|FILM DIRECTOR (ITALY)|
BORN 23 Oct 1925, Cagliari, Sardinia - DIED 21 Aug 1995, Fiumicino, Lazio|
REAL NAME Loy, Giovanni Battista
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Piazzale del Verano, 1 (Ex Civili, section 18, grave 7)
Nanni Loy was the son of the lawyer Guglielmo Loy-Donà. His mother Donna Anna Sanjust came from a noble famiuly. He studied at the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia in Rome and graduated in 1948. The first movie he directed was "Parola di ladro" (1957).
He often made comical movies, but his work contrained social criticism as well. In 1962 "Le quattro giornate di Napoli" was nominated for two Academy Awards and it won a prize in Moscow. In 1964 he presented "Specchio segreto", introducing the candid camera on Italian television. Alberto Sordi won the Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin for his part in Loy's movie "Detenuto in attesa di giudizio" (1971).