Monday, April 30, 2012

Western International Film Festival

At the historic center of Orvieto, Italy from May 11 to 13, 2012 in the Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo dei Sette, will be hosted the first "Western International Festival", in homage to a genre that has presented, through the myth of the frontier, the epic American film in Italy, affectionately known as the "Spaghetti Western", which was experienced in the golden age, consigning to history works that have influenced modern cinema. The aim of the Festival is an important time to retrace the history of cinema, through the vision of the classic westerns, video contributions, interviews, documents, but also reviving the memorable epic by the direct testimony of its participants: actors, directors, screenwriters, composers, and all those who contributed to making only one successful season.

Among the guests who will animate the three days and will discuss with the public their works, revealing the background, curiosities and secrets of new titles, with full rights in the collective imagination, we will: Fabio Testi, who starred in “Four of the Apocalypse” and “Once Upon a Time In The West”, Gianni Garko, the protagonist in the series of the unforgettable character Sartana, and Ennio Morricone, the great composer who will honor the festival with a lovely video message. The contribution of this great artist, who, while out of Italy for professional reasons, will manage to address his friends and fans about the western films that he scored.
Among others, the public can see and meet are Eleuteri Serpieri Paul, one of the most popular comics of epic westerns, Luca Morsella, assistant director to Sergio Leone and author of the documentary The Dreams in the Viewfinder, Sergio Donati (writer of many of the films of Sergio Leone), Nino Baragli (historical editor of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dynamite), Claudio Mancini, Mauro Laurenti and many others. The names of other prominent guests will be announced in the coming days. For information:   

Remembering Carlo Rizzo

Carlo Rizzo was born in Trieste, Italy on April 30, 1907. As a young man he devoted himself to the theater, proving himself he soon had leading performances, in which he performed exceptionally alongside Erminio Macario, by which led to his film debuted in “Imputato, alzatevi!” by Mario Mattioli (1939). Later he worked in other famous stage companies along with such successful actors as Charles Dapporto and Wanda Osiris and appeared in numerous films, mostly light-comedies. In 1960, with his brother Alfredo [1902-1991], he formed his own theater company, which unfortunately did not last long. He was married to the ballet dancer Rosita Pinkel. Carlo appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Kid of the West” (1942) and “Duel at the Rio Grande” (1963). Rizzo died in Milan, Italy on July 26, 1979. Today we remember Carlo Rizzo on what would have been his 105th birthday.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Carogne si nasce – Italian title
Linchamiento – Italian title
Lynching – French title
Die Stunde der Aasgeier – German title
Lynching – German title
Aftoi pou xehasan ton nomo – Greek title
Lyntsarisma – Greek title
Ringo naciste carrona – Mexican title
If One is Born a Swine… Kill Him – English title
Cry of Death – U.K. title
Lynching – U.S. title

A 1968 Italian production [Silpal Cinematografica (Milan), Pegaso Film (Rome)]
Producer: Alberto Silvestri
Director: Al Bradley (Alfonso Brescia)
Story: Augusto Finocchi, Aldo Lado
Screenplay: Augusto Finocchi, Aldo Lado
Cinematography: Fausto Rossi [Eastmancolor, Cromoscope]
Music: Lallo Gori
Running time: 104 minutes

Deputy Marshal Grant/Marshal Clem Harrison – Glenn Saxson (Roel Bos)
Morgan ‘Mule’ Pitt – Gordon Mitchell (Charles Pendleton)
Deputy Norton Carradine – Philippe Hersent (Bernard Koowots)
Katie Simpson – Mavi (Maria Bardanzellu)
Mayor Johnson – King Mac Queen (Renato Baldini)
Tex Thomas – John Bartha (J√°nos Bartha)
Frank Ryan – Evar Maran (Evaristo Maran)
Bill Ryan – Roberto Messina
Allan Adams – Nello Pazzafini (Giovanni Pazzafini)
Doctor David Logan – Feruccio Virotti
Bishop – Lucio Rosato
Mary Ryan – Mirella Pamphili (Azzurra Pamphilli)
Sheriff Brown – Spartaco Conversi (Espartaco Conversi)
Jared/Garrett – Paolo Magalotti
Jess Tappman – Tony Norton (Antonio Monselesan)
Billy Ryan – Edgardo Siroli
With: Edmund Lista (Edmea Lisi), Alberto Silvestri, Fortunato Arena

In Hustonville, Texas, a group of farmers, are among other major shareholders of the local bank, which closing mortgages, harassing farmers and are being subjected to every kind of humiliation. The Judge of the County sends a District Attorney to investigate. At the same time a famous killer, Morgan Pitt, nicknamed the ‘Mule’, arrives in town. Article in the Hustonville newspaper, state that the District Attorney Harrison is famous for his rigorous investigations. This puts the banking group in a state of concern as they were behind the lynching of Ryan, a settler, fearing that they too will be discovered, hire Pitt to kill the attorney which will halt the investigation. But Harrison and ‘Mule’, whose true identity is that of a federal marshal, manage, after various problems, to expose and subdue the sinister gang.