Franco Cristaldi


Producer

About

Birth Place
Italy
Born
October 03, 1924
Died
July 01, 1992
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Respected European producer who has backed films by most of the neo-realists and other major post-war Italian directors, including Luchino Visconti ("White Nights" 1957), Mario Monicelli ("Big Deal on Madonna Street" 1958), Marco Bellocchio ("China is Near" 1967), Francesco Rosi ("Salvatore Giuiliano" 1962), Gillo Pontecorvo ("Ogro" 1979), Pietro Germi ("Divorce, Italian Style 1962 and "...

Family & Companions

Claudia Cardinale
Wife
Actor. Married in 1966; divorced c. 1975; one son together; appeared in such Cristaldi-produced films as Nanni Loy's "Fiasco in Milan" (1959), Francesco Maselli's "Time of Indifference" (1964), Luchino Visconti's "Vaghe Stella del Orso/Sandra" (1965) and Mikhail Kalatozov's "The Red Tent" (1969).
Zeudi Arraya
Wife
Actor. Married c. 1984; survived him.

Notes

Served as President of the National Union of Italian Film Producers (1966-1992).

Elected President of the International Federation of Film Producers Association (IFFPA) (1977).

Biography

Respected European producer who has backed films by most of the neo-realists and other major post-war Italian directors, including Luchino Visconti ("White Nights" 1957), Mario Monicelli ("Big Deal on Madonna Street" 1958), Marco Bellocchio ("China is Near" 1967), Francesco Rosi ("Salvatore Giuiliano" 1962), Gillo Pontecorvo ("Ogro" 1979), Pietro Germi ("Divorce, Italian Style 1962 and "Seduced and Abandoned" 1964) and Federico Fellini ("Amarcord" 1974 and "And The Ship Sails On" 1983). Formerly married to actress Claudia Cardinale.

Filmography

 

Producer (Feature Film)

Gangsters (1997)
Producer ("Presents")
Flight of the Innocent (1992)
Producer
C'era un castello con 40 cani (1990)
Producer
Cinema Paradiso (1989)
Producer
Vanille Fraise (1989)
Producer
Control (1987)
Producer
Garibaldi - the General (1986)
Producer
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Coproducer
And The Ship Sails On (1984)
Producer
Arrivano i miei (1983)
Producer
Domani Si Balla (1982)
Producer
Cafe Express (1980)
Producer
Ho Fatto Splash (1980)
Producer
Operazione Ogro (1979)
Producer
Ogro (1979)
Producer
Ratataplan (1979)
Producer
Cristo si e Fermato a Eboli (1978)
Producer
Mogliamante (1977)
Producer
Qui comincia l'avventura (1976)
Producer
Beato Loro (1975)
Producer
Amarcord (1974)
Producer
Lucky Luciano (1973)
Producer
The Mattei Affair (1972)
Producer
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
Executive Producer
In Nome del Padre (1971)
Producer
L' Udienza (1971)
Producer
The Red Tent (1970)
Producer
A Fine Pair (1969)
Executive Producer
China Is Near (1968)
Producer
A Rose for Everyone (1967)
Producer
Sandra (1966)
Producer
Salvatore Giuliano (1966)
Producer
The Lady Killer of Rome (1965)
Producer
Time of Indifference (1965)
Producer
Seduced and Abandoned (1964)
Producer
The Organizer (1964)
Producer
Bebo's Girl (1964)
Producer
Fiasco in Milan (1963)
Producer
My Son, the Hero (1963)
Producer
Divorce--Italian Style (1962)
Producer
White Nights (1961)
Producer
The Dauphins (1960)
Producer
Ghosts in Rome (1960)
Producer
I magliari (1959)
Producer
Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)
Producer
Nero's Mistress (1956)
Producer

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Marco Polo (1982)
Executive Producer

Life Events

1945

Produced first short film

1953

Produced first feature film, "La Pattuglia Sperduta"

1968

Elected president of Union of Italian Producers

1969

Produced first Italo-Soviet co-production, "The Red Tent"

1982

Produced first TV mini-series, "Marco Polo"

1984

Served on Cannes' 37th Jury

Videos

Movie Clip

Fine Pair, A (1969) - Two Basic Requirements After credits in which she lands in New York from Rome, Claudia Cardinale is pretty convincing as a playful Italian jet-setter, inexplicably dropping in on businesslike police suit Rock Hudson, early in director Francesco Maselli's little-noticed A Fine Pair, 1969.
Fine Pair, A (1969) - You Want Two Rooms? Crossing the pond with Esmerelda (Claudia Cardinale), the now grown-up amateur criminal daughter of his late Italian colleague, New York police executive Harmon (Rock Hudson) is looking only semi-competent at helping her out of a jam, in the multi-national rom-com A Fine Pair, 1969.
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.
Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights) - He Was A Foreigner Natalia (Maria Schell) is at last warming to Mario (Marcello Mastroianni), so she begins to open up about her life, allowing director Luchino Visconi's first departure from reality, introducing "The Lodger," Jean Marais, in Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights), 1961.
Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights) - I May Be Too Bold Mario (Marcello Mastroianni) has returned to the bar where he met Natalia (Maria Schell, speaking Italian she learned in two weeks) the night before, where she didn't quite promise to meet him again, early in Luchino Visconti's Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights), 1961.
Cinema Paradiso (1989) - I'm Calling From Sicily Director Giuseppe Tornatore's nearly still-life opening, eventually adding Pupella Maggio, as the now-elderly mother of movie director Salvatore (Jacques Perrin) at the wheel in Rome, opening the Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film, Cinema Paradiso, 1989, starring Philippe Noiret.
Cinema Paradiso (1989) - Verso La Vita We discover what Fr. Adelfio (Leopoldo Trieste) was rushing off to do, censor the new movie in the Sicilian wartime town, altar-boy Salvatore (Cascio) peeping and Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) projecting (Jean Renoir's The Lower Depths, with Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim and Louis Joudet), early in Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso, 1989.
Cinema Paradiso (1989) - The Saints Just Watch Altar boy Salvatore (Cascio), who will grow up to be a famous director, doing serious business with Fr. Adelfio (Leopoldo Trieste) in WWII Sicily, rescued by his friend, the projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), angering his mother (Antonella Attili), in Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso, 1989.
Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights) - This Young Lady Is With Me! Office worker Mario (Marcello Mastroianni) has just been dropped off by his new boss in director Luchino Visconti's realistic but 100% artificial recreation of Livorno, sort of meeting Natalia (Maria Schell), early in Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights), 1961, from a Dostoyevsky short story.
Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights) - You Neglect Life And Reality Not a scene you'll see in every Luchino Visconti movie, timid Mario and frightened Natalia (Marcello Mastroianni, Maria Schell) try to loosen up in a bar in the director's imaginary version of Livorno, in Le Notti Bianche (a.k.a. White Nights), 1961.

Companions

Claudia Cardinale
Wife
Actor. Married in 1966; divorced c. 1975; one son together; appeared in such Cristaldi-produced films as Nanni Loy's "Fiasco in Milan" (1959), Francesco Maselli's "Time of Indifference" (1964), Luchino Visconti's "Vaghe Stella del Orso/Sandra" (1965) and Mikhail Kalatozov's "The Red Tent" (1969).
Zeudi Arraya
Wife
Actor. Married c. 1984; survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

Served as President of the National Union of Italian Film Producers (1966-1992).

Elected President of the International Federation of Film Producers Association (IFFPA) (1977).