Franco Fraticelli

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Franco Fraticelli
Born (1928-08-30)30 August 1928
Rome, Italy
Died 26 April 2012(2012-04-26) (aged 83)
Rome, Italy
Occupation film editor

Franco Fraticelli (30 August 1928 in Rome, Italy – 26 April 2012 in Rome) was an Italian film editor with more than 150 film credits.[1] Fraticelli was director Dario Argento's editor of choice from his earliest films (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage-1969) through Opera (1987).[2][3]

He also had an important collaboration with director Lina Wertmüller, commencing with her third film Rita the Mosquito (1966). Fraticelli edited nine more of her films through A Joke of Destiny (1983). In particular, Fraticelli edited Seven Beauties (1976). This film, which has been called her masterpiece,[4] was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. It was the very first nomination of a woman for the award.

Fraticelli was nominated for the David di Donatello award for editing Boys on the Outside (directed by Marco Risi - 1990); Fraticelli subsequently edited two more films with Risi, Nel Continente Nero (1993) and L'ultimo Capodonno. In 2006 his career was honored by a Kineo Award.

Partial filmography[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Franco Fraticelli on IMDb
  2. ^ Masi, Stefano (2003). "Fraticelli, Franco". Enciclopedia del Cinema (in Italian).
  3. ^ "lutto 'Franco Fraticelli'". Kometarossa (in Italian). 30 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2014). "Seven Beauties". Leonard Maltin's 2015 Film Guide. Penguin. ISBN 9780698183612. Director-writer Wertmuller's masterpiece follows a small town Casanova through the horrors of WW2 battle and imprisonment in a concentration camp, where he learns to survive - at any cost. Giannini is superb in this harrowing, unforgettable film.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cooper, L. Andrew (2012). Dario Argento. University of Illinois Press. pp. 151–152. ISBN 9780252094385. SD: How did you work with the editor, Franco Fraticelli? Did you have all the cuts in mind at the beginning? DA: We had already made four films together. He was well acquainted with the way I work. I gave him the script and the storyboards; he knew exactly what I wanted. This book includes some interviews with Argento, who discusses his relationship with Fraticelli in one of them.