Franco Brusati

Franco Brusati (Milan, 4 August 1920 – Rome, 28 February 1993) was an Italian screenwriter and director.[1]

Franco Brusati
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Franco Brusati c. 1964
Born(1920-08-04)4 August 1920
Died28 February 1993(1993-02-28) (aged 72)
Resting placeCimitero Monumentale di Milano
Alma mater
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Playwright
Years active1948–1989
AwardsDavid di Donatello for Best Film
1974 Bread and Chocolate
1979 To Forget Venice


He directed international awarded film hit Bread and Chocolate, one of the finest examples of Commedia all'italiana films in the 1970s.

In 1979, his film To Forget Venice was nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 52nd Academy Awards.[2] In Italy, the film was awarded the David di Donatello for Best Film.[3]

In 1983, Brusati was a member of the jury at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.[4]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Other
1948 Under the Sun of Rome No No Yes Second assistant director
1950 Sunday in August Yes No No
The Accusation Yes No No
Il Brigante Musolino Yes No No
1951 Honeymoon Deferred Yes No Yes Assistant director
Without a Flag Yes No No
Anna Yes No No
1952 The Machine to Kill Bad People Yes No No
Wife for a Night Yes No No
The Three Pirates Yes No No
Art. 519 codice penale Yes No No
Sunday Heroes Yes No No
1953 The Unfaithfuls Yes No No
Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair Yes No No Uncredited
Too Young for Love Yes No No
1954 100 Years of Love Yes No No
The Three Thieves Yes No No
Ulysses Yes No No
Human Torpedoes Yes No No Uncredited
1955 Il padrone sono me Yes Yes No Directorial debut
1960 Run with the Devil Yes No No
1962 Disorder Yes Yes No
Violent Life Yes No No
Smog Yes No No
1964 Amori pericolosi Yes No No "La ronda" segment
1968 Romeo and Juliet Yes No No Co-written with Masolino D'Amico and Franco Zeffirelli
Black Jesus Yes No No Co-written with Valerio Zurlini
The Girl Who Couldn't Say No Yes Yes No Co-written with Ennio De Concini
La pietà di novembre Yes No No Television film
1970 Tulips of Haarlem Yes Yes No Co-written with Sergio Bazzini
Documenti su Giuseppe Pinelli No No Yes Support
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Yes No No Uncredited
1974 Bread and Chocolate Yes Yes No David di Donatello for Best Film
Awarded the European David at the 19th David di Donatello Awards
Awarded the Silver Bear at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival
Co-written with Jaja Fiastri and Nino Manfredi
1978 Lundi la fête Yes No No Television film
1979 To Forget Venice Yes Yes Yes Producer
David di Donatello for Best Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Co-written with Jaja Fiastri
1982 The Good Soldier Yes Yes No Nominated – Golden Lion Award at the 39th Venice International Film Festival
Co-written with Ennio De Concini
1989 The Sleazy Uncle Yes Yes No Nominated – Nastro d'Argento for Best Director
Nominated – Globo d'oro for Best Film
Co-written with Piero De Bernardi and Leonardo Benvenuti


  1. ^ Gino Moliterno (29 September 2008). Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8108-6254-8.
  2. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  3. ^ "CHRONOLOGY OF DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS". Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Juries". Retrieved 2010-11-14.

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