Pietro Germi: Italian film director, screenwriter and actor (1914 - 1974) | Biography
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Pietro Germi
Italian film director, screenwriter and actor

Pietro Germi

Pietro Germi
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Intro Italian film director, screenwriter and actor
Was Film director Actor Film producer Screenwriter
From Italy
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 14 September 1914, Genoa
Death 5 December 1974, Rome (aged 60 years)
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Pietro Germi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛtro ˈdʒɛrmi]; 14 September 1914 – 5 December 1974) was an Italian actor, screenwriter, and director. Germi was born in Genoa, Liguria, to a lower-middle-class family. He was a messenger and briefly attended nautical school before deciding on a career in acting.
He studied acting and directing at Rome's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During his time in school, Germi supported himself by working as an extra, bit actor, assistant director, and, on occasion, writer. Germi made his directorial debut in 1945 with the film Il testimone. His early work, this film included, were very much in the Italian Neorealist style; many were social dramas that dealt with contemporary issues pertaining to people of Sicilian heritage.
Through the years, Germi shifted away from social drama towards satirical comedies, but retained his loved element of the Sicilian people. In the 1960s, Germi received worldwide success with the films Divorce, Italian Style, Seduced and Abandoned, and The Birds, the Bees and the Italians. He was nominated for Academy Awards in both directing and writing for Divorce, Italian Style, and, subsequently, won in the writing category. He also won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Birds, the Bees. His 1968 film Serafino won the Golden Prize at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival.
Germi collaborated on the scripts for all the films he directed and appeared as an actor in a few of them. He died in Rome of hepatitis on 5 December 1974.


  • The Fornaretto of Venice (1939)
  • The Ten Commandments (1945)
  • The Testimony (1946)
  • Lost Youth (1947)
  • In the Name of the Law (1948)
  • Escape to France (1948)
  • Path of Hope (1950)
  • Against the Law (1950)
  • La città si difende (1951)
  • La presidentessa (1952)
  • Il brigante di Tacca del Lupo (1952)
  • Gelosia (1953)
  • Amori di mezzo secolo (1953, episode 2)
  • The Railroad Man (1955)
  • L'uomo di paglia (1957)
  • The Facts of Murder (1959)
  • Divorce, Italian Style (1961)
  • Seduced and Abandoned (1963)
  • The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1965)
  • L'immorale (1966)
  • Serafino (1968)
  • A Pocketful of Chestnuts (1970)
  • Alfredo, Alfredo (1972)


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