Directors More Directors' Checklists - The Films of FERNANDO DI LEO

Mario Gauci

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Killer Contro Killers (1985)
... aka Death Commando (Europe: English title)
Razza violenta (1984)
... aka Real Soulja (USA: video title)
... aka The Violent Breed (Philippines: English title)
Pover'ammore (1982) (uncredited)
"Assassino ha le ore contate, L'" (1981) (mini) TV Series
Vacanze per un massacro (1980)
Avere vent'anni (1978)
... aka Being Twenty (Europe: English title: video box title)
... aka To Be Twenty
Diamanti sporchi di sangue (1977)
... aka Blood and Diamonds
Padroni della città, I (1976)
... aka Blood and Bullets
... aka Mister Scarface
... aka Rulers of the City
... aka The Big Boss
... aka Zwei Supertypen räumen auf (West Germany)
Amici di Nick Hezard, Gli (1976)
... aka Nick the Sting (Europe: English title: informal title)
Città sconvolta: caccia spietata ai rapitori, La (1975)
... aka Città sconvolta, La
... aka Kidnap Syndicate (USA)
Colpo in canna (1975)
... aka Loaded Guns (Philippines: English title)
... aka Stick 'em Up, Darlings
Sesso in testa (1974) (uncredited)
... aka Sex in the Head
Poliziotto è marcio, Il (1974)
... aka Salut les pourris (France)
... aka Shoot First, Die Later (USA)
Seduzione, La (1973)
... aka Seduction
Boss, Il (1973)
... aka Murder Inferno (UK)
... aka The Boss (Europe: English title)
... aka Wipeout! (USA)
Mala ordina, La (1972)
... aka Black Kingpin (USA)
... aka Hired to Kill
... aka Hit Men (USA: video title)
... aka Mafia Boß: Sie töten wie Schakale, Der (West Germany)
... aka Mafiaboss - Der Eisenfresser, Der (West Germany)
... aka Manhunt (USA: video title)
... aka Manhunt in Milan
... aka Manhunt in the City (Europe: English title: video title)
... aka The Italian Connection (USA)
... aka Tod des Paten, Der (West Germany)
Milano calibro 9 (1972)
... aka Caliber 9 (USA: literal English title)
Bestia uccide a sangue freddo, La (1971)
... aka Asylum Erotica (USA: dubbed version)
... aka Slaughter Hotel (USA: reissue title)
... aka The Beast Kills in Cold Blood
... aka The Cold-Blooded Beast
Amarsi male (1969)
... aka A Wrong Way to Love (Europe: English title) (International: English title)
... aka Brucia amore brucia (Italy)
Brucia, ragazzo, brucia (1969)
... aka A Woman on Fire
... aka Burn, Boy, Burn (UK)
Ragazzi del massacro, I (1969)
... aka Naked Violence (Europe: English title) (USA)
... aka The Boys Who Slaughter (Europe: English title) (UK)
... aka Sex in the Classroom (Europe: English title)
Rose rosse per il fuehrer (1968)
... aka Code Name, Red Roses (USA)
... aka Red Roses for the Fuhrer (USA)
Eroi di ieri, oggi, domani, Gli (1964)
... aka Tre magnifici eroi, I (Italy)
 

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Death Commando (1985)
Real Soulja (1984)
Pover'ammore (1982) (uncredited)
Vacanze per un massacro (1980)
To Be Twenty (1978)
Blood and Diamonds (1977)
Rulers of the City (1976)
Nick the Sting (1976)
Kidnap Syndicate (1975)
Stick 'em Up, Darlings (1975)
Sex in the Head (1974) (uncredited)
Shoot First, Die Later (1974)
Seduction (1973)
The Boss (1973)
The Italian Connection (1972)
Caliber 9 (1972)
The Beast Kills in Cold Blood (1971)
A Wrong Way to Love (1969)
Burn, Boy, Burn (1969)
Naked Violence (1969)
Red Roses for the Fuhrer (1968)
Gli Eroi di ieri, oggi, domani (1964)


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Mario Gauci

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In order of merit:

1.Milano Calibro 9 aka The Contract (1972) ***
2.Naked Violence (1969) ***
3.Seduction (1973) ***
4.Manhunt (1972) ***
5.Wipeout! (1973) ***
6.To Be Twenty [Uncut Version] (1978) **1/2
7.Kidnap Syndicate (1975) **1/2
8.Mister Scarface (1976) **1/2
9.Slaughter Hotel (1971) *1/2


Basically, Di Leo is to Italian-made cop thrillers what Sergio Leone was to Spaghetti Westerns or Mario Bava to the Gothic Horror...so that it is very surprising that he is not so very well-known outside of his native country; in fact, only the last 2 of the above-mentioned films are available on R1 DVD.

Actually, even I myself only learned about him during my visit to the 61st Venice Film Festival in 2004 (which is where I got acquainted with 6 of the films in my list for the first time) but, by now, I have become quite a fan of his work - so much so that I'd be interested in catching every film he has ever made. Only SLAUGHTER HOTEL was a real let-down, a lamentably muddled attempt at a sexed-up giallo (complete with hardcore inserts) which also manages to waste a pitfully underused Klaus Kinski.
 

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Death Commando (1985)
Real Soulja (1984)
Pover'ammore (1982) (uncredited)
Vacanze per un massacro (1980)
To Be Twenty (1978)
Blood and Diamonds (1977)
Rulers of the City (1976)
Nick the Sting (1976)
Kidnap Syndicate (1975)
Stick 'em Up, Darlings (1975)
Sex in the Head (1974) (uncredited)
Shoot First, Die Later (1974)
Seduction (1973)
The Boss (1973)
The Italian Connection (1972)
Caliber 9 (1972)
Slaughter Hotel (1971)

A Wrong Way to Love (1969)
Burn, Boy, Burn (1969)
Naked Violence (1969)
Red Roses for the Fuhrer (1968)
Gli Eroi di ieri, oggi, domani (1964)
 

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