Florestano Vancini was born in Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy on August 24, 1926. Vancini started his career as a journalist for the local Courier Po which was an off shoot of the defunk Corriere Padano. His film career began in the early 1950s directing documentaries such as "Delta Padano" (1951). His first feature film was "La lunga notte del ‘43" (1960). Many of his films dealt with historical and political subjects such as the assassination of Matteotti, the massacre of Bronte, the Italian resistance during World War II, Communism crisis in the 1960s and Italian social problems. In the early 1980s he made the TV film "The Octopus 2" (1986) and "Spagna" (1992). He appeared in only one film as an actor and that was in "Corpses" (1976) directed by Francesco Rosi. Vancini as Stan Vance, directed only one Euro-western, "The Long Days of Vengeance" (1967) with Giuliano Gemma. Vancini died on September 18, 2008 in Rome. Today we remember Florestano Vancini on what would have been his 85th birthday.