Friday, April 28, 2017

New CD Release



Sentenza di morte
(Death Sentence)
(1968)

Composer: Gianni Ferrio
Director: Mario Lanfranchi
Starring: Robin Clarke, Richard Conte, Enrico Maria Salerno, Adolfo Celi, Tomas Milian

Country: Italy
Label: Digit Sound Tracks
#DGST030
Tracks: 28
Total time: 53:50
Released: April 28, 2017

Track Listing
01. THE LAST GAME 2:42
02. HOT MEXICO 2:12
03. THE FIRST GAME 3:00
04. THE GIRL WITH GOLDEN HAIR 1:16
05. MIDNIGHT GAME 0:55
06. THE LAST GAME AT NOON 2:59
07. COOL MEXICO 1:51
08. GOLDEN NIGHTMARE 2:09
09. A HOLE IN THE EARTH 0:51
10. THE GAME IS LOST 1:09
11. FLUSH 1:33
12. THIS IS A CRAZY MAN 0:49
13. THE FIRST AND THE LAST GAME 2:57
14. GUITAR GAME 1:23
15. GOLDEN NIGHTMARE 2:32
16. JUST YESTERDAY 1:03
17. THE CANYON'S GIRL 0:53
18. BACK TO THE PRESENT 1:18
19. THE LAST GAME 1:01

Bonus Tracks
20. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Deadly challenge) 1:42
21. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Wild horses) 1:38
22. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Town at sundown) 2:36
23. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Night waiting) 1:43
24. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Western blues) 1:38
25. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Waiting and action) 0:51
26. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Death game) 3:04
27. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Ambush) 4:49
28. SENTENZA DI MORTE (Final duel) 2:26

Sergio Leone, Cinema, Cinema



Sergio Leone, Cinema, Cinema – International title

A 1999 Spanish TV production [Media Park (Madrid)]
Producers: Sara Gibbings, Mamen Boue, Ana Gutierrez
Director: Manel Mayol, Carles Prats
Screenplay: Joan Ferrei, Carles Prats
Cinematography: Pere Ballesteros, Oriol Llopi, Angel Puig [color]
Music:
Running time: 105 minutes

Cast:
Carla Leone, Tonino Delli Colli, Sir Christopher Frayling, Sergio Donati, Luca Verdone, Conrado Sn Martin, Alessandro Alessandroni, Ferdinando De Leo, Gianni Garko, Julio Sempere, Marianne Koch, Carlo Leva, Florestano Vancini, Ennio Morricone, Carlo Sebastiani, Carlos Aguilar, Carlo Lizzani, Luis Beltron, Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell), Juan Fernandez, Marisa Sebastiani, Dario Argento, Luca Morsella, Gabriella Pescucci


A documentary portrait of Sergio Leone and his films.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Who Are Those Guys ~ Alfio Caltabiano




Alfio Caltabiano was born in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy on July 17, 1932. Also known as Al Northon AlfRandal and Alf Thunder to Euro-western fans, Caltabino was a director, screenwriter and actor in over two dozen films including “Comandamenti per un gangster” (1968) and  “Tutti figli di Mammasantissima” (1973). He was also a master of arms and a choreographer. Alfio started his career in cinema as a stuntman and exploited his physique. Among his early films were “Ben Hur”, in which he portrayed Jesus Christ, where he was visible only from behind, carrying the heavy wooden cross on the Via Crucis scene. He appeared as an actor in about twenty films, especially spaghetti-westerns, while as a director he started in 1967 with the movie “Ballata per un pistolero” (Ballad of a Gunman) (1967). His film career ended in 1977, after shooting finished on “California”.

He died on June 23, 2007 from a heart attack in Rome, a month short of his 75th birthday.


CALTABIANO, Alfio (aka Alfio Caltapiano, Alfio Caltaviano, Al Northon, Alf Randal, Alf Thunder) [7/17/1932, Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy – 6/23/2007, Rome, Lazio, Italy (heart attack)] – director, writer, master of arms, stunt coordinator, stuntman, film actor.
Colorado Charlie – 1965 (Creonte) [as Alf Randal]
Two Sergeants of General Custer - 1965 (Nervous Buffalo)
Ballad of a Gunman – 1967 (El Bedoja) [as Al Northon] [director, writer]
Man Called Amen (1972) (Reverend ‘Ladrone’ Smikth) [as Alf Thunder] [director, writer]
They Still Call Me Amen - 1973 (Reverend Smith) [as Alf Thunder] [director, writer]
Keoma – 1976 (member of Caldwell’s gang)
California – 1977 (bounty hunter)

Special Birthdays



Renato Rascel (actor) would have been 105, he died in 1991.











Dusan Janicijevic (actor) would have been 85, he died in 2011.












Dominique Boschero (actress) is 80 today.









Vittori Cecchi Gori (producer) is 75.












Michael Cook (actor) is 60 today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sam Peckinpah: A Retrospective


Sam Peckinpah – Ein harter Knochen – German title
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron – British title
Sam Peckinpah: A Retrospective – U.S.A. title

A 1992 British, U.S.A. television co-production [BBC, Lucida (London), A&E Television Networks, Inc. (Hollywood)]
Producer: Chris Rodley, Katherine Haber
Director: Paul Joyce
Screenplay:
Photography: Bill Bracht [black & white, color]
Music: Kris Kristofferson (Kristoffer Kristofferson)
Running time: 92 minutes

Cast: 
Sam Peckinpah (David Peckinpah) [archive footage], Ali MacGraw, Alan Sharp, Katherine Haber, Kris Kristofferson (Kristoffer Kristofferson), Jim Silke (James Silke), R. G. Armstrong (Robert Golden Armstrong), Bob Peckinpah (Robert Peckinpah), Jason Robards (Jason Robards Jr.), Monte Hellman, Mort Sahl (Morton Sahl), James Coburn, Daniel Melnick, L.Q. Jones (Justice McQueen), Bob Visciglia Sr. (Robert Visciglia), Gart Craven, Ali MacGraw (Alice MacGraw), Gordon Dawson, Michel Deeley, Ernest Borgnine (Ermes Borgnine)



A straight-talking documentary that seeks to understand the enigmatic and controversial Sam Peckinpah, whose violent films such as “The Wild Bunch” and “Straw Dogs” had a telling effect on the cinema of the 1970s and 80s. Those who knew and worked with him, including actor James Coburn, actress Ali MacGraw, his associate Katherine Haber, his cousin Bob Peckinpah, and several screenwriters and producers, examine his life in an attempt to separate the man from the persona. Clips from key films reinforce this detailed discussion of Peckinpah's art and a fixation on violence that still permeates Hollywood today.