Wednesday, September 23, 2020

RIP Arthur Wooster


James Bond film cameraman and director Arthur Wooster, who masterminded action shots for Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore died at his home in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, England of dementia. He was 91. Arthur was born in Hendon, Middlesex on May 18, 1929, to May and Sidney Wooster, and grew up in Wembley, north-west London. Wooster was hired by the director John Glen to bring scenes of daredevil action to the screen as second unit director on all the James Bond movies of the 1980s. He was an assistant director on two Euo-westerns: ‘Alaska Kid’ (1993) and “Ravenous” (1999).

RIP Michael Gwisdek


German character actor Michael Gwisdek died on September 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. He was 78. Born in Berlin-Weißensee in 1942, his acting career also began in East Germany: first he worked at a theater in Chemnitz from the late 1960s, before joining the ensemble of the East Berlin Volksbühne in 1973. Ten years later, Gwisdek moved to the German Theater and became known in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1980s. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with "Treffen in Travers". His other directorial work included "Abschied von Agnes" and "Das Mambospiel". Gwisdeck appeared in three Euro-westerns: “The Falcon’s Trail” (1967) as a miner; “White Wolves” (1969) and “The Adventures of Huck Finn” (2012) as King.

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ The Guadix incline and wall


Guadix is a city and municipality in southern Spain, in the province of Granada, autonomous community of Andalusia. The city lies at an altitude of 913 metres, on the centre of the Hoya of Guadix, a high plain at the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is located on the Madrid-Valdepeñas-Almería railway. The population today is around 19,000.

This small city and the area surrounding it was used in many spaghetti westerns mainly for its many railway lines and stations. One of the films the city was seen in a remembered for was “Duck You Sucker” and the firing squad scene of three revolutionaries against a wall. The scene begins with a cavalry troop slowly moving down an incline and then across a plaza. The three men are marched to a location against the wall which supports the incline. The inclined street and wall are still in Guadix at the back of the raised part of the city at the Placeta Santiago. 


Special Birthdays


Šime Jagarinec (actor, stuntman) is 80 today.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

First Day of Autumn 2020


Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Beyond the Law”


As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.








Today we’ll cover “Beyond the Law”

[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Billy Joe Cudlip – Lee Van Cleef (I) Emilio Cigoli, (S) Claudio Rodríguez, (G) Arnold Marquis, (F) ?

Ben Novack – Antonio Sabato (I) Ugo Pagliai, (S) Juan Logar, (G) Claus Jurichs, (F) Philippe Ogouz

Burton – Gordon Mitchell (I) Michele Kalamera, (S) Teófilo Martínez, (G) Curt Ackermann, (F) ?

Preacher – Lionel Stander (I) Leonardo Severini, (S) Eduardo Calvo, (G) Wolfgang Lukschy, (F) ?

James Cooper – Bud Spencer (I) Giancarlo Maestri, (S) Juan Miguel Cuesta, (G) Martin Hirthe, (F) Jean Berger

Sally Davis – Graziella Granata (I) Gabriella Genta, (S) Mercedes Mireya, (G) Almut Eggert, (F) ?







UGO PAGLIAI   (1937- )

Ugo Pagliai was born on Novembe 13, 1937 in Pistoia, Italy. The son of a salesman and a singer, in 1956 he moved to Rome. Where in 1958, Pagliai enrolled at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica and started his career on stage in the early 1960s. He became first well known in 1969, thanks to the Giuseppe Fina's critically acclaimed stage play, Ross.

In 1971, he had a major success as the lead actor of the Daniele D'Anza's miniseries, Il segno del comando, and then appeared in a number of other successful RAI TV-series, often directed by D'Anza. He was mainly active onstage, often with his wife, Paola Gassman, the daughter of actors Vittorio Gassman and Nora Ricci. In 1988, Pagliai received a Flaiano Prize for his career.

Special Birthdays


Anna Karina (actress) would have been 80 today, she died in 2019.