December 30, 1937|
|Died||May 13, 2013(aged 75)|
Luciano Lutring (30 December 1937 – 13 May 2013) was an Italian criminal, author and painter, known as "the submachine gun soloist" ("il solista del mitra), because he kept the weapon in a violin case.
On September 1, 1965, during a robbery in Paris, Lutring was seriously wounded and remained in critical condition for two months. Sentenced to 22 years in prison, he served 12 years in prison in France, during which he began to write and paint, even exchanging letters with Sandro Pertini, then Italian President of the Chamber of Deputies. Later, in what is the only recorded case in history, he was pardoned by two presidents, Georges Pompidou of France and Italy's Giovanni Leone.
In 1966, Carlo Lizzani directed a film based on his story, Wake Up and Die, with Robert Hoffmann and Gian Maria Volonté. In 1975 José Giovanni directed a film loosely based on his autobiography, Le Gitan, in which Lutring is played by Alain Delon.
- Redazione Milano online (13 May 2013). "Morto Luciano Lutring, l'ex bandito divenuto scrittore e artista". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- Piero Colaprico (13 May 2013). "Milano, è morto Luciano Lutring: lo chiamavano 'il solista del mitra'". La Repubblica. Retrieved 13 May 2013.