Collection ID: LMC 2749
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Summary

Creator:
Lizzani, Carlo.
Abstract:
The Lizzani, Carlo mss., 1941-2010, consists of the writings, photographs, scripts, audio-visual materials, correspondence, awards, newspaper and periodical articles, and unpublished diary of Italian filmmaker Carlo Lizzani, 1922-2013.
Extent:
63.75 Linear Feet (27 boxes, 15 oversize)
Language:
Materials are in Italian and English
Preferred citation:

[Item], Lizzani, Carlo mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Lizzani, Carlo mss. consist of the writings, photographs, scripts, audio-visual materials, correspondence, awards, newspaper and periodical articles, and unpublished diary of Italian filmmaker Carlo Lizzani. The Films series contains written materials pertaining to motion pictures directed by Carlo Lizzani; actual reels of film are not in the collection. Associations include materials for organizations of which Lizzani was a member. Documentaries contain written documents for documentary films made by Lizzani. Writings include articles and accompanying materials written either by or about Carlo Lizzani. The Legal series contains general legal records. Publicity materials include flyers and invitations to screenings and other events. The Interviews series features published interviews with Lizzani in periodicals and newspapers.

Correspondents include: Giulio Andreotti; Becky Ottolenghi Behar; Luigi De Laurentiis; Giorgio Napolitano; Renzo Rossellini; Walter Veltroni; Cesare Zavattini.

Publications include general periodicals and newspapers collected by Lizzani. The Audio-Visual series contains numerous photographs of Lizzani films and events, as well as DVDs consisting mainly of his films. The final series, Awards and Honors, includes plaques, statuettes and certificates received by Carlo Lizzani over the course of his career.

Biographical / Historical:

Carlo Lizzani, 1922-2013, was an Italian filmmaker. He was born in Rome on April 3, 1922. Lizzani worked as a critic and essayist for the group CINEMA before becoming associated with La rivista, which formed the base for the "Neorealismo" movement in Italian filmmaking, collaborating with notable filmmakers Roberto Rossellini, Giuseppe De Santis, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Gianni Puccini and Antonio Pietrangeli. His collaboration as a screenwriter with Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini and Alessandro Blasetti was interrupted by World War II.

After WWII, he collaborated on such notable films as Germany Year Zero (1948) with Roberto Rossellini, The Mill on the Po (1949) with Alberto Lattuada, and Caccia tragica (1947) and Bitter Rice (1949) with De Santis; it was for Bitter Rice that Lizzani received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story. Lizzani went on to direct his own films, including the internationally acclaimed crime thriller Banditi a Milano (Bandits in Milan), released in the United States as The Violent Four (1968). At the time film critic Pauline Kael wrote, "The Violent Four shows more understanding for visual movement and more talent for movie-making than anything that's been made in America this year." Lizzani died in Rome on October 5, 2013.

Acquisition information:
Acquired: 2011
Processing information:

Processed by Austin Alexander.

Completed in 2012

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Films; II. Associations; III. Documentaries; IV. Writings; V. Legal; VI. Publicity; VII. Interviews; VIII. Correspondence; IX. Publications; X. Audio-Visual; XI. Awards and Honors.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

Access to this collection requires advance notice. Please contact the curator for additional information.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Lizzani, Carlo mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu