Saturday, February 18, 2017

RIP Pasquale Squitieri

Mourning in the cinema as screenwriter and director Squitieri has died

Il Mattino
February 18, 2017

Goodbye to Pasquale Squitieri. The director was born in Naples November 27, 1938, and he passed away this morning surrounded by the affection of his loved ones in the hospital Villa San Pietro in Rome. His death was made known by his brother Nicholas, his second wife Ottavia Fusco and daughter Claudia. The funeral will be held tomorrow in Rome from 11 to 6.

He began his film career in 1969 with “lo e Dio”, produced by Vittorio De Sica, and under the pseudonym William Redford which he also used in two films  spaghetti western genre films. His career ended very early when Squitieri dedicated his life to current issues and reality in Italian society: Contacts between the Mafia and politics, drugs, terrorism, the "white deaths" and immigration. But his fame is mainly due to his historical and political films, some of which have earned him much criticism. This is the case of " Li chiamarono... briganti!", In 1999 he withdrew immediately from the industry under mysterious circumstances.

In 1971 he writers an open letter to L'Espresso about the case of Pinelli but over the years moves to the right, and in 1994 he became a senator in the National Alliance.

He was also famous in the 1970's for his relationship with the actress Claudia Cardinale with whom he has a daughter Claudia Squitieri born in 1979.

SQUITIERI Pasquale (aka William Redford)
Born: 11/27/1938, Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: 2/18/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Pasquale Squitieri’s westerns – director, writer, actor
Django Defies Sartana – 1970 director, writer, actor
Vengeance Trail – 1971 director, writer

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