The life of Franco Cristaldi
Franco Cristaldi (1924–1992) was born in Turin into an anti-fascist family and was distantly related to the Marzotto family of industrialists. He took part in the Resistance in northern Italy and, with his brigade, arrived in Rome following the liberation, where he witnessed the making of Roma città aperta (Rome Open City). It was this experience that was at the origin of his passion for cinema.
When he returned to Turin in 1946, he founded the Vides company, which took its name from the initials of his business partner Vittorio De Santis, a well-known documentary director, but which also sounded like the Latin word for the verb ‘vedere’ (to see).