Friday, May 29, 2020

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Ernesto Colli

Ernesto Colli was born in Biella, Piedmont, Italy on May 16, 1940. Colli graduated from liceo classico, then he started acting in some amateur dramatics and starred in two lost Super 8 films. After one year of university he decided to abandon his studies to enroll the Fersen Drama School in Rome.

A real life friend of Vittorio Gassman, Colli often acted alongside him, especially on stage, and he made his film debut playing a small role in the Gassman's film “The Devil in Love” He then appeared in a large number of movies and TV-series, uually in character roles. Colli was mostly active in films during the 1970s. Equipped with a particularly disturbing face, Ernesto Colli always appeared in customized roles written specifically for him, from the crazy to the delinquent and from the possessed to the weird; probably the films where he had a most significant part was ‘The Pleasure Shop on 7th Avenue” and in ‘Deadly Inheritance”.

The last role he played was that of a porter of a stable in Rome, in the movie “Pierino La Peste Alla Riscossa!”, shot a few months before his death and in which he already appeared with the face and the physique brought on by disease. Colli died in Rome, Italy on November 19, 1982/

COLLI, Ernesto (aka Ernest Arold) [5/16/1940, Biella, Piedmont, Italy – 11/19/1982, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, TV actor.
Kill the Poker Player – 1972 (Doctor Torres/Norton)
Red Coat – 1975 (photographer)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Spaghetti Western Location ~ San Salvatore di Cabras, Italy

Many Spaghetti Westerns were shot in the Spanish desert region of Almería and a few around Rome, but some were filmed in and around San Salvatore di Cabras, a small Sardinia village outside of Cabras near Oristano. If you go to San Salvatore di Cabras, you’ll find many house facades that look like they popped right out of a Wild West set, because, well, they pretty much have. They were transformed in the 1960’s during the heyday of Spaghetti Westerns into Western towns for movies. There’s even a bar in San Salvatore that a cowboy wouldn’t feel uncomfortable in.

Garter Colt (Italian: ”Giarrettiera Colt”) is a 1968 Italian spaghetti western directed by Gian Andrea Rocco and filmed entirely in Sinis in 1969. It is one of the rare Italo-westerns with a woman as lead character and it is an icon of Quentin Tarantino.
But San Salvatore isn’t just about Spaghetti Westerns. The Festival of San Salvatore, which takes place the 1st weekend of September, is one of the oldest festivals in Sardinia. San Salvatore can seem deserted any other time of the year; many people maintain small houses here just to house their families during the festival.

The journalist Luca Bottura, said that Sergio Leone shot some scenes of his film "For a Few Dollars More" in Sardinia, the claim has no basis, but has been around for years on the web. The facts regarding the Spaghetti Western epic are quite clear, on the island only a few minor films have been made, the most famous, also thanks to the participation of the actress loved by Quentin Tarantino, Nicoletta Machiavelli is undoubtedly "Garter Colt ". The setting is in Mexico, but the scenes were all shot in San Salvatore di Sinis and its surroundings. Macchiavelli herself recalls of that film: “GIARRETTIERA COLT” was an incredible experience: I had already shot" other westerns, that is with more or less classic stories with a bit of violence, to cash in on the spaghetti-western vein. But as for Garter Colt, I had never seen a story like this one: the story of this woman with a colt in her garter who, dressed and attired in nineteenth century style, with a low neckline and side slit dress for, in fact,  for her to have easy access to her garter, who rides over the prairies and salt marshes of Sardinia and encounters strange characters to say the least ... Garter Colt - continues Nicoletta - is an anti-western, controversial and provocative, an attempt to desecrate the genre of pistolero films. We shot it with the cinematographic collage method, alternating grotesque, melodramatic, romantic, western sequences. Even Giovanni Fusco's musical score follows this pattern: with music of noble Trovadoric-Provencal inspiration, beat motifs, or lyrical pieces played by electronic instruments follow La Stampa August 29, 1968 page 6. Arriving in Sardinia now, you won’t find a trace of that small set in San Salvatore di Sinis, but with a little imagination and after watching the movie ... and wanting to eat something, stop by Abraxas, it looks like a saloon and the owner has some story to tell there to tell.

You Tube short film on this location San Salvatore di Cabras, Italy:


“Garter Colt” (1969)

“Garter Colt” (1969)

Special Birthdays

Francisco Sanchez Munoz (cinematographer) is 95 today.
Heinz Reincke (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 2011.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

German Festival: Cancellations, postponements, Winzendorf wants to play

"Winnetou" Joseph Schützenhofer in Winzendorf (Photo: Festival Winzendorf)

After most of the Karl May Festivals - including Bad Segeberg and Elspe - announced weeks ago the corona-related shift in their summer season to 2021, there is now news from Dasing and Winzendorf.

The South German Karl May Festival Dasing (Bavaria) recently announced the postponement of the performance of the play "Winnetou and Captain Kaiman", which was actually planned for this summer, "probably" until 2021. However, according to festival manager Volker Waschk, there is "a plan B to hold the Karl May Festival this summer - but this is deliberately very different from the usual and therefore not comparable". Depending on how the situation develops, one might want to bring "an exciting event with significantly fewer spectators (approx. 1/5) and a significantly smaller ensemble", "which remains in the Wild West theme, Karl May and Winnetou, but should and will clearly differ from a normal festival play”. Waschk calls this an "alternative festival".

At the request of KARL MAY & Co., the Karl May Festival in Winzendorf in Lower Austria confirmed the intention to hold the summer season as planned on August 8 with the play "Winnetou and the Oil Prince". "According to the current requirements, we can let our production take place with a reduced number of visitors as planned from August 8th, 2020," said Helene Exel of the Festival. And further: “Of course, all legal requirements only apply as long as the infection numbers are under control. The burden only falls off our shoulders when the Dernière on August 23, has successfully passed the stage”. For a few years now, Winzendorf has been playing in a hall-like building and no longer on an open-air stage, as was the case many years after the festival was founded in 1994.

Just a few weeks ago, the western town of Pullman City Bayern announced that the Karl May games Pullman City Bayern would definitely be held this summer; however, the premiere was postponed by a month to July 11th. However, the organization of the festival, which wants to show the play "Winnetou and the Secret About Old Surehand" by October, should pose challenges for the organizers, because "a minimum distance of 1.50 meters from other people must be observed", as is the case on Pullman -City website called for.

It is still unclear whether and if so when the festival in Burgrieden (Baden-Württemberg) will start with "Old Surehand".

The short film 'Arizona 1878' is recognized in the U.S.A.

La Tribuna de Albacete
May 6, 2020

Albacete director Manuel Olaya's work achieves a certificate of merit at the 'Rochester International Film Festival'

Director Manuel Olaya (left) talks to Micky Molina during the filming of the tape.

The short film Arizona 1878, a history of the old West, by Albacete historical filmmaker and recreationist Manuel Olaya continues its journey through international festivals since it was selected at the Almería Western Film Festival in Tabernas, specifically, it was selected at the Cape Verde Film Festival in Sal Island (South Africa), the 20th Sala de los Infantes (Burgos) Short Film Competition and more recently at the Rochester International Film Festival in New York, where it also obtained a certificate of artistic merit.

Olaya assures us that it is "a dream to have obtained a selection in an American film competition and more than to have been awarded the certificate of merit, recognition given to works that do not reach the grand final, but where the organizers appreciate some remarkable quality or mastery of some of the keys to its realization, be it a good story, a good edition or an outstanding costume design, set design, setting, etc.

"For me," he continues, "it is just as important as an award itself, because everything that is good reviews and public recognition adds to the journey of the short film," which, he recalls, is inspired by the great North American productions of the golden age of Fart. West.

Arizona 1878 a history of the old West, is approximately 20 minutes long, in which the director also participates as a screenwriter and interpreter (plays Sheriff James Edwards), where the popular actor Micky Molina, Alex Navarro (known for his participation in the television series Águila Roja), Pedro López, José Varela, Quique Durio, the theater actress Ana María Olaya and Bruno Jiménez, among others, was filmed in Almería, although it also includes some locations in the province of Teruel, with the production of Aron Multimedia de Albacete, with José Campos as head of Production, and has a soundtrack by the composer from Almansa, Fran J. García and in the assembly work he had the Alicante Gilberto Villaplana.

new project. Olaya reveals to La Tribuna de Albacete, he also has a new short film project that will be set in the so-called "Gold Rush" in California in the mid-19th century, where it is also expected to have two actors from Arizona 1878, Pedro López and Quique Durio. "The filming was to take place this May and, logically, it has been postponed without a date, it is planned to shoot in Alcoy near a place with a stream, which allows us ideal locations for the moment in which the story unfolds".

Special Birthdays

Mel Evans (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 1976.

Gary Reincke (actor) is 75 today.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Two new books coming on the film and stage history of Karl May

Karl-May-Verlag announces "Karl May auf der buhne" (Karl May on Stage) (Volume I) and "100 years of Karl May in the cinema".

Karl May & Co.

  Cover picture for the first volume of the new stage book project "Karl May auf der buhne" ("Karl May on stage")

Cover picture "100 jahre Karl May in Kino" ("100 years Karl May in the cinema")

In the autumn of 2020, two new books for friends of the Karl May theaters and films will be published by Karl-May-Verlag.

It has been 21 years since the authors Reinhard Marheinecke and Nicolas Finke published their work “Karl May am Kalkberg” in the Karl-May-Verlag (KMV) on the history of the Segeberg Festival. 2001 and 2004 were followed by continuation of brochures from the same publisher, 2008 from Marheinecke-Verlag an illustrated book on Bad Segeberg in the 1980s. Now, again in the KMV, a new project is coming: "Karl May on Stage". “The idea came about 20 years ago on Reinhard Marheinecke's terrace in Hamburg. After Reinhard and I spent a few years playing on different playgrounds, the project should finally become a reality,” says Nicolas Finke. Three volumes in A4 format are planned, similar to the "Pierre-Brice-Edition" currently also appearing in the KMV. "We want to do justice to the phenomenon of 'Karl May on stage' by devoting ourselves to all the well-known festivals and productions, some in more detail, such as the long-running favorites Bad Segeberg, Rathen and Elspe. We also want to set thematic priorities - such as on the 'hall productions' - and occasionally add interviews,” says Finke. Marheinecke adds: “The number of performances since Karl May's death has been huge. We have been researching for many years and have come across a lot of news. For example, we are clearing up the widespread misconception that the world's first Karl May open-air theater was performed in Rathen, and we are also addressing productions that hardly anyone or no one knew about, including a festival in the field in 1913 Ukraine today,” says Marheinecke, who will also be publishing another of his Winnetou novels in the Bamberg publishing house in autumn, after the first title “Scorpio and Rattlesnake” published by KMV was a complete success. The first volume of the new stage book project is devoted to early productions in the first half of the 20th century and the success of open-air stages from Rathen to Ratingen to Bad Segeberg (approx. 400 pages with numerous color and black and white illustrations, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-7802-0143- 0, 39 euros, in Austria: 40.10 euros).

The publishing house also publishes the volume “100 Years of Karl May in the Cinema” in the classic film picture format, the author is Stefan von der Heiden,  a member of the Karl May (Film) Fan Group Berlin and author of KARL MAY & Co. Already in 1920 the first film after Karl May in the cinemas, and until today more than 25 strips with May-oriented adventures have been brought to the screen, more than any other German author. On 200 pages many previously unseen motifs can be seen, including shooting photos, documents advertising material and of course scenes from the respective films. The volume will cost 29 euros (Austria: 29.80 euros), the ISBN is 978-3-7802-3089-8.

For the first time, we are showing the two cover pictures that the graphic artist Torsten Greis, who is known in Karl May circles, designed.

Both new releases can now be pre-ordered in the Karl-May-Verlag shop.