Ernesto Gastaldi was born on September 11, 1934 in Graglia, Piedmont, Italy. He entered the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in 1955, where he graduated in 1957. In 1967 he graduated in economics and business at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome. The first film written by Gastaldi was “L'amante del vampire” (1960) directed by Renato Polselli, which oversaw both the subject and the script. From 1960-62 Gastaldi was commissioned to write screenplays for another 19 films, almost all signed with the pseudonyms Julian Berry, Julyan Perry and Ernst Gasthaus. In 1965 he made his debut behind the camera with “Libido”, a giallo directing the debut of Giancarlo Giannini (John Charlie Johns), Gastaldi’s wife Mara Maryl and Luciano Pigozzi .
The most famous films in which he has worked are probably “Day of Anger” (1967), “My Name is Nobody” (1973), “La pupa del gangster” (1975) and “Stradivari” (1988). He also wrote the original treatment of “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984), directed by Sergio Leone.
Gastaldi has written screenplays for thirteen Euro-westerns. Beside those mentioned above he’s also written screenplays for “Blood at Sundown” (1966), “Arizona Colt” (aka “The Man from Nowhere”) 1967, “The Grand Duel” and “Massacre at Fort Holman” (both 1972) and “The Genius” (1975).
Today we celebrate Ernesto Gastaldi’s 80th birthday.