Italian screenwriter and director Alfredo Giannetti was at his most successful when he was collaborating with director/screenwriter Pietro Germi. Their best-known cooperative effort was the enormously popular comedy Divorzio All'Italiana/Divorce Italian Style (1962), which earned Giannetti and co-writers Ennio de Concini and Germi an Oscar. Other well-known Giannetti and Germi films include L'Immorale (1967) and Serafino (1968). The writer began his four-decade-long career in 1953 when Giuseppe De Santis filmed Giannetti's script A Husband for Anna, which he co-wrote with Cesare Zavattini, Elio Petri and Gianni Puccini. He began his association with Germi with Il Ferroviere/The Railroad Man (1956). Though he remained primarily a screenwriter, Giannetti would periodically helm films; he made his directorial debut in 1961 with Giorno per Giorno Disperatmente. In addition to working with Germi, he also worked with such directors as Dino Risi. In the early 1970s, Giannetti directed a series of historical dramas featuring the reclusive actress Anna Magnani in her final screen roles.