Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Fistful of Songs

Laß die Finger von der Puppe - German title
Per un pugno di canzoni - Italian title
Europa canta - Italian title
Por un puñado de canciones - Spanish title
A Fistful of Songs - English title

A 1966 German, Italian, Spanish, Liechtenstein co-production [Parnass (Munich), CGFC (Rome), Coperfilm, Petruc Film (Madrid), Euro Film (Vaduz)]
Producers: Theo M. Werner, Gustav Gavrin, José Luis Lorente, Carlo Infascelli
Director: J.L. Merino (José Boves)
Story: Carlo Infascelli
Screenplay: Mario Amendola, José Luis Merino (José Boves), Carlo Veo, Franz-Otto Kruger, Sigrid Werner
Cinematography: Fulvio Testi [Eastmancolor, widescreen]
Music: Enrico Polito
Songs: “Wenn ich dich anseh” sung by Fred Bertelmann
“Ringo” sung by Adriano Celentano
“Il silenzio” sung by Tony Del Monaco
“Io ho in mente tu” sung by Equipe 84
“In un fiore” sung by Wilma Goich
“Parla mi di te” sung by Francoise Hardy
“A-a-a-dici” sung by The Honeybeats
“Fai quello che vuoi” sung by The Kings
“Johnny Brown” performed by I Marcellos Ferial
“Tu si nacosa grande” sung by Domenico Modugno
“?” sung by Gianni Nazzaro
“Junge Liebe” sung by Mary Ross
“Il silenzio” sung by The Snobs
“Abbracciami” sung by Ornella Vanconi
“For Your Love” sung by The Yardbirds
Running time: 91 minutes

Betty Johnson - Vivi Bach (VivienneBach)
Chief Big Vulture - Gustavo Rojo (Gustavo Pinto)
sheriff - Renzo Palmer (Lorenzo Bigatti)
‘The German’ - Thomas Alder (Anton Straßmair)
‘The Italian’ - Lucio Dalla
Nonno - Umberto Dorsi (Umberto D’Orsi)
gangsters - Nino Vingelli, Fortunato Arena
Mr. Lewis - Luis Induni
Joe - Ennio Antonelli
performers - Tony Del Monaco, Equipe 84, Wilma Goich, Françoise Hardy, Los Marcello’s Ferial, Domenico Modugno, Nini Rosso (Rafaele Rosso), The Kings, The Yardbirds, The Snobs, Beatles di Cadiz, Mary Roos, (Marianne Schwab), Ornella Vanoni, The Twist-Can-Can Girls, I Pelati, Fred Bertelmann
with: Enrique Ávila, Carlo Cevoli, Tony Cucchiara, Ermelinda De Felice, Henry Luzi (Enrico Luzi), Ester Macioci, Los Marcello’s Ferial, Eleonora Morana, Anna Maria Panaro, Mary Paz Pondal (Maria Paz Pondal), Ingrid Schoeller (Ingeborge Schoeller), Bruno Scipioni, Ornell Vanoni, Adriano Celentano, José Bastida, Pilar Cañada, Nando Poggi (Ferdinando Poggi)

Little Europe, a town in the American West, is chosen as the site for a European Music Festival to be internationally broadcast via television . The peace of the village is put in jeopardy when it comes to electing judges because the dormant antagonisms of the descendants of Italian, Spanish, French and Germans will be awakened, but the good sheriff easily resolves the dispute. Then the problem becomes more acute when the lawyer Betty, a comely young lady, who is late in coming to the event because she was seized by the henchmen of an industry bully who wants to influence the victory of one of his favorite songs. But the sheriff again acts and the bully can not reach Little Europe, but Betty is also banned. After a bloodless confrontation everything is resolved for the better thanks to Chief Big Vulture, a gallant Indian chief, who returns to the prairie with his new wife, Betty.

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