Thursday, January 9, 2014

Remembering Guido Zurli

Guido Zurli was born on January 9, 1929 in Foiano, Della Chiara Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. After some experience as an assistant director, in 1962 he had the opportunity to direct a film initially entrusted to Sergio Leone, “Le verdi bandiere di Allah”. As a result, even using the pseudonyms (among others, Albert Moore, GZ Reds, Jean Loret and Frank Sanders) he directed several genre films, westerns, espionage, adventure and horror, all characterized by a thin vein of humor. Guido directed five Euro-westerns, one of which was never completed. He began with “Thompson 1880” (1966) starring Gordon Mitchell, followed by “A Man Called Amen” (also screenwriter) and “Zorro the Fox” both in 1968
In 1971 he went to Turkey to direct a thriller, the resulting film was commercially successful and Zurli made more moives with Turkish production companies including the last of his Euro-westerns “Cowboy Kid in 1972 for which he also wrote the screenplay.
Meanwhile in Italy during the second half of the 1970s the film industry was in crisis and he was only offered sex and pornographic film. He decided to return to Turkey for a period of time, where in 1979 he made police film “Bersaglio altezza uomo”.
In Italian films he appeared as a writer (under the pseudonym Guider Zurlen) in the film by Raniero Di Giovanbattista “Valentina, ragazza in calore” featuring the film debut of Moana Pozzi, but in reality his contribution to the film is minimal.

In the 1980s he worked as a television director for the RAI before returning in the early 1990s to directing the film “Kickboxing” shot in the United States and Yugoslavia.
Guido died in Rome on October 23, 2009.
Today we remember Guido Zurli on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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