Franco Giraldi

Franco Giraldi (11 July 1931 – 2 December 2020) was an Italian director and screenwriter.

Franco Giraldi
Born(1931-07-11)11 July 1931
Died2 December 2020(2020-12-02) (aged 89)
Trieste, Italy
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Life and careerEdit

Born in Komen, Giraldi spent his childhood and adolescence between the Carso, Trieste and Gorizia. During the Second World War, still in minor age, he helped the Italian partisans.[1]

His first professional contact with the world of cinema was as a film critic from the pages of the newspaper L'Unità.[1]

Later Giraldi had the opportunity to work as assistant director of, among others, Gillo Pontecorvo, Giuseppe De Santis, Sergio Corbucci and Sergio Leone. Shortly after his work with Leone in A Fistful of Dollars Giraldi directed his first Spaghetti Western, Seven Guns for the MacGregors, released in 1966.[2]

After four westerns, in which he used the pseudonyms of Frank Garfield and Frank Prestand,[3] in 1968 Giraldi directed his first film with his real name, the commedia all'italiana La bambolona. After some other comedies he dedicated himself to literary adaptations.[1]

Giraldo died on 2 December 2020 at the age of 89 from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Luciano De Giusti. Franco Giraldi, lungo viaggio attraverso il cinema. Kaplan Edizioni, 2006.
  2. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9.
  3. ^ Gian Piero Brunetta (1982). Storia del cinema italiano. Editori Riuniti.
  4. ^ Trieste. Morto per coronavirus il regista Franco Giraldi (in Italian)
  5. ^ "Addio a Franco Giraldi, regista di storie (e adattamenti) che non dimenticavano la Storia". Bookciakmagazine (in Italian). 3 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

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