On December 6, 1927, the Italian director and screenwriter Sergio Corbucci was born in Rome, considered after Sergio Leone and together with Sergio Sollima as one of the great creators of the spaghetti western genre.
Brother of the Italian director and screenwriter Bruno Corbucci (with whom he worked on the composition of numerous scripts for his films. He began his career filming some “peplum” films (popularly known as sword and sandal, it is a film genre that can commonly be conceptualized as historical cinema of low-budget adventures with little recognition.
In this genre, films such as “The Foundation of Rome”, “Maciste against the Vampire” and “The Son of Spartacus” stand out. His first commercial success is with the spaghetti western “Django (1966) and his most famous within this genre” The Great Silence “(1968)
In the 1970s and 1980s, Corbucci directed mainly comedies, many of which starred actor Adriano Celentano and the duo of actors Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.
A director often underestimated for his activity in a commercial cinema with no pretensions other than providing pure fun, without complications. Despite this, he has become a cult director.
He passed away on December 1, 1990, leaving as a legacy a good number of popcorn and matinee movies, worthy of being enjoyed.
We remember him with five of his most emblematic films.
WHO HAS A FRIEND… HAS A TREASURE (1981)
Funny comedy starring Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, where everything is a mess, between gamblers, a man running away from his past and a Japanese man who doesn’t know that the Second World War has ended. Nothing complicated and very much in line with the humor of this legendary couple, it only seeks to amuse the public, with a plot with no other pretension than to have an entertaining time. It served Corbucci to get out of his comfort line a bit and prove his worth in another genre, one of the most complicated, comedy, coming out ahead and giving away very hilarious moments in association with Hill and Spencer.
THE MERCENARY (1968)
Again in the Spaghetti Western genre, Corbucci now tells us how an unscrupulous Mexican patriot hires a mercenary, whom they call El Polaco, to help him fulfill his revolutionary purpose. He stars as Corbucci fetish Franco Nero opposite Jack Palance; Corbucci would position himself as the second greatest director of the spaghetti current, but prosecuting a peculiar style within the construction of his characters, cynical archetypes of “cowboys” who search within themselves for some way of redemption (unlike those established by Leone). It also highlights the fact that he was set within the Mexican Revolution, more specifically within the Pancho Villa movement.
ROMULO AND REMO (1961)
A classic example of the “peplum” genre, a combination of historical drama and adventure cinema, which generally focused on Italian-Roman epics, although it would also include mythological and/or biblical fables. With the participation of Gordon Scott and Steve Reeves, in the leading roles, the story known to all about the brothers Romulus and Remus, who according to legend were suckled by a wolf and when they grow up they fight to be the initiators of the Roman empire. Highly criticized in its time, despite seeming like a cheap and b-series exercise, over time it has been repositioned as one of the important pieces in the director’s filmography
Starring Franco Nero, this film made him one of the most outstanding directors of the Italian western, after Sergio Leone, and one of the most productive directors of his time. Undoubtedly his most popular and well-known work, Corbucci not only managed to consolidate his key character with several sequels (which were not as successful), but also serve as the main influence on… have you guessed? Although Tarantino has always been classified as a paraphraser full of references to other filmmakers, perhaps Corbucci is the most relevant in terms of his style and form, which is out of the version of Django or The Hateful 8, for even transport to Kill Bill or even Inglourious Basterds
THE GREAT SILENCE (1968)
In this Spaghetti Western by Corbucci, recognized by fans of the genre as one of the main ones in this current, Kinski plays a bounty hunter who murders a man, which is why his wife hires a mercenary to kill him. It is Kinski who commands the attention, based on evil, as the unforgettable villain. His unexpected ending is another point of originality and distinction. A more than adequate role for Kinski’s personality, who even stereotyped in this type of character, he always knew how to leave his mark. In addition, we are talking about one of those films of the genre unfairly forgotten by the mediation of Leone
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The 5 Best Sergio Corbucci Films
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