Born in Vaprio d'Adda in November 1914, Alberto Lattuada was a filmmaker with a passion for literature, art and photography.

In the early post-war years, in full neorealist climate, and in the following decades when the Italian comedy was prevalent, Lattuada was able to develop his own stylistic code, recognizable above all in the design of nuanced female characters and the characterisation of the bourgeoisie and its pettiness.

Over the course of his directorial activity, he launched many actresses to success, like Catherine Spaak, granting him the title of “Director of Women”. During his prolific career Lattuada won 3 David di Donatello awards for Best Director and a Silver Ribbon for Best Screenplay for Come Have Coffee With us – Venga a prendere il caffè da noi. His filmography features all the greatest stars of Italian cinema, from Alberto Sordi in the Fellini’s directorial debut he co-signed, to Sophia Loren, Adriano Celentano and Gigi Proietti.

Long ill with Alzheimer's disease, Alberto Lattuada died at his home in Orvieto on July 3, 2005.