U.S. clarinetist to be subject of Italian pic
ROME — Cult Italo directorial duo Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco will pay homage to U.S. clarinetist Tony Scott, the bebop great of Sicilian origin, in a docu focused on Scott’s return to his Italian roots.Scott, who played with Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, among others, wound up in Rome during the 1970s, having gained a considerable reputation. He settled in Italy until his death in 2007. Tall, often clad in black, with a shaved head and a long white beard in his later years, Scott was born Anthony Joseph Sciocca in 1921 in Morristown New Jersey, from Sicilian parents who had come Stateside from Salina, Sicily. High-profile docu is being financed and produced entirely by the Sicily Film Commission, which recently co-financed Wim Wenders’ “The Palermo Story.” Besides lots of interviews and archive material, Cipri and Maresco’s love letter to Scott will include footage from a tribute concert being organized in Palermo. Completion is expected in early 2009. Cipri and Maresco’s often provocative previous works include Sicily-set absurdist comedies “The Uncle From Brooklyn” and “Toto Who Lived Twice,” and, most recently, the docu “How We Got the Italian Cinema Into Trouble: Franco & Ciccio’s Real Story,” a tribute to a pair of late Italo B-movie comics who also hailed from the Sicilian isle.