Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

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Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
Born (1894-07-08)8 July 1894
Frosinone, Italy
Died 4 January 1998(1998-01-04) (aged 103)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Film director
Screenwriter
Years active 1933 - 1963

Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (July 8, 1894 – January 4, 1998) was an Italian film director whose career spanned from the 1930s to the mid-1960s. He mainly directed adventure pictures and popular comedies, including some starring Totò. His 1942 film Non ti pago! was shown as part of a retrospective on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bragaglia was born in Frosinone, Latium, and was a veteran of World War I. He was wounded in action, and subsequently received a medal. Upon his discharge, Bragaglia and his brother Arturo began to experiment with photography. He later connected with Anton Giulio, another brother, to found the Casa d'arte Bragaglio. The establishment quickly became a popular attraction for Rome artists. Bragaglio then founded an independent theater and launched his theatrical career. As with his earlier photography, he was primarily interested in the avant-garde. Bragaglia's father was the technical head of Cines Studios and in 1930, Bragaglia joined him and began learning the basics of filmmaking.

Bragaglia made his directorial debut with a few documentaries, and his first film proper was released in 1933. Entitled O la Borsa o la Vita, the picture was comedic in nature and his next few films would follow this mold.

Upon his 100th birthday in 1994, the Locarno Film Festival showed a film retrospective of his works. Being that he lived well into his second century Bragaglia became known as a famed storyteller who provided a wealth of information and anecdotes concerning the early days of Italian cinema. He died in Rome in 1998 after a fall which fractured his hip.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Your Money or Your Life (1932)
  • Non son gelosa (1933)
  • Un cattivo soggetto (1933)
  • Quella vecchia canaglia (1934)
  • Frutto acerbo (1934)
  • Amore (1936)
  • La fossa degli angeli (1937)
  • Belle o brutte si sposan tutte... (1939)
  • Mad Animals (1939)
  • L'amore si fa così (1939)
  • Un mare di guai (1939)
  • Pazza di gioia (1940)
  • Alessandro, sei grande! (1940)
  • Una famiglia impossibile (1941)
  • La forza bruta (1941)
  • Il prigioniero di Santa Cruz (1941)
  • Barbablù (1941)
  • Due cuori sotto sequestro (1941)
  • La scuola dei timidi (1941)
  • Se io fossi onesto (1942)
  • Violette nei capelli (1942)
  • La guardia del corpo (1942)
  • Non ti pago! (1942)
  • Casanova farebbe così! (1942)
  • Fuga a due voci (1943)
  • La vita è bella (1943)
  • Non sono superstizioso... ma! (1943)
  • Il fidanzato di mia moglie (1943)
  • Tutta la vita in ventiquattr'ore (1943)
  • Torna a Sorrento (1945)
  • Lo sbaglio di essere vivo (1945)
  • La primula bianca (1946)
  • Albergo Luna, camera 34 (1946)
  • Pronto chi parla? (1946)
  • L'altra (1947)
  • Totò le Moko (1949)
  • Il falco rosso (1949)
  • Totò cerca moglie (1950)
  • Le sei mogli di Barbablù (1950)
  • Figaro qua, Figaro là (1950)
  • 47 morto che parla (1950)
  • L'eroe sono io! (1951)
  • Una bruna indiavolata (1951)
  • Il segreto delle tre punte (1952)
  • Don Lorenzo (1952)
  • A fil di spada (1952)
  • Orient Express (1954)
  • Il falco d'oro (1955)
  • Cortigiana di Babilonia (1955)
  • Lazzarella (1957)
  • Io, mammeta e tu (1958)
  • È permesso Maresciallo (1958)
  • Caporale di giornata (1958)
  • La Gerusalemme liberata (1958)
  • La spada e la croce (1958)
  • Le cameriere (1959)
  • Annibale (1959)
  • Gli amori di Ercole (1960)
  • Le vergini di Roma (1961)
  • Ursus nella valle dei leoni (1961)
  • Pastasciutta nel deserto (1961)
  • I quattro monaci (1962)
  • I Quattro moschettieri (1963)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italian Comedy - The State of Things". labiennale.org. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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