Alberto Lattuada graduated with a degree in architecture. During his studies, he worked as a film critic, opposing the ruling fascist ideology. In 1938, together with Marco Ferreri and Luigi Comencini he founded the future Italian Cinematheque (Cineteca Italiana) in Milan. He began his career in film as an assistant director and co-screenwriter. He made his directing debut with the film Giacomo the Idealist
(Giacomo l'idealista, 1942). After WW II he made two neorealist films The Bandit
(Il bandito, 1946) and Without Pity
(Senza pietŕ, 1948). His film Flesh Will Surrender
(Il delitto di Giovanni Episcopo, 1947) won the annual Italian film critics award. In 1952, he made the acclaimed The Overcoat
(Il cappotto). He directed about forty films and TV series.