Friday, October 4, 2019

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution?

As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.

Today we’ll cover “What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution?”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]

Vittorio Gassman (I) Vittorio Gassman, (S) ?, (G) ?
Paolo Villaggio (I) Paolo Villaggio, (S) ?, (G) Peter Schiff
Riccardo Garrone (I) Riccardo Garrone, (S) ? (G) ?
Eduardo Fajardo (I) Arturo Dominici, (S) Eduardo Fajardo, (G) Jan Spitzer
Leo Anchóriz (I) Glauco Onorato, (S) Leo Anchoriz, (G) ?
Rosanna Yanni (I) Rosanna Yanni, (S) ?, (G) ?

ARTURO DOMINICI [1918- 1992]

Arturo Dominici was born in Palermo, Italy on January 2, 1918 and became best known for his many villainous roles in horror and fantasy films. He is best remembered for his performance as the monstrous Igor Javuto in Mario Bava's “Black Sunday” (1960) and the evil Eurysteus in the 1958 Steve Reeves epic “Hercules”. His filmography includes more than 80 titles, including Antonio Margheriti's “Castle of Blood” (1964), in which he appeared with “Black Sunday” star Barbara Steele. Dominici was also a film dubber on many films including the the voice of Austrian actor Walter Ladengast in the Italian release version of Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the “Vampyre” (1979). Arturo was married to actress Irene Quattrini and their daughter, Germana, is an Italian stage actress; at the age of 14 she had a small role as a farm girl in “Black Sunday”. His granddaughter Federica Bomba [1975- ], is also a dubber. Arturo Dominici died of cancer on September 7, 1992 in Rome, Italy.

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