Giorgio Simonelli

Giorgio Simonelli (14 November 1901[1] 3 October 1966), was an Italian film director, editor, screenwriter and journalist.

Giorgio Simonelli
Born14 November 1901 (1901-11-14)
Rome, Italy
Died3 October 1966 (1966-10-04) (aged 64)
Rome, Italy
OccupationDirector, screenwriter

Life and career

Born in Rome, Simonelli obtained a high school diploma in business studies, then he started working as a journalist, and even as a film critic, for the weekly magazines Avvenimento and Gente nostra.[2] In 1928, at 22, he made his directorial debut co-directing with Nicola Fausto Neroni Maratona and two years later he was among the screenwriters of the first Italian talking film, The Song of Love by Gennaro Righelli.[2] From 1934 Simonelli mainly devoted himself to the film editing, then, since 1940, he reprised his activity as a director specializing in comedy films of great commercial success, in which he directed some of the more popular actors of the period, including Totò, Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo, Nino Taranto, Renato Rascel, Walter Chiari, Ugo Tognazzi, Macario, Alberto Sordi and Aldo Fabrizi.[2] He concluded his career by signing many successful works interpreted by the comedy duo Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.[2] His last film was the western-parody Two Sons of Ringo, in which just before the end of filming he was replaced by Giuliano Carnimeo for health reasons.[3]

Selected filmography



Film editor


  1. "Immagine 143 / Image 143 [ Birth certificate no 5782 serial A ]" (in Italian). Archivio di Stato di Roma / States Archives in Rome > Antenati: Gli Archivi per la Ricerca Anagrafica / Ancestors: Archives for Research Registry. 19 November 1901. Retrieved 27 December 2016. Birth name: Giorgio Simonelli.
  2. Roberto Poppi. I registi: dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2002. pp. 402–403. ISBN 8884401712.
  3. Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. pp. 164–165. ISBN 8804572779.

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