Films directed by Francesco Rosi

Posted Mar 30, 2010
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  1. More Than a Miracle

    More Than a Miracle (1967)


    More Than a Miracle is a 1967 film also titled Cinderella Italian Style and Happily Ever After. It stars Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif and Dolores del Río. The movie has a fairy tale narrative. Filmed in the countryside outside of Naples, Francesco Rosi directed and Carlo Ponti produced. The theme music was a hit for Roger Williams, reaching #2 on Billboard's survey. Sergio Franchi recorded the title song (written by Kusik; Snyder; Piccioni) on his 1968 RCA Victor album, I'm a Fool To Want You.

  2. Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1987)


    Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Spanish: Crónica de una muerte anunciada) is a drama film directed by Francesco Rosi adapted by Tonino Guerra from the eponymous novella by Gabriel García Márquez. It stars Rupert Everett, Ornella Muti, Anthony Delon and Gian Maria Volontè. The film premiered at Cannes film festival in May 1987.

  3. Lucky Luciano

    Lucky Luciano (1973)


    Lucky Luciano is a 1973 American crime drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It stars Gian Maria Volontè and Vincent Gardenia. It was shown as part of the Cannes Classics section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

  4. Salvatore Giuliano

    Salvatore Giuliano (1962)


    Salvatore Giuliano is a 1962 Italian film directed by Francesco Rosi. Shot in a neo-realist documentary, non-linear style, it follows the lives of those involved with the famous Sicilian bandit, Salvatore Giuliano. Giuliano is mostly off-screen during the film and appears most notably as a corpse.

  5. Cadaveri eccellenti

    Cadaveri eccellenti (1976)


    Illustrious Corpses (Italian: Cadaveri eccellenti) is a 1976 Italian thriller film directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Lino Ventura. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition. Its title refers to the surrealist game, Cadavre Exquis, invented by André Breton, in which the participants draw consecutive sections of a figure without seeing what the previous person has drawn, leading to unpredictable results, and is meant to describe the meandering nature of the film with its unpredictable foray into the world of political manipulations, as well as the ("illustrous") corpses of the murdered judges.

  6. Carmen

    Carmen (1984)


    Carmen (1984) is a film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is a film version of Bizet's opera Carmen. Julia Migenes stars in the title role, Plácido Domingo as Don José, Ruggero Raimondi as Escamillo, and Faith Esham as Micaela. Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestre National de France.

  7. Il caso Mattei

    Il caso Mattei (1972)


    The Mattei Affair (Italian: Il Caso Mattei) is a 1972 film directed by Francesco Rosi. It depicts the life and mysterious death of Enrico Mattei, an Italian businessman who in the aftermath of World War II managed to avoid the sale of the nascent Italian oil and hydrocarbon industry to US companies and developed them in the Eni, a state-owned oil company which rivaled the 'seven sisters' for oil and gas deals in northern African and Middle Eastern countries.

  8. La sfida

    La sfida (1958)


    La sfida ("the challenge") is a 1958 Italian film by Francesco Rosi. It stars José Suárez as a gang leader who challenges a local Camorra boss for supremacy. It won the Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

  9. Cristo si è fermato a Eboli

    Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)


    Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italian: Cristo si è fermato a Eboli) is a 1979 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Carlo Levi. It was directed by Francesco Rosi and stars Gian Maria Volontè as Carlo Levi, with Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny, Léa Massari, and Irene Papas.

  10. The Truce

    The Truce (1997)


    The Truce (Italian: La Tregua) is a 1997 film directed by Francesco Rosi, written by Tonino Guerra, based on Primo Levi's memoir, The Truce. The film deals with Primo Levi's experiences returning to Italy in 1945 after the Red Army liberated the concentration camp at Auschwitz during the Second World War. This was Rosi's final film before his death in 2015.

  11. Le mani sulla città

    Le mani sulla città (1963)


    Hands over the City (Italian: Le mani sulla città) is a 1963 drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is a story of political corruption in post-World War II Italy.

  12. Il momento della verità

    Il momento della verità (1965)


    The Moment of Truth (Italian: Il momento della verità) is a 1965 Italian drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It was entered into the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.

  13. Many Wars Ago

    Many Wars Ago (1970)


    Uomini contro (internationally released as Many Wars Ago) is a 1970 Italo-Yugoslav anti war drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. It is based on the memoir by Emilio Lussu "Un anno sull'altopiano" The Italian title is (most likely) ambiguous and difficult to translate ("Men against" is a word by word translation). However "Un anno sull'altopiano" means "A year on the plateau". The film was screened at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in honor of Francesco Rosi, deceased a few weeks before.

  14. Dimenticare Palermo

    Dimenticare Palermo (1990)


    Dimenticare Palermo (Forgetting Palermo) is a 1989 Italian political thriller film starring James Belushi, directed by Francesco Rosi and co-written by Gore Vidal. The film was released under the title The Palermo Connection in North America. The script is based on the Prix Goncourt winning novel Oublier Palerme (1966) by French author Edmonde Charles-Roux.

  15. I magliari

    I magliari (1959)


    I magliari (internationally released as The Magliari) is a 1959 Italian drama film directed by Francesco Rosi. The film won the silver ribbon for best cinematography.

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