Friday, December 7, 2012

Remembering Roberto Bianchi Montero

Roberto Bianchi Montero was born on December 7, 1907 in Rome, Italy. He is the father of director Mario Bianchi [1939- ]. Roberto started acting at a young age in small theater companies, until he was hired by Ettore Petrolini. He then appeared in parts for young actors for four years. Later he founded his own company, with which he toured various theaters for two seasons, before going into the world of cinema. Debuting on camera in 1936 in small parts, he also began to work on film sets as an assistant director and as a writer, before his directorial debut in the postwar period, with the film “L'amante del male” (1946) shot in Bari, which specialized in dramatic emotional issues. Later in his career he would specialize in spy movies and westerns before closing out his career in 1982. He was also credited as Roberto Bianchi, Roberto Montero and Robert White. Montero directed and wrote screenplays for eight Euro-westerns including: “The Man from Oklahoma” (1964), “Durango is Coming, Pay or Die” (1970) “Django… Adios!” (1971) and “Thunder Over El Paso” (1972). Montero died in Rome in 1986. Today we remember Roberto Bianchi Montero on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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