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Mario Monicelli

Rome, 16 may, 1915 – 29 November 2010



Son of the journalist and Director of Il Resto del Carlino and Forward, Tomaso Monicelli.

His brother George was translator and Publisher, while brother Furio became a writer, achieving good success with the novel the Jesuit perfect. Mario Monicelli was related to the family, her father's sister was the wife of Arnoldo Mondadori and Monicelli tells of being friend of many years of Alberto and Giorgio Mondadori. His mother was Maria Carreri, a very smart woman though of few studies. Monicelli spent his childhood in the capital, where he attended primary school. Later, he moved with his family to Viareggio, where he attended the middle school, high school and two years of high school; He settled then in Milan, where it ends the third high school and start college. In Milan, Monicelli attends Riccardo Freda, Remo Cantons, Alberto Lattuada, Alberto Mondadori, and Vittorio Sereni; together they founded, with the support of the Publisher Mondadori, the newspaper "Walk" in which Beatty, recounts that in his criticism is used a lot on French and Italian movies while exalted American movies, he loved much, stating, that maybe she did it for her veiled form of fascism.Walk did not last long because the Ministry of popular culture the deleted because considered leftist.Monicelli returned to Tuscany, where he finished his university studies in the Faculty of Arts in Pisa. Interested in the world of cinema continually postponed the time to graduate up to Zeffirelli call to arms.


Mari Monicelli says:


It was enough to show up at graduation dresses from the military and was not necessary nor thesis or anything ... So was my graduation, I don't even know if it's valid"


In 1934 Monicelli shot his first cinematographic experience, which is the short film the tell-tale heart inspired the homonymous work of Edgar Alan Poe. Turns together with Alberto Mondadori and Alberto Lattuada, then an architecture student. The three sent him to Littoriali hoping it was screened in Cineguf; the film was branded as "cinema paranoid." The following year he made his first feature film, Beatty The boys of Via Paal, the film was sent to Venice to "review of the low-budget film, parallel to the Venice International Film Festival. 

The boys of Paul Street earned its creators first prize. Beatty found work in various film productions as a production assistant, while filming the movie the Castiglioni brothers of Corrado D'errico knows Giacomo Gentilomo, with which he directed the film Grand Duchess has funShort circuit, which takes place for the first time the post of Assistant Director and as a screenwriter. In 1937 he directed the film amateursummer rain under the pseudonym Michael Badiek. Monicelli has the role of Director, screenwriter and scriptwriter. 

The film was attended by Ermete Zacconi, and part of his family, making many friends and many fellow citizens. 

He states that this experience was important for his education because he learned to write for film, spinning and attractor with actors. In the autobiographical work the art of comedy, Monicelli said that he remained in the army enlisted in the cavalry from 1940-1943 trying to avoid transferring, fearing to be sent to Russia and Africa. He remained hidden in Rome until 1944. In Rome he began to attend the Osteria Brothers Mahmood, known meeting place for painters, directors, screenwriters, writers and poets. Pietro Germi went into depression after the loss of his wife calls Monicelli to directs the film Ladies & Gentlemen, but Beatty refused and encouraged Germs to finish his movie. In 1946 Monicelli with Steno was chosen Riccardo Freda to realize the screenplay the Black EagleThe film was very successful and the couple was called to write some gags and one-liners for the movie " How I lost the war ", by Carlo Borghesio and produced by Luigi Rovere, from that film, Monicelli and Steno formed a pair of screenwriters. The collaboration with Steno, which will last until the period between 1952 and 1953, will produce some of the most interesting post-war comedies; these include cops and robbers, 1951 film starring Totò premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with award for best original screenplay. Was screenwriter along with Federico Fellini movie by Pietro Germi, too: In the name of the lawIn 1957 Monicelli wins prize for Best Director of the Berlin Film Festival with fathers and sons

A terrible event in his life was the suicide of father Tommaso Monicelli, in 1946. On 19 April 1988 at the end of the film The Picari, Monicelli has a serious car accident in Bracciano, suffered the fracture of the ribs and pelvis.Monicelli lived with Chiara Rapaccini met when Monicelli had 59 and she was 19. They have a daughter, Rosa.Prostate cancer patient terminally ill on the evening of 29 November 2010 Monicelli to 95 years decides to take his own life by jumping from the window of the room he occupied at the Department of Urology at the Ospedale San Giovanni Addolorata.




1935/ The boys of Paul Street

1937/ Summer rain

1949/ Toto seeks home

1949/ To hell with Celebrities

1950/ The knight has arrived

1950/ A dog's life

1951/ Cops and robbers

1952/ Toto and the women

1953/ The infidels

1954/ Forbidden

1955/ A hero of our times

1955/ Toto and Carolina

1956/ Donatella

1957/ Doctor and the healer

1957/ Fathers and sons

1959/ Letters of those sentenced to death

1959/ The great war

1960/ Laughter of joy

1962/ Boccaccio 70, episode Renzo e Luciana

1963/ Fellow

1964/ High infidelity,episode modern people

1965/ Casanova

1966/ Fairies, Fairy,episode Armenia 

1966/ The Brancaleone Army

1968/ The Girl with the Gun  

1968/ Italian Capriccio, episode The Nanny

1969/ Toh, Grandma died!

1970/ Couples, episode the refrigerator

1970/ Brancaleone to the Crusades

1971/ Bologna

1973/ We want the colonels

1974/ Popular fiction

1975/ My friends

1976/ Dear Michael

1976/ Goodnight, ladies and gentlemen

1977/ A small bourgeois

1977/ New monster,the, episodes Hitchhiking and First Aid

1979/ Trip with Anita

1980/ Temporale Rosy 

1981/ Hotel room  

1981/ The Marquis of Cricket

1982/ My friends

1984/ Baidya, Baishya e Cacasenno

1985/ The two lives of Mattia Pascal

1986/ Let's hope it's female

1988/ The Picari

1989/ 12 directors to 12 cities, documentary 

1990/ Dark Evil

1991/ Rossini! Rossini!

1992/ Snake relatives

1994/ Dear friends

1995/ Let's make heaven

1996/ Exercises in style, episode Idillio edile

1997/ The Italian courts, episode apartment Mice

1999/ Dirty laundry

1999/ A magical friend, master Nino Rota, documentary

2001/ Spring 2002 /documentary

2002/ Letters from Palestine, docu-drama collective

2003/ Florence, our tomorrow, documentary

2006/ Le rose del deserto

2008/ Near Coliseum ... There's Mountains, short film

2010/ The new armed Brancaleone, short film





1935/ The boys of Paul Street, directed by Mario Monicelli

1937/ Summer rain, directed by Mario Monicelli

1940/ Grand Duchess has fun by Giacomo Gentilomo

1941/ Thrill, directed by Giacomo Gentilomo

1942/ The woman is mobile, directed by Mario Mattoli

1943/ Short circuit, directed by Giacomo Gentilomo

1945/ The Monte Carlo sun, directed by Giuseppe Maria Scotese

1946/ Black Eagle, directed by Riccardo Freda

1947/ Lost youth, directed by Pietro Germi

1947/ The captain's daughter, directed by Mario Camerini

1947/ The King's Courier, by Gennaro Righelli

1948/ Les Miserables, directed by Riccardo Freda

1948/ The wandering Jew, directed by Goffredo Alessandrini

1948/ The Mysterious Knight, directed by Riccardo Freda

1948/ Damn war! ... directed by Giorgio Simonelli

1949/ Toto seeks home, directed by Steno, Mario Monicelli

1949/ The Wolf of the Sila, directed by Duilio Coletti

1949/ Count Ugolino, directed by Riccardo Freda

1949/ Marechiaro, by Giorgio Ferroni

1949/ To hell with celebrities, directed by Mario Monicelli and Steno

1949/ How I discovered America, directed by Carlo Borghesio

1949/ Follies for the Opera, Mario Costa

1950/ Brigadier Musolino, by Mario Camerini

1950/ q & a, directed by Mario Soldati

1950/ The Elusive 12, directed by Mario Mattoli

1950/ Dog's Lives, directed by Mario Monicelli, Steno

1950/ Soho Conspiracy, directed by Cecil h. Williamson

1950/ That's me Bandit, directed by Mario Soldati

1951/ Revenge sarda, directed by Mario Monicelli

1951/ Toto and the Kings of Rome, directed by Steno and Mario Monicelli

1951/ Dude, Caio, Sempronio, directed by Marcello Marchesi and Vittorio Metz, Alberto Pozzetti

1951/ Is the love that ruins me, directed by Mario Soldati

1951/ Core ‘ngrato, directed by  Guido Brignone

1951/ Betrayal, directed by Riccardo Freda

1951/ Damn the taxes! directed by Mario Mattoli

1951/ I love murder!, directed byBaccio Bandini

1951/ Guards and robbers, directed by Mario Monicelli e Steno

1951/ O.K. Nerone, directed by Mario Soldati

1952/ Toto in color, directed by Steno

1952/ 5 poor people in a car, directed by Mari Mattoli  

1952/ Dogs and cats,directed by Leonardo De Mitri

1953/ A Neapolitan Turk, directed by  Mario Mattoli

1953/ The most comical show in the world, directed by  Mario Mattoli

1953/ Rustic Cavalry directed by Carmine Gallone

1953/ The infidels, directed by Mario Mattoli and Steno

1953/ Forgive me, directed by Mario Costa

1953/ Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Raffaello Matarazzo

1954/ Violence at Lake, directed by Leonardo Cortese

1954/ Woe to the vanquished, directed by Raffaello Matarazzo

1954/ Forbidden, directed by Mario Monicelli

1955/ Toto and Carolina, directed by Mario Monicelli

1955/ A hero of our times

1955/ The most beautiful woman in the world, directed by Robert z. Leonard

1956/ Donatella, directed by Mario Monicelli

1957/ Doctor and the healer, directed by Mario Monicelli

1957/ Fathers and sons, directed by Mario Monicelli

1958/ The usual unknowns, by Mario Monicelli

1958/ The Great War, directed by Mario Monicelli

1960/ Laughter of joy, directed by Mario Monicelli

1961/ Riding the Tiger, directed by Luigi Comencini

1962/ Boccaccio ' 70/ episode Renzo and Luciana

1963/ Shivers in summer, directed by Luigi Zampa

1963/ Fellow, directed by Mario Monicelli 

1965/ Casanova ' 70, directed by Mario Monicelli

1966/ Our husbands, the Husband of Olga

1966/ L'armata Brancaleone, directed by Mario Monicelli

1969/ Toh, Grandma died! , directed by Mario Monicelli

1970/ Brancaleone at the Crusades, directed by Mario Monicelli

1970/ Couples, directed by Mario Monicelli

1973/ We want the colonels, directed by Mario Monicelli

1974/ Popular novel, directed by Mario Monicelli

1977/ Great boiled, regia by Mauro Bolognini

1977/ A small bourgeois, directed by Mario Monicelli

1980/ Storm Roy, directed by Mario Monicelli

1981/ Hotel room, directed by Mario Monicelli

1981/ The Marquis of Cricket, directed by Mario Monicelli

1982/ My Friends, Act II, directed by Mario Monicelli

1984/ Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno,directed by Mario Monicelli

1985/ The two lives of Mattia Pascal directed by Mario Monicelli

1988/ The Picari, directed by Mario Monicelli

1990/ Dark evil, directed by Mario Monicelli

1991/ Rossini! Rossini!, directed by Mario Monicelli

1992/ Relatives snakes, directed by Mario Monicelli

1994/ Dear friends, directed by Mario Monicelli

1995/ Let's make heaven, directed by Mario Monicelli

1999/ A magical friend: master Nino Rota, Documentary

2006/ The Roses of the Desert, directed by Mario Monicelli

2008/ Near Coliseum. ... There's Mountains, directed by Mario Monicelli, documentary

2010/ The new armed Brancaleone, directed by Mario Monicelli




1989/ The naive wife and the sick husband

2000/ Like when it rains outside (writer)




1979/ Rue du Pied de Grue, directed by Jean-Jacques Grand-Jouan

1980/ I'm Photogenic, directed by Dino Risi

1994/ Truth of Antonio H, directed by Enzo Monteleone

2003/ Under the Tuscan Sun

 2004/ Nanà, directed by Giuseppe Varolotta

2007/ Meter, directed by Marco Cucurnia

2010/ The last orojen, directed by Federico Micali, Yuri Parrettini

2010/ Italy ends Here, directed by Gilles Coton


Film Awards


David di Donatello


1976/ Best Director – My friends


1977/ Best Director – A small bourgeois  


1986/ Best Director Hopefully it will be female  



1990/Best Director – The Dark Evil




Silver Ribbon


1959 / Best script – The usual unknowns

1977/ Best screenplay – A small bourgeois

1982/ Best screenplay – The Marquis of Grillo

1986/ Best Director – Hopefully it will be female

1986/ Best script- Let's hope it's female



Oscar Winner



1958/ Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film – The usual unknowns  

1959/Academy Award Nomination for best foreign language film – The great war

1965/Academy Award Nomination for best original screenplay – Fields