Danilo Donati

Danilo Donati - Italian film and theatre costume and production designer.

Born 1926, in Suzzara, Italy; died 1st. December, 2001, in Rome, Italy. He studied in Florence and became a muralist and fresco painter. In the mid 1940s he settled in Rome and shared lodgings with other anti-Fascists. He took a diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts. For several years he was the supervising art director at RAI, Italy"s national television network.

His first job as an assistant costume designer was for Luchino Visconti on his films La Vestale, (1954), and La Traviata, (1955). In the mid 1950s Danilo Donati became an acolyte of Franco Zeffirelli and in 1963 he designed the costumes for Franco Zeffirelli"s production of La Traviata at La Scala. In 1964 Danilo Donati designed costumes for Pasolini"s black and white film The Gospel According to St Matthew, and received his first Oscar nomination.

His novel Il Coprifuoco, (2000), was about young gay men hiding from German forces in Florence in 1943 and is taken to be largely autobiographical. The book was among the five finalists for Italy"s literary award, the Strega.

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The Decameron (DVD-PAL)

The Decameron (DVD-PAL)

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