Antonio Pietrangeli

Antonio Pietrangeli (19 January 1919 – 12 July 1968) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. He was a major practitioner of the Commedia all'italiana genre.

Antonio Pietrangeli
Luchino Visconti, Irène Galter and Antonio Pietrangeli in 1953.
Born(1919-01-19)19 January 1919
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died12 July 1968(1968-07-12) (aged 49)
Gaeta, Lazio, Italy
OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
Years active1941–1968


Pietrangeli was born in Rome.[1] He started in the film industry by writing movie reviews for Italian cinema magazines such as Bianco e Nero and Cinema.

As a screenwriter, his works include Ossessione and La terra trema directed by Luchino Visconti, Fabiola directed by Alessandro Blasetti, and Europa '51 directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Pietrangeli's own directing debut was Il sole negli occhi, a 1953 film starring Gabriele Ferzetti. This was followed by the Alberto Sordi comedies Lo scapolo (1956) and Souvenir d'Italie (1957).

The director's career highlights include Adua e le compagne (1960), a drama with Marcello Mastroianni and Simone Signoret, the supernatural comedy Fantasmi a Roma (1961), again with Mastroianni, Il magnifico cornuto (1964), a comedy of adultery starring Claudia Cardinale and Ugo Tognazzi, and the comedy-drama Io la conoscevo bene (1965) with Stefania Sandrelli.

He won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Director for Io la conoscevo bene.

Pietrangeli died from drowning by accident in the Gulf of Gaeta in 1968, while working on the film Come, quando, perché. The movie was completed by his friend, director Valerio Zurlini.[2][3]



  1. ^ Gian Luigi Rondi (1966). Italian Cinema Today, 1952-1965. Hill and Wang. p. 146.
  2. ^ "Movie Critic Dies In Fall Off Cliff", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 13, 1968, p1
  3. ^ Schaefer, Stephen. "reviews: Adua & Her Friends". Boston Herald. Retrieved 21 March 2016.

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