Diary of a master

Film Description

  • Year: 1973
  • Length: 290 Minutes
  • Country: Italy
  • Genre: TV miniseries, drama,
  • Director: Vittorio De Seta
  • Screenwriter: Vittorio De Seta
  • Cinematographer: Luciano Tovoli
  • Cast: Bruno Cirino, Mico Cundari, Marisa Fabbri, Tullio Altamura, Filippo De Gara

Diario di un maestro (Diary of a teacher) is a 1973 television drama directed by Vittorio De Seta and broadcast on the first channel RAI in four episodes. The subject is taken from the autobiographical book Un anno a Pietralata by Albino Bernardini.


In a school on the outskirts of Rome, a young teacher, new to the environment, instead of disinterested in his classroom called "la resulta" half-empty, decides to address the problem of non-compliance with compulsory school not in a bureaucratic way, but looking for the neighborhood children who do not attend classes and giving them a structure absolutely atypical, almost revolutionary for the programs of the time. The result is an experience of mutual enrichment between the young pupils and the teacher who, in the eyes of the viewers, represents the person who practices those ideals that many others only preach.


The teacher D'Angelo, is a young teacher coming from a small town outside Naples, and around October he receives the appointment to be a teacher in an elementary school outside Rome in Tiburtino III. He arrives in Rome aboard his Renault 4.