Sunday, January 1, 2012

Remembering Piero Pierotti

Piero Pierotti was born on January 1, 1912 in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. After having worked for years as a journalist and theater director, he graduated in film directing at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in Rome in 1939. He then directed several documentaries. In 1941, he began working as an assistant director until 1957, working with various directors. Among these films were “Enrico Caruso” (1951), “Giuseppe Verdi” (1953), Raffaello Matarazzo. Later, he worked as a scriptwriter and screenwriter, then, from 1958 until his death, he devoted himself to directing, especially adventure films with much success. The first of these was “The Black Archer” (1958). He directed and wrote screenplays for four Euro-westerns “The Lost Treasure of the Aztecs” (1964), “Zorro the Rebel” (1966), “Heads or Tails” (1968) as Peter Stanley, and the screenplay only for  “Zorro, the Navarra Marquis” (1969). Pierotti retired in the late 1960s dying in Rome on May 4, 1970. Today we remember Piero Pierotti on what would have been his 100the birthday.

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