Zurlini’s debut feature was his only lighthearted [film], though it too is tinged with regret. Freely based on a short story by [Vasco] Pratolini (author of Family Diary), it tells of the amorous interludes of a bold Florentine youth, a car mechanic nicknamed Bob for his resemblance to Robert Taylor. […] “The jovial representation of the characters and its taking place in a timely and particular historical moment-lively and bustling Florence-already highlight the qualities of this new director. He is a sensitive scholar of psychologies, especially those of women, and an attentive painter of natural settings and countrysides. The narrative freshness, the freedom of his style, and the wonderful types of irony give him a fresh and new film” (Catalogo bolaffi del cinema italiano) —UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
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