Wednesday, December 02, 2015

RIP Gabriele Ferzetti (1925-2015)

From Italy today comes news of the passing of the great Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti. Perhaps best known in America as "Mr. Choo-choo" in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (pictured), Ferzetti had a long and distinguished career in many other pictures, including the lead role in Steno's THE SINS OF CASANOVA (1955, pictured) - a film of particular significance as Mario Bava's first color film as a cinematographer. Among his other lasting achievements are L'AVVENTURA, Edgar G. Ulmer's HANNIBAL, GRAZIE ZIA, MACHINE GUN McCAIN, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, THE NIGHT PORTER, Lucio Fulci's THE PSYCHIC, and the first digital feature JULIA AND JULIA. Gabriele Ferzetti was was 90.