Franco Giraldi

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Franco Giraldi (born 11 July 1931) is an Italian director, writer and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Komen, Giraldi spent his childhood and adolescence between the Carso, Trieste and Gorizia. During the Second World War, still in minor age, he helped the Italian partisans.[1]

His first professional contact with the world of cinema was as a film critic from the pages of the newspaper L'Unità.[1]

Later Giraldi had the opportunity to work as assistant director of, among others, Gillo Pontecorvo, Giuseppe De Santis, Sergio Corbucci and Sergio Leone. Shortly after his work with Leone in A Fistful of Dollars Giraldi directed his first spaghetti western, Seven Guns for the MacGregors, released in 1966.[2]

After four westerns, in which he used the pseudonyms of Frank Garfield and Frank Prestand,[3] in 1968 Giraldi directed his first film with his real name, the commedia all'italiana La bambolona. After some other comedies he dedicated to literary works adaptations.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Luciano De Giusti. Franco Giraldi, lungo viaggio attraverso il cinema. Kaplan Edizioni, 2006. 
  2. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. 
  3. ^ Gian Piero Brunetta. Storia del cinema italiano. Editori riuniti, 1982. 

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