The director, screenwriter and film critic died at the age of 89 on the evening of Wednesday 2 December 2020 Franco Giraldi. For a few days he had been hospitalized in a health facility on the Trieste Karst, where he had come from a residence for the elderly in the province of Trieste because of Covid-19.
A career in film as a director
Born in 1931 in Comeno, which is currently a small town within the territory of Slovenia, Franco Giraldi began to take his first steps in the world of cinema, approaching the trend of the Italian western and comedy of costume. Among his debut films we remember classics such as The big doll (1968) e Lonely hearts (1970) and for a time was assistant director of Sergio Leone, enough to support him in the making of the film For a bunch of dollars. Once Leone left the Jolly Film production company, it was he who settled behind the camera, making his successful debut in the Italian western with the film. 7 guns for the McGregors.
The activity of film critic
After having fought as a partisan during the Second World War, he moved to Rome in the 1950s where he continued his career in the world of cinema, working alongside directors of the caliber of Gillo Pontecorvo, Carlo Lizzani and Giuliano Montaldo as an assistant. Cinema was always his home, as well as his greatest passion, so much so that his activity as a film critic was prolific, writing for the newspaper L’Unità and founded, with Tullio Kezich and Callisto Cosulich, the Circolo del Cinema di Trieste.
His works for television
Not only big screen for Franco Giraldi, but in the seventies he also approached television. In fact, he worked in television directing, writing scripts such as The red rose (1972), The long journey (1975), based on Dostoevsky, Danube (1991). In 2009, after being widowed by his wife, Palmira Petrongari, married four years earlier, she returned to Friuli Venezia Giulia, first to Gradisca d’Isonzo, then to Trieste. For television, among other things, he made a series dedicated to Pepe Carvalho, the investigator of the novels of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. But he devoted some effort to making fiction The lawyer Porta, with Gigi Proietti.
In his career he has been able to direct great names in Italian cinema such as Monica Vitti, Senta Berger, Luigi Proietti, Renzo Montagnani, Omero Antonutti, Laura Morante, Mariangela Melato, Raul Bova, Claudia Pandolfi, Ornella Muti, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Gabriella Pession, Ottavia Small. There is no doubt among his works of marked success The green jacket, taken from the homonymous story by Mario Soldati who, on the other hand, was a great friend of his.