- Enzo G. Castellari
birthname = Enzo Girolami Castellari
birthdate = birth date and age|1938|7|29
yearsactive = 1960–present
Enzo G. Castellari (born
July 29, 1938in Rome, as Enzo Girolami) is an Italian film director. He is the son of director Marino Girolami, aka Franco Martinelli. He made a name for himself during the 1960s by directing several spaghetti westernswith such titles as " Go Kill and Come Back", " Seven Winchesters for a Massacre" and " Go Kill Everybody and Come Back Alone". His films exhibited a flair for violent action and gunfights, often utilizing slow-motionto spectacular effect. His film "Keoma" (1976) is considered the last great film of the genre.
Castellari was a pioneer in the early
Italian crime filmgenre, with " High Crime" (1973) and " Big Racket" (1976). In the 1980s, his career suffered somewhat from the drop of quality in Italian genre films, and he found himself churning out financially successful but rather cheesy B-movieslike " The New Barbarians" or "". His film "Great White" was pulled from theaters following a successful lawsuit from Universal Pictures, who accused the filmmakers of plagiarizing Steven Spielberg's "Jaws". As Italian cinema declined, Castellari found work in television and as an action scene consultant.
His son Adriano Girolami plays for
Barry Town Football Club, and in his spare time Castellari coaches young players.
On the German DVD of
Johnny HamletCastellari states that he's working on a new western (called "The Badlanders") , starring his favorite actor Franco Neroin the lead again, also revealing that Liam Neesonand Ethan Hawkewere eager to play a part in it. Later rumors had Mickey Rourkeand Quentin Tarantinobeing involved. It has been quiet around the project for a while now.
Enzo is mainly remembered for his westerns, war and crime films, and has been called the "european Sam Peckinpah" and "The action master"Enzo also made Inglorious Bastards and
Battle Squadron, two very successful war films, he also made another shark film called Shark Hunter.
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