Duccio Tessari

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Duccio Tessari
Born(1926-10-11)11 October 1926
Died6 September 1994(1994-09-06) (aged 67)
OccupationFilm director
Screenwriter
Spouse(s)Lorella De Luca

Duccio Tessari (11 October 1926 – 6 September 1994) was an Italian director, screenwriter and actor, considered one of the fathers of spaghetti westerns.[1]

Born in Genoa, Tessari started in the fifties as documentarist and as screenwriter of peplum films. In 1964 he co-wrote Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, one year later he gained an impressive commercial success and launched the Giuliano Gemma's career with A Pistol for Ringo and its immediate sequel, The Return of Ringo.[1]

He later touched different genres and worked in RAI TV, directing some successful TV-series. He died of cancer in Rome, at 68.[2] He was married to actress Lorella De Luca.[1][2]

Filmography[edit]

Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Screenwriter Screen story writer Other
Kanonenserenade [de] 1958 Yes Yes Assistant director [3]
The Last Days of Pompeii 1959 Yes Yes Assistant director [4]
Carthage in Flames 1960 Yes [5]
Messalina Yes Yes [6][7]
Goliath and the Dragon Yes [8]
Colossus and the Amazon Queen Yes Assistant director [9]
The Revolt of the Slaves Yes [10]
Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis 1961 Yes [11]
Goliath and the Vampires Yes [12][13]
The Colossus of Rhodes Yes [14][15]
Maciste alla corte del Gran Khan Yes [14][16]
The Wonders of Aladdin Yes [17]
Hercules in the Haunted World Yes [14][15]
Duel of the Titans Yes [18][19]
My Son, the Hero 1962 Yes Yes [20]
Marco Polo Yes [21]
Il fornaretto di Venezia N/A Yes Yes [22]
The Avenger of Venice 1964 Yes [23][24]
A Fistful of Dollars Yes [25][24]
Secret of the Sphinx N/A Yes Yes [26]
A Pistol for Ringo 1965 Yes Yes Yes [27][28]
The Return of Ringo Yes Yes Yes [29][30]
Una voglia da morire N/A Yes Yes [31]
Kiss Kiss...Bang Bang 1966 Yes Yes Yes [32][33]
Seven Guns for the MacGregors Yes [34][35]
Dick Smart 2007 N/A Yes [36]
Per amore... per magia... N/A Yes Yes [37]
La dama de Beyrut N/A Yes [38]
The Cats 1968 Yes Yes [39]
Better a Widow N/A Yes Yes [40]
Train for Durango N/A Yes Yes [41]
Sundance and the Kid N/A Yes Yes [42]
Quella piccola differenza N/A Yes Yes [43]
La morte risale a ieri sera 1970 Yes Yes [44]
Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate N/A Yes Yes [45]
Long Live Your Death 1971 Yes Yes [46][47]
Winged Devils N/A Yes Yes [48]
The Heroes N/A Yes [49]
Tony Arzenta 1973 Yes [50]
Three Tough Guys 1974 Yes [51]
Puzzle N/A Yes Yes [52]
Zorro 1975 Yes [53]
Sexycop 1976 Yes Yes [54]
Safari Express N/A Yes Yes Yes [55]
The Fifth Commandment 1978 Yes Yes Yes [56]
Un centesimo di secondo N/A Yes Yes [57]
Tex and the Lord of the Deep 1985 Yes Yes [58][59]
Bitte laßt die Blumen leben [de] 1989 Yes Yes [60]
There Was a Castle with Forty Dogs N/A Yes Yes [61]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Giusti, Marco (2007). Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori. p. 695. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b Silvia Fumarola (7 September 1994). "Addio Duccio Tessari un regista per tutti". La Repubblica (in Italian). Divisione Stampa Nazionale. GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Kanonen-Serenade". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 105.
  5. ^ "Carthage in Flames". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  6. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 116.
  7. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 117.
  8. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 70.
  9. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 36.
  10. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 140.
  11. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 87.
  12. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 73.
  13. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 76.
  14. ^ a b c Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 89.
  15. ^ a b Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 90.
  16. ^ Curti 2017, p. 316.
  17. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 192.
  18. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 51.
  19. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 50.
  20. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 163.
  21. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 112.
  22. ^ "Il fornaretto di Venezia (1963" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Il fornaretto di Venezia (1963" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  24. ^ a b Hughes 2009, p. 7.
  25. ^ "Il fornaretto di Venezia (1963" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  26. ^ "La Sfinge sorride prima di morire - Stop Londra (1964)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  27. ^ Hughes 2006, p. 27.
  28. ^ "Una pistola para Ringo [Una pistola per Ringo] (1965)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  29. ^ Hughes 2006, p. 36.
  30. ^ "El retorno de Ringo [Il ritorno di Ringo] (1965)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  31. ^ "Una voglia da morire (1965)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  32. ^ "Kiss kiss... bang bang" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  33. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Kiss Kiss...Bang Bang". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  34. ^ Grant 2011, p. 443.
  35. ^ "7 Pistole Per I Macgregor (7 Guns for the MacGregors), Italy/Spain, 1965". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 34 no. 405. British Film Institute. October 1967. p. 158.
  36. ^ "Dick Smart 2007" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  37. ^ "Per amore... per magia..." (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  38. ^ "La dama de Beyrut [La dama di Beyrut] (1967)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  39. ^ Curti 2013, p. 15.
  40. ^ "Meglio vedova (1968)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  41. ^ "Un treno per Durango (1968)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  42. ^ "Vivi o preferibilmente morti (1969)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  43. ^ "Quella piccola differenza (1969)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  44. ^ Curti 2013, p. 36.
  45. ^ "Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  46. ^ "Zwei tolle Companeros" (in German). Filmportal.de. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  47. ^ "Viva la muerte... tua! (1971)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  48. ^ "Forza "g"" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  49. ^ "Gli eroi" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  50. ^ Curti 2013, p. 72.
  51. ^ Curti 2013, p. 124.
  52. ^ "L'uomo senza memoria (1974)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  53. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 194.
  54. ^ Curti 2013, p. 194.
  55. ^ "Safari Express (1976)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  56. ^ "Das fünfte Gebot" (in German). Filmportal.de. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  57. ^ "Un centesimo di secondo" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  58. ^ "Tex e il Signore degli abissi (1985)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  59. ^ Curti 2016, p. 182.
  60. ^ "Bitte laßt die Blumen leben" (in German). Filmportal.de. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  61. ^ "C'era un castello con quaranta cani (1990)" (in Italian). Archvio del cinema italiano. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765.
  • Curti, Roberto (2016). Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 978-1-936168-60-6.
  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker. McFarland. ISBN 1476628386.
  • Hughes, Howard (2006). Once Upon a Time in the Italian West. I B Tauris. ISBN 0857730452.
  • Hughes, Howard (2009). Aim for the Heart. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84511-902-7.
  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.

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