Friday, December 13, 2019

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ For a Few Dollars More Whistler

In the opening shot of “For a Few Dollars More” off camera we heara voice humming and then whistling to himself as he watches a lone rider slowly ride toward the camera. It was Leone himself that did the whistling. Leone really wanted to depict the West as he felt it would truly have been and immersed himself in the atmosphere that he believed would have existed to create the right image. In fact he felt that the American view of the West was extremely naive. In one interview he stated: 'The Americans have always depicted the West in extremely romantic terms - with a horse that runs to his master's whistle. They have never treated the West seriously, just as we have never treated the ancient Rome seriously. Perhaps the most serious debate on the subject was made by Kubrick in the film 'Spartacus': the other films have always been cardboard fables. It was this superficiality that struck and interested me.'

New DVD Releases ~ “Mein Name ist Mallory”, “Showdown In The West”, “Friss den Staub von meinen Stiefeln”

Mein Name ist Mallory
(Mallory Must Not Die)
Director: Mario Moroni
Starring: Robert Woods, Gabriella Giorgelli, Renato Baldini, Teodoro Corra

Country: Germany
Label: Great Movies
Discs: 1
Region: 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (16:9)
Language: DD 2.0 German, Italian
Subtitles: None
Running time: 85 minutes
Extras: None
Released: December 13, 2019

Showdown in the West
(Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End)
Director: Demofilo Fidani
Starring: Hunt Powers, Chet Davis, Gordon Mitchell

Country: Germany
Label: Great Movies
Discs: 1
Region: 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1, 16:9
Language DD 2.0 German, Italian
Subtitles: None
Running time: 84 minutes
Extras: None
Released: December 13, 2019

Friss den Staub von meinen Stiefeln
(Three Bullets for a Long Gun)
Director: Peter Henkel
Starring: Keith Van Der Wat, Peter Henkel

Country: Germany
Label: Studio Hamburg Enterprises
Discs: 1
Region: 2, PAL
Aspect ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Language: DD2.0 German, English
Subtitles: None
Running time: 83 minutes
Extras: t.b.a.
Released: December 13, 2019

Special Birthdays

Arpad De Riso (screenwriter) would have been 110 today, he died in 1983.
Guido Mannari (actor) would have been 75 today, he died in 1988.

Gabriela Roel (actress) is 60 today. 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Sant’Angelo di Pantanelli

The convent Sant’Angelo di Pantanelli is located in Baschi, Lazio, Italy. It was originally built as a small fort of the Basque Lords (Ghibellines) positioned on the left bank of the Tiber, to face the castle of Corbara dei Montemarte (Guelphs). It is said that in 1218 serious disagreements tore apart the powerful family of the Lords of Baschi. The three sons of Ugolino di Baschi were fighting for questions of interest and soon, it was predicted, there would be a great bloodshed.

St. Francis of Assisi, having learned of this, decided to visit the three brothers Ugolino, Ranieri and Bonconte to put peace between them and convince them to lay down their arms. The Saint succeeded in this difficult task and they, in particular by means of Bonoconte (later to become Fra Rizzerio), to show their gratitude, gave him a " locus " (their fortress) in the woods, now called Pantanelli, located on the left bank of the Tiber where Francesco founded a convent.

St. Francis dedicated it to St. Michael the Archangel (in Hebrew Mi-kala means " who like God ?") To whom he was very devoted.

The Basque Lords chose the convent for their burial (under the current church). From a notarial deed dated June 5, 1235, " the place of the Friars Minor, which belongs to Christ the Lord " already appeared in the " forest of Pantanelli " and already housed some friars and included a small church with a single nave. At the end of the 400 the convent was enlarged and the wooden choir, the refectory and the kitchen were built. The current appearance with the facing portico dates back to 1703. Over the centuries it underwent transformations, the last dating back to the 1700s.

This structure was used as a convent for in the 1973 Euro-western “7 Nuns in Kansas City”

“7 Nuns in Kansas City” - 1973

Special Birthdays

Owen Moore (actor) would hav been 135 today, he died in 1939.

Mavid Popovic (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 1994.

Beni Deus (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1989.

Gianfranco Reverberi (composer) is 85 today. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

RIP Bruno Scipioni

Italian theater, film, TV and voice actor Bruno Scipioni died in Rome, Italy on December 5, 2019. He was 85. Born in Rome on July 29, 1934, Scipioni graduated as an accountant and then, in 1958, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He started his film career with Kapò (1959) and he was particularly active during the 1960s, usually being cast as a character actor. He was also active on stage, in television series, in commercials and as voice actor. He was the father of voice actor Carlo Scipioni. Scipioni appeared in 10 Euro-westerns: “The Terrible Sheriff” (1962); as a juryman in “4 Bullets for Joe” (1963); as Verdugo in “Heroes of the West” (1963); as Damon henchman “Lost Treasure of the Aztecs” (1964); “Ranch of the Ruthless” (1964); “Renegade Gunfighter” (1965); “A Fistful of Songs” (1966); “0For One Thousand Dollars per Day” (1966); a townsman in  “Ringo and His Golden Pistol” (1966); “The Handsome, the Ugly, and the Stupid” (1967).

New Book Release ~ Spaghetti Western: vol.4

Spaghetti western vol.4
Author: Matteo Mancini

Country: Italy
Publisher: Ass. Culturale Il Foglio
Language: Italian
Pages: 720
EAN: 9788876067815
ISBN: 8876067817
Available: Now

Last volume of a real encyclopedia dedicated to the Italian western and, more generally, to the Italian genre cinema. Matteo Mancini starts from the nascent New Hollywood, from Indian revisionism and from the deconstruction of the myth operated by directors such as Sam Peckinpah, to show the development of the genre in Italy, but also in the world, from America to Turkey, passing through Mexico and Brazil . From the years of the proliferation of the western joke, son of the successes of smiles & punches brought to the top of the box office charts from Trinità, to the attempts of Sergio Leone, now in the guise of producer, to close with the myth in a bittersweet perspective projected to the new that advances with "My name is Nobody" and "A genius, two cronies, a chicken". A loss of identity that leads first to the demented then to attempts at contamination with the martial arts cinema from Hong Kong to find a new biting dimension with the twilight western. Hence the general crisis of the 1980s.