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Valerio Zurlini

Valerio Zurlini
Born (1926-03-19)19 March 1926
Bologna, Italy
Died 27 October 1982(1982-10-27) (aged 56)
Verona, Italy
Occupation Film director
Years active 1944-1976

Valerio Zurlini (19 March 1926 – 27 October 1982) was an Italian film director, stage director and screenwriter.


During his law studies in Rome, he started working in the theatre. In 1943, he joined the Italian resistance. Zurlini became a member of the Italian Communist Party.[1] He filmed short documentaries in the immediate post-war period and in 1954 directed his first feature film, The Girls of San Frediano, his only comedy.[2] In 1958 together with Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi and Alberto Lattuada Zurlini won the Silver Ribbon for Best Script for Lattuada's Guendalina. Zurlini made his name as a director with his second feature film, Violent Summer (1959), starring Eleonora Rossi Drago and Jean Louis Trintignant.[2]

In 1961 Zurlini filmed The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, which was subsequently directed by Vittorio De Sica in 1971 (see The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (film)).[3]

His 1965 film The Camp Followers was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Special Silver Prize.[4]

Zurlini's last film, The Desert of the Tartars (1976), produced by Jacques Perrin and featuring an all-star ensemble, was based on Dino Buzzati's novel of the same name.

In 1977 he was a member of the jury at the Ottone Rosai's paintings.[3] During the last years of his life Zurlini taught at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He killed himself in Verona on 27 October 1982.[2][6]

After Zurlini's death his work fell into relative obscurity,[1] but regained popularity in the 2000s. In the early 2000s several Zurlini retrospectives were met with success internationally. In 2006 the NoShame Films released The Desert of the Tartars, Violent Summer and Girl With a Suitcase on DVD.



  1. ^ a b c Elliott Stein. Valerio Zurlini’s Autumn Tales. The Village Voice, August 22, 2000.
  2. ^ a b c Biography of Valerio Zurlini
  3. ^ a b c Rolando Caputo. Literary cineastes: the Italian novel and the cinema. In: Peter E. Bondanella & Andrea Ciccarelli (eds.). The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. p.182-196
  4. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  5. ^ "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  6. ^ Peter Lennon. Leave it to Diva. The Guardian, May 9, 2003.

Further reading

  • Toffetti, Sergio (a cura di). Valerio Zurlini. Torino: Lindau, 1993. ISBN 88-7180-076-1

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