Lucio D'Ambra

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Lucio D'Ambra
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Renato Eduardo Manganella

(1880-11-01)1 November 1880
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died31 December 1939(1939-12-31) (aged 59)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Years active1911–1939 (film)

Lucio D'Ambra (1880–1939) was an Italian writer and film director. Born as Renato Manganella, he wrote under the pen name of D'Ambra becoming a celebrated journalist, novelist and film critic. A noted film enthusiast, D'Ambra became involved in the cinema in 1911 when he anonymously wrote screenplays. From 1916 he formally entered the film industry, setting up his own production company and directing more than twenty films. His silent comedies drew comparisons to the films of his German contemporary Ernst Lubitsch. In 1922 D'Ambra's company was absorbed into the conglomerate Unione Cinematografica Italiana and he retired from regular filmmaking although he occasionally produced further screenplays. In 1937 he published his memoirs, recounting his time working in Italy's early film industry.[1]

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  1. ^ Marrone p.470


  • Marrone, Gaetana. Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies: A-J. Taylor & Francis,

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