Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lizzani, Carlo mss, ca. 1941-2010, consist of the writings, photographs, scripts, audio-visual materials, correspondence, awards, newspaper and periodical articles, and unpublished diary of Italian filmmaker Carlo Lizzani. The written materials in the collection are mainly in Italian.

Born in Rome in 1922, Lizzani worked as a critic and essayist for the group CINEMA before becoming associated with La rivista, which formed the base for the "Neorealismo" movement in Italian filmmaking, collaborating with notable filmmakers Roberto Rossellini, Giuseppe De Santis, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Gianni Puccini and Antonio Pietrangeli. His collaboration as a screenwriter with Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini and Alessandro Blasetti was interrupted by World War II.

After WWII, he collaborated on such notable films as Germany Year Zero (1948) with Rossellini, The Mill on the Po (1949) with Alberto Lattuada, and Caccia tragica (1947) and Bitter Rice (1949) with De Santis; it was for Bitter Rice that Lizzani received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story. Lizzani went on to direct his own films, including the internationally acclaimed crime thriller Banditi a Milano (Bandits in Milan), released in the United States as The Violent Four (1968). At the time film critic Pauline Kael wrote, "The Violent Four shows more understanding for visual movement and more talent for movie-making than anything that's been made in America this year."

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Films; II. Associations; III. Documentaries; IV. Writings; V. Legal; VI. Publicity; VII. Interviews; VIII. Correspondence; IX. Publications; X. Audio-Visual; XI. Awards and Honors.

The Films series contains written materials pertaining to motion pictures directed by or otherwise involving Carlo Lizzani; actual reels of film are not in the collection. Assocations include materials for organizations of which Lizzani was a member. Documentaries contain written documents for documentary films made by Lizzani. Writings include articles and accompanying materials written either by or about Carlo Lizzani. The Legal series contains general legal records. Publicity materials include flyers and invitations to screenings and other events. The Interviews series features published interviews with Lizzani in periodicals and newspapers.

Correspondents include: Giulio Andreotti; Becky Ottolenghi Behar; Luigi De Laurentiis; Giorgio Napolitano; Renzo Rossellini; Walter Veltroni; Cesare Zavattini.

Publications include general periodicals and newspapers collected by Lizzani. The Audio-Visual series contains numerous photographs of Lizzani films and events, as well as DVDs consisting mainly of his films. The final series, Awards and Honors, includes plaques, statuettes and certificates received by Carlo Lizzani over the course of his career.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2011

Collection size: 10,000 items

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