Olmi, Ermanno

Olmi, Ermanno

▪ Italian director
born July 24, 1931, Treviglio, Bergamo, Italy

      Italian motion picture director whose formative work examines life in the business world and whose later films explore religious and social themes.

      Olmi attended a science high school and took courses in acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Milan. He learned filmmaking while employed at Edisonvolta, a major Milanese electric company. There he directed more than 40 short informational films and company documentaries from 1952 to 1961. His first feature-length film was Il tempo si è fermato (1959; Time Stood Still), an analysis of the relationship between two guards forced to spend the winter together in inactivity. The success of this film led to the formation of 22 December S.p.A., a production company cofounded by Olmi that distributed his first commercial feature film, Il posto (1961; The Job, or The Sound of Trumpets), a melancholy story of a young man's isolation. His next effort was I fidanzati (1962; The Fiances, or The Engagement), which portrays the difficulties of a young Milanese couple during a temporary work assignment in Sicily.

      Olmi next turned to the themes of Catholicism and class structure, which dominated his work into the 1990s. His first film on these subjects was the story of Angelo Roncalli before he became Pope John XXIII, E venne un uomo (1965; And There Came a Man, or A Man Called John). Olmi's peasant origins surfaced in his films I recuperanti (1969; The Scavengers) and the internationally successful L'albero degli zoccoli (1978; The Tree of the Wooden Clogs), an episodic study of a year in the life of Lombardy peasants at the end of the 19th century.

      Olmi's films of the 1980s included Cammina cammini (1983; Keep Walking), an allegory based on the legend of the Magi; Milano '83 (1983), a documentary tribute to the city he often used as the setting for his films; and, for television, Le sette ultime parole del nostro Redentore in croce (1985; “The Seven Last Words of Our Redeemer on the Cross”). Olmi directed his two best films in the mid-'80s: Lunga vita alla signora! (1987; Long Live the Lady!), which won the Silver Lion (second place) at the Venice Film Festival, and La leggenda del santo bevitore (1988; The Legend of the Holy Drinker), which won Venice's first-place Golden Lion award. During the late '80s and early '90s, he also directed several works for theatre and television, including the made-for-television epic La Bibbia (“The Bible”).

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