Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sergio Corbucci on Pietro Francisci
Sergio Corbucci: The historical or costume film had always been in vogue in Italy from CABIRIA onwards. The innovations of the '50s were given to the genre by Francisci when he created LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE (aka HERCULES), in other words when he created the force that sent shockwaves in all directions, and changed the costume film into something more - a mixture of costume, mythology and adventure. For the first few years it had been romance, history, drama, adventure... It had been Freda, Blasetti, Gallone and De Laurentiis.