Italian director and screenwriter Pasquale Squitieri died today February
18th in Rome. He was 78. Born in Naples, Italy on November 27, 1938, he began his film career in 1969 with “lo e
Dio”, produced by Vittorio De Sica, and under the pseudonym William
Redford which he also used in two spaghetti western films: “Django
Defies Sartana” and “Vengeance Trail”. His career ended very early when
Squitieri dedicated his life to current issues and reality in Italian
society: Contacts between the Mafia and politics, drugs, terrorism, the
"white deaths" and immigration. But his fame is mainly due to his
historical and political films, some of which have earned him much
criticism. This is the case of " Li chiamarono... briganti!", In 1999 he
withdrew immediately from the industry under mysterious circumstances.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.