Francesco Rosi

Biography

Francesco Rosi (15 November 1922 – 10 January 2015) was an Italian film director. His film The Mattei Affair won the Palme d’Or at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Rosi’s films, especially those of the 1960s and 1970s, often appeared to have political messages. While the topics for his later films became less politically oriented and more angled toward literature, he continued to direct until 1997, his last film being the Primo Levi book adaptation The Truce.

At the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival 13 of his films were screened, in a section reserved for film-makers of outstanding quality and achievement. He received the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement, accompanied by the screening of his 1962 film Salvatore Giuliano. In 2012 the Venice Biennale awarded Rosi the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Trivia:

A man’s personality is complex of contrasts and contradictions, of reality while at the same time fantasy, of reality and memory, but memory so directed by the thinker that it begins to seem like it might even be a fantasy.
The themes of my films are always more or less the same: the relationship between man and society, between man and power. And I’ve tried to reflect a little of Italian life of the past fifty years. I’e tried to shoe, using Italy as the context,all the problems that come from the oppression of people by power, whether it’s economic power, military power, political power, or the power of the Mafia.
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