Tuesday, May 24, 2016

RIP Federico de Zigno

Italian film critic and author Federico Alberto de Zigno died May 19, 2016 in Firenze, Italy. He was 63. Born August 12, 1952 in Firenze, Italy.  He was a specialist of genre films, and hds been a member of the editorial board of the journal Amarcord. He was the author of the book Cittadini X: serial killer dalla realtà allo schermo (1998) and collaborated on numerous publications of the publishing company Glittering Images, including the magazine Diva and volumes The Cosmical horror of HP Lovecraft (1991), Marquis De Sade antologie illustree (1993). As a passionate student of almeriense film phenomenon during the years 1960-70, he had written, with Antonio Bruschini, Western All'Italiana: the Wild, the Sadist and the Outsiders (2001) and Western All'Italiana 100 More Must-See Movies ( 2006). Similarly he had authored texts for vampire books like Il redivivo (1993), Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo di Sergio Leone (2000), Il cinema di Mel Gibson (2004), etc. He had collaborated on magazines like Night Cinema and Spanish Nosferatu and Quatermass.

Who Are Those Guys? - Pierre Brice

Pierre Brice was born Pierre Louis Baron le Bris in Brest, France on February 6, 1929 in Brest, France. He was a French actor who was best known for his portrayal of Winnetou in the Karl May films.

The family of Pierre Brice comes from an old French noble family.

At nineteen Brice volunteered for the Indochina War. Where his squad once triggered a land mine, it was indeed hurled through the air and hit two of his comrades, whose limbs had to be amputated, but he remained almost unharmed.

From 1962 to 1968 Brice played in eleven Karl May films at the side of American Lex Barker in the role of the Apache chief Winnetou, which made him a superstar in Germany. After more promising roles failed to materialize, he played Winnetou from 1988 to 1991 at the Karl May Festival in Bad Segeberg, where in 1999 he worked as a director. He played this role from the late 1970s until the mid-1980s at the Elsper guest performances in Ratingen and Vienna and for a short time as Winnetou on a 1982 tour.

After the box-office hits as the noble Winnetou he played in theatrical comedies and in more shallow television productions, such as in "Ein Schloss am Wörthersee" or "The Cottage By the Lake." In 1979 "My Friend Winnetou" was filmed for television and in 1997 "Winnetou Returns" for ZDF.

Pierre Brice lived with his German wife actess and photographer Hella Krekel on a country estate near Paris, France. He passed away on June 6, 2015, a hospital in Paris from the effects of pneumonia. He was then buried in Germany.

BRICE, Pierre (Pierre Louis Baron de Bris) [2/6/1929, Brest, Brittany, France – 6/6/2015, Paris, Île-de-France, France (pneumonia)] – director, screenwriter, stage, TV actor, singer, voice actor, uncle of actress Kristina Klebe [1978-    ], married to actress, photographer Hella Krekel [1941-    ] (1981-2015).
The Treasure of Silver Lake – 1962 (Winnetou)
Apache Gold - 1963 (Winnetou)
Samson and the Slave Queen – 1963 (Ramon/Zorro)
Shatterhand – 1963 (Winnetou)
Frontier Hellcat - 1964 (Winnetou)
Last of the Renegades – 1964 (Winnetou)
The Desperado Trail - 1965 (Winnetou)
Flaming Frontier - 1965 (Winnetou)
A Place Called Glory – 1965 (Reese)
Rampage at Apache Wells – 1965 (Winnetou)
The Half-Breed - 1966 (Winnetou)
Thunder at the Border – 1966 (Winnetou)
The Man With the Long Gun – 1968 (Winnetou)
A Cry of Death - 1971 (Campanita/’Little Bell’/Barrett)
The Rudi Carell Show (TV) – 1971 (Winnetou)
My Friend Winnetou (TV) – 1979 (Winnetou)
Winnetou Returns (TV) – 1997 (Winnetou)
The Legend of Winnetou: A Journey in the Land of the Apache (TV) – 2001 [archive footage]
Auf den Spuren Winnetous – 2004 [himself]
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern - 2005 [himself]
Wie Winnetou nach NRW kam – 2011 [himself]
Legenden: Pierre Brice - Die beliebte ARD-Reihe über den unvergesslichen Winnetou-Darsteller (Pidax Doku-Highlights) – 2012 [himself]
Winnetou Trilogy (TV) – 2016 (Winnetou’s father)

Special Birthdays

Fernando Soler (director) would have been 120 today, he died in 1979.

Walter Fuss (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1996.

Monday, May 23, 2016

RIP Velimir Bata Živojinović

Serbian actor Velimir Bata Živojinović died in a Belgrade, Serbia hospital on May 22, from complications of gangrene. He was 82. Bata, who was born in Koracica, Serbia on June 5, 1933, had been in poor health from a stroke in 2012. Zivojinovic had twice received the Golden Arena for Best Actor at the Festival in Pula - for the films "Kozara" (1962) and "Three" (1965). For the film "Tren". In August 1993 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award "Slavica" for its role in the Yugoslav film industry and recognition of the Yugoslav Film Archive - Gold Seal. He appeared as Jim Potter in 1965’s “Flaming Frontier”.

European Western Comic Books – Zagor

Zagor's real name is Patrick Wilding; he is the son of Mike and Betty. He is a western character living in a forest named Darkwood, located in Pennsylvania, in the northeastern United States. His name Zagor comes from its Indian name "Za-Gor Te-Nay", whose fictional meaning is "The Spirit with the Hatchet". Though the writers don't mention exact dates, Zagor is supposed to be active during the first half of the 19th century, around 1825–1830. Zagor fights to maintain peace over all his territory, where he protects the Indian tribes and hunts down criminals. Son of an retired army official he now lives as a pioneer and trapper in the forests of the northeast, Patrick Wilding sees his parents die at the hands of a band of Abenaki Indians, led by Salomon Kinsky. Taken in by a middle-aged trapper nicknamed "Wandering Fitzy", the boy grows up with only one thought on his mind: revenge. Fitzy teaches him how to make a deadly weapon out of a hatchet, and when he is old enough to fulfill this he finds out that his father had himself slaughtered many Indians, and the boy's understanding of the relativity of the concepts of good, evil and justice compels him to transform himself (with his accomplices the Sullivans, a family of acrobats who are his image makers) into Za-Gor-Te-Nay. Better still, it is shortened to Zagor. He is a kind of avenger always ready to side with the weak and the oppressed, whether red, white or black, whoever they may be. Moving his shack to an island surrounded by quicksand in a marshy area of Darkwood Forest, Zagor begins his work as a peacemaker. He takes the Darkwood tribes under his wing earning himself a distinction of the Lord of Darkwood, beloved and respected by peaceful natives and trappers, and feared and hated by anyone who would endanger the peace between reds and whites. Zagor isn't your typical western character, there's a mix of horror and sci-fi side by side with a bit of humor coming mostly from his sidekick Chico, a short, fat Mexican man who became his best friend. His full name is "Don" Chico Felipe Cayetano Lopez Martinez y Gonzal

The Zagor character became an Italian comic book hero created by editor and writer Sergio Bonelli (pseudonym Guido Nolitta) and artist Gallieno Ferri. Zagor was first published In Italy by Sergio Bonelli Editore in 1961. Even though Zagor is popular in Italy, he is even more popular in Croatia and Serbia, where it is still being published to this day, being also published in other former Yugoslav republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Slovenia. In former Yugoslavia, Zagor was published by the Serbian publication Dnevnik in its Zlatna Serija edition from 1968, now there are more modern publishings in these countries like M-comics for Macedonia. Although not as popular, Zagor comics are also published in Austria. Zagor has been one of the most popular comic heroes in Turkey since the 1960s. Three unofficial Zagor movies have been produced in Turkey during the 1970s. Zagor was also published in Greece and in Israel in the 1970s, where, during that time, Tex Willer was published as well.

In 2015, Epicenter Comics released the first English language edition of the three-part story Zagor! Terror from the Sea, including extra essays, introduction texts and original covers.