Silvio Narizzano

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Silvio Narizzano
Born (1927-02-08)February 8, 1927[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Died July 26, 2011(2011-07-26) (aged 84)[1]
Residence London, England
Mojácar, Andalusia, Spain[1]
Alma mater Bishop's University[1]
Occupation Film and television director,
television producer
Years active 1951–95
Notable work(s) Georgy Girl (1966)[1]

Silvio Narizzano (February 8, 1927 – July 26, 2011)[1] was a Canadian film and television director.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Montreal to a family of Italian-American background,[1] Narizzano was educated at Bishop's University, Quebec. His cinematic influences included Richard Lester, Tony Richardson, John Schlesinger, and the French New Wave.[1] He initially worked for the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).[1] He then emigrated to the United Kingdom, where he directed various TV series and his first film, Hammer Horror's Fanatic (1965).[1] Narizzano's most successful film was Georgy Girl (1966),[1] which received four Academy Award nominations as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film, and was entered into the 16th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

His other work included a 1970 film adaptation of Joe Orton's play Loot, the comedy-drama Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977), Demi Moore's debut film Choices, and the made-for-television films Staying On (1980, adapted from Paul Scott's novel of the same name), and The Body in the Library (1984, adapted from the Agatha Christie murder mystery).[1] His Come Back, Little Sheba (1977), a TV version of the play by William Inge, was broadcast as part of the anthology series Laurence Olivier Presents.[1]

From the 1960s, Narizzano divided his time between London and Mojácar, Spain.[1] He suffered from recurring depression in adulthood, which worsened in the 1980s following the death of a long-term friend and collaborator, the scriptwriter Win Wells.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Bergan, Ronald (July 28, 2011). "Silvio Narizzano Obituary". The Guardian (UK). Archived from the original on December 5, 2011. 


  • The Macmillan International Film Encyclopedia
  • Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies

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