Pic looks to past

Giordana targets Fascist star pair

Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic.

Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction.

Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito Mussolini’s regime but were shot dead at the end of WWII in 1945 by partisans angered by their Fascist connections. Valenti was 39 and Ferida, 31.

“It’s a story with lots of glamour and tragedy; full of human interest that transcends politics,” said Barbagallo, who described Valenti as a “fanatic Fascist and a coke head.” He will be played by Luca Zingaretti, star of RAI drama “Montalbano”; Ferida is still being cast.

Ferida was the star of Alessandro Blasetti’s 1940 hit epic “The Iron Crown.”

As for “Caiman” helmer Nanni Moretti, Barbagallo said that after “Caiman” he is penning his first comedy.

More TV

  • Seven Seconds

    TV Review: 'Seven Seconds' on Netflix

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student

    CNN Gun Control Town Hall Draws 2.9 Million Viewers

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group

    21st Century Fox Finalizing Deal With Sinclair to Acquire 6 TV Stations (EXCLUSIVE)

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    Tiffany Haddish to Host 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

  • Dan Futterman Variety Facetime

    'The Looming Tower' Boss on the Importance of the Muslim-American Hero of the Story

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

  • Tom Welling Variety Facetime Interview

    Tom Welling Reflects on Lessons from 'Smallville' and Talks Returning to TV for 'Lucifer'

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

  • Versailles French TV Netflix

    ‘Versailles’ Set as Canneseries Festival Curtain-Raiser

    Italo helmer Marco Tullio Giordana (“Best of Youth”) will tackle the true tale of Fascist-era movie star couple Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida in a potentially controversial TV biopic. Project is being shepherded as a two-parter by “The Caiman” producer Angelo Barbagallo, in co-production with RAI Fiction. Valenti and Ferida had stellar careers under Benito […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content