Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Remembering Carlo Ponti

Carlo Fortunaro Pietro Ponti was born on December 11, 1912 in Magenta, Lombardy, Italy. Husband of actress Sophia Loren [1934- ], father of producer Alex Ponti [1953- ], actor Carlo Ponti, Jr. [1968- ], director, writer, actor Edoardo Ponti [1973- ], producer Guendalina Ponti. He studied law at the University of Milan then joined his father's law firm in Milan and became involved in the film business through negotiating contracts. As one of Italy’s most renowned film producers he produced every motion picture made at Lux Films in Rome between 1945 and 1949.   Founded the production company "Ponti-De Laurentiis" together with Dino De Laurentiis, which produced Toto in Color (1953), the first Italian movie in color. Ponti produced two Euro-westerns: “Cipolla Colt” (aka “Spaghetti Western”) and “Whisky and Ghosts” (both 1976). Ponti died in Geneva, Switzerland on January 10, 2007. Today we remember Carlo Ponti on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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