World War II, Alfonso Sansone (1924-2015) starts to produce documentary films
with his brother Agostino and moves from Palermo to Rome, the city of film.
Thanks to Citto Maselli, he comes into contact with Henryk Chroscicki
(1919-2000), an Australian young man of Polish origin, who is in Rome to attend
the Experimental Cinematography Centre. Henryk and Alfonso become friends and
start dreaming of the films they would like to make. They set up the ATC
company through which they rent out film equipment to production companies and
in France they buy the license to create the anamorphic lens renamed
Totalscope. Afterwards, they become producers and establish the Sancro Film
production company, whose name is an acronym for their surnames: Sansone and
Chroscicki. Their production company ensures the success of numerous directors
such as the Taviani brothers and Marco Ferreri. After the film El Cochecito
(The Little Coach), they start a fruitful collaboration with Ferreri. Sancro
Film also produces western films by involving Hollywood stars like Telly
Savalas, James Coburn, John Phillip Law and Lee Van Cleef. Alfonso and Henryk
become two well-known producers; they work with Rizzoli, Lombardo, Ponti,
Levine and many others. Proving after the hard times, with hard work and dreams
there come prosperous times.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.