Suso Cecchi D’Amico
Suso Cecchi D’Amico was one of the early pioneers who set the foundations for Italian cinema. She started her career right after World War II and played a key role in what is known as Neorealism genre and in the 60’s as part of Age & Scarpelli invented commedia all’italiana (Italian-style comedy).
Some of her most notable screenplays include these masterpieces:
- Bicycle Thieves – Ladri di biciclette (Vittorio De Sica – 1948)
- The Leopard – Il gattopardo (Luchino Visconti- 1963)
- Too Bad She’s Bad – Peccato che sia una Canaglia (Alessandro Blasetti – 1954)
- The Girlfriends – Le Amiche (Michelangelo Antonioni – 1955)
- Senso (Luchino Visconti – 1954)
- Big Deal on Madonna Street – I Soliti Ignoti (Mario Monicelli – 1958)
- Rocco and his Brothers – Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Luchino Visconti – 1960)
- Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi – 1962)
I liked her comment from a 2006 interview:
“If we had as many newspapers and magazines back then as we do now, maybe many of us would have become journalists instead of making films. But there weren’t many papers and making film was inexpensive and we merely wanted to tell our stories about our experiences of that era.”
I found it as support for a basic truth. If you have a passion for something and a great hunger to express it, like water it will find its way out somehow.