Guglielmo Giannini: An interdisciplinary archive and international conference


Because of Covid-19, we have relocated this conference online to Zoom. So now we will meet on November 18 & 19, with accessible online videos available on our conference site from November 4 onwards. Join us for roundtable discussion and debate about Giannini and  populism, theatre, cinema,  and journalism.

Who is Guglielmo Giannini??

Guglielmo Giannini (1891-1960) is a journalist, playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, film director and Italian politician. He became known as a young playwright in the 1920s, establishing himself as an important figure in Italian theatre in the 1930s and 1940s. He was famous for his contribution to the development of the noir, yellow and romantic comedy genres. Founder and director of the film magazine "Kines", Giannini was also an important figure in the Italian silent film industry. In the 1930s and 1940s, some of his most famous plays were adapted for the big screen (Anonima Fratelli Roylott, directed by Raffaello Matarazzo in 1936 , under the title of Anonima Roylott), as well as Skyscrapers (directed by Guglielmo Giannini in 1943). 

With the creation of the weekly paper, "The ordinary man", Giannini founded and promoted "qualunquismo" as a political movement. 

Thanks to the 5.3% obtained in the elections of 1946, Giannini became a member of the Constituent Assembly, which had the task of drafting the constitution of the then newly born Italian Republic. Later, he was once again a protagonist, both on radio and on television, as author, performer and political figure. Giannini remained until his death in 1960 a leading exponent of Italian media, prolific through his interdisciplinary and transmedia production.