Antonio Margheriti (19 September 1930 – 4 November 2002), also known under the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson, was an Italian filmmaker. Margheriti worked in many different genres in the Italian film industry, and was known for his sometimes derivative but often stylish and entertaining science fiction, sword and sandal, horror/giallo, Eurospy, spaghetti western, Vietnam War and action movies that were released to a wide international audience. He died in 2002.
|Born||19 September 1930|
|Died||4 November 2002 (aged 72)|
|Other names||Anthony M. Dawson|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Antonio Margheriti was born in Rome on September 19, 1930. Margheriti was the son of a railroad engineer and began his film career in 1950 working with Mario Serandrei.  He then began making short documentaries beginning with Vecchia Roma in 1953. In 1954, Margheriti was credited with special effects in films such as Pino Mercanti's I cinque dell'Adamello and La notte che la terra tremo. By 1955 he was credited in screenplays such as Classe di ferro.
Margheriti grew up reading science fiction comics, and when he was offered to direct the film Space-Men, he signed on to the project. He followed up this film with Battle of the Worlds starring actor Claude Rains, which was in turn followed by The Golden Arrow with Tab Hunter and some more peplum-style films such as The Fall of Rome and Giants of Rome. Other genres tackled in the 1960s included horror in films such as Castle of Blood, The Long Hair of Death and The Virgin of Nuremberg, and the Eurospy film with Sfida ai Killers and Operazione Goldman.
After these, Margheriti returned to science fiction with his Gamma I series, which were originally filmed for the Italian television series Fantascienza but were afterwards released theatrically. Margheriti followed these films with some westerns, including Take a Hard Ride and And God Said to Cain.t
In the 1980s, Margheriti created films following the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark, including The Last Hunter and Hunters of the Golden Cobra, which both starred David Warbeck. Warbeck also starred in Tiger Joe, a film whose production became overshadowed by tragedy as Margheriti's long time cinematographer Riccardo Pallottini died when his plane crashed while he was attempting to get the films last shot. Margheriti delved into the genre of films inspired by the Vietnam War but also directed Yor, the Hunter from the Future, which was shot in Turkey and was picked up by Columbia Pictures for an American release to 1400 theaters.
Margheriti died on November 4, 2002.
Margheriti's specialty in films was low budget efforts that fell into genres such as action and science fiction. To make films in short amounts of time, Margheriti applied techniques such as shooting with several cameras simultaneously, allowing him to record master shots, close-ups, and more. This often led him to light films very carefully, and allowed him to create several films per year.
|Director||Screenwriter||Screen story writer||Other|
|Battle of the Worlds||1961||Yes|||
|The Golden Arrow||1962||Yes|||
|The Fall of Rome||1963||Yes||Yes|||
|The Virgin of Nuremberg||Yes||Yes|||
|Castle of Blood||1964||Yes|||
|Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules||Yes|||
|Hercules, Prisoner of Evil||Yes|||
|Giants of Rome||Yes|||
|The Long Hair of Death||Yes||Yes|||
|Wild, Wild Planet||1966||Yes|||
|The Young, the Evil and the Savage||1968||Yes||Yes|||
|And God Said to Cain||1970||Yes||Yes|||
|Web of the Spider||1971||Yes||Yes|||
|Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye||1973||Yes||Yes|||
|Yor, the Hunter from the Future||1983||Yes||Yes|||
|Code Name: Wild Geese||1984||Yes||Yes|||
|Classe di ferro||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|Promesse di marinaio||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|Roulotte e roulette||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|Il pelo nel mondo||N/A||Yes|||
|War of the Planets||N/A||Yes|||
|Bob Fleming... Mission Casablanca||N/A||Yes|||
|Io ti amo||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Finalmente le mille e una notte||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|Novelle galeotte d'amore dal Decamerone||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Mr. Hercules Against Karate||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|The Stranger and the Gunfighter||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|Manone il ladrone||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Manone il ladrone||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|Fantasma en el Oeste||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|||
|The Last Hunter||N/A||Yes|||
|Hunters of the Golden Cobra||N/A||Yes|||
|Tornado: The Last Blood||N/A||Yes|||
|The Ark of the Sun God||N/A||Yes|||
|'Il triangolo della paura||N/A||Yes|||
|Alien degli abissi||N/A||Yes|||
|Indio 2 - La rivolta||N/A||Yes|||
In the documentary on the Image DVD release of his film Cannibal Apocalypse, Margheriti proudly mentioned that it was Quentin Tarantino's favorite among his films. In his own film Inglorious Basterds, in turn, Tarantino let Eli Roth's character Donnie Donowitz use "Antonio Margheriti" as an alias in an undercover operation at the cinema screening of Stolz der Nation.
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And God Said to Cain (Italian: E Dio disse a Caino, German: Satan der Rache) is a 1970 Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Klaus Kinski.Bob Fleming... Mission Casablanca
Agent 077, sfida ai killers, internationally released as Bob Fleming: Mission Casablanca and The Killers Are Challenged, is a 1966 Italian/French international co-production eurospy film directed by Antonio Margheriti. Richard Harrison reprised his role as Bob Fleming from Secret Agent Fireball (1965). The film was shot in Casablanca and Geneva.Indio (1989 film)
Indio is a 1989 Italian action film starring Francesco Quinn and directed by Antonio Margheriti.Jungle Raiders (1985 film)
Jungle Raiders (Italian: La leggenda del rubino malese, lit. 'Legend of the Blonde Malaysian') is a 1985 adventure film directed by Antonio Margheriti. The film stars Christopher Connelly and Lee Van Cleef.Killer Fish
Killer Fish is a 1979 Italian-French-Brazilian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti.Mr. Superinvisible
Mr. Superinvisible (Italian: L'inafferrabile invincibile Mr. Invisibile, also known as Mr. Invisible and The Unseizable Invincible Mr. Invisible) is a 1970 Italian fantasy-comedy film directed by Antonio Margheriti. The film was released in the United States as the first film of the K-Tel company.Take a Hard Ride
Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 DeLuxe Color Italian-American Spaghetti Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly.
Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up with Tyree, a dishonest gambler. The duo attempts to transport $86,000 across hundreds of miles of Western wasteland to deliver it to the widow of Pike's former employer.Co-financed by Italian and American producers, filming took place on location in the Canary Islands.
On June 21, 2011, the film was released on DVD through Shout! Factory as part of a double feature with Rio Conchos (1964).The Ark of the Sun God
Sopravvissuti della città morta (Survivors of the Dead City) or Ark of the Sun God is a 1984 Italian action film starring David Warbeck and directed by Antonio Margheriti. The film was partly filmed and produced in Turkey.The Fall of Rome (film)
The Fall of Rome (Italian: Il crollo di Roma) is a 1963 Italian peplum film written and directed by Antonio Margheriti.The Golden Arrow (1962 film)
The Golden Arrow (Italian: L'Arciere delle Mille e Una Notte) is a 1962 film directed by Antonio Margheriti.The Long Hair of Death
The Long Hair of Death (Italian: I lunghi capelli della morte) is a 1964 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars British actress Barbara Steele in the roles of Helen Rochefort and Mary, Italian actor George Ardisson as Kurt Humboldt, and Polish actress Halina Zalewska as Adele Karnstein and her daughter Lisabeth. It is set in a 15th-century feudal castle, and the nearby village.The Rip-Off
The Rip-Off (Italian: Controrapina) is a 1980 film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It was Margheriti's third collaboration with actor Lee Van Cleef, after previously directing him in The Stranger and the Gunfighter and Take a Hard Ride.The Stranger and the Gunfighter
Là dove non batte il sole, also known as The Stranger and the Gunfighter and El kárate, el Colt y el impostor, is a 1974 kung fu Spaghetti Western comedy film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Lo Lieh and Lee Van Cleef. It was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio in collaboration with an Italian company, and filmed on location in Hong Kong and Spain. For English-language release, the film was retitled The Stranger and the Gunfighter and Blood Money.The Unnaturals
The Unnaturals (Italian: Contronatura, German: Schreie in der Nacht) is an Italian-West German gothic horror film directed and written by Antonio Margheriti. It is loosely based on Dino Buzzati's short story "Eppure bussano alla porta" from the collection The Seven Messengers.The Virgin of Nuremberg
The Virgin of Nuremberg (Italian: La vergine di Norimberga) is a 1963 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti.The Young, the Evil and the Savage
The Young, the Evil and the Savage (Italian: Nude... si muore, lit. 'Naked... you die') is a 1968 Italian giallo film directed by Antonio Margheriti.Virtual Weapon
Virtual Weapon (Italian: Potenza virtuale, also known as Cyberflic) is a 1997 Italian comedy-science fiction film, directed by Antonio Margheriti.Wild, Wild Planet
Wild, Wild Planet (Italian: I Criminali della Galassia, lit. 'Criminals of the Galaxy') is a 1966 Italian science fiction film directed by Antonio Margheriti and written by Renato Moretti and Ivan Reiner. Tony Russel stars as Commander Mike Halstead.The film is the first of four "Gamma One" science fiction films. The films were originally contracted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to be made for TV movies but were released theatrically instead in some countries.
Films directed by Antonio Margheriti