Giancarlo Santi was born on October 7, 1939 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. Santi began his career as a production assistant to Gian Vittorio Baldi, later became assistant director to Marco Ferreri (“L'ape regina” (1963), “La Donna scimmia” and “Controsesso” (both 1964), “Marcia nuziale” (1965)).
Santi collaborated with Sergio Leone on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) and “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968). He was chosen by Leone to direct “Duck, You Sucker!” (1971) after that Peter Bogdanovich was fired, but the American production rejected this decision and Leone was forced to direct the movie hiumself. At any rate, Santi was the second unit director on the production.
He finally debuted as director in 1972, with his only spaghetti western “The Grand Duel”.
He was also production manager in Glauber Rocha's “The Lion Has Seven Heads” (1970) and Ermanno Olmi's “Cammina, cammina” (1983).
Today we celebrate Giancarlo Sanrti’s 75th birthday.