Trained as an architect, he entered films as an assistant director and scenarist in 1940, but established himself as a leading art director in the following decade. Most closely associated with the work of Luchino Visconti, Chiari first created sets and costumes for his stage plays beginning in 1947, then designed several of his films ("Le Notte Bianche/White Nights" 1957, "Ludwig" 1972) while evolving the lush, ornate style for which he is best known.
Director (Feature Film)
Assistant Direction (Feature Film)
Cast (Feature Film)
Writer (Feature Film)
Art Director (Feature Film)
Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)
Art Department (Feature Film)
Production Designer (Feature Film)
Misc. Crew (Feature Film)
Production Designer (TV Mini-Series)
Went to Rome and began working as assistant director on documentaries
Designed sets and costumes for Luchino Visconti's stage plays
Designed first documentary film, "Vulcano"
First fiction film as costume designer and script collaborator "Miracolo a Milano/Miracle in Milan"
First narrative feature film as production designer, "I Vitelloni"