Death of Alberto Grimaldi, producer of the cult “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”


The Italian filmmaker died on January 23 at the age of 95. He produced the films of undisputed masters of the seventh art such as Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Martin Scorsese.

Ginger and Fred, The good, the bad and the ugly, Gangs of New York… the big financier of these legendary films was him. The Italian producer Alberto Grimaldi, cinematographic accomplice of Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese and of course of Sergio Leone, died on January 23 at the age of 95 “of natural causes“, Specified his son, Maurizio Grimaldi, on the American site Variety.

A man of cinema with eclectic tastes, Alberto Grimaldi, worked during a career that spanned half a century, from 1962 to 2002, with masters of intellectual cinema such as Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo or the 120 days of Sodom), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Tango in Paris), Federico Fellini ( Ginger and Fred, Satyricon), but also of course with Sergio Leone, the virtuoso of western-spaghetti (For a handful of dollars, For a few dollars more, The good, the bad and the ugly). His latest film, Gangs of New York (2002), directed by Martin Scorsese, will in a way complete his brilliant career by receiving two Golden Globes, a Bafta and no less than ten Oscar nominations.

An eclectic producer

Alberto Grimaldi was born in Naples on March 28, 1925. After studying law, he created in 1961 the production company Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA). Follower of what is then called the “co-production», He began his career by helping to create a genre that would mark the cinema, the spaghetti western. His first feature film L’ombra di Zorro by Joaquin Luis Romero Marchent will pave the way for his productions with Sergio Leone, from which will be born the famous Dollar trilogy which will reveal to the whole world the great talent of actor of Clint Eastwood.

Curious and in love with all forms of cinema Alberto Grimaldi, in the 1970s, began to work with more cerebral directors. Among his greatest successes we can cite The Last Tango in Paris by Bernardo Bertolucci and Ginger and Fred, the most nostalgic of the films of the Roman maestro, Federico Fellini.

In homage to Alberto Grimaldi’s career, Le Figaro presents, in pictures, the extracts of the films The good, the bad and the ugly, Ginger and Fred and Gangs of New York.

The good, the bad and the ugly by Sergio Leone, in 1966, with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach …

Ginger and Fred by Federico Fellini, in 1986, with Marcello Mastroianni, Giuletta Masina …

Gangs of New York by Martin Scorsese, in 2002, with Leonardo DICaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis …

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