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 the author of numerous published books and articles. 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

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