Pasquale Festa Campanile

Pasquale Festa Campanile
Born (1927-07-28)28 July 1927
Melfi, Basilicata, Italy
Died 25 February 1986(1986-02-25) (aged 58)
Rome, Lazio
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, novelist
Years active 1949–1984

Pasquale Festa Campanile (28 July 1927 – 25 February 1986) was an Italian screenwriter, film director and novelist, mostly known as a prominent exponent of the commedia all'italiana genre.

Life and career

Born at Melfi, in the province of Potenza, he moved to Rome at young age. He started as a writer and literary critic. La nonna Sabella, one of his novels, was later adapted by Dino Risi into the movie of the same name, internationally known as Oh! Sabella (1957).

He began his cinema career as a screenwriter with Faddija – La legge della vendetta (1949) by Roberto Bianchi Montero and later co-produced masterpieces of Italian cinema such as Poveri ma belli (1957) by Risi and Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and The Leopard (1963) by Luchino Visconti.

His first film as a director was A Sentimental Attempt (1963), along with Massimo Franciosa. Subsequently he made many films of the commedia all'italiana genre, including La Matriarca (1969), Il merlo maschio (1971), Jus primae noctis (1972) and Conviene far bene l'amore (1975), the latter is based on his novel with the same name.

Pasquale Festa Campanile had a collaboration with Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano, directing him in films like Rugantino (1973), Qua la mano (1980) and Bingo Bongo (1982). Other notable movies include Soldier of Fortune, a satirical revisiting of the challenge of Barletta; the crime film Hitch-Hike (1977); the LGBT-themed Nessuno è perfetto (1981); Petomaniac (1983), loosely based on French entertainer Joseph Pujol and A Proper Scandal (1984), inspired by the Bruneri-Canella case which is also his last cinematographic work.

He died of a kidney tumor at Rome in 1986.

Personal life

Festa Campanile has been married with Italian painter Anna Salvatore, from whom he divorced in 1962. Later he was linked to actresses Maria Grazia Spina, Catherine Spaak and Lilli Carati. He married his last wife, Rosalba Mazzamuto, a year prior to his death.





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