Cesare Zavattini

Cesare Zavattini

Cesare Zavattini (photo by Paolo Monti, 1975)
Born (1902-09-20)20 September 1902
Luzzara, Italy
Died 13 October 1989(1989-10-13) (aged 87)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Screenwriter
Years active 1936–1975

Cesare Zavattini (20 September 1902 – 13 October 1989) was an Italian screenwriter and one of the first theorists and proponents of the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema.


Born in Luzzara, near Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, on 20 September 1902, Zavattini studied law at the University of Parma, but devoted himself to writing. In 1930 he relocated to Milan, and worked for the book and magazine publisher Angelo Rizzoli. After Rizzoli began producing films in 1934, Zavattini received his first screenplay and story credits in 1936. In 1935, he met Vittorio De Sica, beginning a partnership that produced some twenty films, including such masterpieces of Italian neorealism as

In his only experience in Hollywood, Zavattini wrote the screenplay for The Children of Sanchez (1978) based on Oscar Lewis’s book of the same title, a classic study of a Mexican family. At the 11th Moscow International Film Festival in 1979, he was awarded the Honorable Prize for the contribution to cinema.[1] In 1983 he was a member of the jury at the 13th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

Zavattini died in Rome on 13 October 1989. He was an atheist.[3]


Among the many celebrated directors of Italian and international cinema Zavattini worked with in his more than 80 films are:

Also, In the short story "La Santa," by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez a character is named after Zavattini. In the story, the character is a teacher of cinema.

Selected filmography



  1. "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  2. "13th Moscow International Film Festival (1983)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  3. Ugo Pirro, Soltanto un nome nei titoli di testa, Einaudi, Turin, 1998, p. 30.

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