Archive of films Only One Name in the Headlines / Soltanto un nome nei titoli di testa

2008, 52 min

Section: Tribute to Elio Petri
Year: 2014

A documentary portrait of screenwriter and author Ugo Pirro, one of Elio Petri’s consistent collaborators (e.g. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and We Still Kill the Old Way) and co-author of films by Carlo Lizzani, Vittorio De Sica, and Lina Wertmüller.


Foremost Italian screenwriter and one of Elio Petri’s fundamental collaborators, Ugo Pirro worked with filmmakers such as Carlo Lizzani, Giuseppe De Santis, Vittorio De Sica, Lina Wertmüller, and Mauro Bolognini. In his career he authored numerous books and more than 50 scripts, lending screenwriting talents to four of Petri’s films: We Still Kill the Old Way, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, The Working Class Goes to Heaven, and Property Is No Longer a Theft. With the help of film clips and the words of noteworthy individuals from different film industry professions – including actors Franco Nero and Massimo Ghini, director Carlo Lizzani, and film critic Tullio Kezich – Pirro’s student Daniele Di Biasio attempts to get at the creative essence of a charismatic man who was twice nominated for an Academy Award. At the same time his biopic weighs in on the importance of the screenwriting profession, the significance of which is often reduced to a mere name flashed onscreen as the movie opens.

About the director

Daniele Di Biasio (b. 1972, Formia, Italy) took screenwriting courses from Ugo Pirro in 1996-98 at Rome’s New University of Film and Television. He published a story collection Prossima destinazione (2004), worked as a screenwriter, and shot several documentaries. Filmography: Pesci combattenti (2002), Via dell’Esquilino (2005), and Figli del deserto (2009).


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About the film


Section: Tribute to Elio Petri
Director: Daniele Di Biasio
Screenplay: Daniele Di Biasio, Alessandro Anselmi, Donata Carelli, Mariella Sellitti
Dir. of Photography: Ferran Paredes Rubio
Editor: Giulio Testa
Producer: Georgette Ranucci
Production: Volante Uno
Coproduction: Raisat Cinema, Teche Rai
Cast: Massimo Ghini, Franco Nero, Ottavia Piccolo, Donata Carelli, Carlo Lizzani, Andrea Purgatori
Contact: LUCKY RED


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