Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank


From Monday  2  April – Monday  30  April, BFI  Southbank will  celebrate  one  of  the  undisputed  masters  of  cinema, Sergio  Leone.  While  they  may  not  have  been  the  first  spaghetti  westerns,  Leone's  Dollars  trilogy  of A  Fistful  of Dollars (1964), For  a  Few Dollars  More (1965)  and The  Good,  the  Bad  and  the  Ugly (1966)  are  certainly  the  best
known – they  paved  the  way  for  Clint  Eastwood  to  break  Europe  and  for  Leone  to  have  an  enduring  influence  on cinema.  As  part of  the  season, A  Fistful  of  Dollars will  screen  on  extended  run from Friday 13 April,  when  it  is  re-released in selected cinemas by Park Circus.

Schedule of events for Wednesday April 25, 2018:

The first part of Leone’s Dollars trilogy firmly sets out the winning blueprint for the other two: not least in establishing both the role of Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero and the collaboration with Ennio Morricone, which resulted in some of the most memorable musical themes in movie history. Made on a small budget and based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the film focuses on a small town caught up in a fight for control between two warring families. When a stranger arrives he manipulates the feud to his own advantage – resulting in a high body count and some great cinema. – Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer 

WED 25, APR, 18:20 “A Fistful of Dollars”
WED 25, APR, 20:50 “A Fistful of Dollars”

For further information contact the BFI at this link:  https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp


Who Are Those Gals? ~ Ana Castor



Ana Castor appeared in fourteen films from 1960 to 1968. She’s another of the mysterious actors and actresses who appeared in a number of films and then just disappeared from public view. I’d guess she was born in the late 1930s to maybe 1940. Her first film appearance was in 1960’s “Labios rojos” (Red Lips) (1960) directed by Jesús Franco in the role of Lola. Castor appeared in several more Franco films including; “La mano de un hombre muerto” (The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus) (1962) and her last Franco film “The Diabolical Dr. Z” (1966). Contrary to what you may hear or read she was not Franco’s fiancée or involved romantically with him during this time. Sometime during the mid-1960s she was married (?) to producer, production manager, assistant director José María Monis and the couple had a daughter named Gloria. In the late 1960s she married financier Alfonso González-Fierro y Viña and she had a daughter named Alexandra Fierro in 1968 who would go on to become an actress. Castor’s last film was as Sonia in 1968’s “Persecución hasta Valencia”.


CASTOR, Ana (aka Ana Astor) (Ana Pliego) [Spanish] – film actress, married to producer, production manager, assistant director José María Monis mother of Gloria Monis, married to financier Alfonso González-Fierro y Viña (196?-    ) mother of actress Alexandra Fierro [1968-
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I'll Die for Vengeance – 1968 (Meg)

Special Birthdays


Manuel Berenguer (cinematographer) would have been 105 today, he died in 1999.
Giovanni Fago (director) is 85 today.












Piergiorgio Farina (singer) would have been 85 today, he died in 2008. 












Marina Malfatti (actress) would have been 85 today, she died in 2016.











André Albrecht (actor) is 35 today.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank


From Monday  2  April – Monday  30  April, BFI  Southbank will  celebrate  one  of  the  undisputed  masters  of  cinema, Sergio  Leone.  While  they  may  not  have  been  the  first  spaghetti  westerns,  Leone's  Dollars  trilogy  of A  Fistful  of Dollars (1964), For  a  Few Dollars  More (1965)  and The  Good,  the  Bad  and  the  Ugly (1966)  are  certainly  the  best
known – they  paved  the  way  for  Clint  Eastwood  to  break  Europe  and  for  Leone  to  have  an  enduring  influence  on cinema.  As  part of  the  season, A  Fistful  of  Dollars will  screen  on  extended  run from Friday 13 April,  when  it  is  re-released in selected cinemas by Park Circus.

Schedule of events for Tuesday April 24, 2018:

The first part of Leone’s Dollars trilogy firmly sets out the winning blueprint for the other two: not least in establishing both the role of Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero and the collaboration with Ennio Morricone, which resulted in some of the most memorable musical themes in movie history. Made on a small budget and based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the film focuses on a small town caught up in a fight for control between two warring families. When a stranger arrives he manipulates the feud to his own advantage – resulting in a high body count and some great cinema. – Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer 

TUE 24, APR, 18:40 “A Fistful of Dollars”
TUE 24, APR, 20:50 “A Fistful of Dollars”

For further information contact the BFI at this link:  https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp