The Info List - Tonino Guerra

Antonio "Tonino" Guerra[1] (16 March 1920 – 21 March 2012) was an Italian poet, writer and screenwriter who collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world.[2]


1 Life and work 2 Selected filmography 3 References 4 External links

Life and work[edit] Guerra was born in Santarcangelo di Romagna.[3] According to his obituary in The Guardian, Guerra first started writing poetry when interned in a prison camp in Germany, after being rounded up at the age of 22 with other antifascists from Santarcangelo.

To pass the time he told his companions stories: when he came home in 1945 he found a publisher for a book of them, I Scarabocc (Cockroaches, but also "scribblings").[3]

At 30 he moved to Rome and worked as a schoolteacher.[3] During this time he met Elio Petri, the future director of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), who worked as assistant to Giuseppe De Santis. Guerra was able to get his first screenwriting credit after he and Petri went to the Abruzzi mountains to find out about wolf-hunting; "Though they discovered that wolf hunters no longer existed, De Santis went ahead anyway with the film, Uomini e Lupi (Men and Wolves, 1957)".[3] Although a descendant of Cesare Zavattini,[citation needed] who essentially defined the style and morals of Italian neorealism, Guerra deviated from his mentor: while Zavattini brought the directors with whom he collaborated over to his own social and moral speculation, Guerra went to the filmmakers and helped them advance their own concept. He worked with such filmmakers as Michelangelo Antonioni, in L'avventura, La notte, L'Eclisse, The Red Desert, Blowup, Zabriskie Point and Identification of a Woman; Federico Fellini, in Amarcord; Theo Angelopoulos, in Landscapes in the Mist, Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day
and Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow; Andrei Tarkovsky, in Nostalghia; and Francesco Rosi, in The Mattei Affair, Lucky Luciano
Lucky Luciano
and Exquisite Corpses. In 1990 Guerra in collaboration with Giovanni Urbinati
Giovanni Urbinati
to create the exhibition “La Cattedrale dove va a dormire il mare/The Cathedral where the sea goes to sleep” [4] at the deconsecrated church in Budrio near Bologna. In 1995 he was awarded with an Honorable Diploma at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival.[5] He was an atheist.[6] Selected filmography[edit]

Piece of the Sky
Piece of the Sky
(1959) L'avventura
(1960) La notte
La notte
(1961) The Assassin (1961) I giorni contati
I giorni contati
(1962) Numbered Days L'Eclisse
(1962) The Red Desert
The Red Desert
(1964) Blow-Up
(1966) Catch As Catch Can (1967) Ghosts - Italian Style
Ghosts - Italian Style
(1968) In Search of Gregory
In Search of Gregory
(1969) A Quiet Place in the Country
A Quiet Place in the Country
(1969) The Voyeur (1970) Zabriskie Point (1970) The Mattei Affair
The Mattei Affair
(1972) Lucky Luciano
Lucky Luciano
(1973) Amarcord
(1973) Illustrious Corpses (1976) Caro Michele
Caro Michele
(1976) Butterfly on the Shoulder (1978) The Night of the Shooting Stars
The Night of the Shooting Stars
(1981) Identification of a Woman
Identification of a Woman
(1982) Voyage in Time
Voyage in Time
(1983) Nostalghia
(1983) And the Ship Sails On
And the Ship Sails On
(1983) Henry IV (1984) Voyage to Cythera (1984) Ginger and Fred
Ginger and Fred
(1985) The Beekeeper (1986) Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1987) Landscape in the Mist
Landscape in the Mist
(1988) Burro (1989) Dimenticare Palermo
Dimenticare Palermo
(1989) The Sun Also Shines at Night
The Sun Also Shines at Night
(1990) The Suspended Step of the Stork
The Suspended Step of the Stork
(1991) Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day
(1998) Ulysses' Gaze
Ulysses' Gaze
(1995) Tierra del fuego (2000) Bab'Aziz (2005)


^ Lim, Dennis (23 March 2012). "Tonino Guerra, Italian Screenwriter and Poet, Dies at 92". The New York Times.  ^ "Great screenwriter Guerra dies at 92". Ansa Mediterranean. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 21 March 2012.  ^ a b c d John Francis Lane (21 March 2012). " Tonino Guerra
Tonino Guerra
obituary Culture". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-24.  ^ Fonte: La Cattedrale dove va a dormire il mare/The Cathedral where the sea goes to sleep. ^ " 19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.  ^ Tonino Guerra
Tonino Guerra
ovvero l'ottimismo di un poeta, FilmTV, 12 August 2010.

External links[edit]

Tonino Guerra
Tonino Guerra
on IMDb Tonino Guerra
Tonino Guerra
quote at Parajanov.com Dutch interview with Guerra in Filmkrant Tonino Guerra: The Poet
of Italian Cinema

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European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

  Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988)   Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1988)   Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1989)   Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1990)   Alexandre Trauner (1991)   Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1992)   Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1993)   Robert Bresson (1994)   Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné
(1995)   Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1996)   Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1997)   Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(1999)   Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(2000)   Monty Python
Monty Python
(2001)   Tonino Guerra
Tonino Guerra
(2002)   Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol
(2003)   Carlos Saura
Carlos Saura
(2004)   Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(2005)   Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2006)   Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(2007)   Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2008)   Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2009)   Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
(2010)   Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2011)   Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(2012)   Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(2013)   Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
(2014)   Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015)   Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
(2016) Alexander Sokurov
Alexander Sokurov

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