Enzo G. Castellari
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|Enzo G. Castellari|
|Born||Enzo Girolami Castellari
July 29, 1938
Enzo G. Castellari (born July 29, 1938) is an Italian film director. He became famous during the 1960s by directing several spaghetti westerns with such titles as Go Kill and Come Back (Vado... l'ammazzo e torno, 1967), One Dollar Too Many (1968), Seven Winchesters for a Massacre (Sette winchester per un massacro, 1967) and Go Kill Everybody and Come Back Alone (Ammazzali tutti e torna solo, 1968). His films exhibited a flair for violent action and gunfights, often using slow-motion to spectacular effect. His film Keoma (1976) is considered the last great film of the genre.
Life and career
Castellari was born in Rome as Enzo Girolami. He is the son of director Marino Girolami, aka Franco Martinelli. Castellari was a pioneer in the early Italian crime film genre, with High Crime (La polizia incrimina la legge assolve, 1973) and Big Racket (Il grande racket, 1976). In the 1980s, his career suffered somewhat from the drop of quality in Italian genre films, and he found himself churning out financially successful B-movies like 1990: The Bronx Warriors and its sequel, and The New Barbarians. His film Great White (aka The Last Shark) was pulled from theaters following a successful lawsuit from Universal Pictures, who accused the filmmakers of plagiarizing Steven Spielberg's Jaws. As Italian cinema declined, Castellari found work in television and as an action scene consultant.
On the German DVD of Johnny Hamlet (Quella sporca storia nel west, 1968), Castellari states that he's working on a new western (called The Badlanders), starring his favorite actor Franco Nero in the lead again, also revealing that Quentin Tarantino is involved. It has been quiet around the project for a while now.
Castellari is mainly known for his westerns, war and crime films, and has been called the "european Sam Peckinpah" and the "action master". He also directed two very successful war films: The Inglorious Bastards (Quel maledetto treno blindato, 1978) and Eagles Over London (La battaglia d'Inghilterra, 1969), and made another shark film called The Shark Hunter (Il cacciatore di squali, 1979).
Castellari cameoed as a German mortar squad commander in his film The Inglorious Bastards; and Quentin Tarantino cast Castellari in the cameo role of a German general in his film Inglourious Basterds (2009) which was inspired by Castellari's 1978 film.
- Vivarelli, Nick (19 May 2009). "Enzo and Tarantino: 'Basterds' brothers". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
- Enzo G. Castellari at the Internet Movie Database
- Enzo G. Castellari official site
- Enzo G.Castellari-biography on (re)Search my Trash
- Castellari: Action Italian Style tribute publication dedicated to Enzo G. Castellari and his films