Flaiano, Ennio


Flaiano, Ennio

▪ Italian author and critic
born March 5, 1910, Pescara, Italy
died Nov. 20, 1972, Rome

      Italian screenwriter, playwright, novelist, journalist, and drama critic who was especially noted for his social satires. He became a leading figure of the Italian motion-picture industry after World War II, collaborating with writer Tullio Pinelli on the early films of writer and director Federico Fellini (Fellini, Federico).

      Trained as an architect, Flaiano started a career in journalism, contributing critical essays to the magazines Oggi, L'europeo, Mondo, and L'espresso. His first play, La guerra spiegata ai poveri (1946; “War Explained to the Poor”), displays his sharp, subtle humour. His first novel, Tempo di uccidere (1947; A Time to Kill), won him the Strega Prize in 1947. He began writing film scripts during World War II and infused a sense of realism into such Fellini films as La strada (1954; “The Road”), La dolce vita (1960; “The Sweet Life”), and Otto e mezzo (1963; 81/2).

      Flaiano's other books include the short-story collections Diario notturno (1956; “Night Journal”) and Una e una notte (1959; “One and One Night”), as well as the play La conversazione continuamente interrotta (1972; “A Continually Interrupted Conversation”).

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