Friday, October 31, 2014

Guess Who I Am

I’m an Italian actor born in 1935.
I’ve appeared in over 110 films and TV appearances.
I’ve made 14 Euro-westerns.
Guess who I am.
Bill Connolly corectly named Gianni Garko as this week's photo.

Halloween 2014


Che c’enteriamo noi con la rivoluzione? – Italian title
¡Qué nos importa la revolución! – Spanish title
Que Faço no Meio de uma Revolução? – Brazilian title
Mais qu'est-ce que je viens foutre au milieu de cette révolution? – French title
Bete, Amigo! – German title
Ti gyrevo ego mesa sto exallo plithos? – Greek title
Que fazemos nós no meio da revolução? – Portuguese title
What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution? – English title
A 1971 Italian, Spanish co-production [Fair Film (Rome), Midega Film (Madrid)]
Producer: Mario Cecchi Gori
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Story: Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci, Massimo Franciosa
Screenplay: Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci, Massimo Franciosa
Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: Ennio Morricone
Running time: 103 minutes
Guido Guidi – Vittorio Gassman
Don Albino Moncalieri – Paolo Villaggio
Peppino – Riccardo Garrone
General Herrero – Eduardo Fajardo
Carrasco – Leo Anchóriz (Leopoldo Fustel)
Rosanna – Rosanna Yanni (Marta Paxot)
Actor – Victor Israel (Josep Vilanova)
With: José Canalejas, Simón Arriaga, Carmen Pericolo, Diana Sorel (Laura Jimeno), Lorenzo Robledo
Stunts: Miguel Pedregosa

Theatre director Don Albino Moncalieri and his only employee Guido Guidi are in desperate need of money. They comply immediately when they are hired by a certain Peppino Garibaldi, who seems to be a relative of famous Giuseppe Garibaldi. On tour throughout Mexico they get by accident entangled in revolutionary activities and experience the fog of war.
YouTube film clip:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Robert Woods, appears in a new film: "Novel Calabrese", a film shot in Calabria!

Sesto Daily News
By Concita Occhipinti
My first artistic endeavors were… I played trumpet and valve trombone in bands when I was a teen ager. I sang in a quartet in the Navy and another while attending University. I also sang in night clubs to augment my University tuition. I originally wanted to be a secondary school teacher and I studied in the little theater on campus, because it was quiet. They had readings for a play (Victoria Regina) and by accident, (because I just happened to be there) I was called upon to read for the male lead in it and was accepted. Not long after the play, which was a success, I changed my major to Speech Arts, with a music minor…Because I was suddenly accepted as an actor, my professor insisted that I was going to be a film actor and upon graduation, he sent me to Hollywood to give it a try.
My first film was a small part in the movie “Where The Boys Are” for MGM… But I didn’t like Hollywood very much so I fled to New York to further my study with the last remaining member (Boris Marshalov) of the famed Stanislavsky’s Russian Repertory Theater from Moscow to and work in ‘live’ theater. I worked with the famous “Circle In The Square Theater” in New York for over a year, in Checov’s Seagull, then went to Europe to work in The American Theater In Paris on the Quay D’Orsay. It was there I was “discovered” and taken to Spain, under contract to Balcazar Studios in Barcelona to do five Westerns. The first “$5000 On The Ace” was sold to MGM. It was the predecessor to Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dollar’ series which also sold to MGM. I had a bit of time after shooting the first Western, so I went to Madrid, where I got the role of Henry Fonda’s pilot in the classic, “Battle Of The Bulge” and also did Geraldine Chaplin’s screen test for “Dr. Zivago”, directed by David Lean, before returning to Barcelona to do fulfill my contract for the second Western…
After that I was briefly a gyspy…traveling around Europe awaiting the next project. I signed a contract as a recording artist for Phillips Fontana Records in London, in the sixties, before moving to Rome, having been offered an abundance of new films. I have starred in over fifty films to date and the beat goes on… As far as realizing my dream is concerned, I have accomplished that and more… and I wouldn’t change a thing… There have been many who have helped me along the way…as I have helped others…but I credit having lived by three words for any and all success I have enjoyed… Respect… Compassion… and Gratitude… As for my last projects…”Romazo Calabrese” is one of the sweetest stories I have ever enjoyed being part of. It was shot in Calabria, Italy and should be released over the holidays. I have also just returned from the Grand Canyon where I was fortunate enough to finish another wonderful project, called, “Of Fortune And Gold”…
It is a modern Western about Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon and the protection of the surrounding, precious environment… You asked what drives me? It is the continued interest from fans and continued offers from production companies… plus I truly and passionately enjoy the work…. Otherwise, I would probably happily retire… As far as the youngsters who are just beginning is concerned… It is best to work in your little theater and devise ways to get yourself out there in every way you can, to be seen by those with the ability to hire you… It is a more competitive business in every way than it was when I began… so if this is truly what you want… I believe the only way to achieve it is to stick to it!!!
Sincerely, Robert Woods

Remembering Carl Lange

Carl Lange was born on October 30, 1909 in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany. Lang was an incisive character actor who began in the film industry as a set painter and first appeared on stage in 1925. After an extensive theatrical career, he entered films late, at the age of 45. With his crew-cut, straight-backed military bearing and clipped speech, he was invariably cast as soldiers and gave particularly memorable performances as the head of the Gall dynasty in “Heritage of Bjorndal” (1960) and (as Colonel Munro) in Euro-western “The Last Tomahawk” (1965).
Carl appeared in four Euro-westerns: besides the “The Last Tomahawk (1965), he appeared as the Governor of New Mexico in “The Desperado Trail” (1965), as a pastor in “Duel at Sundown” (1966) and as Nicholas Morse in “Cry of the Black Wolves” (1972).
Lange died on June 23, 1999 in Ostfildern, Baden Württemberg, Germany. He was 89.
Today we remember Carl Lange on what would have been his 105th birthday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Western Story

Westernstory – Czechoslovakian title
Western Story – English title
A 2011 Czechoslovakian production [Bontonfilm (Prague)]
Producer: Martin Kořínek, Vít Komrzý, Radim Janeš
Director: Vlastimil Peška
Story: Vlastimil Peška
Screenplay: Jan Peška (Vlastimil Peška)
Cinematography: Asen Šopov [color]
Music: Vlastimil Peška, Damián Fejk
Song: “I Love the West” sung by Petr Vondráček
Singers: Trio Tomáš Suchý, Petr Šmiřák, Radim Sasínek
Singers: Jan Bradáč, Eva Jarůjová, Eva Lesáková, Helena Pešková, Kateřina Rakovčíková,
Petr Horák, Kateřina Höferová
Running time: 94 minutes
Presley - Petr Vondráček
Mára - Pavel Zedníček
Toufar - Mário Kubec
Marcelka - Veronika Kubařová
Krocan - Bohumil Klepl
Bubu - Kristýna Leichtová
Trubec - Pavel Landovský
Márová - Eva Lesáková
Johnny - Matouš Ruml
Jerry - Martin Havelka
Tydli - Petra Molnárová
Krocanka - Dita Kaplanová
Stáňa - Helena Pešková
Kuba - Daniel Volný
Knedla - Radovan Král
Tom - Petr Panzenberger
Sam - Jiří Miroslav Valůšek
Tornado - Tereza Groszmannová
Ivánek - Filip Kaňkovský
Pepan - David Šikula
Fanda - Dominik Brychta
Producer - Zdeněk Maryška
Actor - Miroslav Táborský
Director - Jana Musilová
Jack - Zdeněk Junák
Tomuň Tomáš Jirák
Dagoš - Dalibor Šlahař
Maňo - Marian Furdek
Chief - Luboš Kramařík
Lucka - Lucie Svobodová
Postwoman - Adéla Pešková
Veterinarian - Josef Jurásek
With: Tereza Prášilová, Dagmar Ubrová, Veronika Kubálková, Kateřina Höferová, Eva Jurůjová, Vlastimil Peška, Romana Konečná, Pavel Jan Reidl, Alena Šlahařová, Zdenka Wallettká, Olga Högerová, Vendula Pešková, Tomáš Obermaier, Veronika Pečinková, Zdeněk Havlík, Žaneta Bušová, Jan Bradáč, Radim Sasínek, Zdeněk Pehal, Ivan Čány, Marta Kubiková, Jaroslav Lorenc, Josef Sec, Radovan Plšek, Elizabetta Tancini, Tereza Koudelková, Daniela Šmašulová, Eva Deáková, Tereza Hradilová, Václav Čiháček, Vendy Dohnalík, Aneta Vrzalová, Marta Dancingerová, Simona Koudelková, Miroslav Torač, Vladimír Hejma, Petr Jančařík, Eva Gorčicová, Ludmila Slancová, Vilém Čapek, Ivana Černá, Vladimír Srba, Zdeněk Novotný, Petr Sekanina, Ořechovské divadlo, Divadlo při ND v, Praze Praze

During the rehearsal of a new western show a major star Presley, a popular and famous actor from Prague, breaks his right hand. He quickly discovers that throwing a tomahawk at full speed is not as much fun as it looks on television. The same goes for the rest of the cast after endless rehearsals. A comedy of conflicts and confrontations of life are peppered with neighboring wars, stealing goats, concrete stages and the pregnant daughter of the undertaker all complicate the opening of the season’s opening play.
YouTube film clip:


Happy 75th Birthday Mirella Pamphilli

Mirella Pamphilli was born on October 29, 1939 in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. She graduated from the Experimental Center of Cinematography, which allowed her to accept various roles in films released in the next five years, which saw its credit accompanied by the initials CSC
Mirella started her career on the big screen in “Le stagioni del nostro amore” (1965) by Florestan Vancini and, as was often the case for graduates CSC until 1975, she had small but numerous appearances in the five years following her graduation, in many different roles.
She appeared in such films as “Medea” (1969) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, but most of her filmography consists of film of medium budgets, belonging to the genres of Euro-westerns and musicals, and several appearances with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.
Mirella appeared in over two dozen Euro-westerns in small supporting, character and even cameo appearances from “Deguello” (1965) billed as May Pompili to “Shango” (1970) as Marisol. She probably has more Euro-western appearances than any other actress of the genre.   
Her last appearance on the big screen was in “La guerra sul fronte Est” (1981) by Tanio Boccia.
Today we celebrate Mirella Pamphilli’s 75th birthday.

Remembering Akim Tamiroff

Akim Mikhailovich Tamiroff was born on October 29, 1899 in Tiflis, Russian Empire. Of Armenian ancestry, Tamiroff trained at the Moscow Art Theatre drama school. He arrived in the U.S. in 1923 on a tour with a troupe of actors and decided to stay. Tamiroff managed to develop a career in Hollywood despite his thick Russian accent.
Tamiroff's film debut came in 1932 in an uncredited role in “Okay, America!”. He performed in several more uncredited roles until 1935, when he co-starred in “The Lives of a Bengal Lancer”. The following year, he was cast in the title role in “The General Died at Dawn”, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in the 1937 musical “High, Wide, and Handsome” and the 1938 proto-noir “Dangerous to Know” opposite Anna May Wong, frequently singled out as his best role.
While Tamiroff may not be a household name now, his performance as the boss in “The Great McGinty” inspired the cartoon character Boris Badenov, the male half of the villainous husband-and-wife team Boris and Natasha on ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’. He was also spoofed in a 1969 episode of the TV show ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’ entitled "The Stand-in" in which a frog named "Akim Toadanoff" directs a movie on Living Island.
Akim appeared in two Euro-westerns: “A Man Called Amen” (1968) as Puzza/Pig Sty/Phantom/Dean Light, and “100 Rifles” (1969) as General Romero but his scenes were deleted.
Tamiroff died on September 17, 1972 in Palm Springs, California from cancer.
Today we remember Akim Tamiroff on what would have been his 115th birthday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RIP Daniel Boulanger

RIP Daniel Boulanger. French novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actor Daniel Boulanger died last night October 27th in France. He was 92. Boulanger was a co-screenwriter on the 1971 Euro-western The Legend of Frenchie King with Brigitee Bardot and Claudia Cardinale.

New DVD Release

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Starring: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Jack Palance
County: U.S.A.
Label: Blue Underground
Region: A/1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen
Audio: English, Italian DTS-HD mono
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, English for Italian Version
Runtimes: 115 min (English), 119 min (Italian)
Extras: Audio Commentary with Journalists C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke, "In The Company Of Compañeros" – Interviews with Stars Franco Nero & Tomas Milian and Composer Ennio Morricone, International Trailer, Italian Trailer, Poster & Still Gallery
Available October 28, 2014

Who Are Those Guys? - Uwe Bohm

Uwe Bohm was born Uwe Enkelmann in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, West Germany on January 23, 1962. He is the adopted son of director, actor Hark Bohm [1939- ] and the nephew of actor Marquard Bohm [1941-2006]. Although little has been written about Uwe he’s appeared in over 70 films and television shows since 1976. He starred in the 1990 film “Herzlich willkommen”, which was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.
Bohm has become a respected stage actor, performing at the most important theaters in the German speaking countries such as the Vienna Burgtheater or the Berliner Ensemble.
Recently he appeared in his first Euro-western “Gold” (2013) as Gustav Miller.
BOHM, Uwe (Uwe Enkelmann) [1/23/1962, Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, West Germany -     ] – stage, TV actor, adopted son of director, actor Hark Bohm [1939-    ], nephew of actor Marquard Bohm [1941-2006], cousin of actress Lilli Bohm, actor David Bohm.
Gold – 2013 (Gustav Müller)

Remembering Jerry Harvey

Gerald Francis ‘Jerry’ Harvey was born on October 28, 1949 in Bakersfield, California. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Harvey first established himself within the film community by programming the director's cut of Sam Peckinpah's “The Wild Bunch” at the Beverly Canon Theater in 1974. Peckinpah himself was in attendance. The film played that day to a sellout crowd. He brought his relationships with the screen world to bear on his work at Z Channel, where he became director of programming in 1981. The films whose director's cuts Harvey championed, using Z's as a showcase, include: Michael Cimino's “Heaven's Gate”, “The Ruling Class” with Peter O'Toole, Sergio Leone's “Once Upon a Time in America”, Karel Reisz's “The Loves of Isadora”, John Ford's “Up the River”, Bernardo Bertolucci's “1900”, and Sam Peckinpah's “The Wild Bunch” and “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”.
The Z Channel was eventually sold to a company that tried to combine films with sports programming. This did not sit well with Harvey who protested against this change and struggled to find his path away from the Z Channel. As more and more pressure mounted on Harvey, he seemed unable to cope on April 9, 1988, he shot his wife Deri to death with a gun given to him by Peckinpah. He then used the gun to kill himself.
Jerry’s only foray into screenwriting was for the Euro-western “China 9, Liberty 37” (1978).
Today we remember Jerry Harvey on what would have been his 65th birthday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

New CD Release

Il ritorno di Ringo
(The Return of Ringo)
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Director: Duccio Tessari
Starring: Giuliana Gemma, George Martin, Holly Hammond
Country: Italy
Label: GDM
# GDM00201
Limited edition: 300 copies
Total time: 52:14
Available: 10/27/2014
Track listing:
1. The return of Ringo (2:15)
2. The disguise (2:24)
3. Sheriff Carson (1:19)
4. The fuentes (1:08)
5. The funeral (2:03)
6. Barnaba's bamba (2:34)
7. The wedding and the revenge (1:27)
8. Peace comes back in Mimbres (2:21)
La storia, i dialoghi, le canzoni de IL RITORNO DI RINGO
9. Il ritorno di Ringo (side a) (17:46) a) Introduzione, b) Il ritorno, c) Travestimento, d) Lo sceriffo Carson, e) Dai Fuentes, f) Miostoys, g) L'incontro con la figlia
10.Il ritorno di Ringo (side b) (18:57) a) Il funerale, b) La Festa, c) Il matrimonio, d) La vendetta, e) La pace torna a Mimbres

Western Boy's Story

Western Boy’s Story – Italian title
An Italian production [Cemo Film (Rome)]
Producer: Giuseppe Zaccariello
Story: Enzo Dell’Acqua
Running time:
Nancy Sinatra
[film was never made]

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spaghetti Western Locations

We finish our search for film locations for “Texas Adios” (aka The Avenger). With Delgado dead Burt is seen during the closing credits heading back to Texas pulling a horse loaded with Jim’s body draped over the saddle.

Little is left of the sand dunes called Dunas de las Amoladeras which are located in Cabo de Gata.
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site:


Dario Argento on working with Sergio Leone

The Guardian
Thursday 14 May 2009
Dario Argento talking to Phelim O'Neill
I started writing reviews when I was very young, still at school. I first heard of Sergio Leone when I saw A Fistful of Dollars. I saw that it was a great film, but for other critics it was nothing. They don't understand Sergio in Italy; they didn't like him. They started to understand him much later, with his last film - but that was too late. In other countries they got him - the French did - but Italian critics think the French are crazy.
I was a small voice, but he heard me, and we wrote to each other a few times. In 1967, I was writing film reviews for Paesa Sera, a very leftwing newspaper. Then he wanted me to write his film Once Upon a Time in the West. This was incredible. I had not written a screenplay before, but Leone was very smart and would always try new things. He wanted to add a young spirit, which was something I have done, too - on my first film, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, I used Vittorio Storaro. It was the first time he had done anything so difficult.
I started work on the screenplay at home, with Bernardo Bertolucci. We began with nothing except an idea of Sergio's: he wanted to have a woman as lead for the first time. I would write on my own, then Bernardo would write on his own, then we would write together. Once a week Sergio would come to see how we were getting on, and offer his thoughts. He was incredible at generating ideas. He made me realise the director should always be involved in some way with the screenwriting.
Sergio would discuss, not write. He would describe things very technically: first comes this shot, then the camera goes up, then moves in, and so on. Movies are not two people talking - that is theatre. The movie is the camera. Sergio could judge a script in two minutes: he would flip through it and if he saw lots of dialogue it was no good; if it had lot of descriptions then it was interesting. That is something I learned from him.
Bernardo and I studied many films over three or four months. The one with female leads, like Johnny Guitar, were important. But we were not working on a script: it was a treatment. It was very long, very free, full of ideas, dreams and descriptions. It was full of fantasies. And then Sergio and Sergio Donati turned our work into a screenplay.
I saw the film at a cinema, with an ordinary audience - which is how films should always be seen. It was recognisable from our treatment, but Sergio had added something wonderful.
I continued to write for films, and a couple of years later I wrote The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. I hadn't planned to direct it, but then I thought, "Well, maybe I could." I remember meeting Bernardo at his house. He had just finished writing The Conformist. I had my script with me; he read mine and I read his; we both liked each other's and wished each other luck.
When Once Upon a Time in the West came out in Italy, it was the same as A Fistful of Dollars: it meant nothing to the critics. I found that unbelievable. But the public loved it, they went crazy for it. Sergio had achieved greatness. This film was impossible to better: after this, the western was finished. It's such a nostalgic film, a very sad film. I love how slow it is. How enormous. It will be here forever.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


West and Soda – Italian title
Lasten länkkäri – Finnish title
Der wildeste Westen – German title
Johnny y Clementina en el Oeste – Spanish title
El bueno, el malo, el feo y el horrible – Spanish title
West and Soda – English title
A 1964 Italian production [Cineriz (Rome)]
Producer: Bruno Bozzetto
Director: Bruno Bozzetto, Attilio Giovannini
Story: Bruno Bozzetto
Screenplay: Bruno Bozzetto
Cinematography: Luciano Marzetti, Roberto Scarpa [Eastmancolor]
Music: Giampiero Boneschi
Running time: 86 minutes
Johnny, Clementine, Horrible, Ursus, Dolly, Katy, Slim, Esmeralda, Kramer, undertaker, Bubi, Black Cow, Yellow Cow, Horrible’s horse

A stranger named Johnny arrives in a small western town. He finds a pretty woman named Clementine whose been holding out from selling her uniquely green land to the local town boss, who is harassing her in hopes of seducing her and buying her land. There's an ongoing mystery about how the stranger got a hold of the gold nugget he possesses, though at the end of the film it is revealed that he found it in a soap box and it turns out to be fake.

You Tube film clip:

Remembering Dieter Borsche

Dieter Borsche was born Dieter Albert Eugen Rolloman on October 25, 1909 in Hannover, North Saxony, Germany. Borsceh was a prolific star of post-war German cinema, usually seen in virtuous or soulful roles. The son of a music teacher and an oratorio singer, Borsche was initially trained as a dancer, first performing in ballet for the Hanoverian Opera (1930-1935). After attending acting classes, he made his stage debut in Weimar, Germany. He also appeared in youthful romantic film roles from 1938. Borsche reached the peak of his popularity in film and television comedies and dramas of the 1950's and 1960's, though his career was increasingly hampered by his affliction with muscular dystrophy.
Borsche appeared in only one Euro-western playing Pastor Benson in 1964’s Massacre at Marble City”.
Dieter died in Nuremburg, Bavaria, Germany on August 5, 1982. He was 73.
Today we remember Dieter Borsche on what would have been his 105th birthday.

Remembering Armand Thirard

Armand Henry Julien Thirard was born on October 25, 1989 in Mantes, Yvelines, Île de France, France. Thirard debuted as an actor. He then became manager of the silent film before starting to work as a cinematographer in 1926.
He was best known for his work for illustrious directors Henri-Georges Clouzot and Julien Duvivier ans such films asDiabolique” (1955), “The Wages of Fear” (1953) and “...And God Created Woman” (1956).
His only Euro-western was as cinematographer on 1967’s “Guns for San Sebastian”.
Armand died on November 12, 1973 of cancer in Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France.
Today we remember Armand Thirard on what would have been his 115th birthday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Guess Who I Am

I’m a French actor born in 1931
I’ve appeared in over 40 films and TV appearances
I appeared in two Karl May Euro-westerns
My wife is also an actress and also appeared in the same two Euro-westerns
Guess who I am
Breccio correctly named Gerard Barray as this weeks photo.

RIP Marija Crnobori

A legendary Yugoslavian stage actress Marija Crnobori, died on October 21 at the age of 96 in her apartment in Belgrade, Serbia. Crnobori was born on October 1, 1918 in Banjole, Istria, Austria-Hungary. She started her theatrical career after graduating from the academy in 1947. Later she moved to Budapest after marrying her husband, theatrical director Markom Fotezom [1915-1976]. There she would become a stage legend continuing to appear until the early 1990s. She then retired and wrote a book ‘The World of Acting”. In 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement award for her work in the theater and in 2013 she was awarded Order of Sretenjski III.  Marija appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Thunder at the Border (1966) and “The Halfbreed” (1966).

New Euro-western Film Release - The Homesman

The Homesman Film Review
The Movie Waffler
By Eric Hills
October 22nd, 2014
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Tim Blake Nelson, David Dencik, John Lithgow, Meryl Streep, James Spader, William Fichtner, Hailee Steinfeld
At this point you would be forgiven for believing the western genre had run out of fresh material, but Tommy Lee Jones' second directorial effort, adapted from a novel by author Glendon Swarthout, features a plot element I don't believe we've seen before. Hundreds of frontier dramas have featured the westward journey of pioneers as they attempt to stake out a new life in America's final frontier; The Homesman turns this idea around, with a storyline that instead features a wagon headed eastward.
Far from a promised land of riches and comfort, the west as seen in Jones' film is, to put it mildly, a hellhole. Here, there really are a million ways to die in the west.
Swank is Mary Bee Cuddy, a prim and proper, yet battle hardened, landowner who has managed to stake a claim for herself in the Nebraskan frontier, but pines for a husband. In the opening scene she proposes to a neighbor who, despite being far from a catch himself, rebukes her, dismissing Cuddy as too bossy and plain for his liking. With no ties, Cuddy finds herself the only one willing to take on the task of transporting three insane women to a Methodist church in far-off Iowa.
All three of the women who make up Cuddy's cargo are victims of the harsh west, driven insane by a combination of abusive spouses and their inability to cope with the untameable nature of their surroundings. Driving them in a wagon across such treacherous terrain is a daunting task for Cuddy, but then she has the dubious fortune of coming across George Briggs, an outlaw left to hang by vigilantes for the crime of trespassing. Briggs is initially reluctant to accompany Cuddy, but the promise of $300 at the end of the line is too much for him to turn down.
Though it's set in the sun blistered American West, there's a Nordic bleakness to The Homesman, as nihilistic a film as we've seen in many a year. Infanticide, suicide and sexual abuse feature heavily, and the killing of a newborn child is without question the most shocking moment of 2014. There are some laughs provided by the relatively happy go lucky George Briggs, but The Homesman makes the most rugged spaghetti western look like Blazing Saddles in comparison.
Jones proves a natural fit for this material, both as actor and director, and Swank seems born to play the strong on the outside, dying on the inside Cuddy. Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography will have you gasping for water as it captures the harshness of the arid terrain, and Marco Beltrami provides one of the year's best scores. Western fans will find The Homesman an intriguing addition to the genre, but it may prove a tad sombre for mainstream viewers.
The Homesman – U.S.A. title
The Homesman – French title
Mehri to telos – Greek title
Местный – Russian title
The Homesman – English title
A 2013 U.S.A., French co-production [Ithaca, The Javelina Film Company (San Antonio),
EuropaCor (Paris)]
Producer: Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Michael Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Kennedy
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Story: ‘The Homesman’ by Glendon Swarthout
Screenplay: Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Oliver, Miles Hood Swarthout
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto (Rodrigo Prieto Stambaugh) [color]
Music: Marco Beltrami
Running time: 122 minutes
George Briggs – Tommy Lee Jones
Mary Bee Cuddy – Hilary Swank
Altha Carter – Meryl Streep
Arabella Sours – Grace Gummer
Theoline Belknapp – Miranda Otto
Gro Svendsen - Sonja Richter
Thor Svendsen – David Dencik (Karl Dencik)
Reverend Dowd – John Lithgow
Freighter – Tim Blake Nelson
Aloysius Duffy – James Spader
Vester Belknap – William Fichtner
Garn Sours – Jesse Plemons
Bob Giffon – Evan Jones
Tabitha Hutchinson - Hailee Steinfeld
Buster Shaver – Barry Corbin
Loney Belknap – Autumn Shields
Netti - Caroline Lagerfelt
Carmichael – Richard Jones
Mrs. Polhemus – Jo Harvey Allen
Vigilantes – Martin Palmer, Jerry Vahn Knight, Adrian Dorfler
Youngest Belknap daughter – Sachie Capitani
Dealer – Rick Irwin
Mrs. Linens – Karen Jones
Fitzpatrick – Brian Kennedy
Belknap daughter – Lela Rose Allen
Jennifer Tull – Lila Brock
Arabella Sibling - Kaelynn Wright
Saloon patron – Marty Clark
Horseman – Matt Anderson
Townsperson – James Blackburn
With: Gabriela Fraile
Stunt coordinator: Billy Burton
Stunts: Dale Gibson (Robert Gibson), Tommy Goodwin, Ann Scott, Gunter Simon, Kim R. Koscki (Kim Robert Koscki)

New DVD Release

Von Django - mit den besten Empfehlungen
(One After the Other)
Director: Nick Nostro
Starring: Richard Harrison, Paolo Gozlino, Pamela Tudor
Country: Germany
Label: Colosseo Film
Region: 0  PAL
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 - 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, German, Italian, English
Subtitles: German
Runtime: 99 min
Extras: Interview with Richard Harrison, trailers, gallery
Available: October 24, 2014

Happy 75th Birthday Brigitte Beier

Brigitte Beier was born on October 24, 1939 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.  Beier is the daughter of the press cartoonist and caricaturist Alfred Beier-Red . She was usually seen in crime films and in several episodes of ‘Police 110’ TV series.
Her film debut was in 1964 in the DEFA drama film directed by Heiner Carow's “Die Hochzeit von Länneken”. In this screen adaptation from the novel by Herbert Nachbar she played the daughter of a fisherman Bärbel Pröpping that works with her ​​great love, the young fisherman's son Henning Grabe, for an equitable distribution of fishing grounds among all fishermen. In 1971 she played under the direction of Claus Dobberke the role of Maria Ritter in the political dramaVerspielte Heimat”. The director Kurt Jung-Alsen contracted Beier 1971/1972 for the role of the Jew Recha Fain in the Holocaust Miniseries “Die Bilder des Zeugen Schattmann”, a film based on the autobiography of the writer and graphic artist Peter Noble.
She was seen until the 1980s in many feature films. These included: “The Legend of Paul and Paula”, the children's filmMoritz in der Litfaßsäule”, and the family films “Das Schulgespenst” and “Der Streit um des Esels Schatten”.
In the series “Spuk unterm Riesenrad” and “Drei von der K” she also played a role.
In 1981 she made her only Euro-western with a role in “The Long Ride to School”.
Today we celebrate Brigitte Beier’s 75th birthday.

Remembering Lubomír Bryg

Lubomír Bryg was born on October 24, 1934 in Prosimerice, Czechoslovakia. Bryg’s film career began with an appearance in the 1955 film “Něco se tu změnilo”. He would go on to appear in over 40 film with his last film appearance being in 1989’s “Království za kytaru”. He was an known for “Melouch” (1963), “Muz mnoha tvárí” (1958) and his only Euro-western “Lemonade Joe” (1964) playing the role of the cashier.
Lubomír died on September 19, 1994 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Today we remember Lubomír Bryg on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RIP Kim Koscki

Veteran stuntman and stunt coordinator Kim Robert Koscki passed away on October 9 due to a non-work-related motorcycle accident. He was 50. Koscki was born September 13, 1964 in Chico, California. He started his stunt career in 1985 and most recently was a stuntman in the just released Euro-western “The Homesman” starring Tommy Lee Jones.

Went Out

Went Out
Went Out – International title
A 2011 German production [Barzig (Berlin)]
Producer: Sarah Neumann
Director: Sarah Neumann
Story: Sarah Neumann
Screenplay: Sarah Neumann
Cinematography: Holger Jungnickel [color]
Music: Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman)
Songs: “As I Went Out One Morning”, “Days of 49” sung by Bob Dylan (Robert
Running time: 10 minutes
Alias – Mario Kaspras
Father – Siegfried Kockisch
Girl - Sophia Loeffler
Boy – Tobias Schönenberg
Old Alias - Christian Wewerka
Alias visits his father which turns out to be himself and he sees his troubled life in flashbacks as he moves through his former home.
Vimeo link to entire film short: