Thursday, August 13, 2020

RIP Giancarlo Ferrando

Italian filmmaker Giancarlo Ferrando died in Rome, Italy on August 13, 2020. He was 81. Ferrando was a highly respected producer, production manager, director, writer, cinematographer, cameraman and actor. Born in Rome on November 4, 1939 he worker with such directors as Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, Lamberto Bava Claudio Fragasso and Sergio and Luciano Martino. He was involved in nine Euro-westerns:   $10,000 for a Massacre – 1967 [cameraman]; The Longest Hunt – 1968 [cameraman]; The Silent Stranger – 1968 [screenwriter]; Heads or Tails – 1969 [cameraman]; The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave – 1971 [cinematographer];
Gunman of 100 Crosses – 1971 [cameraman]; God in Heaven... Arizona on Earth – 1972 [cinematographer]; Dallas – 1974 (co) [cinematographer]; Buck at the Edge of Heaven – 1991 [producer, director of photography]

50th Anniversary of “Roy Colt and Winchester Jack”

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the premier of “Roy Colt and Winchester Jack”. Directed by Mario Bava and starring Brett Halsey, Charles Southwood and Marilu Tolo. The story is about Roy Colt and Winchester Jack who fail miserably at being outlaws, Roy resolves to dissolve the partnership and earn an honest living in Carson City. When he arrives at Carson City he’s greeted with a hero’s welcome along with a badge and a gun. The new sheriff gets that old familiar outlaws feeling when the nervous citizens entrust him with a copy of a stolen treasure map that is said to lead to a treasure of buried gold. Unfortunately for Roy, the mysterious Reverend, a dynamite-toting Russian outlaw; his old partner Winchester Jack; a Jewish desperado named Berenstein; and Mahila, a wanted Indian seductress, are also in pursuit of the gold. By the time Roy reaches the Indian burial ground where the gold is said to be buried, it's anyone's guess as to who will get the gold first. With everyone eliminated except Roy and Jack they start a fight over who’s gold it is while Mahila manages to escape with the treasure.

Rumor has it that the script was thrown away by Bava after the second day of filming and they wrote each days shooting as they went along. 

 Roy Colt e Winchester Jack – Italian title
Colt e Wincester Jack – Italian title
Tappavat kaverit – Finnish title
Roy Colt et Winchester Jack – French title
Drei Halunken und ein Halleluja – German title
Quando as Pistolas Decidem - Portuguese title
Erkeklik öldü mü amigo? – Turkish title
Roy Colt y Winchester Jack – Spanish title
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack – English title

A 1970 Italian production [P.A.C., Tigielle 3 (Rome)]
Producer: Luigi Alessi
Director: Mario Bava
Story: Mario Bava, Mario Di Nardo
Screenplay: Mario Di Nardo
Cinematography: Antonio Rinaldi, Mario Bava [Eastmancolor]
Music: Piero Umilani
     Song: “Roy Colt” sung by Free Love
Running time: 99 minutes

Roy Colt – Brett Halsey (Charles Hand)
Winchester Jack – Charles Southwood
Mahila – Marilù Tolo
‘The Reverend’ – Teodoro Corrà
Boida – Federico Boido
Berenstein – Mauro Bosco (Mauro Bellatreccia)
Winchester henchmen – Lee Burton (Guido Lollobrigida), Piero Morgia
‘The Reverend’s’ henchmen – Bruno Corazzari, Osiride Pevarello, Pietro Torrisi
Old man – Franco Pesci
Samuel – Giorgio Gargiullo
Deaf man – Vincenzo Crocitti
Mama Lizzy/Mammola – Isa Miranda (Ines Samprieto)
Henchmen – Maurizio Laureri, Leo De Nobili

Who Are Those Gals? Clara Colosimo

Clara Colosimo was born on May 23, 1922 in Conegliano, Italy. She studied opera as a mezzo soprano then went into theater reciting Beckett. She moved to Rome in the early 1960s to pursue a career as a theater actress. She made her film debut in Giulio Petroni’s “Tepepa” (aka “Blood and Guns”) in 1968. She would alternate between films and theater the rest of her career.

She was much appreciated by the most important filmmakers of 1960s Italian comedy, (as Pietro Germi who used her alongside Dustin Hoffman and Stefania Sandrelli in “Alfredo Alfredo”), her film career continued with the revival of such comedy films as “Satyricon” (1968) by Federico Fellini, and “Fantozzi subisce ancora” (1983) and in her unforgettable part of the concierge meddling in “La patata bollente” (1979) and Artemio's mother in “Il ragazzo di campagna” both with Renato Pozzetto. She also personified dramatic roles in “Novecento” (1976) by Bernardo Bertolucci, and distinguished herself in the character harpist, (one of the main roles) in the film “Prova d'orchestra” (1980) by Federico Fellini. Her last film was in “Atto di dolore” (1991) by Pasquale Squitieri. Clara suffered a heart attack in her home in Rome and died on June 15, 1994. She appeared in 65 films between 1968 and 1991 appearing in five Euro-westerns from the previously mentioned “Tepepa” (aka “Blood and Guns”) in 1968 to “White Fang and the Kid” in 1977.

COLOSIMO, Clara [5/23/1922, Conegliano, Veneto, Italy – 6/15/1994, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, TV, voice actress.
Blood and Guns – 1968 (sergeant’s wife)
Night of the Serpent - 1968 (Mercedes)
For a Book of Dollars – 1973 (nun)
A Genius – 1975 (La ruffian)
White Fang and the Kid – 1977

Special Birthdays

James O’Hanlon (screenwriter) would have been 110 today, he died in 1969.
José Luis Lizalde (actor) would have been 110 today, he died in 1977.

Elvira Cortese (actress) would have been 110 today, he died in 1982.

Neville Brand (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1992.

Janine Raynaud (actress) would have been 90 today, he died in 2018.

Gene Hartline (actor) would have been 75 today, he died in 2017.

Maria Rohm (actress) would have been 75 today, he died in 2018.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

RIP Monica Miguel

Mexican actress of the Golden Era of Mexican films, singer and stage director Monica Miguel died early on the morning of August 12, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was 81. Born on March 13, 1938 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, in pursuit of her artistic dreams on the stage, she traveled to Mexico City, there She studied theater at the academy of the Asociación Nacional de Actores. Encouraged by colleagues, she traveled to Japan and then Italy, where she worked in film, theater, and television. There she recorded her first album. Her eight-year stay in Rome gave her maturity as a human being and as an artist. She gave recitals in Greece, Cyprus, and England. After her return to Mexico, for her performances at the Insurgentes theater, in the works Vine, ví y mejor me fuí and La maestra bebe un poco, she received an award from the Unión de cronistas de Teatro (Union of Theater Critics). In 1981 she performed in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" together with Alfredo Sevilla, Tara Parra Chela Nájera among others. In 1981, the Mexican Association of Theater Critics named her best actress and singer for her performance in Man of La Mancha.   In the 1980s she entered the world of television, first as an actress in soap operas such as Amalia Batista, Abandonada and Yesenia.

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Elios Studios, Rome, Italy

Originally called Helios this studio became the center for the making of Spaghetti westerns from the mid-1960s until the end of the genre. It was situated northeast of Rome and had soundstages and a complete western town set.

The town set was easily to pick out when seen in westerns. One side of town had a large building usually used as a warehouse on one end of town and on the other a church with a huge bell tower that was easily detectable from any other church.

Today nothing remains of the set and the studio itself is now owed by Titanus

A list of Eurowesterns film completely or partially at Elios Studios.
Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West – 1964
The Last Gun – 1964
Minnesota Clay – 1964
The Road to Fort Alamo - 1964
Blood for a Silver Dollar – 1965
Hands of a Gunfighter – 1965
My Gun is the Law - 1965
The Relentless Four – 1965
2 Sergeants of General Custer - 1965
The Big Gundown – 1966        
The Brute and the Beast – 1966
Deguello - 1966
Django 1966
Django Shoots First - 1966
Johnny Yuma - 1966
Ringo and His Golden Pistol – 1966
Black Tigress - 1967
Django Kill – 1967
Face to Face - 1967
God Dorgives… I Don’t! – 1967
Hate for Hate - 1967
Hellbenders – 1967
Killer Kid - 1967
Seven Pistols for a Massacre - 1967
$100,000 for a Killing - 1967
$10,000 for a Massacre – 1967
2 RRRingos from Texas - 1967
Ace High – 1968
Between God, the Devil and a Winchester – 1968
Execution - 1968
The Great Silence – 1968
If You Want to Live… Shoot - 1968
The Long Days of Hate - 1968
Today We Kill… Tomorrow We Die! - 1968
Sabata – 1969
Shadow of Sartana - 1969
Adios, Sabata – 1970
And God Said to Cain – 1970
Apocalypse Joe – 1970
Ballad of Death Valley - 1970
Have a Good Funeral, My Friend… Sabata Will Pay - 1970
Sabata the Killer – 1970
Stranger That Kneels Beside the Shadow of a Corpse – 1970
Ballad of Django - 1971
Finders Killers - 1971
Holy Water Joe – 1971
Mallory Must Not Die! – 1971
Pistol Packin’ Preacher - 1971
The Price of Death – 1971
Vengeance Trail – 1971
Alleluia and Sartana, Sons of God - 1972
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1972
A Bounty Hunter in Trinity - 1972
The Grand Duel – 1972
Kill the Poker Player – 1972
They Called Him Veritas - 1972
Thunder Over El Paso - 1972
Shanghai Joe - 1973
The Four of the Apocalypse - 1975
Keoma – 1976
A Man Called Blade – 1977

Special Birthdays

Mario Casacci (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1995.
Iris Berben (actress) is 70 today.