Ubaldo Arata

Ubaldo Arata (23 March 1895 – 7 December 1947) was an Italian cinematographer. Arata worked on more than a hundred films between 1918 and his death in 1947. Arata entered cinema in the silent era, and worked prolifically during the 1920s including on one of the final entries into the long-running Maciste series. He was employed on the first Italian sound film The Song of Love (1930). Until the fall of Fascism, he was one of the leading Italian cinematographers working on propaganda films such as Scipione l'africano (1937) and Luciano Serra, Pilot (1938) as well as more straightforward entertainment films.

Ubaldo Arata
Ubaldo Arata, at left, with colleague Romolo Garroni, 1942
Born(1895-03-23)23 March 1895
Died7 December 1947(1947-12-07) (aged 52)
Rome, Italy
Years active1918–1947

Arata worked with Roberto Rossellini on the 1945 neorealist drama Rome, Open City. He was instrumental in securing the backing of the distribution' company Minerva Film for the production's release.[1] Following the Second World War, Arata worked on several co-productions with Britain and the United States.

Selected filmography


  1. Liehm p.329


  • Liehm, Mira. Passion and Defiance: Film in Italy from 1942 to the Present. University of California Press, 1984.
  • Wagstaff, Christopher. Italian Neorealist Cinema: An Aesthetic Approach. University of Toronto Press, 2007.

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