Goffredo Alessandrini

Goffredo Alessandrini (20 November 1904 in Cairo – 16 May 1978 in Rome) was an Italian scriptwriter and film director. He also acted, edited, and produced some films.

Goffredo Alessandrini
Born(1904-11-20)20 November 1904
Died16 May 1978(1978-05-16) (aged 73)
Spouse(s)Anna Magnani (1935 - 1950)

He practiced athletics in his youth, and won a title of Italian champion on 110 meters hurdles in 1925.[1]


He started in films collaborating with Alessandro Blasetti and was one of the most important film directors under Italian fascism. His films received several awards at the Venice Film Festival during the Fascist era: the Mussolini Cup for Best Italian film in 1938, for Luciano Serra pilota, and in 1939 for Abuna Messias. He received the Biennale Award in 1942, for Noi Vivi and Addio Kira!

His most remembered and important works are two anti-Communist films (combined to comprise 4 hours), both based on Ayn Rand's We the Living. Without Rand's permission, We the Living was made into a pair of films, Noi vivi and Addio, Kira in 1942, by Scalara Films, Rome. This was despite resistance from the Italian government under Mussolini. These films were eventually pulled from theatres as the Italian and German governments, which abhorred Communism, discovered that the stories also contained an anti-Fascist message. These films were re-edited into a new version which was approved by Rand and re-released as We the Living in 1986. The original two films, which in combination ran more than four hours, were cut into a single, 3-hour film.

He made two films in Argentina in the early 1960s.

He was married to Anna Magnani from 1935 until 1950.



Script writer


  • 1950 : Sangue sul sagrato : Renato
  • 1965 : I Tre volti : Direttore dell'agenzia (segment "Latin Lover")
  • 1965 : La Celestina P… R... : Montesti




  1. Annuario dell'Atletica 2009. FIDAL. 2009.
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