Mario Soldati

Mario Soldati ( born November 17, 1906 in Turin, † 19 June 1999 Tellaro ) was an Italian writer, screenwriter and director.


Soldati studied art history in Turin. In 1929 he moved to New York for two years, where he taught at Columbia University. His 1935 after returning to Italy America primo amore published report earned him numerous awards and made ​​him known.

In the following years Soldati wrote mainly screenplays for feature films, often by literary sources. After the war he was a member of some influential newspapers and also the author of detective novels. As a director and scriptwriter of the film drama Dangerous Beauty (1953 ) with Gina Lollobrigida in 1953 he was nominated for the Grand Prize of the International Film Festival of Cannes. In 1959, he was there for the dub makes a career award for best comedy.

Works in German translation

  • The secret reasons, translated by Fritz Jaffé, Munich, Piper, 1954
  • Letters from Capri, Piper, 1955
  • Venice. Built on 118 islands, Josef Keller Verlag, Starnberg, 1965 ( together with Giorgio Bassani and Gianni Berengo Gardin / photos)
  • The American bride, trans. Heinz Riedt, Munich, Droemer, 1981
  • On the Day of Judgment, trans. by Antonio Avella, Munich, List, 1988
  • The architect and love, trans. by Antonio Avella, Munich, joke, 1988