- Tinto Brass
Tinto Brass and Caterina Varzi at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born Giovanni Brass
26 March 1933
Occupation Film director Years active 1963–today Spouse Carla Cipriani (until 2006) Website http://www.tintobrass.it/
Giovanni Brass (born 26 March 1933), better known as Tinto Brass, is an Italian filmmaker. He is noted especially for his work in the erotic genre, with films such as Così fan tutte (released under the English title All Ladies Do It), Paprika, Monella (Frivolous Lola) and Trasgredire. On Sunday, 18 April 2010, he suffered an intracranial hemorrhage.
His nickname Tintoretto (later shortened to Tinto) was given by his grandfather Italico Brass, a renowned Gorizian painter of Austrian (German) descent. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s he created many avant-garde films, including Nerosubianco, L'urlo, and La Vacanza. However, he is best known for his erotic epics, Salon Kitty, The Key, Senso '45 and Caligula. The latter film was a collaboration with celebrated author Gore Vidal, Franco Rossellini and Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione. However, many consider Caligula not to be a true Tinto Brass film since post-production was not handled by Brass. The director demanded that his name be stricken from the credits after Guccione inserted hardcore sex scenes and recut much of the film's story and theme structure. Despite this, the film contains many of Brass' trademarks and remains his most widely viewed work (and the highest-grossing Italian film released in the United States). Well into his seventies, he continued to make films.
In 1972, he was a member of the jury at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival.
He is an atheist.
Brass' films follow an impressionistic style – they tend not to show immense landscapes, but bits and pieces of the scenery and peripheral characters and objects through pans and zooms, thus imitating how the viewer might see the events if they were actually present. This also gives the films an extraordinarily rapid pace. He often uses a television-like multicam method of shooting, with at least three cameras running at once, each focusing on something else.
There are many other directorial trademarks throughout his films. From 1976's Salon Kitty onwards, mirrors play a large part in the set design. Sometimes he even goes as far as to begin a scene with a mirror shot, then pan over to the action being reflected, giving a disorienting feeling. His erotic films – especially The Key, Miranda and All Ladies Do It – often accentuate women's buttocks and hairy armpits, almost to the point of fetishizing those particular physical features.
Brass' films in the 1980s and early 1990s had mainly been adaptations of famous erotic literary works, namely The Key (La chiave), The Mistress of the Inn (Miranda), the novel Le lettere da Capri by Mario Soldati (Capriccio), Fanny Hill (Paprika), and the novel L'uomo che guarda by Alberto Moravia (The Voyeur), while 2002 film Senso '45 is an adaptation of Senso, previously filmed by Luchino Visconti.
He almost always works in a cameo for his friend Osiride Pevarello and, in the recent years, himself as well.
- In capo al mondo or Chi lavora è perduto (1963)
- Ça ira - Il fiume della rivolta (1964)
- La mia signora (1964)
- Il disco volante (1964)
- Yankee (1966)
- Col cuore in gola (1967)
- L'urlo (1968)
- Nerosubianco (1969)
- Dropout (1970)
- La vacanza (1971)
- Salon Kitty (1975)
- Caligula (1979)
- Action (1980)
- La Chiave (1983)
- Miranda (1985)
- Capriccio (1987)
- Snack Bar Budapest (1988)
- Paprika (1991)
- Così fan tutte (1992)
- The Voyeur (1994)
- Fermo posta Tinto Brass (1995)
- Monella (1997)
- Trasgredire (2000)
- Senso '45 (2002)
- Fallo! (aka Do It!) (2003)
- Monamour (2005)
- Chi ha ucciso Caligola? (preproduction)
- ^ "Cinema: Tinto Brass e' grave" (in Italian). ANSA. 18 April 2011. http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/cinema/2010/04/18/visualizza_new.html_1764270228.html. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- ^ "Tinto Brass fan website - Italico Brass". Rjbuffalo.com. http://rjbuffalo.com/italico.html. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- ^ ArteRicerca. "Arte ricerca - Italico Brass". Artericerca.it. http://www.artericerca.it/artisti_italiani_ottocento/b/brass%20italico/italico%20brass%20biografia.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- ^ Evolver, "First, I check out the butt" Brass interview on the occasion of his 75th birthday, May 2008
- ^ "Berlinale 1972: Juries". berlinale.de. http://www.berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/1972/04_jury_1972/04_Jury_1972.html. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- ^ Il Giornale, "I miei film andrebbero proiettati nelle scuole"
Films directed by Tinto Brass 1960s 1970s 1980sAction (1980) • La Chiave (1983) • Miranda (1985) • Capriccio (1987) • Snack Bar Budapest (1988) 1990s 2000s 2010sChi ha ucciso Caligola? (preproduction)
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Tinto Brass — (bürgerlich Giovanni Brass, * 26. März 1933 in Mailand) ist ein italienischer Filmregisseur und Drehbuchautor. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Filmografie (Auswahl) 3 Weblinks … Deutsch Wikipedia
Tinto Brass — Con Caterina Varzi en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Venecia. 2009 … Wikipedia Español
Tinto Brass — et Caterina Varzi Données clés … Wikipédia en Français
Brass (disambiguation) — Brass is a metal alloy of copper and zinc.Brass may also refer to: * Brass (TV series), a 1980s British television series starring Timothy West * Brass, a city in Bayelsa State, Nigeria * Brass instrument, a musical instrument where the sound is… … Wikipedia
Brass — ist: die englische Bezeichnung für Messing eine gängige Bezeichnung für Blasmusik mit Blechblasinstrumenten aus Messing eine Stadt in Nigeria, siehe Brass (Nigeria) Brass ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Arnold Braß (1854–1915), deutscher … Deutsch Wikipedia
Brass, Tinto — (1933 ) (Born Giovanni Brass.) Actor, screenwriter, director. Despite what would become his characteristic association with soft porn films, Brass began his career as a passionate cinephile, working for a number of years as an archivist at the… … Guide to cinema
Brass, Tinto — (1933 ) (Born Giovanni Brass.) Actor, screenwriter, director. Despite what would become his characteristic association with soft porn films, Brass began his career as a passionate cinephile, working for a number of years as an archivist at the… … Historical dictionary of Italian cinema
Brass, Giovanni — vero nome di Brass, Tinto … Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione
Brass, Tinto — pseud. di Brass, Giovanni … Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione
Italico Brass — (* 14. Dezember 1870 in Gorizia; † 16. August 1943 in Venedig) war ein italienischer Maler und Kunstsammler deutscher Herkunft. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Werke (Auswahl) 3 Literatur … Deutsch Wikipedia