Alberto Lattuada

Alberto Lattuada

Photo from Almanacco Cinema 1952 (1951)
Born (1914-11-13)13 November 1914
Vaprio d'Adda, Italy
Died 3 July 2005(2005-07-03) (aged 90)
Rome, Italy
Spouse(s) Carla Del Poggio (1945–2005; his death)

Alberto Lattuada (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto lattuˈaːda; latˈtwaːda]; 13 November 1914 – 3 July 2005) was an Italian film director.


Lattuada was born in Milan, the son of composer Felice Lattuada. He was initially interested in literature, becoming, while still a student, a member of the editorial staff of the antifascist fortnightly "Camminare..." (1932) and part of the artists' group Corrente di Vita (1938). Before entering into the film business, Lattuada's father made him complete his studies as an architect even though he recognized his desire to make movies.[1]

In 1940 he started his cinema career as a screenwriter and assistant director on Mario Soldati's Piccolo mondo antico ("Old-Fashioned World"). In 1943 he directed his first movie, Giacomo l'idealista.

Luci del Varietà (1950), co-directed with Federico Fellini, was the latter's first directorial endeavour. His 1962 film La steppa was entered into the 12th Berlin International Film Festival.[2] In 1970, he was a member of the jury at the 20th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

In 1979, New Line Cinema released his erotic film Stay As You Are theatrically in the United States.

He died at 90 years old of Alzheimer's disease and was survived by his wife of 61 years, actress Carla Del Poggio. He was buried in his family's chapel in the cemetery of Morimondo.

Filmography (as director)


  1. Alessandro Lattuada (18 March 2008). New interviews with the director’s wife, actress Carla Del Poggio (Variety Lights), and son Alessandro Lattuada (DVD) (in Italian). The Criterion Collection.
  2. " Awards for La steppa". Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  3. "Berlinale 1970: Juries". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08.

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