Francesco Piccolo


Francesco Piccolo (1964) is a writer and screenwriter.

His most recent books, published by Einaudi, are: La separazione del maschio, Momenti di trascurabile felicità, Il desiderio di essere come tutti (Premio Strega 2014), Momenti di trascurabile infelicità (Einaudi), L’animale che mi porto dentro, Momenti trascurabili vol.3, La bella confusione.

He worked on the screenplays for a number of popular movie directors, including Francesca Archibugi (Il nome del figlio, Gli Sdraiati, Vivere, Il colibrì), Nanni Moretti, (Il Caimano, Habemus Papam, Mia Madre), Paolo Virzì, (My Name Is Tanino, La Prima cosa bella, Il capitale umano, Ella & John – The Leisure Seeker, Notti magiche, Siccità) Silvio Soldini (Agata e la tempesta, Giorni e nuvole), Daniele Luchetti (Momenti di trascurabile felicità, based on his books; Lacci), Marco Bellocchio (Il traditore).

He scripted the tv series My Brilliant Friend and La vita bugiarda degli adulti, based on the international bestseller by the same name, Elena Ferrante.

For the theatre in 2019 he wrote Satyricon, directed by Andrea De Rosa.

He’s been a writer on many tv shows, such as: Vieni via con me, Quello che non ho, Viva il 25 aprile, FalconeeBorsellino, Binario 21.

He is a regular contributor to Repubblica.


La bella confusione
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Film history is not so different from life: seemingly linear, but studded with chance encounters, chased or missed appointments, last-minute decisions and unpredictable coincidences. Crucial fatalities that allow a work to come to light, with the precise characteristics that everyone will later remember. The choice of an actress, the light on the set, the sentimental vicissitudes of the director or a co-star, as well as budget cuts or a sudden scene change, can in their own way write a page of universal genius. 1963 is the year of Fellini and Visconti. A decisive year for Italian cinema, which saw the birth of Otto e mezzo and Il Gattopardo. But before they became the masterpieces we know so well, they were two incredible bets, as well as the battleground between two rival and profoundly different artists: while Claudia Cardinale changed her hair colour according to the whims of her director, the entire Italian cultural context was preparing to espouse one or the other vision of cinema and the world. This is what La bella confusione is: chasing like a detective the figures and episodes that made History, Francesco Piccolo sifted through letters, films, notes and diaries, interviews, gossip and testimonies.

For in this novel unlike any other, the characters are named Marcello Mastroianni, Ennio Flaiano, Sandra Milo, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Camilla Cederna, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Burt Lancaster and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Moving between myth and anecdote, the unmistakable voice of the author of Il desiderio di essere come tutti awakens millions of memories and gives us the lost light of an era. A documentary made of words: the power of art, the secrets of cinema, the duels of an Italy we could no longer imagine.