Saro Urzì

(Catania 24 February 1913-San Giuseppe Vesuviano 1 November 1979)

 

 

Saro urzì, real name Rosario urzì, leaves Sicily, in search of fortune, arriving, in Rome where he begins to work in the cinema, as an appearance, stunt and acrobat, and then as an actor in the background. In 1943, he took part in the film Mario Bonnard "Campo de ' Fiori", in 1944 to the film Alberto Lattuada "The arrow in the side", and in 1948 in that of Aldo Fabrizi "Emigrantes". He holds a good working agreement with the director Pietro Germi, who chose him initially to interpret the role of the Marshal in "in the name of the law", in 1948, which allows him to win the Silver Ribbon, and then will continue to cast it for his other films , with increasingly important roles, to interpret in "seduced and abandoned", the role of the authoritarian Don Ascalone, interpretation that the Fruit Award for Best Actor at the Cannes film Festival, in 1964, and another Silver Ribbon in 1965. He works with the major Italian directors of the time, Nanni Loy, Luigi Comencini, Alessandro Blasetti, Carlo Lizzani; He also took part in all the five films of the saga of Don Camillo, with Fernandel and Gino Cervi; He appeared in "The Godfather" of 1972, by Francis Ford Coppola and in the parody of the same film "The godson of The Godfather, by Mariano Laurenti, with Franco Franchi.

 

 Filmography

 

The conquest of the air, by Romolo Marcellini, 1939

 

the dream of Butterfly, by Carmine Gallone, 1939

 

without Sky, by Alfredo Guarini, 1940

 

the company of the Teppa, by Corrado D'Errico, 1941

 

Pia de ' Tolomei, of Exodus, Pratelli, 1941

 

Tosca, by Carlo Koch, 1941

 

wedding day, by Goffredo Alessandrini, 1942

 

Odessa on Fire, by Carmine Gallone, 1942

 

a gunshot, by Renato Castellani, 1942

 

La Locandiera, by Luigi Chiarini, 1943

 

Harlem, by Carmine Gallone, 1943

 

Special Envoys, by Romolo Marcellini, 1943

 

Campo dè Fiori, by Mario Bonnard, 1943

 

the arrow next to, by Alberto Lattuada, 1944

 

Tombolo, Paradiso Nero, by Giorgio Ferroni, 1947

 

so people, of Fernando Circle, 1948

 

emigrantes, by Aldo Fabrizi, 1948

 

covenant of the Devil, by Luigi Chiarini, 1948

 

in the name of the law, by Pietro Germi, 1948

 

North Barrier, by Luis Trenker, 1949

 

Monastery of St. Clare, by Mario Sequi, 1949

 

the hand of Death, by Carlo Campogallini, 1949

 

the bird-of-Prey of the Nile, by Giacomo Gentilomo,1949

 

the forgers, by Franco Rossi, 1950

 

the journey of Hope, by Pietro Germi, 1950

 

I dreamed of the Paradise, by Giorgio Patina, 1950

 

the street brat, by Carlo Borghesio, 1950

 

Black Fire, by Silvio Siano, 1951

 

the turnoff, by Fernando Circle, 1951

 

The Revenge of theCorsair, of Primo Zeglio, 1951

 

Chronicle of a crime, by Mario Sequi, 1951

 

Don Camillo, by Julien Duvivier, 1952

 

the robber of Wolf Notch, of Pietro Germi, 1952

 

Trieste mai, by Mario Costa, 1952

 

A mother returns, by Roberto Bianchi Montero, 1953

 

the return of Don Camillo, by Julien Duvivier, 1953

 

rivalry, by Giuliano Biagetti, 1953

 

The Treasure of Africa, by John Huston, 1953

 

the five of Adamello, of Pino Mercanti, 1954

 

bread, love, and jealousy, by Luigi Comencini, 1954

 

public opinion, by Maurizio Corgnati, 1954

 

Don Camillo, and the Honourable Peppone, by Carmine Gallone, 1955

 

the motif in maschera, by Stefano Canzio, 1955

 

La thief, by Mario Bonnard, 1955

 

The railroad worker, by Pietro Germi, 1956

 

the boyfriends of Death, by Romolo Marcellini, 1956

 

Before us the Sky, by Roberto Savarese, 1957

 

Liana the white slave, by Herman Leitner, 1957

 

A cursed cheat, by Pietro Germi, 1958

 

the straw man, by Pietro Germi, 1958

 

in the city Hell, by Renato Castellani, 1958

 

the son of the Red Corsair, first Zeglio, 1959

 

Romarey: Operation Mazaref, of Harald Reinl, 1959

 

the adventurers of the Tropoci, by Sergio Bergonzelli, 1960

 

Calvalcata Selvaggia, by Piero Pierotti, 1960

 

Don Camillo Monsignor but not too much, by Carmine Gallon, 1961

 

fake passport, by Pierre Montazel, 1961

 

one day as a lion, by Nanni Loy, 1961

 

the Sgarro, by Silvio Siano, 1962

 

divorce in Sicily, by Enzo di Gianni, 1963

 

seduced and abandoned, by Pietro Germi, 1964

 

the Comrade Don Camillo, by Luigi Comencini, 1965

 

naked Obsession, by Marcel Camus, 1965

 

mission Caracas, by Raoul Andrè, 1965

 

i.. I... Me and the others, by Alessandro Blasetti, 1965

 

A story of Night, by Luigi Petrini, 1966

 

Modesty Blaise, the beautiful that kills, by Joseph Losey, 1966

 

the girls at night, by Marcel Camus, 1967

 

Criminal Story, by Claude Chabrol, 1967

 

people of Honor, of Folco Lulli, 1967

 

Serafino, by Pietro Germi, 1968

 

the first night of the industrial Doctor Danieli, with the.. toy complex, by Giovanni Grimaldi, 1970

 

crowned Prince wanted for rich heiress, of Giovanni Grimaldi, 1970

 

Torino nera, by Carlo Lizzani, 1972

 

The Godfather, by Francis Ford Coppola, 1972

 

Alfredo, Alfredo, di Pietro Germi, 1972

 

 

the godson of The Godfather, by Mariano Laurenti, 1973

 

Sgarro alla Camorra, by Ettore Maria Fizzarotti, 1973

 

Sergeant Breaker becomes Corporal, of Mariano Laurenti, 1975

 

Giovannino, by Paolo Nuzzi, 1976

 

Eye to the widow, by Sergio Pastore, 1976

 

 

Television

 

Johnny Belinda, comedy by Pietro Schivazappa, 1968

 

 

Bibliography

 

Don Camillo and Peppone. Film chronicles from Lower Padana, 1951 – 1965, by Riccardo F. Esposito, Le Mani, Microart's, Recco, 2008

Saro Urzì face of the films of Germs, Lorenzo Catania, Sicily, 2013