (1965)
Screenwriter
Il successo (1965)
Screenwriter
The Magnificent Cuckold (1965)
Screenwriter
High Infidelity (1965)
Screenwriter
Of Wayward Love (1964)
Screenplay for "The Women" and "The Soldier"
Let's Talk About Women (1964)
Story & Screenplay
Love and Larceny (1963)
Screenwriter
The Easy Life (1963)
Screenwriter
Two Nights With Cleopatra (1963)
Screenplay (see note)
Ghosts in Rome (1960)
Screenplay

Editing (Feature Film)

La Famiglia (1987)
Editor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Fellini (2001)
Other
The Dinner (1999)
Other
Romanzo di un Giovane Povero (1996)
Other

Misc. Crew (Special)

Passion (1996)
Other

Life Events

1948

Began writing gags for radio

1952

First screenwriting credit on "Canzoni de Mezzo Secola"

1964

Directorial debut, "Let's Talk About Women"

1970

Helmed "The Pizza Triangle"

1975

Garnered international attention with "C'Eravamo Tanto Amati/We All Loved One Another So Much"

1977

Wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign-Language Film "A Special Day/Una Giornata particolare"

1981

Helmed and scripted the period romance "Passione d'Amore"

1982

Directed and wrote the speculative historical drama "La Nuit de Varennes"

1984

"Le Bal", a historical drama told without dialogue, screened at Berlin Film Festival where it won the Best Director prize

1987

Second Academy Award nominated Best Foreign-Language Film, "The Family"

1991

Directed "Captain Fracassa's Journey"

1993

Wrote and directed the triangular romance "Mario, Maria and Mario"

1996

Was screenwriter and director on "The Dinner"

2001

Helmed and scripted the historical drama "Unfair Competition"

2013

Co-wrote and directed his final film "How Strange to Be Named Federico"

Family

Paola Scola
Daughter
Assistant director.

Bibliography