Luigi Magni

Luigi Magni (21 March 1928 27 October 2013) was an Italian screenwriter and film director.

Luigi Magni
Born(1928-03-21)21 March 1928
Rome, Italy
Died27 October 2013(2013-10-27) (aged 85)
Rome, Italy

Life and career

Born in Rome, Magni started his career as a screenwriter, in 1956, with Tempo di villeggiatura.[1] In 1968 he collaborated with Mario Monicelli to a real "event" of the Italian cinema as the transformation of Monica Vitti in a comedic actress with The Girl with the Pistol, and the critical and commercial success of the film pushed him into directing.[1] After the directorial debut with Faustina (which was also the debut film of Vonetta McGee), in 1969 Magni achieved an extraordinary success with Nell'anno del Signore, which was the highest-grossing Italian film of the year, so as to require for the first time in Italy nighttime screenings to meet the demands of the audience.[1][2] The film marked the encounter with Nino Manfredi, with whom Magni had a long-standing association on the set (including the screenplay of Manfredi's award-winning film Per Grazia Ricevuta) and a close friendship off the set. The film also defined Magni's style, namely a commedia all'italiana mainly centred on Rome and its history, particularly the epoch between the Papal States and the Risorgimento.[2]

In 1977 Magni achieved critical recognition with In nome del Papa Re, which also gave him his first David di Donatello Award.[1][3] He received a second David di Donatello in 1995, for the screenplay of Nemici d'infanzia, and a special David di Donatello Lifetime Career Award in 2008.[1][3]

In 1991 he was a member of the jury at the 17th Moscow International Film Festival.[4] After the 2003 TV movie La notte di Pasquino, a sort of sequel of Nell'anno del Signore still with Nino Manfredi as the main actor, and with the death of Manfredi in 2004, Magni retired from cinema.[1] He died in Rome, on 27 October 2013.[5]





  1. "È morto Luigi Magni, raccontò magistralmente la Roma papalina sul grande schermo". La Repubblica. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. Enrico Giacovelli. La commedia all'italiana. Gremese Editore, 1990. ISBN 8876054995.
  3. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  4. "17th Moscow International Film Festival (1991)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  5. "Cinema, è morto Luigi Magni". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

Further reading

  • Marina Piccone, Conversazione con Luigi Magni: la vita, il cinema, la politica. Effepi Libri, 2008. ISBN 8860020131.
  • Franco Montini, Piero Spila, Il mondo di Luigi Magni : avventure, sogni e disincanto. Rai Eri, 2000. ISBN 8839711341.
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