Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy 80th Birthday Gianfranco Parolini

Gianfranco Parolini was born in Rome on February 20, 1930. He began his career as an assistant to director Roberto Rossellini on the 1950 film “Francesco, giullare di Dio”. He wrote and directed his first film “Il bacio dell'Aurora” in 1953. He would go on to direct over 30 films for the screen and TV. He specialized in mythological, adventure, spy and westerns. He was Spaghetti western genre favorite using the moniker Frank Kramer, with such films as “Johnny West” (1965), “Sartana” (1968), the Sabata series (1969-1971), and “God's Gun” (1976). He is also widely known as the director of the “Kommissar X” films. In the 1990s he drifted into television production. Today we celebrate Gianfranco Parolini's 80th birthday.

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