Duccio Tessari

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

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

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

Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
TitleYearCredited asNotesRef(s)
DirectorScreenwriterScreen story writerOther
Kanonenserenade 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 1989 Yes Yes [60]
There Was a Castle with Forty Dogs N/A Yes Yes [61]

References

  1. Giusti, Marco (2007). Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori. p. 695. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  2. 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. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 89.
  15. 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. 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

  • 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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