July 1, 2015
Italian director and screenwriter Sergio Sollima has died in Rome at age of 94, Sollima is known and loved by all fans of Western movies and those who remember the great success of his Sandokan TV series with Kabir Bedi in the 1970s.
Born in Rome on April 17, 1921, Sollima started his career as a film critic and screenwriter. His directorial debut came in 1962 with ‘Le donne’, one of the episodes of the collective film “L'amore difficile”. After writing for the Peplum genre, he directed three films of espionage in the wake of the great success of those years, (“Agente 3S3: Passaporto per l'inferno”, “Agente 3S3”, “Massacro al sole” and “Requiem per un agente segreto”) and a trilogy excellent westerns with Tomas Milian (“The Big Gundown”, “Face To Face” and “Run Man Run”).
After the thriller “Città violenta” with Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland (1970), Sollima’s signature film “Il diavolo nel cervello” (1972) with Stefania Sandrelli and Keir Dullea. After the dramatic ransom movie “Revolver” (1973), with Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed , the director turned to TV, where he met his greatest successes.
The aforementioned ‘Sandokan’ (1976), was a global success which also appeared in the cinema in two films, but also the two seasons of ‘I ragazzi di celluloide’.
He concluded his film career in 1993 with “Berlin '39” and television five years later with ‘The Son of Sandokan’.
His son is the talented director Stefano Sollima [1966- ], author of two series ‘Romanzo criminale’ and ‘Gomorrad’.
Born: 4/17/1921, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 7/1/2015, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Sergio Sollima’s westerns – director, screenwriter:
The Big Gundown – 1966 [director, screenwriter]
Face to Face – 1967 [director, screenwriter]
Run, Man, Run – 1967 [director, screenwriter]
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern (TV) - 2005 [himself]
Spaghetti Western Memories – 2012 [himself]