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Giovanni Pastrone, also known by his artistic name Piero Fosco (13 September 1883 - 27 June 1959), was an Italian film pioneer, director, screenwriter, actor and technician.

Pastrone was born in Montechiaro d'Asti. He worked during the era of the silent film, but he influenced many important directors in the international cinema, such as David Wark Griffith, in his Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916).

He died in Turin on 27 June 1959.


Complete filmography


  • La glu (1908)
  • Giordano Bruno eroe di Valmy (1908)
  • Giulio Cesare (1909)
  • La caduta di Troia (The Fall of Troy, 1910)
  • PiĆ¹ forte che Sherlock Holmes (1913)
  • Cabiria (1914)
  • Tigre reale (1916)
  • Il fuoco (The Fire, 1916)
  • Maciste alpino (The Warrior, 1916)
  • La guerra e il sogno di Momi (1917)
  • Maciste atleta (1917)
  • Hedda Gabler (1919)
  • Povere bimbe (1923)


  • Giulio Cesare (1909)

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