Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Remembering Alfonso Brescia

Alfonso Brescia was born on January 6, 1930 in Rome, Italy. Alfonso was the son of producer Edoardo Brescia. He became an assistant director, screenwriter and director of Italian films. During his 30 year career he made over 50 films, most were low budget action and dramas. His first film was as an assistant director under director Giuseppe Vari on the 1957 film “Il riccato di un padre”. The first film he directed was “La rivolta die pretoriani (aka Revolt of the Pretorians) in 1964. He often used the aliases Al Bradley, Harold Bradley, Al Bradly, Al Brady and Albert B. Leonard. From 1965-1975 Brescia directed eight Euro-westerns among them were “The Colt is My Law” (1965) with Angel Del'Pozo, two Peter Lee Lawrence westerns “Days of Violence” (1967) and “Killer Caliber .32” (1967) and “Lynching” (1968) starring Gordon Mitchell. He also directed two White Fang films starring Robert Woods “White Fang and the Gold Diggers” (1974) and “White Fang and the Hunter” (1975). Brescia was active in the industry until the end of the 1980s. He passed away on June 5, 2001 in Rome. Today we remember Alfonso Brescia on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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