Placido takes up tale of '69 bombing


ROME -- Actor-director Michele Placido and Italy's Cattleya Studios said Wednesday that they will team up to produce a film based on the tragic 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan, one of the quintessential post-war events in Italy.

The politically motivated bombing, which killed 16 people, was eventually blamed on right-wing extremists in Italy who tried to make it appear to be the work of communist insurgents as a way to force the Italian government to take action against the communists, which played a powerful role in Italy at the time.

The event resulted in dozens of arrests and simultaneously launched and destroyed several political careers.

Placido, who has three David di Donatello awards and three Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) prizes, also won the Golden Bear at the 1979 Berlin Film Festival for his role in "Ernesto."

In Italy, his most popular recent film was "Romanzo Criminale" (Crime Novel), a drama about small-time mafia figures that has recently been turned into a television series. He also will star in "Il Divo," the biopic about seven-time Prime Minister Giulo Andreotti directed by two-time Palme d'Or nominee Paolo Serpentine.

Cattleya said the Piazza Fontana film will be released in 2009, the 40th anniversary of the dramatic bombing.