Tonino Valerii

The Films

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About the Book

Tonino Valerii is one of Italy’s best genre film directors. Starting out as Sergio Leone’s assistant on For a Few Dollars More (1965), he went on to direct spaghetti westerns that stand out among the most accomplished in their class—Day of Anger (1967), The Price of Power (1969), A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die! (1972) and My Name Is Nobody (1973). He also directed the outstanding giallo My Dear Killer (1972). This book examines Valerii’s life and career in depth for the first time, with exclusive interviews with the filmmaker, scriptwriters and actors, and critical analysis of his films.

About the Author(s)

Roberto Curti is an Italian film historian and a contributor to periodicals and to books published in Italy, Great Britain and Spain. He lives in Cortona, Italy.

Bibliographic Details

Roberto Curti
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, appendix, filmography, notes, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6468-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2618-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Foreword by Christopher Frayling 1

Preface 5

Introduction 7

One. Childhood, Vocation and Early Experiences 13

Two. In the Lion’s Den 24

Three. A Taste of Directing 31

Four. Oedipus in the West 39

Five. Death of a President 50

Six. The Anomalous Venetian 57

Seven. “There once was a little girl…” 66

Eight. Once We’re Dead… 71

Nine. Nobody’s Fool 79

Ten. Beware the Gorilla! 99

Eleven. A Sting in the Desert 107

Twelve. The Long Silence 115

Thirteen. The Naked Charm of the Bourgeoisie 121

Fourteen. Too Late the Hero? 125

Fifteen. Yojimbo vs. Cosa Nostra 130

Sixteen. His Master’s Voice 133

Seventeen. Twilight’s Last Gleamings 141

Epilogue 146

Afterword by Ernesto Gastaldi 149

Appendix: Interviews 151

Andy J. Forest 151

Gianni Garko 153

Giuliano Gemma 154

George Hilton 159

Peter Hooten 161

Marco Leonardi 163

Roberto Leoni 165

Saverio Marconi 175

Franco Nero 177

Pasquale Rachini 178

Beatrice Ring 180

Bud Spencer 184

Bo Svenson 185

Pamela Villoresi  186

Filmography 189

Chapter Notes 207

Bibliography 217

Index 219

Book Reviews & Awards

“a well written and documented account…a rare mixture of comedy, sarcasm and yes there is plenty of action blended with a heart warming story of an idol and his biggest fan…this is one for your library”—Reviews on the Edge.