Raffaello Matarazzo

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Raffaello Matarazzo (1936)

Raffaello Matarazzo (Rome, 17 August 1909 – Rome, 17 May 1966) was an Italian filmmaker.


Matarazzo started writing film reviews for Roman newspaper Il Tevere before re-editing scripts for the Italian film company Cines. His first films were comedies until he shifted to making melodramas. With Catene, produced by Titanus in 1949, he became the most successful director in Italy. Audience loved his melodramas. Critics, however, have tended to disparage his work; they say that Matarazzo made films Neorealismo d'appendice (neorealism wannabe). Since the 70's, some film critics have tried to restore Matarazzo's reputation. French magazine Positif loved his erotical - historical peplum Ship of Lost Women.


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