18th September 2014
Obituary: Suso Cecchi D’Amico, legendary Italian screenwriter, is dead
3rd August 2010
Suso Cecchi D'Amico, the universally admired Italian screenwriter, died at the age of 96 in her native city Rome. Born Giovanna Cecchi, her 60-year screenwriting career began to hit its stride from 1946. During that time, she collaborated with some of Italy most famous directors, including Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni and Franco Zeffirelli. Her contribution to Mario Monicelli's Casanova 70, a 1965 comedy, earned her an Oscar nomination.
She stood out in an industry that had been dominated by male filmmakers, especially in post-war Italy, and been affected by the impact of fascism on the country's culture. She worked on Bicycle Thieves, the 1948 neo-realist film directed by Vittorio De Sica, still considered one of the greatest movies of all time. She also contributed to The Leopard, Visconti's 1963 epic that starred Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.
It clinched the 1963 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Cecchi D'Amico's versatility was equally seen in another Italian "masterpiece", the crime caper Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958). International recognition was confirmed in 1994 when she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice International Film Festival.
Photography by Judah Passow - Represented by Gallery 1839 London