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TITLE: His name is... Terence Hill
Director: Marie-Dominique Monteil & Christopher Jones

Genre: Film related documentary

Format: HD



Company: Mediatika

Runtime: 52' minutes.

ID: 453.




Mario Girotti aka Terence Hill was born 1939 in Venice to a German mother and an Italian father. The war years he spent in a village near Dresden. When the teenager moved back to Italy, he was discovered by Dino Risi who hired him for VACANZE COL GANGSTER in 1951. He later remembered “they were looking for a boy gang leader and they found me”. When he took his school exams, he had already twenty film parts to his credit. While reading Literature and Philosophy at Rome University, Luchino Visconti offered him a supporting part in THE LEOPARD. The encounter with Visconti made him decide on an acting career. He moved to Germany for a while where he appeared in Heimatfilme, adventure and western films. Back in Italy, now as a sun-tanned warhorse, he became a superstar with Spaghetti Westerns, directed himself in a Don Camillo and Lucky Luke film and at the age of 82 features in the longest ever running Italian television series as Don Matteo, a “Monsignore” and detective who regularly beats the Carabinieri in their investigations. Film clips and contributions from critics, film historians and family round off a portrait of this great actor.