Francesco Pasinetti

Francesco Pasinetti (1911–1949) was an Italian film director and screenwriter known largely for his documentaries. He also directed the 1934 realist feature film The Canal of the Angels set in Venice.[1] His brother was the writer Pier Maria Pasinetti.

Francesco Pasinetti
Born(1911-06-01)1 June 1911
Died2 April 1949(1949-04-02) (aged 37)
Rome, Lazio
Years active1934- 1949 (film)

A native of Venice, Pasinetti attempted in the final days of the Second World War to persuade the Allies to support making Venice the capital of the post-war Italian film industry (Venice had emerged as the centre of filmmaking in the Fascist Italian Social Republic). However, this attempt failed and production largely returned to the capital in Rome.[2]

Selected filmography




  1. Brunetta p.100
  2. Brunetta p.107


  • Brunetta, Gian Piero. The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-first Century. Princeton University Press, 2009.

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