A graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, Vittorio Cottafavi began in the industry as a clapperboy. After graduating to screenplays and assistant direction under Alessandro Blasetti and Vittorio De Sica, he became a director in his own right in 1943. Many of his films have been “sword-and sandal” epics, dealing with the Roman Empire. Cottafavi concentrated exclusively on television work from the mid-’60s. —IMDb
Cottafavi deserves more recognition. He is not even a director in here... He must be! Old Cahiers thought him to be one of the greatests auteurs of the cinéma. I agree after seeing Traviata '53, I Nostri Sogni and Una Donna ha Ucciso, three absolute masterpieces. Unbelievable treatment of space to create a melodramatic effect. Please, add those films and others.