Friday, April 12, 2013

Remembering Giorgio Ferroni

Giorgio Ferroni was born on April 12, 1908 in Perugia, Umbria, Italy.  He was an Italian producer, director, assistant director, screenwriter, film editor and actor who was often credited as Calvin Jackson Padget or Calvin J. Padget

Giorgio Ferroni started his film career in the mid 1930's as a director of documentaries and an assistant director to Gennaro Righelli. He debuted as a director in 1937 and specialized in adventure films. After World War II, Ferroni directed a couple of neorealist films “Pian delle stele” (1946) and “Tombolo, paradiso ner” (1947).

Later Ferroni became very active in swords-and-sandals films and achieved critical attention for the Horror film “Mill of the Stone Women” (1960). Giorgio directed what many consider the first Spaghetti western “Il fanciullo del West” (Girl of the Golden West) in 1942. He would later return to the genre and find huge commercial success with a series of spaghetti westerns starring Giuliano Gemma in the mid-1960s.

Ferroni was married to actress Nada Fiorelli [1919-1984] (194?-1981) and died in Rome on August 17, 1981 at the age of 73. Today we remember Giorgio Ferroni on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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