Italian director Francesco Maselli was only 23 when his contribution to the early neorealist anthology Love in the City earned him international acclaim. Unfortunately, his subsequent films, while all competently directed, never quite lived up to the brilliant promise of his early work. Maselli, born and raised in Rome, made his first homemade films when he was 14. Two years later, he was attending the prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematographia and assisting such filmmakers as Michelangelo Antonioni on short films. For Antonioni, Maselli also helped out on scripts during the early '50s. Maselli began directing his own short films in 1949.