Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RIP Antonio Visone

Italian production designer, art and set decorator, Antonio Visone passed away in Rome, Italy on April 14th. Antonio was 79 years-old. Born on May 10, 1934 in Naples, Italy, Visone began his career as a set and art director in 1960 working on “The Giants of Thessaly” directed by Riccardo Freda and “Le olimpiadi dei mariti” directed by Giorgio Bianchi. He worked on more than 50 films during his career that ended with  “Fatal frames: Fotogrammi mortali” in 1996. He was sometimes credited under the alias Julian Wilson.
Visone also wrote two screenplays: “Hero of Rome” (1964) and “Warriors of the Wasteland” (1983).
Visone was involved in three Euro-westerns: He was a set decorator on “El Cisco” (1966), the production designer on “Reverend Colt” (1970) and the art director on “The Price of Death” (1971).

"The Good, the Bad and the Son of the Wicked"

Rome - April 18 (Front Page News) From Wednesday, April 16 in all book stores the shocking sequel to Simon and Schuster's masterpiece of the late Sergio Leone westerns (which occurs 25 years after his death): "The Good, the Bad and the Son of the Wicked" by Nelson Martinico, nom de plume of the writer Elio Sicilian - Roman Joseph Ligotti. A legend of the cinema. A novel that tells the story of the three memorable characters of Leone, twenty years later. The first of the three, Tuco, the Ugly, is about to break out of prison where he’s learned that the Blonde, ie the Good, has taken on a new name, and made ​​a fortune as a circus impresario and author of western novels: he gave Buffalo Bill money to put into his Wild West Show and created his myth. But when Tuco gets out of jail, waiting for him is the son of Judgment (the Ugly). It is a kind of vanity, full of religious whims: he wants to find his father's grave (where Tuco, before being arrested, he hid his half of the treasure) and to challenge Blonde to prove who is the fastest gunslinger in the West. But Blonde is no longer in Buffalo Bill's circus. Between trips, shootings, deaths and a revived whirlwind of funny and ironic scenes, this book gives us all the dusty atmosphere of the West, its music and the animated characters, forms of memory that never cease to tell the story of those who he loved ... challenges and duels that have made us dream and reflect on the inexorable passage of time and the nostalgia for the heroic era marked by violence but also from the praise of friendship and spirit of adventure. A tribute to the cinema, the effervescence of picaresque Tuco, mocking the sharp taste of blonde’s jokes. Along the way we meet Cochise, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, James Butler Hickok, Wes Hardin, Harmonica and his wife Jill who later married Blondie.
Editor: BOMPIANI, Italian, 176 pages, ISBN: 45275883
The author - Nelson Martinico lives between Rome and Trapani. After a brilliant short-lived career as a promising young football player – he stopped and stepped away from professionalism as a result of an unfortunate accident – he did everything: bartender, leading man in university circles, stuntman in a dozen spaghetti westerns during the declining period. Finally, he taught Latin and Greek. He wrote verses for many years; saved in the drawer are several songs in Dante's terza rima. He conducts workshops on the itinerant technique of poetry in local markets.

Remembering Jozef Adamovic

Jozef Adamovic was born on April 23, 1939 in Trnava, Czechoslovakia. His mother passed away at the end of World War II and thus he became in early childhood a motherless child. His father was an invalid and the whole family moved in 1948 to Hlohovec Trnava, where he remarried. After graduating in 1956 Jozef went to Bratislava and enrolled at the Music Academy and in 1960 he graduated from acting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In the same year he became a member of the Slovak National Theatre, where he worked until 1991. Initially he was promoted as a romantic figure, later had his roles became more realistic to his tragic nature. He appeared in many films and TV series during the 1960s and 1970s among which was his only Euro-western “The Sons of Great Bear” (1965) as Tschapa.
In early 1970's, he suffered serious injuries from a car crash and since then the unmistakable scars were visible on his face and legs making one leg shorter than the other. In 1971 he got the main role of Count Maurice Beňovského in the 13-part co-production Slovakia-Hungarian TV series "Vivat Beňovský". It was one of the most costly television achievements of that time.
In the years 1981-1985 he studied theater and film directing at the Moscow GITIS drama school and film school at Goskino Tarkovsky. Beginning in 1985 he worked as a director in the theaters Prerov and Ostrava. As a true action hero he recovered from an accident on the way from Moscow to Bratislava , when the aircraft engine caught fire.
In 1991, he left the theater, returning only rarely. He became famous for his performances of the times while suffering from cancer. He cured himself from it, as he went on a hunger strike, during which he drank only demineralized water. Followed by a special macrobiotic diet. He drank goat's milk, which was drank warm, immediately after milking. He kept a goat on his balcony. He imported from Bulgaria a thousand goats and founded the company Ratková Gemersan. However, the company soon went bankrupt.

In the parliamentary elections in 1998 Jozef was a candidature of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia ( HZDS ) and finished in 114th place. In the same year he was also a viable candidate for the post of Programme Officer for the private television channel VTV, which performed in the Slovak media market from 1995-1998. He co-founded of the Academy of Performing Arts in Banska Bystrica, which had initially accreditation problems.

He taught at the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica and was on the faculty of Dramatic Arts. He was married to actress Božidara Turzonovová [1942- ] (1962-2013).

He died on August 2, 2013 after a long life of health problems ultimately from heart failure at a hospital in Kosice Louis Pasteur.
Today we remember Jozef Adamovic on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Remembering Leslie French

Leslie Richard French was born on April 23, 1904 in Bromley, Kent, England. French was educated at the London School of Choristers. He made his first appearance as a child actor in a 1914 Christmas show at the Little Theatre and left school the same year to join the touring Ben Greet Company as a stagehand and prompter. An early West End job was as an understudy to Bobby Howes in the musical Mr. Cinders, going onto play the title role when the play went on regional tour. French became primarily a theatre actor, as well as a director, singer and dancer, with a varied career that included the classics, musical revue, pantomime and ballet. He became most associated with the role of Ariel in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and over the years he essayed many of Shakespeare's spirits and clowns, such as Puck, Feste and Touchstone.
He also made the occasional foray into film and television, appearing in two Luchino Visconti films, “The Leopard” (1963) and “Death in Venice” (1971), as well as many popular British television programs. These include ‘Dixon of Dock Green’, ‘Armchair Theatre’, ‘Z-Cars’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘Jason King and The Singing Detective’. His role as Mr. Woodhouse in a BBC serial of Jane Austen's ‘Emma’ (1960) is considered one of his most memorable screen performances. French was also considered for the role of the First Doctor in the science fiction series ‘Doctor Who’, a part that eventually went to William Hartnell. He finally appeared in the program in its 1988 serial, ‘Silver Nemesis’, playing the Mathematician.
Leslie appeared in only one Euro-western “The Singer Not the Song” (1961) as Padre Gomez.
He died on January 21, 1999 in Ewell, Surrey, England.
Today we remember Leslie French on what would have been his 110th birthday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014


La tumba del pistolero – Spanish title
Les pistoleros – French title
Attento gringo… ora si spara! – Italian title
Grave of the Gunfighter – English title
Tomb of the Pistolero – English title
A 1964 Spanish, French co-production [Fénix Cooperativa Cinematográfica (Madrid), EurocineFilms (Paris)]
Producers: Heriberto S. Valdés, Marius Le Soeur, Eduardo Manzanos
Director: Albert Mann (Amando de Ossorio)
Story: Amando de Ossorio
Screenplay: Amando de Ossorio, Vincenzo Tomassi
Additional dialogue: H.S. Valdés (Heriberto S. Valdés)
Cinematography: Miguel F. Mila (Miguel Fernández Mila) [black & white, SuperScope]
Music: Daniel J. White
Song: “My Pistolero” sung by ?
Song: “The Golden Coach” sung by Silvia Solar
Song: “The Golden Coach sung by chorus
Running time: 85 minutes
Tom Bogarde – George Martin (Francisco Celeiro)
Herbert/Russ Brandon – Jack Taylor (George Randall)
Taffy – Silvia Solar (Geneviève Couzain)
Jack Bogarde – Todd Martens (Todd Martin)
Mary/Ruth Brandon – Mercedes West (Mercedes Alonso)
Hamilton – Joseph Rambler (José Davo)
Cochero – Tito García (Pablo González)
Stacy – Ángel Hamils (Riccardo Ortiz)
Bartender – Miguel del Castillo
Hotel clerk – Luis Vilar
Sheriff – Luis Induni (Lugi Radici)
Black Rider – Frank Brewer (Frank Braña)
Old pistolero – Joaquín Pamplona
Brandon henchmen – Luis Barboo, Joe Carlton (José Canalejas), Laurence Rambling (Lorenzo Robledo), Al Davidson (Alfonso de la Vega)
Miners – Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell), José Villasante
With: Diana Lorys (Anna Vega), Juan Cortes, Raf Baldassarre (Rafffaele Baldassare), Ángel Lombardi (Ángel Lombarte), José Nieto

Tom Bogarde leaves his studies at his Boston law school to return to Pearson City/Tucson in order to investigate the death of his brother Jack. Bogarde immediately feels the hostility of all the people because they believe that Jack killed Liz because he was in love with her and she was going to marry the banker Brandon his best friend. Brandon tries to tell Tom that Jack was the leader of a gang of outlaws called the Black Rider.  Tom does not believe his brother was a murderer or an outlaw, and is not the only one in town who has the same feelings. Bogarde's confusion is heightened when visiting his brother’s grave where he finds Lupe, the saloon owner putting flowers on the grave. Upon further inspection it is discovered that Jack's coffin is empty.
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Remembering Sandro Scarchilli

Sandro Scarchilli was born on April 22, 1934 in Rome, Italy. He is the brother of Claudio Scarchilli.
Sandro was a circus acrobat who became a film actor who appeared in several films in the late 1960s and 1970s. He is best known to Euro-western film dans for his small debut role in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in 1966, where he played Chico, one of Tuco's Gang Members. Sandro however was never as famous as his brother Claudio Scarchilli, who appeared in over twenty different films and also appeared with him in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.
Sandro appeared in five Euro-westerns including “The Strangers Gundown” (aka “Django the Bastard”) (1968) and “Django… Adios!” (1971). His last appearance on film was in 1976’s “Hot Stuff”.
Sandro died in Italy on August 31, 1999.
Today we remember Sandro Scarchilli on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Here's a picture of Sergio Scarchilli. Look in the comments and see the films I have listed for his Euro-western filmography. I don't know what his relationship is to Sandro and Claudio.