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Roberto Leoni

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Roberto Leoni
Born(1940-11-16)16 November 1940
Died5 March 2024(2024-03-05) (aged 83)
Rome, Italy
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, film director

Roberto Leoni (16 November 1940 – 5 March 2024) was an Italian screenwriter and film director best known for such films as Santa Sangre (on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time[1]); The Master Touch; Street People; Casablanca Express; California; and My Dear Killer.

Life and career[edit]

Roberto Leoni was born in Rome and studied classics. While still a student at Sapienza University in Rome, he was awarded a grant by the C.U.T. (University Theatrical Center) and his collections of poems and short stories were published. An important producer made one of his short stories into a film, Eat It. His collection of poems won the Culture Award from the Italian Presidency of Ministries.

After serving as first AD for directors like Tonino Valerii and Luciano Salce, Leoni wrote and directed a number of feature and short films including: The Guardians, Es Knallt - und die Engel singen, Film Monaco, Dark Tale, On the Right Side, and The Great Artists (18X35') series. From August 2017, he reviewed new and classic movies in his talk show, Roberto Leoni Movie Reviews. His last feature film was De Serpentis Munere - The Serpent's Gift.


Leoni died on 5 March 2024, in Rome, at the age of 83.[2]




  • 2007 – Gente di mare (TV series) (25 episodes – original idea)
  • 2005/2006 – Gente di mare (TV series) (26 episodes – original idea and writer)
  • 2003/2004 – The Great Artists (18 episodes – as writer and director)
  • 2002 – Vicious Game (TV movie as writer)
  • 2000 – The Framing Game (TV movie as writer)
  • 1999 – A High Price to Pay (TV movie as writer)
  • 1989 – Ocean (TV series) (6 episodes – as writer)
  • 1974 – The Guardians (TV movie as writer and director)



  1. ^ "Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time". Empireonline.com. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  2. ^ "È morto Roberto Leoni: lo sceneggiatore aveva collaborato con Jodorowski". Quarta Parete. 14 March 2024. Retrieved 14 March 2024.

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