Carlo Gregorio Verdone (born 17 November 1950) is an Italian actor, screenwriter and film director.
Verdone in 2007
|Born||17 November 1950|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, director|
|Parent(s)||Mario Verdone (father)|
Rossana Schiavina (mother)
|Relatives||Luca Verdone (brother)|
Silvia Verdone (sister)
Christian De Sica (brother-in-law)
Verdone is best known for his comedic roles in Italian classics, which he also wrote and directed. His career was jumpstarted by his first three successes, Un sacco bello (1980), Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981) and Borotalco (1982). Since the 1990s, he has been introducing more serious subjects in his work, linked to the excesses of society and the individual's hardships in confronting it; some examples are Maledetto il giorno che t'ho incontrata (1992), Il mio miglior nemico (2006) and Io, loro e Lara (2010).
Carlo Verdone was born in Rome to Mario Verdone, an important Italian film critic and academic, and studied at the Italian Liceo classico in Rome, having the future actor Christian De Sica as his deskmate. Subsequently, Verdone earned a degree in Modern Literature at Sapienza University of Rome, the same University where his father taught, and a degree in Film Direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During the 1970s he started a television career highlighting his varied comic style, acting as well in some ads in the Carosello show and he started to introduce his characters on television in 1978 in the popular comedy series "Non Stop".
Verdone made his debut as a director in 1980 with the movie Un sacco bello, in which he played three different characters. He used the same formula of the first work in 1981, when he directed Bianco, rosso e Verdone, a funny movie about three different men during election day in Italy. The movie, produced by his mentor Sergio Leone, was a great success in Italy, thanks to his brilliant comic energy and to his odd characters and had the soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone.
Another great mentor for Verdone was Alberto Sordi, since according to many Verdone is considered his natural heir. Sordi wrote two Verdone films together: Journey with Papa, directed by Sordi, and Troppo forte, directed by Verdone and co-written as well by Sergio Leone.
Carlo Verdone, in a long directing career, has refined very well his style, using very much the typical standard of the commedia all'italiana and paying attention to social themes and to pondering stories. Since the 1990s, he accompanied the comic tones of his work with a less comic register, writing and directing stories more attentive to the issues of modernity, cynicism and the excesses of society. Verdone still maintains a privileged relationship with the canons of the Italian comedy, mixing those canons with a more committed type of movie making. In 1999 he wrote the book "Fatti Coatti". In 2005 he took part in the Italian blockbuster romantic comedy named Manuale d'amore, and in the sequels named Manuale d'amore 2 - Capitoli successivi (2007) and Manuale d'amore 3 (2011), both directed by Giovanni Veronesi, while in 2013 he starred in Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty. In 2018 he directed Blessed Madness, that has been written for the first time by the director together with Nicola Guaglianone and the cartoonist and screenwriter Menotti.
He has two siblings: Luca, a film director, and Silvia, a film producer and wife of the actor Christian De Sica who starred in many of Verdone's early movies.
|1980||Fun Is Beautiful||Yes||Yes||Yes||Enzo / Ruggero / Leo / Don Alfio / Anselmo / professor|
|1981||Bianco, rosso e Verdone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Furio / Mimmo / Pasquale|
|1982||Journey with Papa||Yes||No||Yes||Cristiano D'Ambrosi|
|1982||Grand Hotel Excelsior||Yes||No||No||Pericle Coccia|
|1982||Talcum Powder||Yes||Yes||Yes||Sergio Benvenuti|
|1983||Acqua e sapone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Rolando Ferrazza|
|1984||I due carabinieri||Yes||Yes||Yes||Marino Spada|
|1984||Cuori nella tormenta||Yes||No||Yes||Walter Migliorini|
|1986||7 chili in 7 giorni||Yes||No||No||Alfio Tamburini|
|1986||Troppo forte||Yes||Yes||Yes||Oscar Pettinari|
|1987||Io e mia sorella||Yes||Yes||Yes||Carlo Piergentili|
|1988||Compagni di scuola||Yes||Yes||Yes||Piero Ruffolo|
|1989||Il bambino e il poliziotto||Yes||Yes||Yes||Carlo Vinciguerra|
|1990||Stasera a casa di Alice||Yes||Yes||Yes||Saverio|
|1991||Maledetto il giorno che t'ho incontrato||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bernardo Arbusti|
|1992||Al lupo al lupo||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gregorio Sagonà|
|1994||Let's Not Keep in Touch||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gepy Fuxas|
|1995||Viaggi di nozze||Yes||Yes||Yes||Raniero / Giovannino / Ivano|
|1996||I'm Crazy About Iris Blond||Yes||Yes||Yes||Romeo Spera|
|1998||Gallo cedrone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Armando Feroci|
|1998||Lucky and Zorba||Yes||No||No||Zorba (voice)|
|2000||Zora the Vampire||Yes||No||No||Commissioner Lombardi|
|2000||A Chinese in a Coma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Ercole Preziosi|
|2003||It Can't Be All Our Fault||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gegè Tinacci|
|2004||Love Is Eternal While It Lasts||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gilberto Mercuri|
|2005||Manual of Love||Yes||No||No||Goffredo|
|2006||My Best Enemy||Yes||Yes||Yes||Achille De Bellis|
|2007||Manual of Love 2||Yes||No||No||Ernesto|
|2008||Grande, grosso e... Verdone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Leo Nuvolone / Callisto Cagnato / Moreno Vecchiarutti / L'onorevole|
|2009||Italians||Yes||No||No||Giulio Cesare Carminati|
|2010||Me, Them and Lara||Yes||Yes||Yes||Carlo Mascolo|
|2011||The Ages of Love||Yes||No||No||Fabio|
|2012||A Flat for Three||Yes||Yes||Yes||Ulisse Diamanti|
|2013||The Great Beauty||Yes||No||No||Romano|
|2014||Sotto una buona stella||Yes||Yes||Yes||Federico Picchioni|
|2016||The Big Score||Yes||Yes||Yes||Arturo Merlino|
|2018||Blessed Madness||Yes||Yes||Yes||Guglielmo Pantalei|
|2021||Si vive una volta sola||Yes||Yes||Yes||Umberto Gastaldi|
- "Quell'amico che ti segue tutta la vita. Un anno senza il compagno di banco" [The friend who follow you for all the life. A year without the deskmate]. Il Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 29 August 2020. Archived from the original on 30 August 2020.
- Moliterno, Gino (12 October 2009). The A to Z of Italian Cinema. ISBN 9780810870598. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Ennio Morricone composed soundtracks for Carlo Verdone". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Carlo Verdone on VOGUE Italy". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Rome Festival to Honor Italian Comic Actor Carlo Verdone". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Carlo Verdone special guest of Italian Film Festival Berlin 2015". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- Verdone, Carlo; Giusti, Marco (1999). The book "Fatti Coatti" by Carlo Verdone. ISBN 9788804437994. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "Carlo Verdone inside the cast of The Great Beauty". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "The Great Beauty, review". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- ""Blessed Madness" the new comedy helmed by Carlo Verdone". Retrieved 3 April 2018.