Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who Are Those Gals? - Erika Blanc



Enrica Bianchi Colombatto was born in Gargnano sul Lago di Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy on July 22, 1942. The daughter of Roberto Bianchi, inventor and manufacturer of the maxi Fd
"Aleir". The beautiful and redhead moved to Rome to work in the film industry as an actress.
 
She began he film career in 1964 , making the appearance in the film by Tinto Brass “Il disco volante” with Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Monica Vitti , Eleonora Rossi Drago and Lello Bersani. Subsequently, she becomes an unofficial bond-girl in the film series 077 (not 007!), The Italian homemade spy who recounts little adventures of the most authentic James Bond. Now known as Erica Blanc, she will work primarily in B films of the Italian cinema, with Umberto Lenzi and Duccio Tessari in an impressive number of erotic films, horror films, crime films and Spaghetti westerns. She appeared under such aliases as Erica Bianchi, Erika Blanc, Arika Blanck, Diana Sullivan, Erica White, Erika White.
 
Blanc appeared in 17 Euro-westerns from “Colorado Charlie” (1965) as a saloon singer using the alias Erica White to “The Stranger and the Gunfighter” (1974) as the American mistress.
 
Blanc becomes a partner with actor Alberto Lionello [1930-1984] (until his death), an animal lover (especially dogs and cats) and in the 1970s turns to the world of television, working mainly in horror as in the episode "La bambola della serie" in the TV series ‘La porta sul buio’ (1973) and "Night in the House of Usher” in the series ‘The Fantastic Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’ ( 1979) by Daniele D' Anza, but is also remembered for the miniseries ‘Puzzle’ (1978) by Pino Guido with Stagnaro Colizzi.
 
In 1983, she took part in the musical film directed by Gabriele Salvatores “Sogno di una notte d'estate”, but continues to favor the small screenProfumo di classe’ (1984); ‘Quando arriva il giudice’ (1986) by Giulio Questi with Mimsy Farmer, Anna Galiena, Therese Ann Savoy, Renato Scarpa and Toni Ucci; ‘L'edera’ (1992) by Fabrizio Costa with Agnese Nano, Vanni Corbellini, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Clarissa Burt, Nicola Farron and Marina Giulia Cavalli; ‘Papà prende moglie’ (1994) by Nini Salerno with Marco Columbro and Leo e Beo (1998).
 
After a long absence from the big screen, she’ back in the limelight thanks to a minor role in the film “Le fate ignoranti” (2001) directed by Ferzan Ozpetek with Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Renzi, Gabriel Garko and Filippo Nigro. Her character is that of an eccentric mother of Margherita Buy, a widow who has just discovered that her deceased husband had an affair with another man. But it is with “Cuore sacro” (2005), with the same director she receives nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the David di Donatello and the Nastro d'Argento for the role of Aunt Maria Clara, locked up in an institution by her sister, played by Lisa Gastoni. Now rediscovered her cinematic and television career expands as in “Voci” (2000) by Franco Giraldi and “Non ho l'età 2” (2002) by Giulio Base with Marco Columbro, Eliana Miglio, Raffaele Pisu, Enzo Cannavale, Enzo Garinei, Novello Novelli, Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Gisella Burinato, Anna Orso and Renzo Rinaldi. Blanc also appears in numerous fiction “Francesco”, “La casa dell'angelo”, “Fratelli” and “Caccia segreta”, receiving the Silver Ribbon for her best supporting actress role in “Il più crudele dei giorni” (2003). Her crowning achievement for her 50 year career was as Mrs. Gemma in the TV series ‘Carabinieri’ (2002-2008) which allowed her to play opposite such renowned actors as Andrea Roncato, Alex Partexano, Paolo Villaggio, Maurizio Casagrande, Walter Nudo, the late Vincenzo Crocitti, Martina Colombari, Dario Vergassola, Francesco Giuffrida, Ettore Bassi, Aurora Cancian, the showgirl Manuela Arcuri and Pino Caruso. She also took part in “Lo zio d'America 2” (2006) by Rossella Izzo with Christian De Sica, Lorella Cuccarini and Eleonora Giorgi, while cinematically is chosen by Pupi Avati for the moviesUna sconfinata giovinezza” (2010) and “Il cuore grande delle ragazze” (2011).
 
Erica was married to director, screenwriter Bruno Gaburro [1939- ] from 1962-1977 and is the mother of actress Barbara Blanc.


BLANC, Erika (aka Erica Bianchi, Erika Blanc, Arika Blanck, Diana Sullivan, Erica White, Erika White) (Enrica Bianchi Colombatto) [7/22/1942, Gargnano sul Lago di Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy -    ] - stage, TV actress, married to director, screenwriter Bruno Gaburro [1939-
    ] (1962-1977), mother of actress Barbara Blanc.
Colorado Charlie - 1965 (saloon singer) [as Erica White]
Deguello - 1965 (Danger City woman) [as Arika Blanck]
Blood at Sundown - 1966 (Joselita/Joschita Rogers)
Django Shoots First - 1966 (Lucy)
Halleluja for Django - 1966 (Jenny)
Stay Away from Trinity When He Comes to Eldorado – 1966 (young Mexican at party)
$1000 on the Black - 1967 (Joselita)
Shotgun - 1968 (Joanne/Jane)
The Longest Hunt - 1968 (Sally/Jocelyn/Jennifer Londonberry)
Durango is Coming, Pay or Die - 1970
Fistful of Lead - 1970 (Trixie)
Stagecoach of the Condemned - 1970 (Martha Walton/Sonnier)
His Name was Pot... They Called Him Allegria - 1971 (girl at fiesta)
Thunder Over El Paso – 1971 (Janet/Jenny Barrett)
Thunder Over El Paso - 1972 (Jenny)
Stay Away from El Dorado When He Comes to Trinity - 1972 (Mexican girl at party)
The Stranger and the Gunfighter - 1974 (American mistress)

Happy 60th Birthday Wendy D'Olive


Wendy Deborah D’Olive was born on April 17, 1954 in Rome, Italy. She is the daughter of model Gabriella D’Olive [1933-    ] and sister of actress Leslie D’Olive while her father was an American Wendy's career started in modeling for advertisements, following in her mother’s footsteps. She then appeared in a series of soap operas. Wendy also participated in several movies, including "Mano di velluto", 1967, shot in Senigallia, which had among the extras Franco Gasparri. And then again in 1970, "Il prete sposato" with Barbara Bouchet, Lando Buzzanca, Mariangela Spalato, Rossana Podesta, Salvo Randone, and "Catch-22" with Anthony Perkins, Art Garfunkel, Martin Sheen, John Voigt, Orson Welles; 1971 - "Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate" directed by Duccio Tessari, with Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Carole André; 1972 - "L'etrusco uccide ancora". In 1974 she appeared in her only Euro-western "Red Coat" with Fabio Testi; "Scusi lei è favorevole o contrario?", With a screenplay by Alberto Sordi; 1978 - "Una spirale di nebbia" with Flavio Bucci and Eleonora Giorgi.
 
Today we celebrate Wendy D’Olive’s 60th birthday.

Happy 85th Birthday Michael Forest


Michael Forest was born Gerald Micahel Charlebois on April 17, 1929 in Harvey, North Dakota. He moved with his family at a very early age to Seattle, Washington. After high school he attended and graduated with a B.A. in English and drama from San Jose State University. At six-foot-three and weighing in at a lean, mean 215, Michael Forest was a rugged-looking addition to the Roger Corman and Gene Corman's list of leading men during their 1950s heyday. Between Corman films, he was a stage actor who worked in Shakespearean plays and other legitimate productions. Forest came to Hollywood in 1955 and started acting on TV and on stage at the Players Ring. In 1957, he began to study with veteran actor/acting teacher Jeff Corey, in whose classes Forest first encountered Roger Corman. Forest has also worked extensively on TV and European films. Forest was also an amateur boxer.
 
While living in Europe Michael appeared in five Euro-wesrterns from “The Wrath of God” in 1968 to “Now They Call Him Sacramento” in 1972 which highlighted the destruction of the Balcazar studios Esplugues City western set. He’s probably best remembered for his roles in “100 Rifles” with Raquel Welch, Jim Brown and Burt Reynolds and “The Last Rebel” with Joe Namath, Woody Strode and Jack Elam.
 
Today he’s known as a provider of voices for many animated titles. At the age of 71, he played the voice of Prince Olympius in “Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue”.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New DVD Release


Le seguían llamando Trinidad
(They Call Me Trinity)
(1970)
 
Director: Enzo Barboni
Starring: Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Farley Granger
 
Label:  Divisa Home Video
Region: 2
Aspect ratio: PAL 2.35:1, 16:9 - PAL
Audio: Spanish Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital, Italian Dolby Digital
Subtitles: Spanish
Runtime: 127 min
Extras: Gallery, filmographies
ASIN: B00J6V1R8S
Available: April 16, 2014

Die Todesfarm

Die Todesfarm – German title
 
A 1920 German production [C.B. Film (Ludwigshafen)]
Producer: ?
Director: ?
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: ? [black & white]
Running time: 1126 meters
  
Cast:
Texas Jack – Carl Becker

Story unknown.

Happy 70th Birthday Mario Pardo


Mario Pardo Rodríguez was born on April 16, 1944 in Berga, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain. His brother is painter Aldredo Pardo Rodriguez.  Mario studied acting at the Official Film School in Madrid. His artistic career began as an amateur at the Teatro Universitario while conducting Spanish studies and Philosophy at the University of Salamanca, receiving the Unamuno Prize for his work.
 
Of often fragile physique, his look determined his choice of timid and tormented characters throughout his career. He made ​​his film debut in 1969 with a role inDel amor y otras soledades”, directed by Basilio Martín Patino. Other, titles like “La decente” , by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, “Trinity Sees Red” (1971), by Mario Camus, “Clara es el precio” (1974), by Vicente Aranda, “La fuga de Segovia” (1981), by Imanol Uribe, “La colmena”, by Mario Camus, “El hermano bastardo de Dios” (1986), by Benito Rabal, “Biba la banda” (1987 ), by Ricardo Palacios, “Don Juan in Hell” (1992), by Gonzalo Suárez and “Makinavaja, el último chorizo” (1992), by Carlos Suárez,Agujeros en el cielo” by Pedro Mari Santos in 2004, and “La daga de Rasputín”, by Jesus Bonilla in 2011.
 
On TV he was especially remembered for the character of the shy Maximiliano Rubin in ‘Fortunata y Jacinta’ (1980). Subsequently he appeared in ‘Los desastres de la Guerra’ (1983), ‘Lorca, muerte de un poeta’ (1987), ‘Makinavaja’ (1995-1997) as Mojamé and ‘El secreto de la porcelana’ (1999) and, since 2003, successive seasons Cuéntame cómo pasó ‘Wonder Years’.
 
In 2010 he appeared in the Tele 5 series ‘Tierra de lobos’, playing Damian, father of the character of Mary Castro. Earlier that year he also participated in the miniseries ‘Adolfo Suárez, el presidente’, which played on Antena 3, where he played the military Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado.
 
Besides “Trinity Sees Red” mentioned above Pardo also appeared in the Euro-westerns: “Massacre at Fort Holman” (1972), as Roger and “Yankee Dudler” in 1973.
 
Today we celebrate Mario Pardo’s 70th birthday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday Martine Arzenko


Martine Arzenko was born Martine Azencot on April 15, 1954 in France. Martine’s filmography consists exclusively of erotic films and her short career spans the heyday of the genre in the early 1970s.
 
She worked with such directors as Michel Lemoine, who directed her on four occasions, also with Jean-Marie Pallardy and José Bénazéraf and such actresses as Nathalie Zeiger and Marie-Hélène Règne. The pretty blonde had little opportunity to really test her acting skills, and with the arrival in 1975 of the pornographic cinema forced her to retire from the film industry.
 
Martine appeared in only one Euro-western: 1974’s “Gunfight at OQ Corral”.
 
Today we celebrate Martine Arzenko’s 60th birthday.