Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy 55th Birthday Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield was born on November 23, 1959 in Duffield, Derbyshire, England. Although not a child actor per se, at around seven he reportedly played "Ted" (using the pseudonym Maxwell Findlater) in the 1967 film, “Accident”. The film starred starring Stanley Baker, Dirk Bogarde and Michael York.
 
The actor's American stepfather, Peter Maclaine, a former marine, reportedly kicked Caulfield out of the house at the age of 15. Peter and Maxwell's mother, Oriole, had a son, Marcus Maclaine, who is Maxwell's half-brother. Caulfield became an exotic dancer at London's Windmill Theatre in order to obtain an Equity card enabling him to work as an actor. Later he got his green card through his stepfather.
 
He became a familiar face to many TV viewers in the soap operas ‘Dynasty’ (1981) and ‘The Colbys’ (1982). He was then chosen from among thousands of applicants to appear as Michael Carrington in the sequel to the most successful musical film “Grease” of all time. Both he and his co-star, a fresh-faced young newcomer named Michelle Pfeiffer, were hailed as "The Next Overnight Sensations" and “Grease 2” (1982) was going to make him a star. However, the film was a critical and commercial disaster, and his career was seriously affected. He went on toappear in “The Parade” (1984), “The Boys Next Door (1985).
 
Since then he has appeared in a number of uninspired B-movies and direct-to-video films. However, it was his stage work that allowed him to demonstrate his range as an actor. He won rave reviews for his roles on Broadway in such productions as "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" (1981) and "An Inspector Calls" (1992). He also headlined the off-Broadway smash "My Night With Reg" (1997). Those performances, along with his widely cherished turn as sleazy pop star Rex Manning in the film “Empire Records” (1995), led to his winning the prize role of Bob in Tom DiCillo's “The Real Blonde” (1997) opposite such luminaries as Matthew Modine, Kathleen Turner, Steve Buscemi, Daryl Hannah and Elizabeth Berkley. He has been married to Juliet Mills since 1980, whom he met while starring in "The Elephant Man" on Broadway.
 
Maxwell appeared in only one Euro-western as Sweeney in 1994’s “Oblivion 2” directed by Sam Irwin.
 
Today we celebrate Maxwell Caulfield’s 55th birthday.

Remembering Jacques Ary

Jacques Ary was born Henri Beauger on November 23, 1919 in Saint-Sulpice, Laulière, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France. In the late 1940s, he worked in cabaret and theater, especially with the team Branquignols before becoming a recurring actor in French cinema. In the 1950s he played repeatedly under the direction of Jean Boyer Pierre, André Hunebelle and Jean Bastia. During his career, he shared scenes with Fernandel and Louis de Funes, especially inSénéchal le magnifique” by Jean Boyer (1957) and “Le Corniaud de Gérard Oury”.
 
Ary was the co-writer of the Euro-western film “Dynamite Jack” (1960) directed by Jean Bastia and starring Fernandel.
 
Jacques died of a myocardial infraction on September 23, 1974 in Paris, France.
 
Today we remember Jacques Ary on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Antonio Margheriti Film Review

On Saturday 22 November 22 2014 there will be in PISA a review of some of the most significant films made by my father, ANTONIO MARGHERITI.
 
The exhibition will take place at the Red THEATER P.zza Carrara to Pisa, the program would be as follows: a first projection at 18.00 in "and God said to Cain" western Gothic atmosphere with a wonderful KLAUS KINSKI who plays a character between the ghost and the executioner; to follow a apericena and a meeting with the public debate to speak to me of the long film career by Antonio Margheriti; at 21.00 "THE OUTSIDER-IL CINEMA DI ANTONIO MARGHERITI" the documentary I made on the occasion of the tenth year of his passing and his Gothic masterpiece: "DANSE MACABRE" with one of the most intense and sensual interpretations of BARBARA STEELE; followed by a midnight screening with "COMMANDO LEOPARD" an action movie with those that have been called the best special effects that my father and I have ever made.

Spaghetti Western Locations

We continue our search for locations for “A Few Dollars for Django”. Following the opening credits we see Regan riding into town slowly passing a man being dragged behind a horse. He stops at the sheriff’s office, ties up his horse, and goes inside.
 
 
The town is the same that appears in “For a Few Dollars More” where the Man with No Name tells the men outside the sheriff’s office the town needs a new sheriff at Colmenar Viejo a region 30 kms north of Madrid off M-607. The town site is now part of a military helicopter base and a cow pasture. Plenty of foundations and building materials can be found among the many berry bushes and vegetation that cover the site.
 

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm and Captain Douglas Film Locations http://www.western-locations-spain.com/

WHITE COMANCHE

Comanche blanco – Spanish title
Rio Hondo – Spanish title
Rio Hondo - German title
E viene l’ora della vendetta – Italian title
Den onde dubbelgångaren – Swedish title
White Comanche – English title
Hour of Vengeance – English title
White Comanche – U.S.A. title
 
A 1968 Spanish production [Producciones Cinematograficas A.B. (Madrid)]
Producer: Sam White
Director: Gilbert Lee Kay (José Briz Méndez)
Story: Manuel Gómez Rivera, José Briz Méndez
Screenplay: Frank Gruber, Robert I. Holt (Robert Irwin Holt)
Cinematography: Francis Fraile (Francisco Fraile) [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Jean Ledrut
Running time: 93 minutes
 
Cast:
Sheriff Logan – Joseph Cotton
Johnny Moon – William Shatner
Noah – William Shatner
Kelly – Rossana Yani (Marta Paxot)
White Fawn – Perla Cristal (Perla Lijtik)
General Garcia – Vidal Molina (Mariano Molina)
Jed Grimes – Luis Prendes (Luis Estreada)
Mayor Bolker – Bart Barry (Bernabe Barri)
Ellis – Vincent Rocca (Vicente Rocca)
Kah To – Luis Rivera (Luis Melgarejo)
Coor Garcia – Xavier Maza (Javier Maiza)
Carter – Victor Israel (Josep Vilannova)
Quincy – Ferdinand Lewi (Fernando Lewis)
Parson – Héctor Quiroga
Comanche – Gene Reyes
Comanche squaw - Diana Lorys (Anna Vega)
Comanche/towsman – José Terrón
Blacksmith - Cris Huerta (Crisanto Brieva)
Dennis – Ian Castelli (Gian Castelli)
With: Dick Adams (Richard Adams), Simón Arriaga, José Bastida, José Canalejas, Ricardo Costa, Martín Díaz, Rufino Inglés (Rufino Garcia), José Jaspe (José Rivas), Joseph Lluck (José Lluch), Soledad Miranda (Soledad Bueno), Emilio Rodríguez, Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell), Amalia Velázquez, Elsa Zabala
 
 
Notah and Johnny Moon, twin brothers ​​of an Indian mother and white father, look alike physically to the point that Johnny is often blamed for criminal activities and atrocities performed by Notah the “White Comanche”. Tired of this situation Johnny Notah decides to confront his brother which can only be solved in a duel to the death. In the meantime, Johnny becomes an assistant sheriff, where he tries to puts an end to the clashes between rival groups of the owner of the saloon and a general fanatical bounty hunter. On the day of the duel with Notah, Johnny confronts his fearless, murderous  brother, though wounded Johnny, manages to kill him. Hopefully he can live a peaceful life as he rides off into the sunset.
 

 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Guess Who I Am


I was born in the small village of Leskovac, Serbia/Yugoslavia in 1940.
 
I was a physical education teacher before becoming an actor.
 
I was typecast as an Native American in all my West and East German Euro-westerns.
 
Guess who I am.
 
No one guessed this week's photo of Gojko Mitic.
 
 

New DVD Release

Sein Wechselgeld ist Blei
(Days of Violence)
(1967)
 
Director: Alfonso Brescia
Starring: Peter Lee Lawrence, Rosalba Neri, Luigi Vannucchi
 
Country: Germany
Label: MVL
Region: B, PAL
Blu-ray
Audio: Dolby Digital German, Italian
Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Running time: 104 minutes
Extras:
ASIN: B00NA8TOJC
Available November 21, 2014