Ivo Perilli penned scripts for a number of important early Italian films. In 1933, Perilli had the dubious distinction of directing the first feature film to be banned by the fascist government. Considered by many to be the forerunner of the neorealist movement, Perilli's Ragazzo was deemed politically unacceptable for public viewing. Perilli's best-known work includes contributions to Bitter Rice (1948) and Roberto Rossellini's The Greatest Love (1951). Perilli also collaborated on a few international films, including War and Peace (1956) and The Bible: the Beginning (1966).