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Dino Risi Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died in Rome, Lazio, Italy  (natural causes)

Mini Bio (1)

Dino Risi became a movie director by chance. In 1940 he met Alberto Lattuada at a friend's boutique. Lattuada told him they needed an assistant director for the movie Piccolo mondo antico (1941). Risi accepted just for fun, not for work. Later, he became a psychiatrist and wrote some articles for a local newspaper in his spare time.

After the Second World War, he met a producer who financed his short films. One of these, Buio in sala (1950), was bought by Carlo Ponti. At that point, Risi decided to become a movie director. So he went to Rome and wrote the plot of Poor But Beautiful (1957) which made him famous. But the film that changed his life forever was Il Sorpasso (1962). At the opening night, Risi and producer Mario Cecchi Gori were waiting outside the movie theater. They were worried because no viewers had been coming to see the movie. So Risi went back home with much disappointment. However, the next day all the tickets were sold out and Risi became a star.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Francesco Cordella <timetolose@yahoo.com>

Spouse (1)

Claudia (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (6)

Wrote an autobiography in 2004 called "I miei mostri".
During the last 40 years of his life, he was the companion of Leontine Snell, although they didn't live together.
Was romantically involved with actresses Anita Ekberg and Alida Valli.
His father was the house physician at La Scala opera house.
He was orphaned at the age of 12, and was looked after by relatives and family friends.
Father of directors Claudio Risi and Marco Risi, brother of cinematographer Fernando Risi and writer/director Nelo Risi, grandfather of actor Andrea Miglio Risi.

Personal Quotes (1)

I expect some surprises. Life, after all, is not all it's made out to be. (on being "curious about death")

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