Saturday, November 28, 2015

RIP Norbert Gastell

Renowned German voice actor Norbert Gastell died on November 26th in Munich, Germany. He was 86. Born to German parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 14, 1929 he moved to Munich where he attended the drama school of Ruth von Zerboni. He then entered the Theater and later was seen on television before turning to voice acting. He was best known as the German voice of Homer Simpson but to western fans he was the German voice in twelve Euro-westerns such as: the voice of Aldo Sambrell in For a Few Dollars More, Jean Luis in Trinity is STILL My Name.

Wind in den Zweigen des Sassafras (TV)

Wind in den Zweigen des Sassafras - German title
(Wind in the branches of sassafras – English translated title)

A 1968 West German television production [Schloßpark Theater Berlin, ZDF (Berlin)]
Director: Friedrich W. Bauschulte
Story: René de Obaldia
Teleplay: Eugen Helmlé
Photography: [black & white]
Running time: 100 minutes

John-Emery Rockefeller - Martin Hirthe [Mexican Revolution]
Caroline Rockefeller - Charlotte Joeres
Pamela - Diana Körner
Tom - Christoph Bantzer
William Butler - Werner Stock
Carlos - Christian Rode
Miriam - Gisela Dreyer
Chicken Eye/Luchsauge - Heinz Rabe
Musicians - Hermann Leuschner, Peter Liebert, Fritz Tobin, Robert Göring   

Based on the book by the book and theatrical play by René de Obaldia. A family gathers together in prayer faced with Indian attacks, a corrupt sheriff and thieves who want the oil their land sits upon.

This theatrical play made into a made for television movie shown on West German TV on August 7, 1968.

Birthdays Then and Now

Colea Rautu (actor) 1912 – 5/13/2008
Mario Nascimbene (composer) 1913 – 1/6/2002
Jorge Eras (composer) 1927 – 3/3/2012
Luciano Rossi (actor) 1934 – 5/29/2005
Laura Antonelli (actress) 1941 – 6/21/2015
Josiane Marie Tanzilli (actress) is 65 today.

Martin Clunes (actor) 1961 –

Friday, November 27, 2015

Guess Who I Am

I’m an American actor born in California in 1919.

Before becoming an actor I was a rodeo performer.

I appeared in over 170 films and TV series.

I only appeared in one Euro-western in one Euro-western in 1971.

Guess Who I Am.

Bill Connolly correctly identified this week's photo as that of Slim Pickens.


Jose Torres awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

The Venezuelan Jose Torres completes the trio of prizes by the City of Huelva

Huelva Information
Javier Ronchel Huelva

The Latin American Film Festival pays tribute to a classic 'Spaghetti western' and first telenovela heartthrob actor at 90, will receive the award on Tuesday November 17, 2015.

The Latin American Film Festival awarded the prize "Ciudad de Huelva" to Venezuelan actor José Torres, who was honored during the 41st edition.  The Spaniard Belen Rueda and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon are the other stars honored at the show this year.

The Iberoamerican bases the award for Torres as one of the first Latin American actors who made films in Europe.  But his path took him beyond, being one of the regular performers in the Spaghetti westerns filmed in Almeria in the 1960s and early 1970s, and the story that stands out as a protagonist in one of the first Venezuelan television soap operas.

José Torres (Tocuyito, Venezuela, 1925) began his career as an actor on stage in the theater.  In school workshops his vocation was born, which later materialized in various theatrical productions. Although his first audiovisual appearance was in a soap opera ‘La criada de la granja’ (The Maid of the Farm), in 1953, and considered the first in soap opera in Venezuela.  It consisted of 15 minute episodes a day, broadcast live, but today few remember it in our country.

At the end of that decade he decided to try his luck in Europe and became interested in theater activity in Italy, from which he soon made ​​the leap to film, at the dawn of a particular gender, the Spaghetti western, the Italian version of those Western movies which glorified John Ford from the 1920s. 

The Venezuelan actor was a direct participant during the emergence of these B series productions filmed in the deserts of Almería, Spain and had different leading roles over fifteen years that led him to share the stage with such actors as Orson Welles (in Tepepa, 1969), Lee Van Cliff, Terence Hill and Bud Spencer, among others, and directed by leaders of the genre like Sergio Sollima, Enzo Castellari and Giulio Petroni.

But it was not all horses, shooting and threadbare ponchos.  In a film by Pasquale Squitieri in 1960, “Yo y Dios” (I and God), his role as a Sicilian priest who faced the dilemma of celibacy earned him the most important role so far in his career and was the awarded best actor at the Neorealist Film Festival the Laceno d'Oro .

The European stage of his career concluded in the first half of the 1970s, with his return to Venezuela, where he also began an outstanding career on television, without leaving the cinema and theater.

However it was in 1995 when he lived his sweetest moment when the recognition and affection of all his country was won, with his interpretation of an indigenous, Tacupay, a minor character in the soap opera ‘Ka Ina’ he received devoted popularly for which he  is still remembered.

Jose Torres maintains personal ties to Spain, where he lived on the European stage and shot most of his films, not just Italy.  In Barcelona, ​​in fact, lives one of his sons, according to a note received yesterday.

The Venezuelan artist, at 90 years of age, will visit the Festival of Huelva for the first time to receive the tribute we render on Tuesday November 17th. The event was held on the stage of the Grand Theatre at 9:00 p.m. to receive one of three awards of the city of Huelva.