Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Remembering Marcello Fondato

Marcello Fondato was born on January 8, 1924 in Rome, Italy. Marcello started as a screenwriter, working with Luigi Comencini and Mario Bava. Then, near the end of the 1960s, he became a director, directing actors within the vein of famous Italian comedies: “Certo, certissimo, anzi... probabile” (1969), with Claudia Cardinale, Catherine Spaak, “Ninì Tirabusciò - La donna che inventò la mossa” (1970), starring Monica Vitti;Causa di divorzio” (1972), with Senta Berger, la Spaak, Enrico Montesano, and Gastone Moschin; “A mezzanotte va la ronda del piacere” (1975), with the Cardinal, Vittorio Gassman, la Vitti, Renato Pozzetto and Giancarlo Giannini. His moment of greatest popularity was probably reached in 1974 with the cult movie “...altrimenti ci arrabbiamo!”, Starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.
Fondato wrote the screenplays for five Euro-westerns: “Gunfight at High Noon” (1963), “Two Gunmen” (1964), “Hands of a Gunfighter”, “The Relentless Four” and “Son of Jesse James” all in 1965.
He spent the last fifteen years of his life a long way from the world of entertainment, in San Felice Circeo, here however he created a Teatro Stabile of which he was the artistic director, taking advantage of the company by writing "The Timid". Here in San Felice Circeo he died on November 13, 2008.
Today we remember Marcello Fondato on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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