Liliana Cavani

Liliana Cavani (born 12 January 1933, Carpi, Italy) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. She belongs to a generation of Italian filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna that came into prominence in the 1970s, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Bellocchio. Cavani became internationally known after the success of her 1974 feature film Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter). Her films have historical concerns. In addition to feature films and documentaries, she has also directed opera. While attending film school, Cavani won a competition at RAI, Italy's national television network, and took a job there as a director of historical documentaries in 1961. Her professional career thus began making documentaries for RAI between 1961 and 1965, which included Storia del III Reich, (History of the Third Reich) (1962–1963), which chronicles the rise of the Nazi regime. It was the first historical investigation of German totalitarianism to appear on television. Other documentaries are: L'età di Stalin ("The Stalin Years"), an investigation into the Soviet leader's years; La donna nella Resistenza (1965); Philippe Pétain, processo a Vichy, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice film festival in 1965 in the documentary section. In this period she also made Il giorno della pace, a four-hour documentary on immigration south-to-north within Italy. Cavani made her first full-length feature film in 1966 with Francis of Assisi (Francesco d'Assisi). Made for ...

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The Year of the Cannibals (1970)

On the streets of a damp metropolis lie the corpses of hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls. No one can give them a resting place because of a law enacted by a repressive State. But the young Antigone, with the help of a foreigner, Tiresias, violates this rule ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Britt Ekland  •  Tomas Milian  •  Pierre Clémenti  •  Delia Boccardo

On the streets of a damp metropolis lie the corpses of hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls. No one can give them a resting place because of a law enacted by a repressive State. But the young Antigone, with the help of a foreigner, Tiresias, violates this rule ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Britt Ekland  •  Tomas Milian  •  Pierre Clémenti  •  Delia Boccardo

Ripley's Game (2002)

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Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. Ripley - ever a student of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Ray Winstone  •  Uwe Mansshardt  •  Hanns Zischler

Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. Ripley - ever a student of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Ray Winstone  •  Uwe Mansshardt  •  Hanns Zischler

The Night Porter (1974)

A concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Gabriele Ferzetti  •  Giuseppe Addobbati

A concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  Gabriele Ferzetti  •  Giuseppe Addobbati

Einstein (2008)

The relationship between renowned scientist Albert Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Marić.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Vincenzo Amato  •  Maya Sansa  •  Piotr Adamczyk  •  Luciano Rosso

The relationship between renowned scientist Albert Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Marić.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Vincenzo Amato  •  Maya Sansa  •  Piotr Adamczyk  •  Luciano Rosso

Galileo (1968)

A humble scientist from Padua proves that the Earth revolves and that it is not the center of the universe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Cyril Cusack  •  Georgi Kaloyanchev  •  Nikolay Doychev  •  Gigi Ballista

A humble scientist from Padua proves that the Earth revolves and that it is not the center of the universe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Cyril Cusack  •  Georgi Kaloyanchev  •  Nikolay Doychev  •  Gigi Ballista

Where Are You? I’m Here (1993)

A deaf man rebels against his controlling mother by dating a high-school drop-out who shares his disability.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Gaetano Carotenuto  •  Chiara Caselli  •  Anna Bonaiuto  •  Valeria D'Obici

A deaf man rebels against his controlling mother by dating a high-school drop-out who shares his disability.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Gaetano Carotenuto  •  Chiara Caselli  •  Anna Bonaiuto  •  Valeria D'Obici

Francis of Assisi (1966)

Cavani made her first full-length feature film in 1966 with Francis of Assisi (Francesco d'Assisi). Made for television and aired in two parts, it was deeply influenced by the style of Rossellini and the atmosphere typical of the films of Pasolini. Made in a period ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Lou Castel  •  Marco Bellocchio  •  Giancarlo Sbragia  •  Riccardo Cucciolla

Cavani made her first full-length feature film in 1966 with Francis of Assisi (Francesco d'Assisi). Made for television and aired in two parts, it was deeply influenced by the style of Rossellini and the atmosphere typical of the films of Pasolini. Made in a period ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Lou Castel  •  Marco Bellocchio  •  Giancarlo Sbragia  •  Riccardo Cucciolla

Beyond Good and Evil (1977)

The life and ideas of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. A love triangle unfolds as Nietzsche and his best friend decides to live with a Jewish woman. According to Nietzsche's philosophy, that is beyond all morality. Depicting Nietzsche's opium addiction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Dominique Sanda  •  Erland Josephson  •  Virna Lisi  •  Robert Powell

The life and ideas of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. A love triangle unfolds as Nietzsche and his best friend decides to live with a Jewish woman. According to Nietzsche's philosophy, that is beyond all morality. Depicting Nietzsche's opium addiction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Dominique Sanda  •  Erland Josephson  •  Virna Lisi  •  Robert Powell

Verdi, Un Ballo in Maschera - Salvatore Licitra, Maria Guleghina, Riccardo Muti, Teatro alla Scala (2001)

Conducted by Riccardo Muti, the master of the Scala in Milan for twenty years, the Verdian melodrama unfolds before our eyes. This Cavani's approach is ageless and excellence is pre-eminent: to start with, the role of Riccardo is played by the wonderful Salvatore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani  •  Carlo Battistoni
CAST:  Salvatore Licitra  •  Bruno Caproni  •  Maria Guleghina  •  Ofelia Sala

Conducted by Riccardo Muti, the master of the Scala in Milan for twenty years, the Verdian melodrama unfolds before our eyes. This Cavani's approach is ageless and excellence is pre-eminent: to start with, the role of Riccardo is played by the wonderful Salvatore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani  •  Carlo Battistoni
CAST:  Salvatore Licitra  •  Bruno Caproni  •  Maria Guleghina  •  Ofelia Sala

Great Directors (2009)

Features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film documents Ismailos' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Angela Ismailos
CAST:  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Catherine Breillat  •  Liliana Cavani  •  Stephen Frears

Features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film documents Ismailos' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Angela Ismailos
CAST:  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Catherine Breillat  •  Liliana Cavani  •  Stephen Frears

Milarepa (1974)

A story inspired by a classic text of Tibetan literature, Milarepa moves back and forth in time between the story of the title character, a mystic of the eleventh century and a young westerner whose travails are not very different, both being torn between the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Lajos Balázsovits  •  Paolo Bonacelli  •  Marisa Fabbri  •  Marcella Michelangeli

A story inspired by a classic text of Tibetan literature, Milarepa moves back and forth in time between the story of the title character, a mystic of the eleventh century and a young westerner whose travails are not very different, both being torn between the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Lajos Balázsovits  •  Paolo Bonacelli  •  Marisa Fabbri  •  Marcella Michelangeli

Beyond the Door (1982)

Tom Berenger stars in this Italian film featuring legendary Italian star Marcello Mastroianni. Berenger is Matthew, an American engineer who falls in love with Nina (Eleanora Giorgi), a woman who holds many disturbing secrets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Eleonora Giorgi  •  Tom Berenger  •  Michel Piccoli

Tom Berenger stars in this Italian film featuring legendary Italian star Marcello Mastroianni. Berenger is Matthew, an American engineer who falls in love with Nina (Eleanora Giorgi), a woman who holds many disturbing secrets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Eleonora Giorgi  •  Tom Berenger  •  Michel Piccoli

The Skin (1981)

After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Claudia Cardinale  •  Ken Marshall  •  Alexandra King

After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Claudia Cardinale  •  Ken Marshall  •  Alexandra King

The Berlin Affair (1985)

In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador's daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afterwards, the two women begin a passionate lesbian affair. This ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Gudrun Landgrebe  •  Kevin McNally  •  Mio Takaki  •  Hanns Zischler

In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador's daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afterwards, the two women begin a passionate lesbian affair. This ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Gudrun Landgrebe  •  Kevin McNally  •  Mio Takaki  •  Hanns Zischler

Francesco (1989)

The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Andréa Ferréol  •  Nikolaus Dutsch

The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Andréa Ferréol  •  Nikolaus Dutsch

Marcello, una vita dolce (2006)

After shooting to fame with Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” (1960), actor Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996) starred in more than 160 films in his nearly half-a-century career. Directors Mario Canale and Annarosa Morri look into the melancholic charm of one of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Canale  •  Annarosa Morri
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Anouk Aimée  •  Sergio Castellitto  •  Ursula Andress

After shooting to fame with Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” (1960), actor Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996) starred in more than 160 films in his nearly half-a-century career. Directors Mario Canale and Annarosa Morri look into the melancholic charm of one of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Canale  •  Annarosa Morri
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Anouk Aimée  •  Sergio Castellitto  •  Ursula Andress

Ennio (2022)

A portrait of Ennio Morricone, the most popular and prolific film composer of the 20th century, the one most loved by the international public, a two-time Oscar winner and the author of over five hundred unforgettable scores.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giuseppe Tornatore
CAST:  Ennio Morricone  •  Silvano Agosti  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Quentin Tarantino

A portrait of Ennio Morricone, the most popular and prolific film composer of the 20th century, the one most loved by the international public, a two-time Oscar winner and the author of over five hundred unforgettable scores.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giuseppe Tornatore
CAST:  Ennio Morricone  •  Silvano Agosti  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Quentin Tarantino

Francesco (2014)

Depicts various periods in the life of Saint Francesco: Youth and the first conversion in 1206, the process that inflicts his father, the birth of the historical nucleus of Fraternitas and the departure for the Holy Land up to the writing of rules and death, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Mateusz Kościukiewicz  •  Sara Serraiocco  •  Vinicio Marchioni  •  Rutger Hauer

Depicts various periods in the life of Saint Francesco: Youth and the first conversion in 1206, the process that inflicts his father, the birth of the historical nucleus of Fraternitas and the departure for the Holy Land up to the writing of rules and death, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liliana Cavani
CAST:  Mateusz Kościukiewicz  •  Sara Serraiocco  •  Vinicio Marchioni  •  Rutger Hauer

La vita militare (1961)

A documentary short.  (more)

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Gente di teatro (1961)

A documentary short.  (more)

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A documentary short.  (more)

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