Lucio Fulci

Biography

Alternate Names: Lucille Folon Louis Fulci Loius Fuller H. Simon Kittay Jerry Madison Date of Birth: 17 June 1927, Rome, Italy Date of Death: 13 March 1996, Rome, Latium, Italy (diabetes-related illness) Nickname: The Godfather Of Gore Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography: Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming. Abandoning his early career as a med student, Fulci entered the film industry as a screenwriter and assistant director, working alongside such directors as Steno and Riccardo Freda. Granted his debut feature in 1959, with a seldom seen comedy called I ladri (1959) (The Thieves), Fulci quickly established himself as a prolific craftsman adept at musicals, comedies and westerns. In 1968, Fulci made his first mystery thriller, Una sull'altra (1969) (One on Top of the Other), and its success was sufficient to garner the backing for his pet project Beatrice Cenci (1969). Based on a true story, the film details the trial of a young woman accused of murdering her sexually abusive father amid fear and superstition in 16th Century Italy. A scathing commentary on church and state, the film was the first to give voice to its director's passionate hatred of the Catholic Church. Predictably, the film was misunderstood, and Fulci's career was thrown into jeopardy. Deciding it would be best to leave his political feelings on the back burner, Fulci pressed on with a series of slickly commercial ventures. In 1971 and 1972, Fulci re-established himself in the thriller arena, directing two excellent giallos: the haunting Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (1971) (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) and the disturbing Non si sevizia un paperino (1972) (Don't Torture the Duckling). The former, with its vivid hallucinations involving murderous hippies and vivisected canines, and the latter, with its psychotic religious zealots and brutal child killings, were -- to say the least -- controversial. In particular, Non si sevizia un paperino (1972), despite a huge box-office success, painted too graphic a portrait of perverted catholicism, and Fulci's career was derailed... some would say, permanently. Blacklisted (albeit briefly) and despised in his homeland, Fulci at least found work in television and with the adventure genre with two financially successful Jack London White Fang adventure movies. During the mid and late 1970s, Fulci also directed two 'Spagetti Westers'; I quattro dell'apocalisse (1975) (Four of the Apocapipse) and Sella d'argento (1978), (Silver Saddle) and another 'giallo'; Sette note in nero (1977) (The Psychic), as well as a few sex-comedies which include the political spoof All'onorevole piacciono le donne (Nonostante le apparenze... e purché la nazione non lo sappia) (1972) (aka: The Eroticist), and the vampire spoof Il cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco, ovvero: Dracula in Brianza (1975) (aka: Young Dracula), and the violent crime-drama Luca il contrabbandiere (1980), (aka: Contraband). In 1979, Fulci's filmmaking career hit another high point with him breaking into the international market with Zombi 2 (1979) (Zombie), an in-name-only sequel to George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), which had been released in Italy as 'Zombi'. With its flamboyant imagery, graphic gore and moody atmospherics, the film established Fulci as a gore director par excellence. It was a role he accepted, but with some reservations. Over the next three years, Fulci plied his trade with finesse and flair, rivaling even the popularity of his "opponent" Dario Argento, with such sanguine classics as Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980) (The Gates of Hell, 1980) and E tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilà (1981) (The Beyond, 1981). Frequently derided as sheer sensationalism, these films, as well as the reviled Lo squartatore di New York (1982) (aka New York Ripper, 1982) are actually intelligently crafted, with sound commentaries on everything from American life to religion. High on vivid imagery and pure cinematic style, Fulci's films from this period of the early 1980s represent some of his most popular work in America and abroad, even if they do pale in comparison to his 1972 masterpiece and personal favorite Non si sevizia un paperino (1972) (an impossible act to follow, as it happens). In the mid-1980s, at the peak of his most prolific period, Fulci became beset with personal problems and worsening health. Much of his work from the mid-1980s onward is disappointing, to say the least, but flashes of his brilliance can be seen in works like Murderock - uccide a passo di danza (1984) and Il miele del diavolo (1986). Un gatto nel cervello (1990), one of Fulci's last works, remains one of his most original. Though strapped by budgetary restraints and marred by mediocre photography, the film is wickedly subversive and comical. With Fulci playing the lead role (as more or less himself, no less -- a harried horror director who fears that his obsession with sex and violence is a sign of mental disease), Fulci also proves to be an endearing and competent actor (he also has cameos in many of his films, frequently as a detective or doctor figure). By the 1990s, Fulci went on a hiatus with filmmaking for further health and personal reasons as the Italian cinema market went into a further decline. While in pre-production for the Dario Argento-produced M.D.C. - Maschera di cera (1997) (Wax Mask), Lucio Fulci passed away at his home on March 13, 1996 at the age of 68. A serious diabetic most of his adult life, he inexplicably forgot to take his insulin before retiring to bed; some consider his death a suicide, others consider it an accident, but his many fans all consider it to be a tragedy. Whether one considers him to be a hack or a genius, there's no denying that he was unique. IMDb Mini Biography By: Troy Howarth Spouse: Carotta (1958 - 1968) (divorced) 2 children Trade Mark: His films are excessively gory and bloody. Supposedly the goriest filmmaker ever. Employs dark cinematography. Close-up shots of women's eyes when they're screaming. Dogs or cats frequently feature in his films. Makes cameo appearances in his horror films usually playing a doctor, policeman or newspaper man. Lead male characters are usually a doctor, reporter (two of his former professions) or a policeman. Close-ups of any character's eyes during tense scenes. Lots of zoom-ins, especially on gore. The opening credits of his films are typically in lowercase, for example Lucio Fulci becomes "lucio fulci". Trivia: Used to be a medical student and an art critic before his carreer in films. Before his untimely death, was to direct a remake of the 1933 classic Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). Italian exploitation director Umberto Lenzi reportedly attended his funeral. Father of Antonella Fulci and Camilla Fulci. Together with Jesus Franco Fulci had 3 films listed on the original UK list of 74 official video nasties, namely Zombi 2 (1979), E tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilà (1981) and Quella villa accanto al cimitero (1981). His Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980) narrowly missed the list following its recall and his later Lo squartatore di New York (1982) was not only banned in the UK but also deported from the country by censor James Ferman. Was an orthodox Marxist, although leftist critics frequently slated his movies. Personal Quotes: Cinema is everything to me. I live and breathe films -- I even eat them! The budgets are the only difference between Dario Argento and myself. We are doing the same stuff. Violence is Italian art! [on actress Daniela Doria] Doria was one of my favorite actresses. I killed her so many times.

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Birth Place

Rome, Lazio, Italie

Birth Date

6/17/1927

Death Date

3/13/1996
Known For
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Nightmare Concert

Dr. Lucio Fulci

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Voices from Beyond

Pathologist (uncredited)

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Fulci Talks

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La notte americana del dr. Lucio Fulci

Self

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Fulci for fake

Self (archive footage)

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Come rubammo la bomba atomica

Man Smoking at Waterfront Cafe (uncredited)

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The Jukebox Kids

Salomone (uncredited)

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All the Colors of Giallo

Self - Director / Screenwriter (archive footage)

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La Pretora

Second Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

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The Devil’s Honey

Bracelet Vendor (uncredited)

Starring In
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Fulci Talks

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All the Colors of Giallo

Self - Director / Screenwriter (archive footage)

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Fulci for fake

Self (archive footage)

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La notte americana del dr. Lucio Fulci

Self

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Voices from Beyond

Pathologist (uncredited)

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Demonia

Inspector Carter (uncredited)

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Nightmare Concert

Dr. Lucio Fulci

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Aenigma

Police Inspector (uncredited)

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The Devil’s Honey

Bracelet Vendor (uncredited)

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The New Gladiators

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The New York Ripper

Chief of Police

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Manhattan Baby

Dr. Forrester

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The House by the Cemetery

Professor Muller (uncredited)

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The Beyond

Town Clerk (uncredited)

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The Black Cat

Doctor (scenes deleted)

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City of the Living Dead

Dr. Joe Thompson (uncredited)

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Contraband

Don Morrone's Assassin with machine gun (uncredited)

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Zombi 2

Newspaper Editor-in-Chief (uncredited)

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La Pretora

Second Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

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Perversion Story

Graphologist (uncredited)

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Come rubammo la bomba atomica

Man Smoking at Waterfront Cafe (uncredited)

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The Jukebox Kids

Salomone (uncredited)

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Un americano a Roma

Boy listening to music. (uncredited)

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Totò a colori

Boy on a Train That Cannot Sleep (uncredited)

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