ALFONSO BRESCIA - (Rome, January 6 1930 - June 5 2001)
One of the most prolific Italian directors; his production stands out for its formal decorum and great mastery of the art, often spoiled by inadequate subjects and budgets. With a great vocation for highly commercial film, Brescia later worked in all the genres in vogue: from sword and sandal films to adventure films, from westerns to war flicks, from detective stories to erotic films. Since 1985, all genres having been eclipsed, his work has been limited to a few imitation films. He often signed his work with the pseudonym Al Bradley.
ENZO GIROLAMI - (Rome, July 29 1938)
From 1967 onwards Girolami worked exclusively on genre films, lending his name to a large number of productions. Much loved by young filmgoers, his films put the emphasis on the spectacular. His other films include the mystery Gli occhi freddi della paura (Cold eyes of fear), the western Keoma, the war film Quel maledetto treno blindato (The inglorious bastards) and the adventure film Il cacciatore di squali (The shark hunter), all directed with great technical skill. He always signed his work under the name Enzo G. Castellari.
LUCIO FULCI - (Rome, June 7 1927 - February 19 1996)
From 1951 onwards Fulci worked on comic films starring Totò and Alberto Sordi, writing the scripts of a number of classics of the cinema. He directed his first film in 1959 and for many years worked exclusively in comic and farce films, though his later work includes not only comedies but historic films, westerns, adventure films and detective stories. In 1979 he began the third phase in his career as director of horror films.
JOAQUIN LUIS MARCHENT- (Madrid, August 26 1921)
Spanish film director; when about to take his degree in law, Marchent gave up his studies to work in film. He was assistant director of several films until 1953, when he had an opportunity to direct Juzgado permanente in Barcelona, a film which won him the director's award at the “Certamen Cinematográfico” in Malaga and the “Jimeno” award of the “Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos”.
TANIO BOCCIA - (Rome, 1912 - Milan, 1982)
Film director from 1952 onwards, Boccia directed about twenty films and became quite well-known for a number of “Maciste” films starring actor Adriano Bellini (alias Kirk Morris) and a few westerns. The Roman director signed all his films from Il conquistatore d’Oriente (Conqueror of the Orient) onwards under the name Amerigo Anton.
GIANNI GRIMALDI - (Catania, November 14 1917 - Rome, February 25 2001)
Produced the very popular radio program “Rosso e nero”, and directed the musical “Scaramouche” for television with Domenico Modugno and “Il mattatore” starring Vittorio Gassman. Began to work in film in 1952 as a scriptwriter – often with Bruno Corrucci – working on many comic and satirical films starring Lando Buzzanca, Carlo Giuffré and Franchi and Ingrassia.
MARCELLO CIORCIOLINI - (Rome, 1922)
Began his artistic career in radio in the ‘50s while also working as a script-writer and screenwriter for film. Later divided his time between the cinema, the theatre, television and songs. For television, he wrote the script of “Un’altra domenica” (with Nanni Loy), “Tutti insieme compatibilmente”, “Il principe azzurro” and other Italian programs. In film, he worked on the story and script of numerous films, almost all comic, and directed Franchi and Ingrassia in five films.
Roberto Poppi, Dizionario del cinema italiano. I registi, Rome 2002
Filmlexicon degli autori e delle opere, Rome, 1962