Wednesday, September 6, 2023

RIP Giuliano Montaldo


Prolific Italian director, actor and film industry executive, whose works comprise powerful political drama “Sacco and Vanzetti” about the Massachusetts trial and execution in 1927 of accused Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, has died at his home in Rome on September 6, 2023. He was 93. Born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy on February 22, 1930, Montaldo was still a Turin university student when, in 1950, director Carlo Lizzani gave him a role in the film “Achtung Banditi!.” Montaldo then moved to Rome in 1954, where he worked as a journalist for Italian newspaper Il Tempo and after a few years decided to pursue a filmmaking career. In 1965. That year Montaldo directed the second unit of Pontecorvo’s masterpiece “The Battle Of Algiers” and In 1982, Montaldo directed the Emmy Award-winning mini-series “Marco Polo,” co-produced by Italy and China which played on NBC in the U.S. Later in his career Montaldo was appointed he first president of RAI Cinema, the film arm of Italian state broadcaster RAI, a position he held between 1999 and 2004. Giuliano was an assistant director on 1975’s “The Genius” starring Terence Hill.

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