Tensi, Francesco


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Tensi, Francesco

Post by Johan Melle » 16/10/2019, 17:07

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Francesco Tensi in "Gastone" (1960)
Francesco Tensi (alias: Francesco Tenzi, Franco Tensi, Harry Cotton, George Lenz) was active in Italian cinema since at least the mid 1950s and until the start of the 1970s - sometimes credited and very often not.

Due to his non-typical Italian facial features, he was often cast as Englishmen, and in the 1950s and early 60s he can usually be seen sporting a well-trimmed moustache and a monocle. Later in the 1960s, his appearance changed somewhat, either substituting his monocle for a pair of glasses or dropping them altogether, and sometimes using a comb-over or a hairpiece.

Filmography
1953
  1. La signora senza camelie .... Man leaving the cinema (uncredited)

    1954
  2. Angela .... Dr. Robini (uncredited)
  3. La spiaggia .... Snobbish hotel guest (credited)
  4. Orient Express .... Man at party and tea-room (uncredited)

    1955
  5. Io piaccio .... Board member (uncredited)

    1956
  6. Difendo il mio amore .... Pietro's colleague (uncredited)
  7. Una pelliccia di visone .... Pellegrini, the accountant (uncredited)

    1957
  8. Femmine tre volte .... Roulette player (uncredited)
  9. Il ricatto di un padre .... Nightclub customer (uncredited)
  10. Parola di ladro .... British tourist in the catacombs (uncredited)
  11. Seven Hills of Rome .... Hotel receptionist (uncredited)

    1958
  12. Amore e chiacchiere .... Guest at Paseroni's house (uncredited)
  13. Giovani mariti .... Father of the bride at first wedding (uncredited)
  14. Guardia, ladro e cameriera .... Party guest (uncredited)
  15. Napoli, sole mio! .... Impresario (uncredited)
  16. Racconti d'estate .... Man at diner table (credited)

    1959
  17. Psicanalista per signora .... Carol Crane's assistant (uncredited)
  18. Tempi duri per i vampiri .... Guest at hotel resort (credited as "Francesco Tenzi")
  19. Tipi da spiaggia .... Man at the beach (uncredited)

    1960
  20. Gastone .... Audience member at Salone Margherita (uncredited)
  21. Il mattatore .... Train passenger (uncredited)
  22. Il mio amico Jekyll .... English commission member (credited)
  23. Il vigile .... Party guest (uncredited)
  24. Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi .... English teacher (uncredited)

    1961
  25. Come September .... Robert's secretary (uncredited)
  26. Il relitto .... The Governor (credited)
  27. Vanina Vanini .... Stagecoach passenger (uncredited)

    1962
  28. La città prigioniera .... General Bennett (credited as "Franco Tensi")
  29. Sodoma e Gomorra .... Hebrew elder (credited)

    1963
  30. Le mani sulla città .... Member of parliament (uncredited)
  31. Rocambole .... British diplomat (uncredited)

    1964
  32. Queste pazze pazze donne - segment "Siciliani a Milano" .... Vismara's business associate (uncredited)

    1965
  33. Su e giù - segment "Il colpo del leone" .... role? (uncredited)

    1966
  34. 7 pistole per i Mac Gregor .... Harold MacGregor (credited as "Harry Cotton")

    1967
  35. 7 donne per i Mac Gregor .... Harold MacGregor (credited as "Harry Cotton")
  36. La morte non conta i dollari .... John, stagecoach passenger (credited)
  37. OK Connery .... Auctioneer (credited)
  38. Questi fantasmi .... Professor Santanna (credited)

    1969
  39. I 2 magnifici fresconi .... Friend of Vismara (uncredited - re-used footage)

    1970
  40. Il dio chiamato Dorian .... Geoffrey Clouston (uncredited)
Fotoromanzi
  1. "La dolce fiamma" (Published in Polvere di Stelle from May to October 1960) - credited as "George Lenz"
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Re: Francesco Tensi

Post by Johan Melle » 16/10/2019, 17:08

Francesco Tensi's big role in "La dolce fiamma", a continuing fotoromanzo published in the magazine Polvere di Stelle from n. 22 (27 May 1960) to n. 42 (14 October 1960), and in which he is credited under the pseudonym George Lenz
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Post by Johan Melle » 16/10/2019, 17:10

Guardia, ladro e cameriera (1958) as Party guest
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Post by Johan Melle » 16/10/2019, 17:12

Il vigile (1960) as Party guest
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Gastone (1960) as Audience member at Salone Margherita
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/10/2019, 0:35

A nice little comedic role in Il mio amico Jekyll (1960) as English commission member
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Post by Johan Melle » 19/10/2019, 2:00

Very small but credited role in La spiaggia (1954) as Snobbish hotel guest
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Post by PeplumParadise » 19/10/2019, 12:47

Sodoma e Gomorra (1962) credited, as Hebrew elder
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Re: Francesco Tensi

Post by carlos » 19/10/2019, 19:29

7 pistole per i Mac Gregor (1966) Harold MacGregor, credited as Harry Cotton
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7 donne per i Mac Gregor (1967) Harold MacGregor
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Re: Francesco Tensi

Post by carlos » 20/10/2019, 1:43

La morte non conta i dollari (1967) as John, stagecoach passenger. A credited but very brief appearance where he converses with the others but only is shown from the back until they arrive in town and has a long shot.
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Re: Francesco Tensi

Post by Johan Melle » 20/10/2019, 3:53

Vanina Vanini (1961) as Stagecoach passenger
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Come September (1961) as Robert's secretary
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