Gualtiero Jacopetti

  • Born: (Barga, Tuscany, Italy)
  • Died: (Rome, Lazio, Italy) (age 91)

Gualtiero Jacopetti was an Italian documentary film director.

During World War II, he served in the Italian Resistance to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. After the war, on the advice of his friend and mentor Indro Montanelli, he began to work as a journalist. He co-founded the influential liberal newsweekly Cronache. He subsequently worked as a journalist, editor, newsreel writer, actor and short-subject film maker. He also worked on screenplays before undertaking his own career as a director.

Jacopetti died on August 17, 2011 at the age of 91. His ashes were interred in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome. Italian press articles had reported that he wished to be buried next to his girlfriend, the British actress Belinda Lee, who died in 1961 in a car accident in which Jacopetti was also hurt.


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