Ricardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker
Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland & Co. (Jefferson, North Carolina)
40 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Softcover (7 x 10) 2017
Print ISBN: 978-1-4766-6970-0
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2838-7
In an eclectic career spanning four decades, Italian director Riccardo Freda (1909–1999) produced films of remarkable technical skill and powerful visual style, including the swashbuckler Black Eagle (1946), an adaptation of Les Miserables (1947), the peplum Teodora, Slave Empress (1954) and a number of cult-favorite Gothic and horror films such as I Vampiri (1957), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) and The Ghost (1963). Freda was first championed in the 1960s by French critics who labeled him “the European Raoul Walsh,” and enjoyed growing critical esteem over the years. This book covers his life and career for the first time in English, with detailed analyses of his films and exclusive interviews with his collaborators and family.
About the AuthorRoberto Curti is an Italian film historian and a contributor to film magazines and to books published in Italy, Great Britain and Spain. He lives in Cortona, Italy.