Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Book Release

Ultra Wild West: The Art Of Italian “Spaghetti Western” Film Posters (Art of Cinema)

Author: Joe Westwood
Country: U.S.A.
Publisher: Deicide Press
Series: Art of Cinema (Book 3)
Paperback: 128 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1840686928
ISBN-13: 978-1840686920

Classic Italian film poster art is renowned as being among the most accomplished, creative and dynamic of its kind. From the post-war period through to the 1980s, Italian artists consistently produced posters with sumptuously stunning designs and imagery – not least in the Western genre, where the invention of the “Spaghetti Western” gave abrasive new life to a dying form of cinematic narrative.

ULTRA WILD WEST collects more than 85 film poster designs by a wide range of acclaimed Italian artists, in full-color, full-page reproductions showcasing some of the world’s most innovative and eye-blasting graphic artwork, enhanced by rare production photographs which bring the book’s total images to over 100.

Tex Willer Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Tex Willer is the main fictional character of the Italian comic book series Tex, created by writer Gian Luigi Bonelli and illustrator Aurelio Galleppini, and first published in Italy on September 30 1948. Today we celebrate its 70th anniversary. It is among the most popular characters of Italian comics, with translations to numerous languages all around the world. The fan base in Brazil is especially large, but it is very popular also in Finland, Norway, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, France, Tamil Nadu, Serbia, Israel and Spain.

The Tex Willer series is an Italian-made interpretation of the American Old West, inspired by the classical characters and stories of old American Western movies.

Tex is depicted as a tough guy with a strong personal sense of justice, who becomes a ranger (even if living in Arizona) and defends Native Americans and any other honest character from exaction and greed of bandits, unscrupulous merchants and corrupt politician and tycoons.

Native Americans are portrayed in a complex way, emphasizing positive and negative aspects of their culture. The same can be said of the American authorities, like the U.S. Army, the politicians, the business-men, the sheriffs or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tex had a son, named Kit (who would become a ranger too), with a Native American woman, named Lilyth, the daughter of a Navajo Chief (she would later die of smallpox). Later, Tex himself went on to become the Chief of the Navajo tribe.

Tex is not only featured in a monthly comic book series, but also in a special series called Tex Albo Speciale (sometimes called Texone, meaning big Tex, because of their bigger size). The Texone have around 240 pages and some artists known outside the Tex universe have been involved, like Jordi Bernet, Joe Kubert and Ivo Milazzo.

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Coriolano ‘Lallo’ Gori

Coriolano ‘Lallo’ Gori was born in Cervia, Ravenna on March 7, 1927. Gori graduated in piano, harmony and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. He entered RAI as a member of its orchestra, then he became the musical director of its office in Rome.

Gori was best known as a composer of scores for films, and composed scores for 88 of them. These included several Spaghetti Westerns, poliziotteschis and thrillers, such as “Primitive Love”, “Massacre Time”, “Dead Men Don't Make Shadows”, “Werewolf Woman” and “The Iron Commissioner”. Gori became the composer of choice for notorious Spaghetti Western director Demofilo Fidani, who re-used Gori’s compositions in many of his films and became one of the most prolific of the Italian composers of the Spaghetti western genre

Gori also composed several pop songs, and three of them entered the competition at the Sanremo Music Festival.

GORI, Coriolano (aka Coriolano Cori, L. Gori, Lallo Gori) [3/7/1927, Cervia, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy – 12/1/1982, Terracina, Lazio, Italy] – composer, conductor, songwriter, musician (piano).
The Brute and the Beast* – 1966 [as Lallo Gori]
     Song: “A Man Alone” sung by Sergio Endrigo
My Name is Pecos* – 1966 [as Lallo Gori]
     Song: “The Ballad of Pecos” sung by Bob Smart
     Song: “Dal sude verra' qualcuno” sung by Franco Fajila & The Beats
Buckaroo* – 1967 [as Lallo Gori]
Death Rides Along* - 1967 [as Lallo Gori]
The Handsome, the Ugly and the Stupid – 1967 [as Lallo Gori]
A Man, a Colt – 1967 (co) [as Lallo Gori]
Pecos Cleans Up – 1967 [as Lallo Gori]
Poker With Pistols – 1967 [as Lallo Gori]
Black Jack – 1968 [as Lallo Gori]
Dead Men Don‘t Make Shadows – 1968 [as Lallo Gori]
Execution – 1968 [as Lallo Gori]
Sartana and His Shadow of Death – 1969 [as Lallo Gori]
Zorro the Dominator – 1969 [as Lallo Gori]
Dead Men Don't Make Shadows* – 1970 [as Lallo Gori]
Django and Sartana are Coming… It’s the End – 1970 [as Lallo Gori]
Durango is Coming, Pay or Die – 1970
One Damned Day at Dawn – 1970 [as Lallo Gori]
The Ballad of Django – 1971 [as Lallo Gori]
     Song: “I Know My Love” sung by Mark Wolff (Marco Wolff)
The Django Story – 1971 [as Lallo Gori]
     Song: "I Know My Love" sung by Mark Wolf
A Fistful of Death – 1971 [as Lallo Gori]
Savage Guns* – 1971 [as Lallo Gori]
Showdown for a Badman* – 1971 [as Lallo Gori]
     Song: "I Know My Love" sung by Mark Wolf (Marco Wolff)
Anything for a Friend – 1972 [as Lallo Gori]
Pistol Packin’ Preacher – 1972 [as Lallo Gori]
Zorro the Lawman – 1972 [as Lallo Gori]
Tequila* – 1973 [as Lallo Gori]

*Available on CD

Special Birthdays

Peter Martell (actor) would have been 80 today, he died in 2010.

Stefano Amato (actor) is 60 today.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

RIP Andy Chmura

Canadian cameraman Andy Chmura died in Toronto, Canada on September 17, 2018. He was 72. Born in Trani, Italy of Polish descent, he grew up in London, England. A camera operator since 1972, Andy worked on 116 feature films and numerous TV productions. He was a cameraman on the TV series "By Way of the Stars" (1992-1993) and the modern day 1999 Euro-western “Grey Owl”.