Steno, artistic name of Stefano Vanzina

(Rome, 19 January 1917 – 13 March 1988)


A son of Albert (journalist of the Corriere della Sera) and Julia Boggio, emigrated to Argentina, three years he was orphaned of his father, the family begins to pour in serious economic difficulties.Complete high school and enrolled in the Faculty of law not finishing their university studies.

He graduated in scenography at the Academy of fine arts, in the mid-1930s he began drawing caricatures, cartoons, humorous articles and by adopting the pseudonym of Steno. He joined the editorial staff of the newspaper humorous Marc'AurelioHe began writing scripts for Sakai, Bragaglia, Freda and Bamba. In 1949, with the devil happiness, begins his directorial debut by directing eight films in collaboration with Mario Monicelli, In 1952, he wrote the screenplay for the movie Toto in color, he directed a large number of comic films, with all actors loved ones to the public, toto, Alberto Sordi, Renato Rascel, Tognazzi, Raimondo Vianello, Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, Johnny Dorelli, Bud Spencer, Lando Buzzanca, Gigi Proietti, Enrico Montesano, Renato Pozzetto, MarisaAllasio, and many others. Steno was a Director ironic, sometimes irreverent, in 1954 he suffered a censorship for the movie Le avventure di Giacomo CasanovaMarried to Maria Teresa Born, he had two sons, Henry and Charles who took his father's footsteps.






To hell with celebrities, co-directed by Mario Monicelli (1949)


Totò cerca casa, co-directed by Mario Monicelli (1949)


A dog's life, co-directed by Mario Monicelli (1950)


E ' arrivato il cavaliere, co-directed by Mario Monicelli (1950)


Cops and robbers, co-directed by Mario Monicelli (1951)


Totò e i re di Roma, co-directed by Mario Monicelli (1951)


Totò e le donne, directed by Mario Monicelli (1952)


Totò a colori, model, screenwriter, Director (1952)


L'UOMO la bestia e la virtù, Director and screenplay (1953)


Cinema d'altri tempi, Director, actor, screenplay, subject (1953)


Un giorno in pretura, Director and screenplay (1953)


An American in Rome, story and screenplay (1954)


Le avventure di Giacomo Casanova, screenplay (1954)


Small Stakes, story and screenplay (1955)


Mio figlio nerone, Director and screenplay (1956)


Guard, thief and waitress, story and screenplay (1958)


Females three times, Director and actor (1957)


Susanna tutta panna, Director (1957)


My grandma COP, Director and screenplay (1958)


Totò nella luna, regia, sceneggiatura e soggetto (1958)


Totò, Eva e il pennello proibito, regia (1959)


I tartassati, regia e sceneggiatura (1959)


Tempi duri per i vampiri, regia (1959)


Un militare e mezzo, regia e sceneggiatura (1960)


Letto a tre piazze, regia e sceneggiatura (1960)


A noi piace freddo, regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura (1960)


Psycosissimo, regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura (1961)


I moschettieri al mare, regia e soggetto (1961)


La ragazza di mille mesi, regia e sceneggiatura (1961)


I due colonnelli, regia (1962)


Totò diabolicus, regista e attore (1962)


Capocabana Palace, regia (1962)


Totò contro i quattro, regia (1963)


Gli eroi del west, regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura (1963)


I gemelli del Texas, regia (1964)


Un mostro e mezzo, regia e sceneggiatura (1964)


Letti sbagliati, regia (1965)


Rose rosse per Angelica, regia e sceneggiatura (1965)


Amore all’italiana, regia, soggetto e sceneggiatura (1966)


La fedmarescialla, regia (1967)


Arriva Dorellik, regia (1967)


Capriccio all’italiana, regia e sceneggiatura episodio il mostro della domenica (1967)


Il Trapianto, regia e sceneggiatura (1969)


Cose di cosa di Nostra, regia, soggetto e sceneggiatura (1971)


Il vichingo venuto dal sud, regia, soggetto e sceneggiatura (1971)


La polizia ringrazia, soggetto, sceneggiatura,regia (1971)


Piedone a Hong Hong, regia e sceneggiatura (1974)


Il Padrone e l’operaio, regia (1975)


Febbre da cavallo, regia e sceneggiatura (1976)


L’Italia s’è rotta, regia, soggetto e sceneggiatura (1976)


Tre tigri contro tre tigri, co- regia Sergio Corbucci (1977)


Doppio delitto, regia (1977)


Piedone l’Africano, regia (1978)


Amori miei, regia (1978)


Dottor Jekyll e gentile signora, regia e sceneggiatura (1979)


La patata bollente, regia e sceneggiatura (1979)


Piedone d’Egitto, regia e sceneggiatura (1979)


Fico d’india, regia e soggetto (1980)


Quando la coppia scoppia, regia e sceneggiatura (1981)


Il tango della gelosia, regia e sceneggiatura (1981)


Dio li poi accoppia, regia e sceneggiatura (1982)


Banana Joe, regia e sceneggiatura (1982)


Sballato, gasato, completamente fuso, regia e sceneggiatura ( 1982 )


Bonnie e Clyde, all’Italiana, regia (1983)


Mani di fata, regia e sceneggiatura (19839


Mi faccia causa, regia e sceneggiatura (1984)


Animali metropolitani, regia, soggetto e sceneggiatura (1987)


Big Man, directed screenplay only 5 episodes (1987 – 1988)





We were seven widows (1938), directed by Mario Mattoli (script)


Lo vedi come sei ... Lo vedi come sei? (1939), directed by Mario Mattoli (screenplay and Director)


1000 km per minute! (1940), directed by Mario Mattoli, (Assistant Director)


Abandonment (1940), directed by Mario Mattoli, (screenplay)


The pirate are! (1940), directed by Mario Mattoli (script, dialogues, Assistant Director)


Don't tell me! (1940), directed by Mario Mattoli (script too)


Light in the darkness (1941), directed by Mario Mattoli (Assistant Director)


The school of the timid (1941), directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (screenplay and Director)


There is a ghost in the Castle (1941), directed by Giorgio Simonelli (screenplay)


La donna è mobile (1942), directed by Mario Mattoli (subject)


Tight lips (1942), directed by Mario Mattoli (script too)


Only a kiss (1942), directed by Giorgio Simonelli (actor)


Violette nei capelli (1942), directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (Assistant Director and actor)


Fourth page (1942), directed by Nicola Manzari (screenplay)


L'avventura di Annabella Leo Menardi (1943) (screenplay)


Two hearts among savages (1943), directed by Giorgio Simonelli (screenplay)


Don't sing anymore, directed by Riccardo Freda (story and screenplay)


Dance your Novel (1943), directed by Giancarlo Cappelli (story and screenplay)


Thel voyage of Mister Perrichon (1943), by Paolo Moffa (screenplay)


Uptown (1944), directed by Mario Soldati (screenplay)


Tutta la città canta (1944), directed by Riccardo Freda (story and screenplay)


Ten minutes to live (1944), directed by Andrew young (screenplay)


Life begins anew (1945), directed by Mario Mattoli (screenplay and Director)


Black Eagle (1946), directed by Riccardo Freda (screenplay)


The Angel and the devil (1946), by Mario Camerini (screenplay)


How lost the war (1947), directed by Carlo Borghesio (script)


Il corriere del re (1947), directed by Gennaro Righelli (screenplay)


The two orphans (1947), directed by Mario Mattoli (script too)


La figlia del capitano (1947), by Mario Camerini (screenplay)


I miserabili (1947), regia di Riccardo Freda (sceneggiatura)


The strike of millions (1947), directed by Raffaello Matarazzo (script)


Follie per l'Opera (1947), directed by Mario Costa (story and screenplay)


Il cavaliere misterioso (1948), directed by Riccardo Freda (story and screenplay)


The hero of the road (1948), directed by Carlo Borghesio (script too)


Fifa e arena (1948), directed by Mario Mattoli (script too)


Totò al giro d ' Italy (1948), directed by Mario Mattoli (script)


Vespro siciliano (1949), directed by Giorgio Pàstina (screenplay)


Q & a (1949), directed by Mario Soldati (story and screenplay)


As I discovered America (1949), directed by Carlo Borghesio (script)


Count Ugolino (1949), directed by Riccardo Freda (screenplay)


Il lupo della Sila (1949), directed by Duilio Coletti (story and screenplay)


The firemen of Viggiù (1949), directed by Mario Mattoli (script too)


That's me Bandit (1949), directed by Mario Soldati (screenplay)


Il brigante Musolino (1950), by Mario Camerini (subject)


The elusive 12 (1950), directed by Mario Mattoli (script)


Accidenti alle tasse! (1951), regia di Mario Mattoli (sceneggiatura)


Vendetta… sarda (1951), regia di Mario Mattoli (soggetto e sceneggiatura)


My heart sings (1951), directed by Mario Mattoli (freeski contests)


I love murder (1951), directed by Bacci Bandini (story and screenplay)


Core ' ngrato (1951), directed by Guido Brignone (subject)


And ' l'amor che mi rovina (1951), directed by Mario Soldati (story and screenplay)


Tizio, Caio, Sempronio (1951), directed by Marcello Marchesi and Vittorio Metz and Albert Wells (screenplay)


Napoleon (1951), directed by Carlo Borghesio (script)


O.K. Nerone (1951), directed by Mario Soldati (story and screenplay)


5 paupers in an automobile (1952), directed by Mario Mattoli (script)


Don Lorenzo (1952), directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (script too)


Ragazze da marito (1952), directed by Eduardo De Filippo (story and screenplay)


Ci Troviamo in galleria (1953), directed by Mauro Bolognini (screenplay)


I am the Scarlet Pimpernel (1954), directed by Giorgio Simonelli (screenplay)


Totò, Peppino e la dolce vita (1961), directed by Sergio Corbucci (subject)


The dolls (1964), episode the stretch of eugenics, by Luigi Comencini (screenplay)


The belle family (1964), directed by Ugo Gregoretti (screenplay)


Delitto quasi perfetto (1965), by Mario Camerini (subject)


Pleasant nights (1966), directed by Armando Crispino and Luciano Lucignani (screenplay)


The Archangel (1969), directed by Giorgio Capitani (screenplay)


Germany 7 women in head (1970), directed by Stanislao Nievo and Paolo Cavallina (story and screenplay)


Let Us arm ourselves and go! (1971), directed by Nando Cicero (subject)


Speed Cross (1979) directed by Stelvio Massi (story and screenplay)


Italian Fast Food (1986), directed by Lodovico Gasparini (subject)