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Antonio Margheriti

Antonio Margheriti (19 September 1930 – 4 November 2002), also known under the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson, was an Italian filmmaker.[1] Margheriti worked in many different genres in the Italian film industry, and was known for his sometimes derivative but often stylish and entertaining science fiction, sword and sandal, horror/giallo, Eurospy, spaghetti western, Vietnam War and action movies that were released to a wide international audience.[2] He died in 2002.

Antonio Margheriti
Born(1930-09-19)19 September 1930
Rome, Italy
Died4 November 2002(2002-11-04) (aged 72)
Other namesAnthony M. Dawson
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

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BiographyEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Antonio Margheriti was born in Rome on September 19, 1930.[3] Margheriti was the son of a railroad engineer and began his film career in 1950 working with Mario Serandrei.[3] [4] He then began making short documentaries beginning with Vecchia Roma in 1953.[4] In 1954, Margheriti was credited with special effects in films such as Pino Mercanti's I cinque dell'Adamello and La notte che la terra tremo.[4] By 1955 he was credited in screenplays such as Classe di ferro.[4]

Directing careerEdit

Margheriti grew up reading science fiction comics and when he was offered to directed a the film Space-Men, he signed on to the project.[4] He followed-up this film with Battle of the Worlds with actor Claude Rains.[4] This was followed by The Golden Arrow with Tab Hunter and some more peplum styled films such as The Fall of Rome and Giants of Rome.[4] Other genres tackled in the 1960s included horror films such as Castle of Blood, The Long Hair of Death and The Virgin of Nuremberg and the spy film with Sfida ai Killers and Operazione Goldman.[4][5][6]

Margheriti later returned to science fiction with his Gamma I series, which were originally filmed for Italian television series Fantascienza but then were relesaed theatrically.[7] Margheriti followed these films with some Westerns, including Take a Hard Ride and And God Said to Cain.[7][8] In the 1980s, Margheriti created films following the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark, including The Last Hunter and Hunters of the Golden Cobra]] which both starred David Warbeck.[7] Warebeck also starred in Tiger Joe, which Margheriti's long time cinematographer Riccardo Pallottini died during production when his plane crashed attempting to get the films last shot.[7] Margheriti also delved into the genre of Vietnam War inspired films.[9]

Margheriti also shot Yor, the Hunter from the Future which was shot in Turkey and was picked up by Columbia Pictures for an American release to 1400 theaters.[10] Margheriti died on November 4, 2002.[11]

StyleEdit

Margheriti's specialty in films was low budge efforts that fell into genres such as action and science fiction.[3] To make films in short amounts of time, Margheriti apply techniques such as shooting with several cameras simultaneously, allowing him to record master shots, close-ups, and more.[4] This often led him to light films very carefully and have him create several films per year.[4]

He was sometimes credited in films as Anthony M. Dawson and Anthony Daisies.[3][4]

Partial filmographyEdit

Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Screenwriter Screen story writer Other
Space-Men 1960 Yes Yes [12][13][14]
Battle of the Worlds 1961 Yes [15]
The Golden Arrow 1962 Yes [16]
The Fall of Rome 1963 Yes Yes [17]
The Virgin of Nuremberg Yes Yes [17]
Castle of Blood 1964 Yes [18]
Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules Yes [19]
Hercules, Prisoner of Evil Yes [20]
Giants of Rome Yes [21][22]
The Long Hair of Death Yes Yes [23]
Wild, Wild Planet 1966 Yes [24][25]
Lightning Bolt Yes [26]
The Young, the Evil and the Savage 1968 Yes Yes [27][28]
The Unnaturals 1969 Yes Yes Yes Yes Producer [29]
And God Said to Cain 1970 Yes Yes [30]
Web of the Spider 1971 Yes Yes [31]
Treasure Island 1972 Yes [32][33]
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye 1973 Yes Yes [34]
Death Rage 1976 Yes [35]
Yor, the Hunter from the Future 1983 Yes Yes [36]
Code Name: Wild Geese 1984 Yes Yes [37][38]
Presentimento N/A Yes Yes [39]
Classe di ferro N/A Yes Yes [40]
Gambe d'oro N/A Yes Yes [41]
Promesse di marinaio N/A Yes Yes [42]
Roulotte e roulette N/A Yes Yes [43]
Solitudine N/A Yes [44]
Il pelo nel mondo N/A Yes [45]
War of the Planets N/A Yes [46]
Bob Fleming... Mission Casablanca N/A Yes [47]
Joe l'implacabile N/A Yes [48]
Io ti amo N/A Yes Yes Yes [49]
Vengeance N/A Yes Yes [50]
Mr. Superinvisible N/A Yes [51]
Finalmente le mille e una notte N/A Yes Yes [52]
Novelle galeotte d'amore dal Decamerone N/A Yes Yes Yes [53]
Mr. Hercules Against Karate N/A Yes Yes [54]
The Stranger and the Gunfighter N/A Yes Yes [55]
Manone il ladrone N/A Yes Yes Yes [56]
Manone il ladrone N/A Yes Yes Yes [57]
Fantasma en el Oeste N/A Yes Yes Yes [58]
Rudeness N/A Yes Yes [59]
Cannibal Apocalypse N/A Yes [60]
The Last Hunter N/A Yes [61]
Car Crash N/A Yes [62]
Hunters of the Golden Cobra N/A Yes [63]
Tiger Joe N/A Yes [64]
Last Blood N/A Yes [65]
The Ark of the Sun God N/A Yes [66]
Jungle Raiders N/A Yes [67]
Commando Leopard N/A Yes [68]
'Il triangolo della paura N/A Yes [69]
Alien degli abissi N/A Yes [70]
Indio N/A Yes [71]
Indio 2 - La rivolta N/A Yes [72]

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Antonio Margheriti". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Roberto Chiavini; Gian Filippo Pizzo; Michele Tetro (2003). Il grande cinema di fantascienza: aspettando il monolito nero (1902-1967) [The great science fiction cinema: waiting for the black monolith (1902-1967)] (in Italian). Volume 2 di Il grande cinema di fantascienza, Collana gli Album. Gremese. p. 159. ISBN 8884402662.
  3. ^ a b c d Fischer 2000, p. 422.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Fischer 2000, p. 423.
  5. ^ Fischer 2000, p. 424.
  6. ^ Paul 2005, p. 163.
  7. ^ a b c d Fischer 2000, p. 425.
  8. ^ Paul 2005, p. 164.
  9. ^ Paul 2005, p. 165.
  10. ^ Fischer 2000, p. 426.
  11. ^ Paul 2005, p. 171.
  12. ^ "Space Men". Archivo del cinema Italiano (in Italian). Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  13. ^ Fischer 2011, p. 423.
  14. ^ ""Assignment: Outer Space."". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Battle of the Worlds". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 67.
  17. ^ a b Curti 2015, p. 97.
  18. ^ Curti 2015, p. 109.
  19. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 47.
  20. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 91.
  21. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 63.
  22. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 64.
  23. ^ Curti 2015, p. 124.
  24. ^ "I criminali della Galassia (1965)" (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Wild, Wild Planet". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  26. ^ "Lightning Bolt". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  27. ^ "The Young, the Evil and the Savage". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  28. ^ "Nude... si muore (1967)" (in Italian). Archviodelcinemaitaliano.it. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  29. ^ Curti 2015, p. 194.
  30. ^ "Satan der Rache". Filmportal.de (in German). Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  31. ^ Curti 2017, p. 37.
  32. ^ "L'isola del tesoro (1973)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  33. ^ "Die Schatzinsel" (in German). Filmportal.de. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  34. ^ Curti 2017, p. 93.
  35. ^ Curti 2013, p. 172.
  36. ^ Curti 2016, p. 177.
  37. ^ "Geheimcode Wildgänse". Filmportal.de. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  38. ^ Newman, Kim (1985). "Geheimcode Wildganse". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 52 no. 612. London: British Film Institute. pp. 85–86.
  39. ^ "Presentimento (1956)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  40. ^ "Classe di ferro (1957)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  41. ^ "Gambe d'oro (1958)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  42. ^ "Promesse di marinaio (1958)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  43. ^ "Roulotte e roulette (1959)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  44. ^ "Solitudine (1961)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  45. ^ "'Il pelo nel mondo (1964)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  46. ^ "I diafanoidi vengono da Marte (1965)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  47. ^ "A 077: sfida ai killers (1966)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  48. ^ "Joe l'implacabile (1967)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  49. ^ "Io ti amo (1968)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  50. ^ "Joko, invoca Dio e muori (1968))". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  51. ^ "L'inafferrabile invincibile Mr. Invisibile (1970)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  52. ^ "Finalmente le mille e una notte (1972)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  53. ^ "Novelle galeotte d'amore dal Decamerone (1972)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  54. ^ "Ming, ragazzi! (1973)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  55. ^ "El Kárate, el Colt y el impostor [Là dove non batte il sole] (1974)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  56. ^ "Manone il ladrone (1974)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  57. ^ "Manone il ladrone (1974)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  58. ^ "Fantasma en el Oeste [Whisky e fantasmi] (1974)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  59. ^ "Lo sgarbo (1974)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  60. ^ "Apocalypse domani (1980)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  61. ^ "L'ultimo cacciatore (1980)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  62. ^ "Car Crash (1981)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  63. ^ "I cacciatori del cobra d'oro (1982)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  64. ^ "Fuga dall'arcipelago maledetto (1982)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  65. ^ "Tornado (1983)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  66. ^ "I sopravvissuti della città morta (1984)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  67. ^ "La leggenda del rubino malese (1985)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  68. ^ "Commando Leopard (1986)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  69. ^ "Der Commander [Il triangolo della paura] (1988)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  70. ^ "Alien degli abissi (1989)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  71. ^ "Indio (1989)". Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  72. ^ [Indio 2 - La rivolta (1991) "Indio 2 - La rivolta (1991)"] Check |url= value (help). Archivio del cinema Italiano]. Retrieved January 16, 2019.


SourcesEdit

  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765.
  • Curti, Roberto (2015). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969. McFarland. ISBN 1476619891.
  • Curti, Roberto (2016). Diabolika: Supercriminals, Superheroes and the Comic Book Universe in Italian Cinema. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 978-1-936168-60-6.
  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970–1979. McFarland. ISBN 1476629609.
  • Fischer, Dennis (2011). Science Fiction Film Directors, 1895-1998. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786485051.
  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.
  • Paul, Louis (2005). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8749-3.

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