Thanks for all of the translation and the posting, Novecento!
Interesting to get Valerii’s point of view on this.
I think there is quite a bit of overreaction and bitterness coming forward on his part, though.
But, it is to be expected, in my opinion.
I mean, if you think about it, there are several reasons why Valerii is undoubtedly bitter about all of this.
Outside of the usual Spaghetti Western fan communities, Valerii is mostly known as the director of this film. If he did actually direct the bulk of it, then he could certainly be bitter about people crediting the work exclusively to Sergio Leone. If he didn’t actually direct the bulk of the film, then he could very well be bitter, as only an artist could be, about being known for something he didn’t actually do.
So, frankly, I would not expect an unbiased (or non-bitter) view point from Valerii on this film, whatsoever.
As for the comments he made about Giraldi’s work on FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, I do not know what to say.
Except that I have never come across any reference of Giraldi, himself, making any such claims about his role in the making of that film.
It would certainly make sense for him to vocalize such things if they were true; but, he has (to my knowledge) never even alluded to them.
Therefore, I think all of that is mostly, if not entirely, bogus and just the result of “sour grapes” on Valerii’s part.
As for who directed the bulk of MY NAME IS NOBODY…
We may never really know for sure.
All I can contribute is what actor/stuntman, Neil Summers (who portrayed Squirrel) told me about his experiences working on the film. Neil swears that Leone directed absolutely all of the sequences he was in and that Valerii seemed to be “just hanging around”, for the most part, when these scenes were shot.
Granted Neil was only in a few segments of the film; but, he said he stayed on while they were shooting in Spain–and he never saw anyone truly directing anything apart from Sergio Leone and the credited assistant director, Stefano Rolla.
Who is wrong, who is right?