Saturday, March 24, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Alessandro Derevitsky

Alexandre Derevitzky was born in Naples, Italy on September 18th, 1909 in Napoli, Italy. He started composing music for films in the late 1930s, but also wrote a number of Italian pop songs (sometimes with lyricist Luciano Luigi Martelli), as well as classical works and light music. Using the alias Alessandro Derevitsky he was best known as the composer for films such as Marcello Albani's “Il azar delle idee” (1940), Amleto Palermi's comedy “San Giovanni decollato” (1940), Nicola Manzari's “Quarta pagina” (1942), Aldo Fabrizi’s “Emigrantes” (1948) and Steno's “Totò nella luna” (1958). Derevitsky wrote film scores for 26 films but his only Euro-western was “Deguello” in 1965. Alexandre died in Rome on October 5, 1974.

DEREVITSKY, Alessandro (aka Alexandre Derevitsky, A. Derevitsky, Alessandro Derevitsky, Alessandro Derewitsky) (Alexandre Derevitzky) [9/18/1909, Naples, Campania, Italy – 10/5/1974, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – composer, conductor, songwriter,
Deguello – 1966 (co)

Special Birthdays

Gaston Roudes (director) would have been 140 today, he died in 1958.

Claudio Mancini (production manager, actor) is 90 today. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ A close shave for Stephen Forsyth

While Stephen Forsyth was working in Paris as a singer/songwriter, he took what he thought would be a short vacation to Italy. While in Rome at a cafe on the Via Veneto, Forsyth was approached by a photographer who asked him if he could take a photograph to send to Gillette because they were looking for someone to do their European print ads and television commercials. He ended up with an exclusive contract with Gillette.

Who Are Those Guys ~ Lou Castel

Born Ulv Quarzell in Bogotá Colombia on May 28, 1943, the son of a diplomat and an Italian mother who worked in the Italian cinema (Fellini, Monicelli, ...) in the beginning of the 1960s. Castel moved to Europe as a young man. Interested in acting from an early age, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, but was quickly kicked out. His first movie role was an uncredited extra in “The Leopard” (1963). Two years later, he gained international fame for his performance in “Fists in the Pocket”, in which he played the epileptic Alessandro, who murders his mother and his brother. He later played Jeff, the temperamental bisexual film director in “Beware of a Holy Whore” (1971), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder himself portrayed the film's line producer.

In the following decades, Castel worked with European directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders, Philippe Garrel, and Olivier Assayas. Though the quality of the films he acted in were quite disparate, ranging from arthouse films to cheap exploitation, Castel always chose roles that reflected his militant leftist beliefs. He has a son with an affair with the actress Marcella Michelangeli.

Today Lou Castel lives in Italy and works mainly as an actor and as a painter. He’s just finished a film “Drive Me Home” which is in post production.

CASTEL, Lou (Ulv Quarzell) [5/28/1943, Bogotá, Colombia -     ] – director, film, TV actor, father of actor Rocco Quarzell [1974-    ] with actress Marcella Michelangeli [1943-    ].
A Bullet for the General - 1967 (Bill 'Niño' Tate)
Kill and Pray – 1967 (Requiescant)
¡Mátalo! - 1970 (Ray/Todd)
Arizona Road – 1990 (Macedonio/McDonaldson)

Special Birthdays

Roddy McMillian (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1979.

Maria Rosa Valenza (screenwriter, actress) would have been 95 today, he died in 2007.

Norman Bailey (actor) is 85 today.

Damon Albarn (composer) is 50 today.