Sergio Sollima

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Sergio Sollima
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Born(1921-04-17)April 17, 1921
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died July 1, 2015(2015-07-01) (aged 94)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1962–1998
Home town Rome, Lazio, Italy

Sergio Sollima (April 17, 1921 – July 1, 2015) was an Italian film director and script writer.

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Like many Italian cult directors, Sollima started his career as a screenwriter in the 1950s and wrote many peplum films in the 1960s. He made his directing debut doing one of the four sequences in the anthology film Of Wayward Love . Sollima filmed three Eurospy films then moved to spaghetti westerns. The Big Gundown (starring Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian) was released in 1966 with big success, despite the fact that it had to compete with Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Sergio Corbucci's Django . Sollima soon filmed two more westerns. Face to Face (Milian and Gian Maria Volontè) was released in 1967 and Run, Man, Run! (Milian) in 1968. Although Sollima directed only three westerns and they never reached the level of popularity as the ones by the other Sergios (Leone and Corbucci), each of them is highly regarded among genre enthusiasts.

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<i>The Big Gundown</i> 1966 film by Sergio Sollima

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In 1970, Sollima switched genres again and directed the Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas starred Violent City , which was one of the first violent and fast-paced Italian crime films often known as poliziotteschi. Like for all of his westerns, the soundtrack was provided by Ennio Morricone. Sollima's last well-known film is Revolver , a poliziotteschi film starring Oliver Reed and Fabio Testi.

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<i>Agent 3S3: Passport to Hell</i> 1965 film by Sergio Sollima

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<i>Face to Face</i> (1967 film) 1967 film by Sergio Sollima

Face to Face is a 1967 Italian Spaghetti Western film co-written and directed by Sergio Sollima. The film stars Gian Maria Volontè, Tomas Milian and William Berger, and features a musical score by Ennio Morricone. It is the second of Sollima's three Westerns, following The Big Gundown and predating Run, Man, Run, a sequel to the former. Milian stars in a lead role in all three films.

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