Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia (8 July 1894 4 January 1998) was an Italian film director whose career spanned from the 1930s to the mid-1960s. He mainly directed adventure pictures and popular comedies, including some starring Totò. His 1942 film Non ti pago! was shown as part of a retrospective on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.[1]

Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
Born(1894-07-08)8 July 1894
Died4 January 1998(1998-01-04) (aged 103)
Rome, Italy
OccupationFilm director
Years active1933 - 1963


Bragaglia was born in Frosinone, Latium, and was a veteran of World War I. He was wounded in action, and subsequently received a medal. Upon his discharge, Bragaglia and his brother Arturo began to experiment with photography. He later connected with Anton Giulio, another brother, to found the Casa d'arte Bragaglio. The establishment quickly became a popular attraction for Rome artists. Bragaglio then founded an independent theater and launched his theatrical career. As with his earlier photography, he was primarily interested in the avant-garde. Bragaglia's father was the technical head of Cines Studios and in 1930, Bragaglia joined him and began learning the basics of filmmaking.

Bragaglia made his directorial debut with a few documentaries, and his first film proper was released in 1933. Entitled O la Borsa o la Vita, the picture was comedic in nature and his next few films would follow this mold.

Upon his 100th birthday in 1994, the Locarno Film Festival showed a film retrospective of his works. Being that he lived well into his second century Bragaglia became known as a famed storyteller who provided a wealth of information and anecdotes concerning the early days of Italian cinema. He died in Rome in 1998 after a fall which fractured his hip.



  1. "Italian Comedy - The State of Things". Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
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