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Mercoledì, 01 Luglio 2015 23:27

Italian film director Sergio Sollima dies at 94

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Rome - Film and TV are in mourning for the loss on Tuesday night of 94-year-old film director Sergio Sollima.
  Father of Stefano (director of the 'Gomorra' and 'Romanzo Criminale' series on Sky), Sollima was a writer-director of the so-called 'spaghetti westerns' in the 60s.

In the 70s, Sollima directed a cult TV show named 'Sandokan', which was one of the most popular TV series of its time and launched TV star Kabir Bedi. A vigil for Sollima will take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Casa del Cinema in Rome. Sollima was born in Rome on April 1, 1921, and began his career as a cinema critic and drama writer, making his debut in film assisting director Domenico Paolella. Sollima was much appreciated as a screenwriter before becoming a film director in 1962 with 'L amore difficile', made in collaboration with Italian cinematic talents Luciano Lucignano and Alberto Bonucci. He later directed genre films, everything from crime dramas and thrillers to 'spaghetti westerns', becoming a master at the latter. In the mid 70s he directed the TV series 'Sandokan', which was based on Emilio Salgari's novels and broadcast in six episodes by RAI starting on January 6, 1976. It broke audience records and was recently rebroadcast again on Italian television. Following the great success story of his 'Sandokan', Sergio Sollima returned to the movie screens once again collaborating with Salgari and featuring Kabir Bedi in 'Il corsaro nero' and 'La tigre e ancora viva: Sandokan alla riscossa'. His last directorial effort in 1998 was another tribute to Salgari featuring Kabir Bedi in the short two-episode TV series 'Il figlio di Sandokan'. (AGI)

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