Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Remembering Antonio Secchi

Antonio Secchi was born on February 26, 1924 in Sampierdarena Genoa, Liguria, Italy. After studying at Andrea Doria High School, he participated as a partisan in the war of liberation in the division of Tito Hope’s Green Flames, fighting in the Battle of the Mortirolo (19 April 1944) and was wounded. After the war he joined the football team's Tradate, where he was a goalkeeper, playing in the C series
He started his career in 1946 as a camera operator on “Settimana Incom”, and was for the first time as a cinematographer in the film “Morte di un amico” by Franco Rossi (1959).
Later, he worked with directors such as Giuseppe de Santis, Renato Castellani, Florestan Vancini, Damiano Damiani, John Huston, Alessandro Blasetti, Pupi Avati.
In the course of his film career he used various pseudonyms, including Toni Buckets, Buckets Tony, Tony and Tony Secchy Dry.
Tony was cinematographer on five Euro-westerns” “Blood for a Silver Dollar” (1965) with Giuliano Gemma, “A Bullet for the General” (1966) with Lou Castel and Gian Maria Volonte, “The Hills Runs Red” with Thomas Hunter, “Death Sentence” (1967) with Enrico Maria Salerno and “Wanted” (1967) again with Gemma.
Secchi died last year on June 6, 2013 in Zoanno Ponte di Legno, Brescia, Italy.
Today we remember Toni Secchi on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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