Inspired by a true story, a Christmas fairy tale in which a tramp saves a desperate girl from suicide.
(Messina 1938-Turin 2020), film director and cinematographer, was an original figure in Italian popular cinema. Present as an extra on the set of Monicelli's The Organizer (1963), he began working as a set designer and operator, also becoming the help of the famous cinematographer Peppino Rotunno. He made his directorial debut in 1969 with L'ora della pietà and found an unexpected success in 1977 with Torino violenta, a noir filmed in economics that became a great success at home and abroad. Active in Rai as an operator for tv news and other broadcast and in the advertising, as a filmmaker he has always worked with modest budgets, crossing different genres with inventiveness: from noir itself (Tony, l’altra faccia di Torino violenta, 1980; Killer’s Playlist, 2006), to science-fiction (La città dell’ultima paura, 1975; Prima che il sole tramonti, 1976), to horror (La villa delle anime maledette, 1982; Nebuneff, 1988).
L'ora della pietà (1969), La città dell'ultima paura (1975), Prima che il sole tramonti (1976), Torino violenta (1977), Tony, l'altra faccia della Torino violenta (1980), La villa delle anime maledette (1982), Nebuneff (1988), Senza scrupoli 2 (1990), Racconto di natale (cm, 1997), Una favola moderna (cm, 2001), The Trailer (cm, 2002), Killer's Playlist (2006).
"I wanted to debunk the idea that wants me to be the director of raw films; an idea based on appearances and incorrect, since noir and violent films occupy a minor part of my filmography. To disprove this cliché, I took a figure negatively marked, the tramp, and made him an extremely positive character."