søndag 27. april 2008

Francesco Narducci: still photographer & bit part actor

Francesco Narducci has served as a still photographer on numerous Italian films - everything from classy gialli like The Case of the Scorpion Tales (1971) to more cheesy ones like Delirium (1987), to silly sex comedies like A Policewoman in New York (1981) and even silly caveman films like The Ironmaster (1983).

But in additon to his job as a still photographer, Narducci also took on a lot of (usually uncredited) bit part roles in the films he worked on. Typically, he would play a police photographer who photographs a crime scene. This basically just required him to do his normal job of taking pictures. However, he also had a few bigger speaking roles in which he didn't play photographers. Director like Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi and Giuliano Carnimeo all gave Narducci a chance to strecth his acting muscles in several films. Some of his more memorable parts include the father with the little girl in the car who is cold-bloodedly shot to death by two escaped convicts in Martino's The Violent Professionals (1973), and the receptionist at the Hotel Presidente in Lenzi's idiotic giallo Eyeball (1975), in which he appears in several scenes.

No doubt, Francesco Narducci has popped up in many more films - probably together with his camera. Meanwhile, here are a couple of pictures from his acting roles - both with and without his camera:

Narducci as the bartender in Umberto Lenzi's western Pistol for a Hundred Coffins (1968)

Narducci photographing a crime scene in The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1970)

Handy with the camera again in Giuliano Carnimeo's The Case of the Bloody Iris (1971)

Narducci and child actress Susanna Melandri in The Violent Professionals (1973)

Narducci with the one and only Edwige Fenech in Carnimeo's Secrets of a Call Girl (1973)

Francesco Narducci plays his largest role in Lenzi's Eyeball (1975)

Taking pictures of yet another crime scene in Lenzi's Syndicate Sadists (1975)

Narducci as a British military man in Tonino Ricci's Panic (1982)

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