Monday, July 15, 2013

Remembering Giulio Battiferri

Giulio Battiferri was born on July 15, 1893 in Rome, Italy. He was the brother of actress Fernanda Battiferri [1896-19??]. After attending technical school, he made his stage debut in 1913, his first role being in “Compagnia Romanesca” directed by Count Gastone Monaldi Romanesca, who later became his brother-in-law, having married his younger sister Fernanda. With this training and subsequent roles, he starred in numerous works including “Er pupo de Trastevere”, “La festa del bacio” and “Nino er boja”, treading the boards of the major Italian opera houses, and also doing some tours in Brazil, in other such countries in South America along with France, England and Spain. With him on stage in almost every play was his wife Pina Piovani. Giulio made his film debut between 1919 and 1920, appearing in films directed by and starring his sister Fernanda, but his real film career began in 1939 which then saw him play in a long career of screenplays and characters, often in roles so tiny as to be barely noticed, but this activity was ongoing with a surprising large quantity of films. For a period Giulio left his acting career in January 1932, and went to work for a magazine for several years. Battiferri appeared in four Euro-westerns: “The Kid of the West” (1942), “The Return of Pancho Villa” (1950), “Duck You Sucker”and “Joe Dakota” (both 1971). Giulio died on January 22, 1973 in Rome.
Today we remember Giulio Battiferri on what would have been his 120th birthday.

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