100 years ago, a terrible earthquake, followed by an equally terrible tidal wave, devastated and largely destroyed Messina and Reggio Calabria. The cities of the Strait. 100,000 dead. The filmmakers recount the pain and emigration caused by the atrocity. Above all they recount the human capacity for adventure, fear and anger, but also for predisposition and rebirth. Capacities that nobody knows they have until faced with such a violent Scossa. –Venice Film Festival
Carlo Lizzani (born 3 April 1922) is an Italian film director, screenwriter and critic.
Born in Rome, after World War II Lizzani worked on such notable films of the late 1940s as Roberto Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero, Alberto Lattuada’s The Mill on the Po (both 1948) and Giuseppe De Santis’ Bitter Rice (1950, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story).
After helming documentaries, he debuted as a feature director with the admired World War II drama Achtung! Banditi! (1951). He films an episode of L’Amore in Città. Respected for his awarded drama Chronicle of Poor Lovers (1954), he has proven a solid director of genre films, notably crime films such as The Violent Four (1968) and Crazy Joe (1974) or erotic comedy Roma Bene (1971).
He worked frequently for Italian television in the 1980s and was a member of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994.
His film Celluloide deals with the making of Rome, Open City. —Wikipedia… read more
Francesco Maselli or Citto Maselli (born 9 December 1930 in Rome) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He has directed 38 films since 1949. His 1990 film Il segreto was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival. —Wikipedia