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Pietro Germi (14 September 1914, Genoa - 5 December 1974) was an Italian actor, screenwriter, and director. Germi was born in Genoa, Liguria, to a lower-middle class family. He was a messenger and briefly attended nautical school before deciding on a career in acting.

He studied acting and directing at Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During his time in school, Germi supported himself by working as an extra, bit actor, assistant director, and, on occasion, writer. Germi made his directorial debut in 1945 with the film Il testimone. His early work, this film included, were very much in the Italian Neorealist style; many were social dramas that dealt with contemporary issues pertaining to people of Sicilian heritage.

Through the years, Germi shifted away from social drama towards satirical comedies, but retained his loved element of the Sicilian people. In the 1960s, Germi received worldwide success with the films Divorce, Italian Style, Seduced and Abandoned, and Signore e Signori. The latter is better known in the English-speaking world as The Birds the Bees and the Italians. He was nominated for Academy Awards in both directing and writing for Divorce, Italian Style, and, subsequently, won in the writing category. He also won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Signore e signori.

Germi collaborated on the scripts for all the films he directed and appeared as an actor in a few of them. He died in Rome of hepatitis on 5 December 1974.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pietro Germi (14 September 1914, Genoa - 5 December 1974) was an Italian actor, screenwriter, and director. Germi was born in Genoa, Liguria, to a lower-middle class family. He was a messenger and briefly attended nautical school before deciding on a career in acting.

He studied acting and directing at Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During his time in school, Germi supported himself by working as an extra, bit actor, assistant director, and, on occasion, writer. Germi made his directorial debut in 1945 with the film Il testimone. His early work, this film included, were very much in the Italian Neorealist style; many were social dramas that dealt with contemporary issues pertaining to people of Sicilian heritage.

Through the years, Germi shifted away from social drama towards satirical comedies, but retained his loved element of the Sicilian people. In the 1960s, Germi received worldwide success with the films Divorce, Italian Style, Seduced and Abandoned, and Signore e Signori. The latter is better known in the English-speaking world as The Birds the Bees and the Italians. He was nominated for Academy Awards in both directing and writing for Divorce, Italian Style, and, subsequently, won in the writing category. He also won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Signore e signori.

Germi collaborated on the scripts for all the films he directed and appeared as an actor in a few of them. He died in Rome of hepatitis on 5 December 1974.

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Known Credits 34

Birthday 1914-09-14

Day of Death 1974-12-05

Place of Birth Genoa - Liguria - Italy

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1972 Alfredo, Alfredo Director
1970 Le castagne sono buone Director
1968 Serafino Director
1967 The Climax Director
1966 The Birds, the Bees and the Italians Director
1964 Seduced and Abandoned Director
1961 Divorce Italian Style Director
1959 The Facts of Murder Director
1958 Man of Straw Director
1956 The Railroad Man Director
1954 Mid-Century Loves Director
1953 Gelosia Director
1952 Mademoiselle Gobete Director
1952 The Bandit of Tacca del Lupo Director
1951 The City Defends Itself Director
1950 The Path of Hope Director
1949 In the Name of the Law Director
1948 Lost Youth Director
1946 The Testimony Director
1940 The Sinner Assistant Director

Writing

1975 My Friends Writer
1972 Alfredo, Alfredo Writer
1968 Serafino Story Writer
1967 The Climax Writer
1964 Seduced and Abandoned Story Screenplay
1961 Divorce Italian Style Writer
1952 The Bandit of Tacca del Lupo Screenplay
1951 The City Defends Itself Screenplay
1950 The Path of Hope Story
1950 Against the Law Writer
1948 Lost Youth Screenplay Story
1946 The Testimony Screenplay
1945 I dieci comandamenti Writer
1943 Il figlio del corsaro rosso Writer
1943 Gli ultimi filibustieri Writer
1941 L'amore canta Writer
1939 Retroscena Writer

Acting

1965 A Man Named John as Pontiff's Father
1961 The Lovemakers as Stefano
1961 Blood Feud
1960 Lipstick as Commissario Fioresi
1959 The Facts of Murder as Inspector Ciccio Ingravallo
1958 Man of Straw as Andrea
1956 The Railroad Man as Andrea
1956 Cinépanorama (52 episodes)
1948 Fuga in Francia
1946 Montecassino nel cerchio di fuoco

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