Monday, January 11, 2016

America in Rome

L’America a Roma - Italian title
L’Amerique a Rome - French title
L’histoire du western spaghetti - French title
I Ameriki sti Romi – Greek title
America in Rome - English title

A 1998 Italian television production [Interfilm (Rome)]
Producer: Mario Mazzarotto
Director: Gianfranco Pannone
Teleplay: Gianfrnaco Pannone
Photography: Tarek Ben Abdallah [Pellicone Kodak color]
Music: Alessandro Molinari
Running time: 88 minutes

William Bogart - Guglielmo Spoletini
Ray O’Connor - Remo Capitani (Renato Capitani)
Jim Martin - Luigi Marturano
Paul Carter - Paolo Magalotti
Victor Man - Mauro Mannatrizio
Ken Wood - Giovanni Cianfriglia
Frank Daddi - Franco Daddi
with: Mauro Bolgnini, Carlo Lizzani, Luigi Mannini, Peter Berling, Manolo Bolognini, Mary Spoletini

This Italian documentary is a sentimental journey by director Gianfranco Pannone to find the character actors of his favorite Italian westerns of the 1960s and 70s. Pannone tracks down character actor and stuntman William Bogart (Guglielmo Spoletini) to relive the Italian Western days. Bogart introduces him to several of his old pals, former stuntmen and character actors of the genre. They all tell him of the days they played cowboys on the silver screen and spent the money earned on wine, women and fast cars. A trip to several of the main studios of the day and what is left of them in 1998, plus several shooting locations highlight this nostalgic journey for anyone interested in the genre.

The documentary was first show at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy in November 1998.

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