Emanuele Luzzati (3 June 1921 – 26 January 2007)
Luzzati was an Italian painter, production designer, illustrator, film director and animator. He was born on June 3, 1921, in Genoa of Genoese family of Jewish origin. Due to the Fascist racial laws, in 1940 the family was forced to leave, and the young Emanuele had to interrupt his studies. The Luzzati family moved to Switzerland, more precisely to Lausanne where Emanuele attended the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux-Arts), and got his diploma. When the war ended, Emanuele and his family returned to Italy.
From the late 1950s he made more than a dozen animation movies, some of them together out with Giulio Gianini.
He worked as a set designer for the London Festival Ballet, the Chicago Opera House, the Vienna Staatsoper. He also worked as an illustrator of the works of Italo Calvino and the Grimm Brothers, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1966 and 1974 for the animated short movie “La Gazza Ladra” and “Pulcinella” respectively, as animator and screenwriter.
In 2001 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, by initiative of the head of the State.
He died in his hometown on January 26, 2007, at age of 85.