THE FALSE LIAR
THE LIFE AND THE ADVENTURES OF
This story collects testimonies of Luciano Vincenzoni’s life, a scriptwriter who was involved with the cinema for half a century.
Appreciated in Italy, Europe and Hollywood he collaborated with Pietro Germi, Carlo Lizzani, Mario Monicelli, Mauro Bolognini, Sergio Leone, Billy Wilder, Peter Bogdanovich, Renè Clemont and many others.
Pietro Germi called him "the false liar" because he told incredible stories that later turned out to be true ...
For a Few Dollars More
Then of course during ... at the end of The birds, the bees and the Italians I argued also with him ... I was desperate because we had been working together for 10 years, I loved him for me he was like a father, an older brother ... in order to forget I went to the casino in Venice and I squandered everything, I was there for 8 days, I returned to Rome penniless, no money on my bank account, but I had all the bills in the post box to pay, light, gas, telephone etc ... desperate, another time in misery ...
However somebody knocked on the door ... Sergio Leone entered the room almost rolling, to propose, he was afraid to make the second film after the success of A fistful of Dollars to propose to me to make the next film, he had a treatment that was called la collina degli stivali ...
they paid me well, they also gave me a percentage on profits and I had fun and in 9 days I wrote For a Few Dollars More, also changing the title, giving it the title, For a Few Dollars More not la Collina degli stivali , "you made A fistful of dollars didn’t you? let's make For a Few Dollars More ! " and there were many millions of dollars more for the film!
I met Luciano immediately after Sergio Leone one day bursting into the office of the lawyer Grimaldi who was supposed to produce his second film that was For a Few Dollars More he said to the producer, to Grimaldi, "we were looking for this important writer I found him", Grimaldi asked "but who is this great screenwriter?" "Luciano Vincenzoni", "but do you really think that Luciano will do ..."
"But he will, we've known each other for a long time, I asked him if he would do it and he told me he will."
We were in Hollywood probably looking for the costumes for Duck you sucker, and a very nice American writer, famous in America because he is a criminal who is in and out of jail all the time, but he writes awesome movies always about criminals, he was very nice, he recognised us and at one point he said
"Friday if you want come over to Sharon Tate's house because it is a very hospitable home there are always beautiful girls" and we accepted ...
Bear in mind that it was Monday, on Wednesday the president of the TransAmerican Corporation, the one who has the pyramid on the port of San Francisco, who was also the owner of United Artists, called me and said "I know you're in Los Angeles come and spend the weekend with us "... ... so I decided to go to San Francisco
and I told Sergio "Look, I will not be there on Friday".
The next morning, Saturday, the president of Transamerican came to me, I was in bed and he came in and told me "Luciano something tragic happened my best friend’s daughter was slaughtered along with Sharon Tate in her villa by Manson’s followers".
My heart skipped a beat, oh Christ Sergio was there, I should have been there, so I immediately called the Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, I called Sergio ... and he answered ...
I said "ah, Sergio, you're alive!"
"I'm shitting myself, I saw the news, luckily last night as you were not coming and I don’t speak English I didn’t go and it saved my life!".
That famous night when Sharon Tate was killed he had to go with other people to this party and for a reason that I do not remember at the last moment he decided not to go and then naturally with the pride that distinguishes him "if I had been there probably it would not have happened! ".
GASSMANN MANGANO SORDI