Saturday, October 25, 2014

WEST AND SODA

West and Soda – Italian title
Lasten länkkäri – Finnish title
Der wildeste Westen – German title
Johnny y Clementina en el Oeste – Spanish title
El bueno, el malo, el feo y el horrible – Spanish title
West and Soda – English title
 
A 1964 Italian production [Cineriz (Rome)]
Producer: Bruno Bozzetto
Director: Bruno Bozzetto, Attilio Giovannini
Story: Bruno Bozzetto
Screenplay: Bruno Bozzetto
Cinematography: Luciano Marzetti, Roberto Scarpa [Eastmancolor]
Music: Giampiero Boneschi
Running time: 86 minutes
 
Cast:
Johnny, Clementine, Horrible, Ursus, Dolly, Katy, Slim, Esmeralda, Kramer, undertaker, Bubi, Black Cow, Yellow Cow, Horrible’s horse
 

A stranger named Johnny arrives in a small western town. He finds a pretty woman named Clementine whose been holding out from selling her uniquely green land to the local town boss, who is harassing her in hopes of seducing her and buying her land. There's an ongoing mystery about how the stranger got a hold of the gold nugget he possesses, though at the end of the film it is revealed that he found it in a soap box and it turns out to be fake.

 
You Tube film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO8QQobtTNA

Remembering Dieter Borsche

Dieter Borsche was born Dieter Albert Eugen Rolloman on October 25, 1909 in Hannover, North Saxony, Germany. Borsceh was a prolific star of post-war German cinema, usually seen in virtuous or soulful roles. The son of a music teacher and an oratorio singer, Borsche was initially trained as a dancer, first performing in ballet for the Hanoverian Opera (1930-1935). After attending acting classes, he made his stage debut in Weimar, Germany. He also appeared in youthful romantic film roles from 1938. Borsche reached the peak of his popularity in film and television comedies and dramas of the 1950's and 1960's, though his career was increasingly hampered by his affliction with muscular dystrophy.
 
Borsche appeared in only one Euro-western playing Pastor Benson in 1964’s Massacre at Marble City”.
 
Dieter died in Nuremburg, Bavaria, Germany on August 5, 1982. He was 73.
 
Today we remember Dieter Borsche on what would have been his 105th birthday.

Remembering Armand Thirard

Armand Henry Julien Thirard was born on October 25, 1989 in Mantes, Yvelines, Île de France, France. Thirard debuted as an actor. He then became manager of the silent film before starting to work as a cinematographer in 1926.
 
He was best known for his work for illustrious directors Henri-Georges Clouzot and Julien Duvivier ans such films asDiabolique” (1955), “The Wages of Fear” (1953) and “...And God Created Woman” (1956).
 
His only Euro-western was as cinematographer on 1967’s “Guns for San Sebastian”.
 
Armand died on November 12, 1973 of cancer in Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France.
 
Today we remember Armand Thirard on what would have been his 115th birthday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Guess Who I Am

 
I’m a French actor born in 1931
 
I’ve appeared in over 40 films and TV appearances
 
I appeared in two Karl May Euro-westerns
 
My wife is also an actress and also appeared in the same two Euro-westerns
 
Guess who I am
 
Breccio correctly named Gerard Barray as this weeks photo.
 
 

RIP Marija Crnobori

 
A legendary Yugoslavian stage actress Marija Crnobori, died on October 21 at the age of 96 in her apartment in Belgrade, Serbia. Crnobori was born on October 1, 1918 in Banjole, Istria, Austria-Hungary. She started her theatrical career after graduating from the academy in 1947. Later she moved to Budapest after marrying her husband, theatrical director Markom Fotezom [1915-1976]. There she would become a stage legend continuing to appear until the early 1990s. She then retired and wrote a book ‘The World of Acting”. In 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement award for her work in the theater and in 2013 she was awarded Order of Sretenjski III.  Marija appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Thunder at the Border (1966) and “The Halfbreed” (1966).

New Euro-western Film Release - The Homesman

The Homesman Film Review
 
The Movie Waffler
By Eric Hills
October 22nd, 2014
 
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones
 
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Tim Blake Nelson, David Dencik, John Lithgow, Meryl Streep, James Spader, William Fichtner, Hailee Steinfeld
 
At this point you would be forgiven for believing the western genre had run out of fresh material, but Tommy Lee Jones' second directorial effort, adapted from a novel by author Glendon Swarthout, features a plot element I don't believe we've seen before. Hundreds of frontier dramas have featured the westward journey of pioneers as they attempt to stake out a new life in America's final frontier; The Homesman turns this idea around, with a storyline that instead features a wagon headed eastward.
 
Far from a promised land of riches and comfort, the west as seen in Jones' film is, to put it mildly, a hellhole. Here, there really are a million ways to die in the west.
 
Swank is Mary Bee Cuddy, a prim and proper, yet battle hardened, landowner who has managed to stake a claim for herself in the Nebraskan frontier, but pines for a husband. In the opening scene she proposes to a neighbor who, despite being far from a catch himself, rebukes her, dismissing Cuddy as too bossy and plain for his liking. With no ties, Cuddy finds herself the only one willing to take on the task of transporting three insane women to a Methodist church in far-off Iowa.
 
All three of the women who make up Cuddy's cargo are victims of the harsh west, driven insane by a combination of abusive spouses and their inability to cope with the untameable nature of their surroundings. Driving them in a wagon across such treacherous terrain is a daunting task for Cuddy, but then she has the dubious fortune of coming across George Briggs, an outlaw left to hang by vigilantes for the crime of trespassing. Briggs is initially reluctant to accompany Cuddy, but the promise of $300 at the end of the line is too much for him to turn down.
 
Though it's set in the sun blistered American West, there's a Nordic bleakness to The Homesman, as nihilistic a film as we've seen in many a year. Infanticide, suicide and sexual abuse feature heavily, and the killing of a newborn child is without question the most shocking moment of 2014. There are some laughs provided by the relatively happy go lucky George Briggs, but The Homesman makes the most rugged spaghetti western look like Blazing Saddles in comparison.
 
Jones proves a natural fit for this material, both as actor and director, and Swank seems born to play the strong on the outside, dying on the inside Cuddy. Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography will have you gasping for water as it captures the harshness of the arid terrain, and Marco Beltrami provides one of the year's best scores. Western fans will find The Homesman an intriguing addition to the genre, but it may prove a tad sombre for mainstream viewers.
 
 
 
 
The Homesman – U.S.A. title
The Homesman – French title
Mehri to telos – Greek title
Местный – Russian title
The Homesman – English title
 
A 2013 U.S.A., French co-production [Ithaca, The Javelina Film Company (San Antonio),
EuropaCor (Paris)]
Producer: Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Michael Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Kennedy
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Story: ‘The Homesman’ by Glendon Swarthout
Screenplay: Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Oliver, Miles Hood Swarthout
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto (Rodrigo Prieto Stambaugh) [color]
Music: Marco Beltrami
Running time: 122 minutes
 
Cast:
George Briggs – Tommy Lee Jones
Mary Bee Cuddy – Hilary Swank
Altha Carter – Meryl Streep
Arabella Sours – Grace Gummer
Theoline Belknapp – Miranda Otto
Gro Svendsen - Sonja Richter
Thor Svendsen – David Dencik (Karl Dencik)
Reverend Dowd – John Lithgow
Freighter – Tim Blake Nelson
Aloysius Duffy – James Spader
Vester Belknap – William Fichtner
Garn Sours – Jesse Plemons
Bob Giffon – Evan Jones
Tabitha Hutchinson - Hailee Steinfeld
Buster Shaver – Barry Corbin
Loney Belknap – Autumn Shields
Netti - Caroline Lagerfelt
Carmichael – Richard Jones
Mrs. Polhemus – Jo Harvey Allen
Vigilantes – Martin Palmer, Jerry Vahn Knight, Adrian Dorfler
Youngest Belknap daughter – Sachie Capitani
Dealer – Rick Irwin
Mrs. Linens – Karen Jones
Fitzpatrick – Brian Kennedy
Belknap daughter – Lela Rose Allen
Jennifer Tull – Lila Brock
Arabella Sibling - Kaelynn Wright
Saloon patron – Marty Clark
Horseman – Matt Anderson
Townsperson – James Blackburn
With: Gabriela Fraile
Stunt coordinator: Billy Burton
Stunts: Dale Gibson (Robert Gibson), Tommy Goodwin, Ann Scott, Gunter Simon, Kim R. Koscki (Kim Robert Koscki)

New DVD Release

Von Django - mit den besten Empfehlungen
(One After the Other)
(1968)
 
Director: Nick Nostro
Starring: Richard Harrison, Paolo Gozlino, Pamela Tudor
 
Country: Germany
Label: Colosseo Film
Region: 0  PAL
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 - 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, German, Italian, English
Subtitles: German
Runtime: 99 min
Extras: Interview with Richard Harrison, trailers, gallery
ASIN: B00M8PBOK0
Available: October 24, 2014