Oscar Directors: Germi, Pietro–Background, Career, Awards

Pietro Germi Career Summation

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Social Class: middle class



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Training: actor

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Death: 1974; age 60

Pietro Germi (September 14, 1914 – December 5, 1974), the Italian actor, screenwriter, and director, was born in Genoa, Liguria, to a lower-middle-class family. He briefly attended nautical school before deciding on a career in acting.

He studied acting and directing at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During his time in school, Germi supported himself by working as an extra, bit actor, assistant director, and, on occasion, writer. Germi made his directorial debut in 1945 with the film Il testimone. His early work, this film included, were very much in the Italian neorealist style; many were social dramas that dealt with contemporary issues pertaining to people of Sicilian heritage.

Through the years, Germi shifted away from social drama towards satirical comedies, but retained his loved element of the Sicilian people. In the 1960s, Germi received worldwide success with the films Divorce Italian Style, Seduced and Abandoned, and The Birds, the Bees and the Italians. He was nominated for Academy Awards in both directing and writing for Divorce Italian Style, and, subsequently, won in the writing category. He also won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Birds, the Bees and the Italians. His 1968 film Serafino won the Golden Prize at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.[1]

Germi collaborated on the scripts for all the films he directed and appeared as an actor in a few of them. He died in Rome of hepatitis on December 5, 1974.



Selected filmography
Backstage (1939)
The Son of the Red Corsair (1943)
The Ten Commandments (1945)
The Testimony (1946)
Lost Youth (1947)
In the Name of the Law (1948)
Path of Hope (1950)
Against the Law (1950)
Four Ways Out (1951)
Mademoiselle Gobete (1952)
The Bandit of Tacca Del Lupo (1952)
Jealousy (1953)
Mid-Century Loves (1953, episode 2)
The Railroad Man (1956)
L’uomo di paglia (1957)
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
Seduced and Abandoned (1963)
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1965)
L’immorale (1966)
Serafino (1968)
A Pocketful of Chestnuts (1970)
Alfredo, Alfredo (1972)
The Fornaretto of Venice (1939) – Frate domenicano
Montecassino (1946)
Escape to France (1948) – Tembien
The Railroad Man (1956) – Andrea Marcocci
A Man of Straw (1958) – Andrea
The Facts of Murder (1959) – Il Dott. Ingravallo
Five Branded Women (1960) – Partisan Commander
Lipstick (1960) – Commissario Fioresi
Il sicario (1961)
The Lovemakers (1961) – Stefano
A Man Named John (1965) – Pontiff’s Father (final film role)