Giancarlo Zagni (4 November 1926 – 21 March 2013) was an Italian director and screenwriter.
From 1951 to 1954 he was assistant director of Luchino Visconti in several stage works and in the film Senso; in the film set he knew the actress Alida Valli with whom he started a sixteen years long relationship. During this period he left Italy, first moving in New York, where he attended the Actors Studio, and then in Mexico, where he directed some stage plays and became the founder and a professor of the School of Autonomous Cinema National at the University of Mexico. Returned to Italy in 1961, Zagni made his directorial debut with the film La bellezza di Ippolita, an adaption of the novel with the same name written by Elio Bartolini, with which he represented Italy at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1966 he entered the Venice Film Festival with the comedy film Blockhead, which won the "Leone di San Marco Plate". With this film he made his retirement from filmmaking but not from cinema industry, with a new career as producer and distributor as a manager of the company Italnoleggio.
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- Lorenzo Pellizzari, Claudio M. Valentinetti. Il Romanzo di Alida Valli. Garzanti Libri, 1995.
- Irene Bignardi. Storie di cinema a Venezia. Marsilio Editori, 2012.
- "Addio a Giancarlo Zagni, lavorò con Visconti". La Repubblica. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "La Lollo ho lasciato delusa il festival del cinema a Berlino". La Stampa. 5 July 1962.
- Gian Luigi Rondi. Un lungo viaggio: cinquant'anni di cinema italiano raccontati da un testimone. Le Monnier, 1998.
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