Author: Giorgio Arlorio and Caterina Taricano
Editor: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia; Iacobelli
Series: Quaderni della Cineteca nazionale. Nuova serie ; 10
Giorgio Arlorio (Turin, February 27th, 1929) was one of the most prominent figures of Italian post-war cinema. He worked with great masters (Gillo Pontecorvo, Dino Risi, Mario Camerini, Mario Monicelli, Mauro Bolognini) and wrote very successful B films (La Patata bollente by Steno, L’arciere delle mille e una notte by Antonio Margheriti, Il mercenario by Sergio Corbucci, Zorro by Duccio Tessari). He was an important TV author (he was the curator of Specchio segreto, a cult TV programme in the 1960s, with Nanni Loy) and taught screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia for several years (1999-2016). His biography is a journey through Italian cinema, that defies the archetypal division between art-house films and B movies, between politically committed motion pictures and commercial works. Through a valuable series of stories, anecdotes and information, all marked by the subtle irony that is an essential part of his storytelling, Arlorio helps us to better understand the nature of Italian cinema, its truest and deepest essence.