Enzo G. Castellari

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Enzo G. Castellari
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Enzo G. Castellari signing Inglourious Basterds posters at FFF (Lund International Fantastic Film Festival) in Lund, Sweden, 2009-09-20
Born Enzo Girolami Castellari
(1938-07-29) July 29, 1938 (age 76)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Film director
Years active 1960–present

Enzo G. Castellari (born July 29, 1938) is an Italian film director.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Enzo G. Castellari was born June 29, 1938 in Rome Italy.[1] Castellari was born into a family of filmmakers. His father was a boxer turned film maker Marino Girolami.[2] His uncle was filmmaker Romolo Guerrieri and his brother was actor Ennio Girolami.[2] Castellari initially was a boxer like his father and went to school to get a degree in architecture.[2]

Film career[edit]

Castellari began work on film assisting with various jobs on sets of his father's films.[2] Among his early credits included uncredited roles in directing films such as Few Dollars for Django (1966) and A Ghentar si muore facile (1967).[2] Many of Castellari's early works are Westerns.[2] He received his official credited directorial debut with Renegade Riders (1967), a film shot in Spain and influenced by Sidney J. Furie's film The Appaloosa (1966).[2] After releasing the Western Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (1968), Casterllari did a war film titled Eagles Over London.[2] By the early 1970s, Casterllari began exploring other genres as well such as the thriller Cold Eyes of Fear (1971), the comedy Hector the Mighty (1972), and the comedic swashbuckler The Loves and Times of Scaramouche (1976).[2] Castellari direted his first poliziotteschi film with High Crime starring Franco Nero.[2] Nero and Castellari formed a relationship with the film and work together for seven features.[2] Castellari later noted his work with Nero, stating "I think that to have an actor like Franco Nero is one of the best things that can happen to a director...if it had been possible, I would have made all my films with him"[3] Nero would work with Casterllari on the Western Keoma which was only a mild success[clarification needed] in Italy on its release, but would later be praised as one of Castellari's best films.[2][3] Casterllari created further poliziotteschi films in the late 1970s as well as the war film The Inglorious Bastards.[2] Castellari was offered to direct the film Zombi 2, but turned it down as he didn't feel he would be the right director for a horror film.[2][4]

In 1980s the popularity of the poliziotteschi faultered and Castellari's film Day of the Cobra with Franco Nero was not popular in the box office.[4] Casterllari followed it up with The Last Shark, a film about a small beach town terrorized by a bloodthirsty great white shark.[4][5] The film was withdrawn from theaters after Universal Studios sued the production for being too similar to the film Jaws.[4] Casterllari next film 1990: The Bronx Warriors was a surprise hit that created a small wave of films from Italy inspired by the John Carpenter film Escape from New York.[4] The mid-to-late 1980s work for Casterllari was work made for foreign markets such as Light Blast (1985), Striker and Sinbad of the Seven Seas.[4]

In the 1990s, Castellari's work was mostly dedicated to made-for-television productions.[4] Castellari made a comeback film in 2010 with Caribbean Basterds, a film which received a theatrical release in Italy which was a rarity for locally made genres films at the time.[4] 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.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer Other
Renegade Riders 1966 Yes Yes Yes Credited as E.G. Rowland [7]
Any Gun Can Play 1967 Yes Yes [7]
One Dollar Too Many 1968 Yes [7]
Johnny Hamlet 1968 Yes Yes [7]
Kill Them All and Come Back Alone 1968 Yes Yes [7]
Eagles Over London 1969 Yes Yes [7]
Cold Eyes of Fear 1970 Yes Yes [7]
Hector the Mighty 1971 Yes Yes [7]
Sting of the West 1972 Yes [7]
High Crime 1973 Yes Yes Role of a Reporter [7]
Street Law 1974 Yes [7]
Cipolla Colt 1975 Yes Role of the Mexican in the market [7]
The Loves and Times of Scaramouche 1975 Yes Yes [7]
Keoma 1976 Yes Yes [7]
The Big Racket 1976 Yes Yes Role of the Cowardly Storekeeper [7]
The Heroin Busters 1977 Yes Yes [7]
The Inglorious Bastards 1977 Yes Role of a German Officer [7]
The House by the Edge of the Lake 1978 Yes [7]
The Shark Hunter 1979 Yes Role of Il killer [7]
Day of the Cobra 1980 Yes Role of Warehouse Thug [7]
The Last Shark 1980 Yes [7]
1990: The Bronx Warriors 1982 Yes Yes Role of the Vice President [7]
The New Barbarians 1982 Yes Yes Credited as Enzo Girolami [7]
Escape from the Bronx 1983 Yes Yes Role of the Radio Operato [7]
Tuareg – The Desert Warrior 1984 Yes Yes Role of a Prison Guard [7]
Light Blast 1985 Yes Yes [7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Curti, 2013. p. 289
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Curti, 2013. p. 290
  3. ^ a b Hughes, 2011. p. 270
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Curti, 2013. p. 291
  5. ^ Wheeler, Jeremy. "Great White". AllMovie. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (19 May 2009). "Enzo and Tarantino: 'Basterds' brothers". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Films". Enzo G Casterllari Official Website. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 

References[edit]

  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765. 
  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano: The Complete Guide from Classics to Cult. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781848856073. 

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