Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Italian Western is Back

With "Oro e Piombo" (Gold and Lead)  the "spaghetti western" returns. A tribute to Sergio Leone who winks at Tarantino

Secolo d’Italia
By Great Paolucci
October 18, 2019

The Italian western is back. And back in style, with a tribute to the master of the genre:  Sergio Leone . Yes, because Oro e Piombo, is a film created by the determination of the director Emiliano Ferrera, a scholar and a great lover of the genre. Developed and watching it come to light thanks to the passion of an independent reality that he self-produced the project. Who has been able to count on the collaboration of great professionals in the technical and artistic sector, today it is a successful film. A work that follows in the footsteps of yesterday's great spaghetti westerns relaunched in the name of digital virtuosity.

Gold and Lead, spaghetti westerns are back

Long prairies. Heroic figures. Penetrating looks and dialogues are entrusted to the image even before the script, “Oro e Piombo” was born as a tribute to the Italian western and its myths. A cinema that was later re-evaluated by the fundamentalist critics, who often downgraded it to a second-rate genre. An important trend to which only a belated revaluation of the entire filmography of Leone has been able to restore dignity and spectacular strength. It is in this context, and after the success of “Django Unchained” by Quentin Tarantino, that the film directed by Ferrera was made, while on the one hand it winks a “The Magnificent 7”,on the other, it looks at all that serial production that has fed a rich and nourished line of cassette successes for about fifteen years. A period of time including roughly between 1964 and 1978, the one in which the western experienced a renewed popularity precisely in the Belpaese, after a period of decline. By identifying with it, it also influences the themes and conventions of the non-European western genre.

The artistic and technical cast

The genus, after the incredible explosion of the 60s and 70s, suddenly disappeared almost completely. Giving birth to very few films in the 80s and 90s of no notable success. Except only for Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, with whom, starting from the seventies, a kind of funny parody of Spaghetti westerns was inaugurated . So, welcome back to “Oro and Piombo”. Whose script is based on a true story of pain and revenge. Of guilt and atonement. To which he wanted to add the emotional impact of a female protagonist on a scene famously known to gringos. The heroin is indeed a woman (Yassmin Pucci), a sort of Clint Easwood with a skirt. The rest is the result of the love and commitment of high level artisans. From the cinematography of Armando Barberi, to the support of an expert master arms like Marco Fanciulli, (known for being the right arm of the great Giuliano Gemma ). And again, a stunt coordinator like Tiziano Carnevale and two horse-trainers like Antonio Di Santo and Angelo Allegretti , known internationally.

The soundtrack

The original period costumes were chosen by the costume designer Rosanna Grassia, while the soundtrack was able to count on the collaboration of the "I Dollars of Honor" which dealt with the soundtrack . Their typically western music perfectly punctuates the splendid atmospheres of the film, typical of a genre that has always focused very much on the sound commentary. Shot in an open-air set, entirely rebuilt on the outskirts of Rome and a location made available by Cinecittà World park to create some exteriors, “Oro & Piombo”, on September 28th, it won the award for Best First Work 2019, at the Terra di Siena Film Festival.

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Robin Clarke

Robin Brent Clarke was born in Miami, Florida on June 27, 1942. Little if anything has been published about his early life and background. I do know he was the boyfriend of actress Ali MacGraw when he was recommended to Mario Lanfranchi who signed him to play Cash/Django for his  Euro-western “Sentenza di morte” (Death Sentence) in 1967. This is his first credited film that I can find. He and Ali flew to the set and their relationship was tumultuous to say the least. Lanfranchi felt that the presence on set of MacGraw was proving an intrusion, so he had her fly back home to New York unbeknownst to Clarke. The actor's subsequent fury at this affront came through in his performance, thus effectively achieving just what the director wanted for the character!

Clarke’s career has consisted of over 25 films and TV appearances with the most remembered playing Ed Haynes on TV’s ‘Dallas’ in 1978. Robin has also made guest appearances on such TV shows as’ Police Woman’, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, ‘Hart to Hart’, the short-lived NBC-TV series ‘Mr’s. Columbo’ as well as ‘Columbo’. He has also made noted appearances in the films ‘The Formula’ (1980), ‘Horror Planet’ (1981), ‘Boxoffice’ (1982), ‘White Wolves III: Cry of the White Wolf’ (2000). Among these he might be best remembered in the role of John Cassidy (ala Bobby Kennedy) in 1978’s “The Greek Tycoon” starring Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset and Raf Vallone.

CLARKE, Robin (Robin Brent Clarke) [6/27/1942, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. -     ] – film, TV actor.
Death Sentence – 1967 (Cash/Django)

Special Birthdays

Walter Maestosi (actor) is 85 today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Adios Gringo”

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 “Adios Gringo”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]

Giuliano Gemma (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Simón Ramírez, (G) Erik Schumann, (F) ?, (E) ?
Evelyn Stewart (I) Rita Savagnone, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?, (E) ?
Roberto Camardiel (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Roberto Camardiel, (G) Erik Jelde, (F) ?, (E) ?
Jesús Puente (I) Emilio Cigoli, (S) Jesús Puente, (G) Wolf Ackva, (F) ?, (E) ?
Max Dean (I) Massimo Turci, (S) Víctor Agramunt, (G) Fred Maire, (F) ?, (E) ?
Peter Cross (I) Bruno Persa, (S) Salvdor Arias, (G) Heinz Engelmann, (F) ? (E) ?
Grant Laramy (I)? , (S) Benjamín Domingo, (G) Niels Clausnitzer, (F) ?, (E) ?

FRED MAIRE [1932 -     ]

Fred Maire was born in Munich, Bavaria, Germany on May 20, 1932. He completed a classical acting education and received theater engagements in Cologne , Basel , Bremen , Berlin and Munich . Maire was particularly influenced by his collaboration with some great directors such as Hans Schweikart, Hans Lietzau and Peter Zadek.

Among other things, Maire had permanent engagements at theaters in Berlin, Munich, Basel, Bremen and Cologne. In Munich, for example, he played at the Residenztheater, where he performed in 1968 in Hans Lietzau's performance of “Was ihr wollt”. In the 1970s, Maire traveled to Indonesia where he worked for a time at a Balinese-Javanese theater. Back in Munich, he took over a private theater for a year, but failed financially, despite large audience success. He then worked until 2000, reinforced as a voice actor, author and director. From 2000 he played again in the theater, where he made his second debut in Carl Orff's “Die Bernauerin”.

He lent his German voice to such actors as Klaus Kinski, Dennis Hopper, David Bradley and Spencer Tracy. In the Harry Potter movies, he spoke for the janitor Argus Filch aka David Bradley. In The Lord of the Rings (film trilogy) he speaks as the gatekeeper Heinrich honeysuckle ( Martyn Sanderson ).

His daughter Laura Maire [1979-    ] is also active in the drama and dubbing sector.