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Cecchi D'Amico, Suso (1914–)

Cecchi D'Amico, Suso (1914–)

Italian screenwriter. Name variations: Suso D'Amico. Born July 21, 1914, in Rome, Italy; dau. of Emilio Cecchi (1884–1966, producer, writer, director); m. Fedele D'Amico (music critic).

One of Italy's most distinguished screenwriters, launched career as a translator of plays; after WWII, collaborated on screenplay with father for Mio figlio professore (Professor, My Son); also collaborated with Luigi Zampa on Vivere in pace (To Live in Peace, 1946), which brought her a Silver Ribbon (Italy's equivalent to an Oscar); wrote the classic neo-realist Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thief, 1948), which won an American Academy Award for Best Foreign Film (1949); had many long-standing collaborations with great Italian directors of her day, including De Sica, Zefferelli and Antonioni; for Visconti, wrote Bellissima (1951) and The Innocent (1976), and collaborated with director Nikita Mikhalov on film Dark Eyes (1989); also wrote social satire and comedy, and worked in tv; other films include Miracoloe a Milano (Miracle in Milan, 1950), I vinti (The Vanquished, 1952), Siamo donne (We the Women, 1953), Tempi Nostri (Anatomy of Love, 1953), Senso (1954), Le amiche (The Girl Friend, 1955), Le notti biache (White Nights, 1957), I magliari (1959), Rocco e i suoi (Rocco and His Brothers, 1960), Salvatore Giuliano (1962), Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1963), Taming of the Shrew (adaptation, 1964), Gli indifferenti (Time of Indifference, 1964), Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (Sandra, 1965), Lo Straniero (The Stranger, 1967), Ludwig (1974), Cruppo di famiglia in un interno (Conversation Piece, 1974) and La Slovia (The Story, 1986).

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