Valerio Zurlini (19 March 1926, Bologna – 27 October 1982) was an Italian film director, stage director and screenwriter.
During his law studies in Rome, he started working in the theatre. In 1943, he joined the Italian resistance. Zurlini became a member of the Italian Communist Party. He filmed short documentaries in the immediate post-war period and in 1954 directed his first feature film, The Girls of San Frediano, his only comedy. In 1958 together with Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi and Alberto Lattuada Zurlini won the Silver Ribbon for Best Script for Lattuada’s Guendalina. Zurlini made his name as a director with his second feature film, Violent Summer (1959), starring Eleonora Rossi Drago and Jean Louis Trintignant.
In 1961 Zurlini filmed Girl with a Suitcase, a successful intimist drama, starring Claudia Cardinale, who became a film star in Italy, and Jacques Perrin, who would become Zurlini’s favorite actor. In 1962… read more
I am amazed at how underappreciated he seems to be. "Violent Summer", "Girl With a Suitcase" and "The Desert of the Tartars" are all great films. Yet he does not have a single film in TSPDT 1000 Greatest Films list. I know I want to dig deeper and check out more of his filmography !