Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Blu-ray Release “Once Upon a Time in the West”

Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod
(Once Upon a Time in the West)

Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale

Country: Germany
Label: Paramount /Universal Pictures
Discs: 2
DVD, Blu-ray
Region: B, 2, PAL
Language: Dolby Digital 2.0 German, French, Italian, English
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish; English
Aspect ratio: 1920 x 1080, 2.35:1
Running time: 166 minutes
Extras: ?
ASIN: B07Z76Y18N
Released: December 5, 2019

New Film Release ~ Colombo Legend

Colombo Legend – Italian title

A 2019 Italian production [Lorebea Film (Rome)]
Producer: Maurizio Macelloni
Directors: Rosario Neri, Vito Colomba
Story: Maurizio Macelloni
Screenplay: Maurizio Macelloni
Cinematography: Rosario Neri [color]
Music: Ciccio Piras, Rino Marchese
Running time: 95 minutes
Vito Colombo – Vito Colombo
Bill Nelson Jr. – Francesco Russo
Fra Bernardino – Maurizio Bologna
Clarissa – Roberta Tranchina
Sheriff Cisko – Gioacchino Poma
With: Alessandro Spada, Francesco Capizzi

Story: Parker and Nelson, 20 years after the death of their fathers, find themselves having to face a new threat: three masked bandits who plunder and attack unfortunate citizens of Custon City.

The film, the sequel to Quattro Carogne in Malopasso, a western film made in full autonomy in 1989 by Vito Colomba, sees the sons of the historical characters, namely Parker and Nelson, who, after 20 years after the death of their fathers, find themselves having to face a new threat: three masked bandits who plunder and assault unfortunate citizens of Custon City. Bill Nelson Junior, obsessed by his father's death, is convinced that the four sons of Parker are responsible, three males and a female who have been abandoned on the day of their birth in front of a convent of friars, fight for their ability to discover the truth. But will they really be the culprits? Or is there something else below? It's up to Bill Nelson Junior to find out.


Colomba Legend: the enigma of appearances

The events inside “Colomba Legend” follow Nelson and Parker , the sons of the homonymous characters, the fulcrum of “Quattro carogne a Malopasso”, 20 years after the death of their fathers.
In the 1989 film Nelson, having returned to his native town of Malopasso, discovers that his parents have been killed and that the only clue at the crime scene is a horseshoe with a P engraved on the metal. The film is not interested in making the investigative process particularly central to the plot and Nelson discovers the identity of the murderer, the fearsome bandit John Parker , almost immediately. After all, who else could have committed such a horrible action if not the powerful gangster who dominates the whole area, terrorizing the population with his own power and cruelty?
Rosario Neri sports a different approach in "Colomba Legend". Bill Nelson Jr. is immediately led to suspect Parker's four children, abandoned at birth in front of a friar's convent, but the question remains whether his assumptions have a truth fund or whether they are instead derived only from his personal prejudices.
Colomba Legend: cast and production

Vito Colomba, former director of "Quattro carogne a Malopasso", returns to try his hand in the role of director after a break of decades. In fact, Colomba has not shot other films since 1989.

For Rosario Neri, on the other hand, "Colomba Legend" represents a deviation from his favorite themes, namely Sicily and all its facets. Among the films Neri worked on, "Erba Celeste" (2016) stands out, the story of a quiet group of people living together in the Sicilian hinterland; "The voice in the eyes" (2017), a film that denounces the bad health of Catania and Messina and " Born in Xibet " (2019), a melancholy look to the past that explores depopulation and the loss of identity.

"Colomba Legend" is distributed by Ahora! Movie.

Gillian Bray Tempo article from August 29, 1970

"A meter and a half of bunny"

”They were looking for a tall, very tall actress or the movie couldn't begin. The director had seen an infinity of girls from the size we say were extraordinary, but none was fine, because each was either oily, or too old, or wooden, while it needed a type that was also sexy, half woman and half child, half a giant by fairy tale and half earthly creature. Able to fall in love, be used as an object, being killed in the end as too bulky a presence. One day I happened in the production offices and in a flash they engaged me and the role was mine. That's how I made my debut in the cinema”, says Gillian Bray. The film she talks about is "I milanesi ammazzano il sabato", directed by Duccio Tessari and her role was that of the female protagonist, alongside Raf Vallone and Frank Wolf.

The "giantess" really has something extraordinary. Extraordinarily long are the trained legs of a dancer, the talking arms that protrude themselves like helices in the air, their hands strong and slender.

”In Italy, everywhere I go, they all look at me in awe and I don't understand why’, she says. “I'm getting used to it now, but in the beginning I was a little annoyed. Basically I’M not a freak show. Without cotton and without shoes I measure one meter eighty-two. Sure, With heels and with toupees on my head, I grow again, But it's just centimeters stuff”.

A river of gold

She is 23 years old and is of English nationality. She has lived in Rome for a year and does not speak a word of Italian. She too belongs to that large group of foreigners who happened to be here perhaps by chance and who then chose not to leave. They talk about climate and human relationships. But it’s also a question of love, which is revealed to her here as never before, and of the possibility of working, which here, more than elsewhere, is granted. She came to Rome at the invitation of an entrepreneur who saw her in London and had her come to dance in a little show. "Luci di Trastevere", with which a new theater was inaugurated. But, between tests and replies, everything lasted only two months. When the doors of the theater closed, she remained anyway. Meanwhile she had met the man who did it for her, a Greek actor who has lived and worked in Italy for years.

”In Rome, in short, I was born as an actress, and I hope that Rome now makes me a star”, she declares sincerely. Without even a modicum of modesty, she does not lack work and the money she earns seems to her a river of gold that, unexpectedly, flows in front of her. She spends it in the most insane ways - she takes a plane and goes to London to buy herself a suit: “Because it costs less in London”; she fills the house with trinkets and souvenirs, and then shoves them under the sofa - piled in a suitcase - because the house still lacks furniture on which to place them; assailed by indecision, between the purchase of a jewel and that of a swimsuit, both of them are bought; if she manages to put aside a nest egg, she immediately sends it to her mother not because she needs it. But so, because she will know that I am well and want to know she is happy. The days unfold for her in a continuous party. There are party calls from friends, job offers, swimming in the pool, horse races, the parties that she never misses, the travel plans on which spasmodically is allocated, even if the journey is no longer done because a work commitment has occurred for her or her partner.

The most frequently used adjectives are "exciting", "fantastic", "wonderful", "terribly dramatic". "Horrible" was the boredom that troubled her as she was forced to live in the province. "Anguished" is the shyness that afflicted her in her adolescence, when her body began to grow - after twelve years - so far out of the ordinary. The "jealous" jealousy she felt when the sister she loved married and she came to want to kill her brother-in-law. A sort of childish candor has remained in her character, and surrounds her with a mythical aura the experiences she has made and the memories of her past.

Until she was eighteen she remained in Yorkshire, a country of farmers and fishermen. She goes to school, but the studio doesn't like it at all and just waits to be able for her to stop. She has a lot of friends, but in the end the greatest fun is listening to records. At home a certain hubbub reigns: Her father is a fisherman and her mother has to look after a real tribe. There are five brothers, all very tall - one is a royal guard, one is a model, another is an athlete - all of them by age are very lively and arrogant. At the age of sixteen she saw London for the first time and was enchanted by it: “There is something to enjoy”; but for two years she still has to obey her parents, "who were not entirely wrong, because I was as big and developed as I am now, but I still had a brain like a child". At eighteen she is in London. She lives in a room furnished with a sister, they have very little money, but it is still better than the one they left behind. The first job they find is in a very elegant private club in the West End, where they serve customers in the gambling hall, “It was a shock to see so much money wielded, to lose huge sums without flinching. The stench of the nose and the snobbery of those people was also a beautiful lesson”, she says. Obviously it couldn't last. In fact, she read an advertisement that required girls to be hired among the Bluebells, she introduced herself and signed a contract for eighteen months.

Too much boredom

She went to Las Vegas. “For a while everything was wonderful. Absolutely chic people. Guys like Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra who’d invite you to drink with them at their table. But then you realize that nothing new ever happens and people like that all look alike”, she recalls. In short, she starts to get bored. Taking advantage of the preference that the director of the complex has for you and breaks her contract. Back to England. Also because she believed she could not live without a guy she had fallen in love with. Instead she realizes that she can do very well without it and finds another job. This time she becomes a bunny, a bunny from the "Playboy" club. “An indescribable effort. Hours and hours of standing. A discipline that that of the school, in comparison was nothing. Penalty for a stretch mark in stockings. For a broken nail, for not perfect makeup. And when to gains, there was little to be happy: all appearance and no substance”. Obviously this work would also end.

The beautiful Gillian Bray scratches, and finally makes her choice. She is no longer the provincial girl who gets excited before the money of others and the beautiful clothes of the ladies she serves. She want money and nice clothes. From appearance she wants to become the protagonist. From a figure that acts as a background, she wants to come to the fore. “I could no longer bear to be called by name”, she says reflexively. “Both among the Blue-Bells and the bunnies, I was a Bluebell or a bunny, not Gillian. It was a very bad thing. For this reason, at a certain point, I realized that I wanted to become an actress, to use my face and my body to represent how I could be a character. With the cinema I look for money. It's true. But I also try to be myself, to affirm myself for what I am, beautiful or ugly, regular or unusual, silly or intelligent”.

Special Birthdays

Aldo Lado (screenwriter) is 85 today.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

RIP Claudi Rodriguez

RIP Claudio Rodriguez. The voice and dubbing actor Claudio Rodriguez who was the voice of actors like Burt Lancaster, John Wayne and Anthony Quinn, has passed away December 4, 2019 at age 86, it was confirmed by Adoma, the association of dubbing artists in Madrid. Born in the Zamora town of La Bóveda de Toro in 1933, Rodríguez gave his voice in Spanish to well-known characters such as Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter movie saga or to the Willy Fog of the eighties cartoon series “The Return of the World of Willy Fog.  The actor also read the text of characters played by Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston, who once told Rodriguez that he was known in Spain thanks to him. The doubler, who also worked as a dialogue adapter and dubbing director, gave voice to other iconic characters such as the Dracula of the Francis Ford Coppola film version. He was the voice of Lee Van Cleef, Robert Hundar, Rod Cameron, Fernando Casanova, Cameron Mitchell and Luis Induni to name just a few.

RIP Manuel Tejada

Spanish theater, film, TV actor Manuel Tejada died in Madrid on December 3, 2019. He was 79. Born Manuel Tejada de Luna in Puente de Génave, “a small town in Jaén about an hour from Linares,” the actor recalled in an interview; “but my first representative told me that it was better to give a better known birthplace and I ended up being born in Linares”. Moving to Madrid he became a theater actor and then branched off into films and television before returning to the theater to end his career. He appeared in three Euro-westerns; “One by One” (1968) as Sheriff Blackie; “Death Knows No Time” (1969) and “Cut-Throats Nine” (1972) as Dean Marlowe.

New Book Release ~ ~ Pierre-Brice-Edition…und plötzlich war ich wieder Winnetou"

Pierre-Brice-Edition…und plötzlich war ich wieder Winnetou"
Author: Hella Brice

Country: Germany
Publisher: Karl-May-Verlag GmbH
Language: German
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-3-7802-3102-4
Available: November 27, 2019

The 2nd volume of the Pierre-Brice Edition has been released: "... and suddenly I was Winnetou again!"

Hella Brice shows the actor's private photographic material, which has been preserved and largely unpublished for over 50 years, focusing on his appearances as Winnetou on stage.

The first volume "... and overnight I was Winnetou" is also available.
The photos published here were taken during the filming of the Winnetou films.