Alessandro Blasetti was one of the premiere Italian directors of the 1930s and was later considered one of the fathers of Italian neorealism. He was originally educated as a lawyer, but after completing law school he found journalism more interesting and became a film critic for a daily newspaper. He then founded his own monthly paper Lo Schermo which became Cinematografo in 1928. Later he, Goffredo Allesandrini and Umberto Barbaro formed the Augustus cooperative, which produced Blasetti's first film, Sole. Blasetti is the director who in 1952 created the episodic film genre that became so popular in Italian cinema over the next twenty years.