Italian actor Vittorio Caprioli made his first stage appearance sometime in the 1940s. With Alberto Bonnucci, Caprioli co-founded the Arlecchino Theatre, a comedy/satire troupe, in 1950. In films, he worked with most of the major European directors, including Fellini (Variety Lights), Rosselini (General Della Rovere), and Malle (Zazie dans le Metro). Turning to directing in 1961, Caprioli helmed dozens of stage productions and eight films, the best of which was 1969's Splendori e Miseri de Madama Royale. One of Vittorio Caprioli's last important acting assignments was Bertolucci's Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, in which he was seen as Adelfo.