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Luigi Rovere Biography

  • Profession: Producer
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Oct 20, 1996

Italian producer Luigi Rovere provided Federico Fellini with The White Sheik, the offbeat filmmaker's directorial debut. Rovere also produced Pietro Germi's earliest features. Rovere began as a carpenter. He broke into cinema in the late '30s when his shop was contracted to build sets for an upcoming feature at Fert Studios in Turin. Rovere became a co-producer and then founded RDL productions with Dino De Laurentiis. Following WWII, Rovere had great success with Carlo Borghesio's satire of fascism, Come Persi La Guerra; though popular with the people, the film was banned from export by nervous government authorities. Afterward, Rovere began working at Lux, one of the era's most powerful film studios in Rome. There he worked alongside producers De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti. While at Lux, Rovere produced several successful features including In Nome della Legge (In the Name of the Law) (1949) and Il Brigante di Tacca del Lupo. Between the '50s and '70s Rovere worked at various studios and produced over 130 films, including Carmine Gallone's Puccini and his final production effort, the swashbuckler Il Corsaro Nero (1976). Rovere passed away of a heart attack at the age of 88. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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