Liliana Cavani

12.01.1933, Carpi, Italy


Cavani is an Italian director and screenwriter. She graduated from Centro sperimentale di cinematografia in Rome with short films Incontro notturno (1961) and L'evento (1962). Afterwards, she worked on the Italian TV station RAI for which, until 1989, she had made seven documentaries. She made her feature film debut with Francesco d'Assisi (1966), and later made Galileo (1969), The Cannibals (I cannibali, 1970), Milarepa (1974) and the controversial The Night Porter (Il portiere di notte, 1974) that brought her much attention. This film, along with The Skin (La pelle, 1981), is considered to be her best film. Her other films are Beyond Good and Evil (Al di lŕ del bene e del male, 1977), The Berlin Affair (1985) about a love affair between two women during Nazism; St. Francis of Assisi (Francesco, 1989) in which she dealt once again with St. Francis of Assisi; Where Are You? I'm Here (Dove siete? Io sono qui, 1993) and Ripley's Game (2002), film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel.


Films by this director

The Night Porter

(Il portiere di notte, 1974)

Directed by: Liliana Cavani
PHOTOGRAPHY: Alfio Contini

This is a controversial film that involves a sadomasochistic relationship between a woman, who has survived a German concentration camp, and her torturer/lover. After thirteen years, Lucia meets the SS officer Max in a Viennese hotel where he works as a night clerk. They remember their past and they renew their relationship, but Max’s colleagues from the camp have other plans for them…

color, 122 min

The Skin

(La pelle, 1981)

Directed by: Liliana Cavani
PHOTOGRAPHY: Armando Nannuzzi

This is a war drama that takes place in Naples at the end of WW II. This film, based on Curzio Malaparte’s book and starring Marcello Mastroianni, describes the liberation of Naples by the allies.

color, 131 min
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