Category: Sergio Corbucci

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Born December 6, 1927

Died December 1, 1990

Article: Sergio Corbucci and his westerns

Documentary: Django & Django

Sergio Corbucci was born December 6, 1927 in Rome. He was, next to Sergio Leone, the most influential and talented director of the Spaghetti Western genre. Both Sergios got their start as film critics. Corbucci wrote for "Schermi del Mondo" and after the war for "Stars and Stripes". He made his first steps in the genre early in 1963, but it wasn't until 1966 with his 4th western, the epochal Django, that he became one of the key figures of SWs. He reached his peak in 1968 with The Great Silence and The Mercenary, which also brought him into the spotlight of the contemporary political discussion. After Companeros his style quickly declined and in the mid 70s he turned back to the comedy, with several popular films, some of which were highly successful in Italy. He died December 1st, 1990 of a heart attack.

He is sometimes credited as Stanley Corbett or Gordon Wilson Jr.


  • Fast pace with many well-filmed action scenes featuring rapid editing, shaky-cam and graphic violence.
  • Comic strip directorial style.
  • Dark humor.
  • Often used muddy, snowy or otherwise bleak settings for his westerns.
  • Political allegory.


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Good to know

  • His brother is Bruno Corbucci with whom he worked on a lot of movies
  • He once said: "Ford had John Wayne, Leone had Clint Eastwood, I have Franco Nero"
  • Franco Nero dedicated the movie Jonathan degli orsi to Sergio Corbucci because of Corbucci's death.
  • Corbucci spoke so-so English

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