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Silvio Narizzano

(b. February 8, 1927 Montreal, Quebec)

The son of an Italian-American family, Silvio Narrizano worked alongside Norman Jewison, Arthur Hiller and Ted Kotcheff as a director at CBC Television until 1956, when, like Kotcheff, he left to work for the BBC. He directed aging star Tallulah Bankhead in the 1965 Hammer horror film Die! Die! My Darling (which also featured a young Donald Sutherland), then gained international fame as the director of Georgy Girl (1966), a film that virtually defined the “swinging London” scene of the sixties. The film did huge business at the box-office, made Lynn Redgrave a star, and won the OCIC Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Narizzano’s subsequent films failed to capture that same magic, though he did enjoy a minor success with Why Shoot the Teacher? (1976), which won the Golden Reel Award for highest box-office receipts at the Canadian Film Awards in 1978. He backed out of his only other Canadian feature, Final Assignment (1980), which was completed by Paul Almond.

Film and video work includes

The Butler's Night Off, 1951 (writer, story)
Approach to Theatre, 1956 (director)
Death of a Salesman, 1957 (director; TV)
Doomsday for Dyson, 1958 (director; TV)
The Myth Makers, 1958 (director)
A Memory of Two Mondays, 1959 (director; TV)
The DuPont Show of the Month series, 1959 (director; TV, one episode)
Sotto dieci bandiere, 1960 (associate director)
Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life, 1961 (director; TV)
Saki series, 1962 (co-director with Gordon Flemyng; TV)
Zero One series, 1962 (director; TV, 4 episodes)
Die! Die! My Darling!, 1965 (director)
The Wednesday Thriller series, 1965 (director; TV, one episode)
Zero One series, 1965 (director; TV, one episode)
Court Martial series, 1966 (director; TV, one episode)
Georgy Girl, 1966 (director)
The Widower, 1966 (director; TV)
Blue, 1968 (director)
Fade-In, 1968 (producer with Judd Bernard; TV)
Loot, 1970 (director)
Play for Today series, 1971 (director; TV, one episode)
Poet Game, 1972 (director; TV)
Country Matters, series, 1973 (director; TV, one episode)
Senza ragione, 1973 (director; producer with Michael Lester)
El Cielo se cae, 1975 (director)
Come Back, Little Sheba, 1977 (director; TV)
The Class of Miss MacMichael, 1978 (director)
Falcon and the Ballerina, 1978 (director)
Staying On, 1980 (director; TV)
Choices, 1981 (director)
Double Play, 1983 (director)
The Body in the Library, 1984 (director; TV)
Play for Today, series, 1984 (director; TV, one episode)
Alleyn Mysteries, series, 1990 (director; TV, one episode)
Space Precinct, series, 1995 (director; TV, one episode)

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