Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday Damiano Damiani

Damiano Damiani was born on July 23, 1922 in Pisaano, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Udine, Italy. Damiano began making short documentaries in the late 1940s, and was writing and assistant directing features by the mid-1950s. He debuted as a director in 1960 with the prize-winning “Il Rossetto” (aka “Lipstick”), and over the next decade helmed such offbeat films as the Alberto Moravia adaptation “La Noia” (aka “The Empty Canvas”) (1963) with Bette Davis, the occult romance “La Strega In Amore” (aka “The Witch”) (1966), and the violent spaghetti western “Quien Sabe?” (aka “A Bullet for the General”) (1966). His later films include the crime drama “Confessione Di Un Commissario Di Polizi” (aka “Confessions of a Police Captain”) (1971), with Martin Balsam, and the lurid occult melodramas “The Devil Is a Woman” (1974) and “Amityville II: The Possession” (1982). In all Damiani directed two Euro-westerns, the previously mentioned “A Bullet for the General” (1966) with Gian Maria Volonte, Klaus Kinski and Loy Castel and “The Genius” with Terence Hill and Miou Miou (1975) for which he also wrote the screenplay. Today we celebrate Damiano Damiani’s 90th birthday.

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