Pietro Germi

Pietro Germi ( born September 14, 1914 in Genoa, Liguria, † December 5, 1974 in Rome ) was an Italian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer.


Germi was trained for a short time on the nautical school of his native town before he went to the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia to Rome. His directing and studied acting at the Film School, he financed through low-paying jobs at the Italian film. In 1946 he made ​​his first film Il testimone, for which he was also involved in the creation of the script.

Artistic creation

Germi cherished deep admiration for John Ford, whose stylistic and thematic peculiarities, he took in his films. Mid-1950s, he immersed himself in the genre of satirical comedy, whose action mostly played in the backdrop of poorer regions of Sicily. His film Divorce Italian 1961 with Marcello Mastroianni was a worldwide commercial success and won him (along with Alfredo Giannetti and Ennio de Concini ) an Oscar for Best Screenplay and an Oscar nomination for Best Director a. In 1965, he won the main prize of the Cannes But, but, gentlemen ....

His last completed work was Alfredo, Alfredo 1972 with Dustin Hoffman. Filming An incredible class reunion because he had an advanced disease hepatitis, where he eventually died, cancel.