Motion Picture Director. Best known for being one of the pioneers and founders of Italian cinema, he became a legend in the film industry in the early twentieth century. In 1899, Caserini was director of an pantomime company composed of children, but soon left this work to become an actor, and later director of a dramatic company. After this short theatrical period, he began working for the cinema at the Cines in Rome making his debut as a film director with the film "II romanzo di un Pierrot" (1906). In 1907, he was promoted to art director of film studio and in this role led the production of Cines to the literary and historian genre, directing between 1909 and 1910 some of his most successful films such as "Anita Garibaldi", "Beatrice Cenci", "Dramma medievale", "Giovanna d'Arco", "L'innamorato", "La dama di Monserau", "La gerla di papà Martin", "Macbeth", "Otello", "Wanda Soldanieri" and others. In 1911, he went to work at the Ambrosio Film of Turin for which directed "Mater Dolorosa" and "Parsifal and Siegfried", but just two years after, he broke the contract with this film studio and went to work at the Gloria Films of which he was a founding partner and art director. In 1913, Caserini directed what is regarded as the most significant film of his career, "Ma l'amor mio non muore" starring Lyda Borelli, and his masterpiece "Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei" based on the novel "The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. In 1914, he returned to work for the Ambrosio Film and a year later founded his own production company called Caserini Films, where he directed notably the films, "La pantomima della morte" and "Ma l'amor tuo mi redime" (1915). From 1916 until his demise, Caserini worked again at Cines of Rome, where he directed about a dozen successful films including notably "Amore che uccide, "Dramma di una notte", "La vita e la morte", "Passano gli anni", "Sfinge" and "Tragedia senza lacrime".
Bio by: Ruggero
Maria Gasparini Caserini