“I believe I have given a little bit of poetry to all the film directors I worked with.” Tonino Guerra
In 1984, Tonino Guerra left Rome and the film trade and moved to Pennabilli, a little town in Romagna, not far from the Adriatic coast. His relentless energy and boundless imagination transformed the centuries-old quiet city, reinventing it as a place where art and nature merge to surprise and inspire you. It's a place where creativity reins so freely and powerfully that one day even stuffed birds spread their wings and took off.*
The prolific Italian screenwriter and poet, whose career covered more than half-century, is mostly remembered for his films, but Guerra himself believed that perhaps his most beautiful work were his fountains. In addition, he painted, designed ceramics, furniture, land art, sculptures, and wrote poetry.
His first poems, composed orally in his native Romagnolo dialect helped him survive two years in a German concentration camp during WWII. They were later published in a little book called “Scribblings.” Some of his last poems were celebrated in the Hermitage, Sankt Peterburg’s famous museum.
As for films, a complete list of his screenplays covers more than 120 titles with his most famous collaborators being Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Theo Angelopoulos. He shared three Academy Award nominations — in 1966 for director Mario Monicelli’s “Casanova 70,” in 1967 for Antonioni’s “Blow-Up” and in 1976 for Fellini’s “Amarcord.” Among the scores of films he wrote or co-wrote are “La notte,” “L’eclisse,” “Red Desert” and “Zabriskie Point” (for Antonioni), “Ginger and Fred” and “And the Ship Sails On” (for Fellini), “Nostalghia” (for Andrei Tarkovsky), “Landscape in the Mist” (for Theo Angelopoulos) and “Illustrious Corpses” (for Francesco Rosi).
*Reference to a poem by Tonino Guerra: L’angello con I baffi