Tirelessly producing over 50 films during his nearly 40-year career, Italian producer Silvio Clementelli worked with some of his country's leading directors. Finding widespread success with Dino Risi's 1957 comedy Poor but Beautiful, Clementelli launched an enduring career that would result in such other commercial hits as Malizia (1973).
Initiated into the film industry after WWII as a screenwriter and an assistant director, Clementelli made his transition to producer while working with fellow producer Carlo Ponti's Titanus studio. Later forming his own studio under the Clesi Cinematografica banner, Clementelli embarked on a film career that would find him working among such directors as Alberto Lattuada (Bambina ) and Liliana Cavani (Beyond Good and Evil ). Moving increasingly toward television work in his later career, Clementelli served as producer for the lavish 1985 production of Christopher Columbus. Also serving as president of the national producers union and CEO of Istituo Luce in his later career, Clementelli died in Rome on December 4, 2001, following a lengthy illness. He was 75. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi