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Franco Zefirelli

Franco Zeffirelli is the stage name of Gianfranco Corsi (Florence, 1923), Italian filmmaker, director, designer and producer of operas, theater, film, and television. He began his career with Luchino Visconti, first as an actor and later as an assistant in various cinematographic, theatrical, and operatic productions. He became independent as an opera director in the early 1950s. His acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was the basis of his third film, Romeo and Juliet (1968). His international reputation suffered a setback following the failure of Brother Sol, Sister Luna (1972), but returned to success with the television production of Jesus of Nazareth (1978)and biographical film Callas Forever (2002).
2016; 1980

Alberto Sordi

Alberto Sordi (Rome, 1920 - 2003) is an Italian actor, director, and screenwriter. Along with Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Nino Manfredi, and Vittorio Gassman, Sordi was one of the great names of the commedia all'italiana; he was also spokesman of the Romany in Italian cinematography. Between 1952 and 1955, Sordi achieved stardom within the world of cinema with The White Sheikh (1952) and The Useless (1953). In 1977, he starred in A Little Bourgeois Piccolo with Shelley Winters and Romolo Valli. He received five Nastro d'Argento awards and seven David di Donatello awards, and in 1995 won the Golden Lion for his film career at the Venice Film Festival.
2016; 1979

Sophia Loren

Sofia Villani Scicolone is an Italian actress and winner of 50 international awards, including two Oscars (one honorary), a BAFTA Award, and several nominations for the Golden Globes. Her career as Sophia Loren officially begin in 1954 after meeting Vittorio De Sica, with whom she won an Oscar for La Ciociara (Two Women). She starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni in numerous film comedies.
2016; 1979

Federico Fellini

In a rare interview, Federico Fellini discusses his biography with humor. The comedy-drama film I vitelloni (1953) was his first major success. He earned five Oscar nominations, winning the award with Otto e mezzo (8 1/2) and Amarcord.
2016; 1977

Gillo Pontecorvo

Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo worked in the industry for more than a decade before his best known film La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers, 1966) was released.
2016; 1978

Roberto Rossellini

Robert Rossellini is one of the most important Italian cinema directors of "neorealism" and contributed to the movement with the films such as Roma, città aperta (Rome, Open City). In his later years, Rossellini was interested in the educational role of television. He died a few weeks of doing this interview for A Fondo.
2016; 1977