Director and screenwriter Eriprando Visconti, who began his career as an assistant to his uncle, Luchino Visconti, died May 26 of pulmonary emphysema at a hospital in Pavia, Italy. He was 62.
Known throughout the Italian film industry as Prandino, Visconti’s first job as assistant director was on the 1952 feature “We the Women,” directed by his uncle. This was followed by stints as an assistant to Luciano Emmer and Renato Castellani before moving on to screenwriting on Francesco Maselli’s “Gli Sbandati” in l955.
Visconti made his directorial debut in 1962 with “Una Storia Milanese.” This and the last of his nine features, “Malamore,” made in 1982, were regarded as his best work.
The uneven quality of his films, however, kept Visconti from becoming more than a minor figure in Italian cinema, and the director himself freely admitted to an inferiority complex caused by working in the shadow of his uncle’s international success.