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Una pura formalità / A pure formality
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001-Basic info
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Gérard Depardieu ... Onoff
Roman Polanski ... Inspector
Sergio Rubini ... Andre, the Young Policeman
Nicola Di Pinto ... Captain
Tano Cimarosa ... Servant
Paolo Lombardi ... Marshall
Maria Rosa Spagnolo ... Paula
Alberto Sironi
Giovanni Morricone
Mahdi Kraiem
Massimo Vanni
Sebastiano Filocamo


Also Known As (AKA)
A Pure Formality International (English title) / USA
Uma Simples Formalidade Brazil (imdb display title) / Portugal
Простая формальность Russia
A Simple Formality Sweden (video title)
Apli diatyposi Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
Czysta formalnosc Poland (imdb display title)
Eine reine Formalit?t Germany
Keskiy?n totuus Finland (TV title)
Pura formalidad Spain
Puszta formalitás Hungary
Una pura formalidad Argentina (video title)
Une pure formalité France

Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore
Pascal Quignard

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski and Sergio Rubini
Country: Italy | France
Sound Mix:Stereo
Runtime:108 min
Genres: Crime | Thriller
Produced by Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica
DD Productions
Film Par Film
Orly Films
TF1 Films Production
Original Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography by Blasco Giurato
Set Decoration by Vincenzo De Camillis, Mauro Passi
Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Stefania Girolami Goodwin .... first assistant director
Giovanni Morricone .... assistant director
Massimo Sagramola .... assistant director

Release Date:
Italy 15 May 1994
France 18 May 1994
Hungary 13 October 1994
Germany 12 January 1995
Spain 30 March 1995
Australia 13 April 1995
USA 26 May 1995
Portugal 1 September 1995
Finland 1996 (video premiere)
Japan 19 November 1996
Argentina 16 April 2003 (video premiere)

Storyline: Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious. Through interrogatory dialectic, the head of this lonely, isolated, broken-down police station tries to establish what has happened, by delving into the mind of his writer-hero, and clearing up a mysterious killing. . (Here)
002-More overview and comment
001-Depardieu's character is Onoff (Gérard Depardieu), a famous writer who is now a recluse. The Inspector (Roman Polanski) is suspicious when Onoff is brought into the station one night, disoriented and suffering a kind of amnesia. As the head of an isolated, rural police station the Inspector tries to establish events through careful interrogation and deduction. By painstaking inquiry, he clears up a mysterious killing and brings the writer a new and strange realisation..(here)
A still of Una pura formalità / A pure formality
002-The sweet sentimental gauze of director Giuseppe_Tornatore's international hit Cinema_Paradiso (1988) is nowhere to be found in this dark, Kafkaesque crime thriller that takes place, stage play-style, mostly in the confines of one room. Gerard_Depardieu stars as Onoff, a famed author who has become a recluse in recent years, publishing nothing. Late one night he is picked up by police officers, who find him running across the French countryside in the rain, breathless and apparently suffering from short-term memory loss. A murder has been committed in the nearby woods, and suspecting Onoff's involvement, the authorities detain him at a leaky, dark command post to await the arrival of an inspector (Roman_Polanski), ironically a fan of Onoff's work, who will interrogate his subject and try to arrive at the truth. Una Pura Formalita (1994) was produced simultaneously with Polanski's Death and the Maiden (1994), another film with a stage-bound quality featuring a long, stormy night's interrogation in a single room..(here)

003-A Pure Formality (1994)
May 26, 1995
FILM REVIEW; Murder and Existentialism
Published: May 26, 1995

If Agatha Christie and Jean-Paul Sartre had ever collaborated on a play (and why in the world would they?), the result might have been as misguided and mind-bogglingly dreadful as "A Pure Formality," which combines a creaky murder mystery with a pretentious existential theme. Giuseppe Tornatore, the director of the fine "Cinema Paradiso" and the laborious "Everybody's Fine," has been blessed with two extraordinary actors, Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski. They are always worth watching, and they are the only reason to see this film.

At the start, a gun points directly at the camera and goes off. Soon Mr. Depardieu is running through the dark woods in the rain. He is picked up by the police and taken to their creepy, isolated station, where he is interrogated all night by Mr. Polanski as a preternaturally knowledgeable inspector.

The bulky, disheveled Mr. Depardieu claims to be a famous writer. "My name is Onoff," he says. "And mine is Leonardo da Vinci," answers the impeccable Mr. Polanski, in a conservative suit and slicked-back hair. (That is the film's best exchange.) The inspector seems to know Onoff's novels better than Onoff himself. What no one knows, especially the movie audience, is the identity of the murder victim.

At first, given all the talent involved, it is tempting to give the movie a break. Maybe Mr. Tornatore is playing off older genres, sending up stage-bound plays and B movies? It is, after all, a dark and stormy night, and when Onoff is first brought in he even says to one of the policemen: "It's like a Hollywoood B movie. When do you read me my rights?"

But as "A Pure Formality" goes on, the hope that Mr. Tornatore must be joking vanishes. The interrogation forces Onoff to examine his life and his identity. Maybe he is guilty; maybe he is crazy; maybe he is not really Onoff; maybe we need a few more clues to stay interested. The film means to be a clever cat-and-mouse game. Instead, it resembles a mouse rattling through a maze, frustrated and without direction. Because we do not share either man's thoughts until very near the end, the interminable questioning is made watchable only by Mr. Polanski's calm intensity and Mr. Depardieu's barely concealed hysteria.

The film is set almost entirely in the police station, and Mr. Tornatore's desperate camera shots become the biggest unintentional joke of all. When Onoff flushes a piece of bloody clothing down a toilet, the camera looks up from within the toilet. When a policeman types a report, the camera is underneath the typewriter keys. Buckets are set on the floor to catch rain from the leaky roof, and there are so many close-ups of rain plunking in a pail that it becomes a cinematic form of water torture.

And the worst is still to come. "A Pure Formality" solves its mystery with an annoying trick ending that is likely to make viewers feel cheated. Onoff does have one good question. Looking around the station he wonders, "How can a place as absurd as this exist?"

"A Pure Formality" is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes a discreet flashback to a murder and some other mild violence. A PURE FORMALITY

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore; written (in French, with English subtitles) by Mr. Tornatore and Pascale Quignard; director of photography, Blasco Giurato; edited by Mr. Tornatore; music by Ennio Morricone; produced by Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori; released by Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 107 minutes. This film is rated PG-13. WITH: Gerard Depardieu (Onoff) and Roman Polanski (the Inspector).(here)

A still of Una pura formalità / A pure formality
004-Una Pura Formalita (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1993)

I have now seen two of Giuseppe Tornatore's films (the other being the brilliant The Legend of 1900), and have decided that I will be hunting the man's work down wherever I can find it. A Pure Formality doesn't have the same mastery of pace that 1900 does, but the good points of the film overwhelm the bad ones to the extent that the viewer is likely not to care if the first half of the movie goes a tad slow.

The film centers around an author named Onoff (Gerard Deaprdieu), who is found wandering in the rain, senseless, in the vicinity of a rural murder. He is taken to the strangest police station this side of Pirandello. The head of the station is out for the moment, and Onoff is able to size up the rest of the oddballs working there before the top dog, played by Roman Polanski, gets back. Then the fun really begins; Onoff has lost pieces of his memory, and while the Inspector tries to figure out if Onoff committed murder, Onoff is busy trying to figure out if he did, too. As a catch, to throw everything off just a tad more: the Inspector is also Onoff's biggest fan, and can quote large passages of his books from memory, something of which Onoff himself is incapable, leading to doubts on the part of everyone involved whether Onoff is really who he thinks he is.

Part mystery, part farce, part existential manifesto, A Pure Formality could easily be relegated to that wasteland of films in this genre summed up by a recent commercial featuring a pardocial art-house classic called Look At My Potato. And for the first forty-five or so minutes of the movie, it teeters on the brink of that sort of senselessness. The staff are alternately obsequious and violent, as is the Inspector, while Onoff is by turns helpful, obstructive, and downright abusive. No one seems to have any motivation or consistency. You'll have to trust me when I say it all works out in the end. And it does, to an amazing degree. The last twenty minutes had me sitting, agape, in utter amazement. Suddenly the whole thing made perfect sense...

Aside from the absolute beauty of the plot's construction, a good deal of praise must be given to Tornatore's use of light, or in this case, the lack of it. The station, never well-lit, plunges into a power outage halfway through the film, and most of the rest (it concludes just after dawn the next morning) is lit by candlelight, leading to an even more claustrophobic feeling. Perfectly appropriate for the subject matter, as the police and Onoff both narrow their searches for the various things they hope to find.

A stunning achievement, and one that most mystery fans will find well worth the effort. (here)

A still of Una pura formalità / A pure formality
005-'A Pure Formality' was, to my surprise, one of the very best films I've seen in a long time. I'd seen snippets of the Italian version on Italian TV and the English-language one on US cable, neither encouraging me to delve further, but in its original French, with both Polanski and Depardieu voicing themselves, it manages to turn a potentially hoary old psychodrama into something much more life affirming.

Depardieu is the confused great writer arrested in the middle of a rainstorm and taken to a dark, leaking Italian police station where he is interrogated by Roman Polanski's inspector, who also happens to be an ardent fan, over the identity of a murder victim. Naturally, layers of self-deception are gradually pulled away on this long dark night of the soul before it reaches a not entirely unexpected but still remarkably satisfying conclusion. Despite the claustrophobic setting, Giuseppe Tornatore's excellent composition keeps it vividly cinematic, with several memorable moments (the most impressive a beautiful sequence following a song as it floats through the room). The flashbacks are sometimes awkward and I could definitely have done without Depardieu's nudity, but this is still one of the most remarkable films I've seen in recent years. Two-thirds through the movie a power cut hit for two-and-a-half hours, and it was excruciating waiting to get the chance to finish the film. Very highly recommended indeed.(here)

A still of Una pura formalità / A pure formality
003-About "Existentialism" and its film
001-Existentialism is a term applied to the work of a number of philosophers since the 19th century who, despite large differences in their positions, generally focused on the condition of human existence, and an individual's emotions, actions, responsibilities, and thoughts, or the meaning or purpose of life. Existential philosophers often focused more on what they believed was subjective, such as beliefs and religion, or human states, feelings, and emotions, such as freedom, pain, guilt, and regret, as opposed to analyzing objective knowledge, language, or science.

The early 19th century philosopher S?ren Kierkegaard is regarded as the father of existentialism. He maintained that the individual is solely responsible for giving her or his own life meaning and for living that life passionately and sincerely, in spite of many existential obstacles and distractions including despair, angst, absurdity, alienation, and boredom.

Subsequent existentialist philosophers retain the emphasis on the individual, but differ, in varying degrees, on how one achieves and what constitutes a fulfilling life, what obstacles must be overcome, and what external and internal factors are involved, including the potential consequences of the existence or non-existence of God. Many existentialists have also regarded traditional systematic or academic philosophy, in both style and content, as too abstract and remote from concrete human experience. Existentialism became fashionable in the post-World War years as a way to reassert the importance of human individuality and freedom.

"Existentialism" and its film

Existentialism is sometimes referred to as a continental philosophy, referring to the continental part of Europe, as opposed to that practiced in Britain at that time, which was called analytic philosophy, and mostly dealt with analyzing language.(Here)

002-Existentialism is a primarily 20th century school of thought. Existentialists define life as meaningless outside of our own personal choices. Most existentialists are athesists, and believe that there is no after-life. They define reality as absurd.

Existentialism is just as popular now as it was during its prime in the mid-twentieth century. Its influence is highly visible in art, literature, music, and especially in film.

Many well known films have existentialist themes like individuality, alienation, and the power of nothingness.

"The thing which was waiting was on alert, it pounced on me, it flows through me. I'm filled with it. It's nothing: I am the Thing. Existence, liberated, detached, floods over me. I exist." -Jean-Paul Sartre (Here)

Martin Heidegger(German 1889-1976)
Martin Heidegger(German 1889-1976)
003-Existentialism, French New Wave Cinema, and Surrealist Films
While we are on the subject of existentialism, I thought I would introduce a topic I enjoy greatly: the cinematic medium. Existentialist films are very confusing, intriguing, inventive, and stimulating. Film is the best way to relate existentialism to your own life. The most existentialist films not only explore the philosophy but employ the use of the philosophy in the making of the film itself.

Take any French New Wave film. All of them (some more than others) were heavily influenced by existentialism. By minimalizing plot and reason, and getting rid of focus entirely, these films were truly existentialist. The complete iconoclasm utilized in the making of the film challenged the rules of film, just as an existentialist challenges the systems of his world. See any Truffaut or Godard film. It made existentialism make more sense to me. I would recommend Pierrot Le Fou (at the extreme) or Bande à Part.

Surrealism, on the other hand, is not very directly linked with existentialism. Surrealism is more of an art movement, but I believe it implies existentialist modes of thought in its manifesto. Surrealist film embraces a dream-state reality. This results in negligible or incoherent plots, much like French New Wave films. While both are confusing, they can be better appreciated if one realises the existentialist roots. In having no plot, these films only contain random, sometimes unrelated occurrences. The existentialist likewise believes the world contains no plot, but is itself only a series of random, unrelated occurrences. Check out the very short film Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bu?uel and Salvador Dalí , probably a more famous Surrealist film. It is totally incoherent, but somehow it draws you in...

Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre
(French 1905-1980)



004-About the director Giuseppe Tornatore
Giuseppe Tornatore

Born 27 May 1956 (1956-05-27) (age 55)
Bagheria, Sicily, Italy
Occupation Film director and screenwriter

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter.

Life and careerBorn in Bagheria near Palermo, Tornatore developed an interest in acting and the theatre from at least the age of 16 and put on works by Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo.

He worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a positive response from audience and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded the Silver Ribbon for best new director.

Tornatore's best known screen work was released in 1988: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, a film narrating the life of a successful film director who has returned to his native town in Sicily for the funeral of an old friend. This obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Subsequently Tornatore released several other films cementing his place in film history.(Here) (More)

Giuseppe Tornatore
005-The main actor on this film
001-Gerard Depardieu

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu ; born 27 December 1948) is a French actor and film-maker. He has won a number of honours including a nomination for an Academy Award for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac and the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Green Card. In addition to a number of American awards, Depardieu is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite and has twice won the César Award for Best Actor.

At the age of 16, Depardieu left Chateauroux for Paris. There he began acting in the new comedy theatre Café de la Gare, along with Patrick Dewaere, Romain Bouteille, Sotha, Coluche, and Miou-Miou. His breakout film role came in 1974 playing Jean-Claude in Bertrand Blier's comedy Going Places. He studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet, and went on to become one of France's most renowned actors. In 1986, his international fame grew as a result of his performance as a doomed, hunchbacked farmer in the film Jean de Florette. Five years later he won a César for his starring role in Cyrano de Bergerac. More recently, he has played Obélix in the three Astérix movies.

In 2010 Depardieu signed a contract with Bank Zachodni WBK, a Polish bank, to appear in its commercials.(More)

Gerard Depardieu



Depardieu has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role César 15 times during his career and won it twice, in 1981 and 1991. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac.

1981: César Award for Best Actor for his role in The Last Metro (Le dernier métro)
1985: Venice Film Festival Award for best actor for his role in Police
1985: Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite
1990: Cannes Film Festival: Best actor award for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac
1991: César Award for Best Actor for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac
1991: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Green Card
1996: Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur.
2006: Moscow International Film Festival: Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting.(More)

Year Film Cesar nomination Cesar win Director
2010 Houba ! Le Marsupilami et l'Orchidee de Chicxulub Alain Chabat
Une femme d'affaires Frederic Schoendoerffer
Potiche Francois Ozon
La tete en friche Jean Becker
Le grand restaurant (TV) Gerard Pullicino
Mammuth Best Actor Beno卯t Delepine and Gustave de Kervern
L'Autre Dumas Safy Nebbou
2009 Bellamy Claude Chabrol
In the Beginning Xavier Giannoli
2008 Public Enemy Number One Jean-Francois Richet
Babylon A.D. Mathieu Kassovitz
Disco Fabien Onteniente
Asterix at the Olympic Games Frederic Forestier and Thomas Langmann
2007 Michou d'Auber Thomas Gilou
La Vie en Rose Olivier Dahan
Paris, je t'aime himself (sequence)
2006 Quand j'etais chanteur Best Actor Xavier Giannoli
Last Holiday Wayne Wang
2005 Ole! Florence Quentin
The Accursed Kings Josee Dayan
Boudu Gerard Jugnot
How Much Do You Love Me? Bertrand Blier
2004 Les temps qui changent Andre Techine
RRRrrrr!!! Alain Chabat
36 Quai des Orf猫vres Olivier Marchal
2003 Tais-toi! Francis Veber
Nathalie... Anne Fontaine
Bon voyage Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Crime Spree Brad Mirman
Le Pacte Du Silence Graham Guit
2002 A Loving Father Jacob Berger
City of Ghosts Matt Dillon
I Am Dina Ole Bornedal
Napoleon Yves Simoneau
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Alain Chabat
2001 Vidocq Pitof
CQ Roman Coppola
The Closet Francis Veber
2000 102 Dalmatians Kevin Lima
Les Miserables Josee Dayan
The Envy of Gods Vladimir Menshov
Tutto l'amore che c'e Sergio Rubini
Vatel Roland Joffe
Mirka Rachid Benhadj
1999 Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar Claude Zidi
1998 The Count of Monte Cristo Josee Dayan
The Man in the Iron Mask Randall Wallace
1996 Bogus Norman Jewison
Hamlet Kenneth Branagh
Unhook the Stars Nick Cassavetes
1995 'Les Anges gardiens Jean-Marie Poire
Elisa Jean Becker
1994 A Pure Formality Giuseppe Tornatore
My Father the Hero Steve Miner
Le Colonel Chabert Best Actor Yves Angelo
1993 Germinal Claude Berri
1992 Timekeeper Jeff Blyth
1492: Conquest of Paradise Ridley Scott
1991 Merci la vie Bertrand Blier
Tous les matins du monde Alain Corneau
My Father the Hero G茅rard Lauzier
1990 Green Card Peter Weir
Uranus Claude Berri and Arlette Langmann
Cyrano de Bergerac Best Actor Jean-Paul Rappeneau
1989 Too Beautiful for You Best Actor Bertrand Blier
Le choix des armes Claude Zidi
I Want to Go Home Alain Resnais
1988 Camille Claudel Best Actor Bruno Nuytten
A Strange Place to Meet Fran莽ois Dupeyron
1987 Under the Sun of Satan Best Actor Maurice Pialat
1986 Jean de Florette Claude Berri
Les Fugitives Francis Veber
Tenue de soiree Bertrand Blier
1985 Une Femme ou Deux Daniel Vigne
Police Best Actor Maurice Pialat
1984 Le tartuffe Himself
Fort Saganne Best Actor Alain Corneau
1983 Les Comperes Best Actor Francis Veber
Danton Best Actor Andrzej Wajda
1982 The Return of Martin Guerre Daniel Vigne

Le choix des armes

1981 La Chevre Francis Veber
Le choix des armes Alain Corneau
The Woman Next Door Francois Truffaut
1980 The Last Metro Best Actor Francois Truffaut
Loulou Maurice Pialat
Mon oncle d'Amerique Alain Resnais
Inspecteur la Bavure Claude Zidi
1979 Traffic Jam Luigi Comencini
Buffet froid Bertrand Blier
1978 The Left-Handed Woman Peter Handke
Le Sucre Best Actor Jacques Rouffio
Bye Bye Monkey Marco Ferreri
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Bertrand Blier
1977 Dites-lui que je l'aime Best Actor Claude Miller
The Lorry Marguerite Duras
1976 La Derniere femme Best Actor Marco Ferreri
1900 Bernardo Bertolucci
Je t'aime... moi non plus Serge Gainsbourg
Maitresse Barbet Schroeder
1975 Sept morts sur ordonnance Best Actor Jacques Rouffio
1974 Vincent, Francis, Paul and the Others Claude Sautet
Going Places Bertrand Blier
1973 Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse Juan Luis Bunuel
002-Roman Raymond Polański
Roman Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a Polish-French film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, America and France he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."

Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Holocaust and was educated in Poland and became a director of both art house and commercial films. Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten by Federico Fellini's 8?. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, and cemented his status by directing the Oscar winning horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968).

Roman Raymond Polański
In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered while staying at Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles by members of the Manson Family. Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not direct another film until Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he traveled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success. Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

In 1977, after a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski was arrested for the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl and pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor. To avoid sentencing, Polanski fled to his home in London, and then moved on to France the following day. In September 2009, Polanski was arrested by Swiss police at the request of U.S. authorities who asked for his extradition. In July 2010, the Swiss rejected that request and instead released him from custody and declared him a "free man." Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Poland, argued that the director "should be forgiven this one sin."

Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a World War II true story drama about a Jewish-Polish musician. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, along with numerous international awards. He also directed other films, including Oliver Twist (2005), a story which parallels his own life as a "young boy attempting to triumph over adversity. His most recent film is The Ghost Writer (2010) (AKA The Ghost in the UK), adapted from the novel by Robert Harris, a thriller focusing on a ghostwriter working with a former British Prime Minister (loosely based on Tony Blair). It won six European Film Awards in 2010, including best movie, director, actor and screenplay.

Year Director of Film Oscar
Oscar wins
1955 Zaczarowany rower (also as Bicycle)
1957 Morderstwo (also as A Murderer)
Usmiech zebiczny (also as A Toothful Smile)
Rozbijemy zabawe (also as Break Up the Dance)
1958 Dwaj ludzie z szafa (also as Two Men and a Wardrobe)
1959 Lampa (also as The Lamp)
Gdy spadaja anioly (also as When Angels Fall)
1961 Le Gros et le maigre (also as The Fat and the Lean)
Ssaki (also as Mammals)
1962 Noz w wodzie (also as Knife in the Water) 1
1964 Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (also as The Beautiful Swindlers)--segment: "La riviere de diamants"
1965 Repulsion*
1966 Cul-de-sac
1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, Madam, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (also as Dance of the Vampires)
1968 Rosemary's Baby* 2 1
1971 Macbeth
1973 What? (also as Diary of Forbidden Dreams)
1974 Chinatown 11 1
1976 Le Locataire (also as The Tenant)*
1979 Tess 6 3
1986 Pirates 1
1988 Frantic
1992 Bitter Moon
1994 Death and the Maiden
1999 The Ninth Gate
2002 The Pianist 7 3
2005 Oliver Twist
2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment Cinema erotique)
2010 The Ghost Writer
2012 Carnage
  • Trzy opowiesci (aka Three Stories) as Genek 'The Little' (segment "Jacek", 1953)
  • Zaczarowany rower (aka Magical Bicycle) as Adas (1955)
  • Rower (aka Bicycle) as the Boy who wants to buy a bicycle (1955)
  • Pokolenie (aka A Generation) as Mundek (1955)
  • Nikodem Dyzma as the Boy at Hotel (1956)
  • Wraki (aka The Wrecks, 1957)
  • Koniec nocy (aka End of the Night) as the Little One (1957)
  • Dwaj ludzie z szafa (aka Two Men and a Wardrobe) as the Bad boy (1958)
  • Zadzwoncie do mojej zony? (aka Call My Wife) as a Dancer (1958)
  • Gdy spadaja anioly (aka When Angels Fall Down) as an Old woman (1959)
  • Lotna as a Musician (1959)
  • Zezowate szczescie (aka Bad Luck) as Jola's Tutor (1960)
  • Do widzenia, do jutra (aka Good Bye, Till Tomorrow) as Romek (1960)
  • Niewinni czarodzieje (aka Innocent Sorcerers) as Dudzio (1960)
  • Ostroznie, Yeti! (aka Beware of Yeti!, 1961)
  • Gros et le maigre, Le (aka The Fat and the Lean) as The Lean (1961)
  • Samson (1961)
  • Noz w wodzie (aka Knife in the Water) voice of Young Boy (1962)
  • Repulsion as Spoon Player (1965)
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers as Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant (1967)
  • The Magic Christian as Solitary drinker (1969)
  • What? as Mosquito (1972)
  • Chinatown as Man with Knife (1974)
  • Blood for Dracula (Andy Warhol) as Man in Tavern (1976)
  • Locataire, Le (aka The Tenant) as Trelkovsky (1976)
  • Chasse-croise (1982)
  • En attendant Godot (TV) as Lucky (1989)
  • Back in the USSR as Kurilov (1992)
  • Una pura formalita (aka A Pure Formality) as Inspector (1994)
  • Grosse fatigue (aka Dead Tired) as Roman Polanski (1994)
  • Hommage a Alfred (aka Tribute to Alfred Lepetit, 2000)
  • Zemsta (aka The Revenge) as Papkin (2002)
  • Rush Hour 3 as Detective Revi (2007)
  • Caos Calmo as Steiner (2007)
Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film (Knife in the Water) Nominated
1965 Berlin Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear-Extraordinary Jury Prize (Repulsion) Won]
1966 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear (Cul-de-sac) Won
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best screenplay adaptation (Rosemary's Baby) Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Award for Best Director (Chinatown) Nominated
1974 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture (Chinatown) Won
1974 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Best Direction (Chinatown) Won
1979 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Picture (Tess) Won
1979 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Director (Tess) Won
1979 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Award for Directing (Tess) Nominated
1979 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film (Tess) Won
1979 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Director--Motion Picture (Tess) Nominated
2002 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Best Film; Best Director (The Pianist) Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Award for Best Director (The Pianist) Won
2002 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Director (The Pianist) Won
2002 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Film (The Pianist) Won
2002 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Director (The Pianist) Won
2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema Won
2009 Zurich Film Festival Golden Icon Award Lifetime achievement Won
2010 Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director (The Ghost Writer) Won
2010 European Film Awards Best Film; Best Director; Best Screenwriter (The Ghost Writer) Won
2010 Lumiere Awards (France's Golden Globes) Best Director; Best Screenwriter (The Ghost Writer) Won
2011 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Director (The Ghost Writer) Won
2011 Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema (Cesar) Cesar Award for Best Screenwriter (The Ghost Writer) Won
003-Giovanni Morricone
Giovanni Morricone A son of Ennio Morricone
Giovanni Morricone A son of Ennio Morricone
Giovanni Morricone A son of Ennio Morricone

IMDB: Filmography

Director (2 titles)
2003 Al cuore si comanda

2003 Arena concerto: la musica per il cinema (video)

Producer (2 titles)
1999 Gofer (short) (producer)

1998 Packing for Two (short) (producer)

Actor (1 title)
1994 Una pura formalità

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (1 title)
1994 Una pura formalità (assistant director)

Thanks (1 title)
2003 Capturing the Friedmans (documentary) (special thanks)

Una pura formalità / A pure formalitySee here)
Name EN/IT/CN (Longth)
Breathlessly/A perdifiato (02:59)
Remembering/Ricordare (04:09)
Andrea & Ennio Morricone/G. Tornatore/Pascal Quignard; sung by: Gerard Depardieu
The palace of nine frontiers/Il palazzo delle nove frontiere (03:25)
The bum/Il barbone (03:38)
A troublesome clue/Ingombrante indizio (02:10)
Waiting for the police inspector/Aspettando il Commissario (01:07)
In search of onoff/Alla ricera di Onoff (02:42)
An odd diary (timing mismatch)/Diario bizzarro(02:51)
Photos/Fotografie (01:17)
Mosaic/Mosaico (01:06)
Leonardo da vinci (03:09)
Contradictions/Contraddizioni (02:17)
The trap and the mouse/La trappola e il topo (01:24)
Escape from onoff/Fuga da Onoff (01:33)
Bloodstains/Macchie di sangue (02:36)
After the nightmare/Dopo l'incubo (01:02)
A mere memory lapse/Un banale vuoto di memoria (01:58)
Repressed memories/Rimozioni (01:55)
Revelation/Rivelazione (01:42)
A night in february/Notte in febbraio (02:11)
To obliterate the past/Effacer le passe (04:10)
Andrea & Ennio Morricone/G. Tornatore/Pascal Quignard; sung by: Gerard Depardieu
A still of Una pura formalità / A pure formality
Lyrics-1 (From subtitle 01:11:44-01:12:24)
A pure formality Sony Classical SK 52504
Sony Classical SK 52504
Original Release Title
Pure Formality, A
Country Austria
Format CD
Release Date 1994
UPN 5-099705-250426
Sony Classical SK 67166
Sony Classical SK 67166
United States
Format CD
Release Date 1994
UPN 0-7464-67166-2-5
Chinese translation
Remember, to remember...
It's so easy to look back,
old memories trapped in amber,
pain and sorrow tingled with black,
everything in amber,
everything in amber.
We must learn how to forget,
A much harder thing to do,
we must go on without regret,
Wipe clean the slate
and start anew.
Erase the past and look ahead...

Chinese translation
The wind brings the news that the new one arrives
The night she'd a tear driven to despair
The fate does not belong to him anymore
He must take part in spectacle the nature prepared
Life, it is nothing but a clean
Blotted out and patient sheet
What a great responsibility
For this who holds the pen
Reminiscences of youth
Closed in the old photographs
Testimony of reality
Writing it down is a pure formality

I can see him sitting at the table
In manners and gestures he behaved so exquisite
I'll never forget the words he said
"The world you brought to life I often visit"
The darkness came
Scenes before my eyes
Now I know
Where the truth lies.
I close my eyes I can feel no pain
The sound of blast echoes in my head
His face with a worried frown
I can see myself lying on the ground
Life, it is nothing but a clean
Blotted out and patient sheet
What a great responsibility
For this who holds the pen
Reminiscences of youth
Closed in the old photographs
Testimony of reality
Writing it down is a pure formality
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