Sergio Corbucci

Sergio Corbucci (b. 1927, Rome, d. 1990, Rome) made his directorial film debut with You Saved my Daughter (1951), a popular melodrama followed by others in the same vein. In the 1950s and 1960s, Corbucci’s output was highly eclectic, ranging from musicals to comedy, directing Totò in seven films, with Chi si ferma è perduto (1960) and The Two Marshals (1962) among others, historical myths and spaghetti westerns. Together with Leone and Tassari, he launched this genre, starting with Minnesota Clay (1963). The high irony and lack of a happy ending are two stylistic hallmarks that he shared with the other two directors. His masterpiece, Django (1966), with Franco Nero, became an international cult film. Drawing on a narrative style Leone had already tried in A Fistful of Dollars, Corbucci’s film is darker, more Gothic in tone. Other successful westerns were The Great Silence (1969), with Jean-Louis Tritignant, and Companeros (1970), with Tomas Milian, where he asserts his prominence as the most aggressive of spaghetti western directors. During the 1970s and 1980s, he returned to comedies and musicals with a dozen hits including Di che segno sei? (1975), Count Tacchia (1982), Rimini, Rimini (1987). Highly prolific, he made over 70 films during his career.

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