Thursday, April 2, 2020

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Husein Cokic

Husein Cokic was born in Kljuc, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia on June 16, 1931. He’s remembered as a film, television and theater actor as Will Parker in a red jacket from Vinnetou I. He then appeared in other films such as Face to Face (1963), Marš on Drina (1964), Dr. Mladen (1975), and others. He also worked successfully in many co-production films and television. His acting career began in 1962 when he appeared in the film “Kozara”. He would go on to make appearances in 41 film and television series ending with a final appearance in 1989 as Zmajevic in the film Iskusavanje djavola. He’s best remembered by Euro western fans for his appearance as Will Parker in 1963’s Karl May film “Apache Gold”. Ten years later he appeared in the TV series “The Jack London Story” as Jim Goodman/Gustavson which was made into a film and released to Italian theaters that same year.

As far as I know he’s still alive and living in Croatia.

COKIC, Husein [6/16/1931, Kljuc, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia -     ] – film, TV actor.
Apache Gold – 1963 (Will Parker)
The Jack London Story (TV) – 1973 (Jim Goodman/Gustavson) [as Husein Cokie]

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Golden City

In 1962, on a hill south of the village of Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain for the film “The Shadow of Zorro” by Joaquin Romero Marchent, a village (later called Golden City) was built by the producer Eduardo Manzanos based on a project by the set designers Jaime Perez Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia, characterized by a rectangular square (used as "Main Street") and a large two-story building on the north side, or in the direction of the Sierra de Hoyo de Manzanares, often used as a saloon, hotel or sheriff's office, This village then appeared in "The Terrible Sheriff" (1962); "Bienvenido Padre Murray" (1963); "Gunfight at Red Sands" (1963); The Heroes of the West "(1963); "The Sign of the Coyote" (1963); "The Implacable Three" (1963); "Tomb of the Gunfighter" (1964); "Ride and Kill" (1964); "Two Violent Men" (1964); "Minnesota Clay" (1964); "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), which was used as the village of San Miguel, and has a central role, with many sequences shot in the rectangular square, occupied by a large truncated cone-shaped wooden water container and some drinking troughs. The façade of the building, previously used as a saloon, was transformed to represent the Rojo residence, with a large porch on the first floor and a terrace with five arches on the second a veranda was added. On the south side of the square, the Mexican-style church building appeared in previous films, is completely renovated to represent the large Baxter house: a two-story wooden construction, with a small tower.

Other films shot on the Golden City set are: "Ranch of the Ruthless" (1964); “Bullets and Flesh” (1964); “Bullets Don't Argue” (1964); "4 Bullets for Joe" (1964); "Adios, Gringo" (1965); "A Coffin for the Sheriff" (1965); "Outlaw of Red River" (1965); "The Heroes of Fort Worth" (1965); "Johnny West" (1965); "Hands of a Gunfighter" (1965); "For a Few Dollars More" (1965); (where it represents the city of Tucumcari, where Mortimer / Lee Van Cleef kills Guy Calloway); "The Relentless Four" (1966); "Seven Hours of Gunfire" (1965); “Seven Guns for the MacGregors” (1965) (there it represents two distinct villages: La Mesas and the hideout of the Mexican bandit Santillana / Leo Anchoriz); “Son of Jesse James" (1965) (as Cedar City); "In a Colt’s Shadow" (1966); "Ringo’s Big Night" (1966); "Kid Rodelo" (1965); "Renegade Gunfighter" (1966); "Mutiny at Fort Sharp" (1966); "Rebels on the Loose" (1966); "Ringo, the Face of Revenge" (1966); "Django, Kill" (1966); "Kill the Wicked" (1967); "Face to Face" (1967); "For a Few Bullets More" (1967) (in which it represents Silver City); "Seven Pistols for a Massacre" (1967); "One by One" (1968); "Two Crosses at Danger Pass" (1968); "Death Knows No Time" (1968); "Killer, Adios" (1968); "Dead Men Don’t Count" (1968); "The Desperados" (1968); "A Pistol for 100 Coffins" (1968); "Ringo, the Lone Rider" (1968); "Rattler Kid" (1968); "Land Raiders" (1969); "Garringo" (1969); "Death on High Mountain" (1969); "The Guns of the Magnificent Seven" (1969); "A Bullet for Sandoval" (1969); "Matalo!" (1970); "$20,000 for a Cadaver" (1970); "Dead Men Ride" (1971); “Zorro the Avenger" (1971); "Gunman in Town" (1971); "Prey of Vultures" (1971); "A Man Called Apocalypse Joe" (1971); "Kill Django ... kill first" (1971); "Thunder Over El Paso" (1972); "Death Played the Flute" (1972); "They called me Requiescat ... but they were wrong" (1973); "Tequila" (1974); An isolated ranch was also built near the Golden City set, which appears in some films, including "The Magnificent Three" (1963), “Gunfight at Red Sands” (1964); “Bullets Don’t Argue” (1964); "Awkward Hands" (1969). The palisade of a fort was also built nearby, which was used in "The Heroes of Fort Worth" (1965) and "Rebels on the Loose" (1966).

“For a Few Dollars More” (1965) 

“Dead Men Don’t Count” (1968)

“Garringo” (1969)  

“Land Raiders” (1969)

“Gunfight at Red Sands” (1963)    

Special Birthdays

Toshiro Mifune (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1997.

Larry Stewart (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 1997.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sergio Leone: my films, my life

Among the books that can be downloaded for free today on the website of the publishing house Il Saggiatore , which has joined the Digital Solidarity initiative by publishing on its website, on a regular basis, e-books to download, the beautiful volume C'era una volta il cinema, an interview book with Sergio Leone created by Noël Simsolo  the result of fifteen years of uninterrupted dialogue.

“At the base of this book of interviews there are fifteen years of friendship - writes Noël Simsolo in the preface - fifteen years of continuous dialogue between Paris, Cannes and Rome. Fifteen years of film festivals in Roman trattorias or in small Marais bistros, in haute cuisine restaurants or in friends' homes. Fifteen years of walks at the Montreuil flea market, animated discussions and crazy laughter in the buildings of Paris or the French Riviera; fifteen years of telephone conversations to talk about cinema or to make appointments with potential financiers. Fifteen years of coexistence that have resulted in this book, as a sort of marriage of convenience."

Once upon a time there was cinema is the text to which Leone entrusted the story of his life and all the films he made. The frames of his memories carry the hat of Clint Eastwood and the badly shaved beard of Gian Maria Volonté, the melodies of Ennio Morricone, the look of Claudia Cardinale and the blurred smile of Robert De Niro, the meetings with  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Klaus Kinski and Orson Welles.

Reading this memoir-interview, published in Italy in 2018, is like finding a voice that was believed to be lost in an old cassette. A high-pitched, amused, ferociously unconventional voice, which between an anecdote of life on set and a reflection on cinema ends up revealing the secrets of a director who has managed to transform the years of prohibition into the poignant novel of betrayed friendships, revenge and love lost.

Special Birthdays

Jose Prada (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1978.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Albo Edis ~ Grand Adventures

This comic book release consisted of only 9 issues which was dived into two series. With
non progressive numbering. Series I #1 was published in April 1973 while #8/9 (6) was published in December 1973. Series II #1 was published January 1, 1974 and #3 February 1, 1974. From #6/7 published in November 1973 the heading becomes THALAKO and the number of pages are reduced. Text and drawings were done by Pini Segna. Eight pages were devoted to sports. In series I: the #4/5, 6/7, 8/9 are double numbers. The comic was published by EDIS Publishing House in Torino, Italy. It originally consisted of 80 pages for the double numbered issues and was reduced to 32 pages for the single numbered issues.

Seies I Titles
01 (00.04.73) - "Albo Edis" (Aldo Edis)
02 (00.05.73) - "Il tesoro del tomawak" (The Treasure of the Tomahawk
03 (00.06.73) - "Un'ondata di morte (A Wave of Death)
4/5 (00.00.73) - "Poker di sangue" (Blood Poker)
6/7 (00.11.73) - "Una taglia per due sceriffi" (One Size for Two Sheriffs)
8/9 (00.12.73) - "Una tomba piena di odio" (A Grave full of Hate)

Series II Titles
01 (01.01.74) - "Stretta mortale" (Deadly Grasp)
02 (15.01.74) - "Il ritorno del vampiro" (The Return of the Vampire)
03 (01.02.74) - "Desperados" (Desperados)

Special Birthdays

Francisco Marin (cinematographer) would have been 100 today, he died in 1983.
Egon Gunther (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2017.

Preben Kaas (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 1981.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Forte/Dehesa de Navalvillar

In the northern part of the Dehesa de Navalvillar, Spain under the direction of the production designers Jaime Perez Cubero and Jose Luis Galicia, a fort (Fuerte Laredo) was built for the films “Seven from Texas” (1964) by Joachim Romero Marchent. It is an imposing structure (70 x 35 meters), surrounded by a sturdy palisade of logs up to seven meters high, with a large internal courtyard, watering troughs and various wooden buildings, which then appears in another film by the same director , “Seven Hours of Gubnire” (1965), and in :Three From Colorado” (1965); “Black Eagle of Santa Fe” (1964); “The Two Sergeants of General Custer” (1965); “The Fall of the Mohicans” (1965); “Custer of the West” (1966); “Kill the Wicked” (1967) (in which it appears in a state of abandonment); “Fort Yuma Gold” (1966); “Gatling Gun” (1968) (the fort appears to be in ruins); “Duel in the Eclipse” (1968); “Land Raiders” (1969). Very few traces of this fort remain today: only the concrete bases of two drinking troughs and some holes in which the largest trunks of the palisade were inserted. Three hundred meters away, from J.P. Cubero and J.L. Galicia, a large ranch was built (see Rancho Cubero-Galicia / Dehesa de Navalvillar.)

"Seven from Texas" (1964)

"Black Eagle of Santa Fe" (1964)

“Fall of the Mohicans” (1965)

“Fort Yuma Gold” (1966)

“Land Raider” (1969)

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Day of Anger”

After visiting the bank Talby goes to Abel Murray’s saloon. He finds Abel at his desk and throws down the $1,000 he got from the bank and the confession. He demands a 50/50 partnership in the saloon. Murray asks if this is a joke and Talby says no he’s lost his sense of humor but has gotten his inheritance of the saloon from Wild Jack. He tells Murray to sign the paper of partnership. He tells Able Bill Farrow talked and either sign it or end up on the gallows tomorrow. After signing the paper Talby asks for a room since he’s boss now and is given #7. Murray asks Talby what he just signed and is told a complete detailed confession.

This scene was shot in the western set at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations

Special Birthdays

Natalia Avelon (actress) is 35 today.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

RIP Hipolito de Diego

Veteran Spanish dubbing actor and director Hipolito de Diego died March 28, 2020 in Spain. It was announced by by Voces de Imagenes on Facebook of his passing. I have no record of his date or place of birth and no mention was where Hipolito died. He was both active in Barcelona and Madrid during his career and both dubbed voices and directed the dubbing sessions. His Euro-western dubbing included  “The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw” (1960) as director and Spanish voice of Sid James and Sheldon Lawrence; “The Vengeance of Zorro” (1962) where he was the Spanish voice of Manuel Alexandre and Guillermo Mendez; “Two Mafiamen in the Far West” (1965) as director and Spanish voice of Mario Brega; “Taste of Vengeance” (1969) as the Spanish voice of Ivan Scratuglia; “My Name is Nobody” (1974) as the Spanish voice of Geoffrey Lews and Mario Brega; “El Zorro” (1974) as the Spanish voice of Padre Eusebro; “Zorro” (1976) doing various voices and for the 1983 DVD release of “Black Jack” hse was the Spanish voice of the hotel clerk.

RIP Salvador Vives

It was announced Saturday March 28, 2020 by Voces de Imagenes on Facebook that Spanish actor and voice dubber Salvador Vives had passed away from the Coronavirsu. Salvador was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1942. He was the Spanish dubbing voice of Jeremy Irons, Rupert Everett, Pierce Brosnan and William H. Macy. Along with his long dubbing career he also appeared in over 20 film and TV series from 1967 – 2006. His Eurowestern dubbing consisted of the Spanish voice of John Steiner in the 1983 Spanish DVD release of “A Man Called Blade”, Pierce Brosnan’s voice in 1999’s “Grey Owl”, the voice of Fabio Testis in the 2007 Spanish DVD release of “China 9, Liberty 37” and the voice of Manuel Bozzuffi in the 2015 DVD release of “Lucky Luke’.

BFI Southbank events and screenings cancelled or postponed

It is with great regret that, due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and following Government's updated advice on 16 March, we have taken the decision to close BFI Southbank effective immediately, and all forthcoming events and screenings are now cancelled or postponed.

Our priority is first and foremost the health of our staff and of our audiences and visitors to BFI Southbank.

Our teams work incredibly hard on developing our programmes, and the decision to close the venue and cancel all events has not been taken lightly, particularly as the financial implications on us as a charity are considerable.

Please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and we will be contacting people in due course. However, by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to the BFI during these unprecedented times.

Though we are unable to join each other in cinemas across the country for the time being, we are all part of a global community of film lovers and film makers and will continue to champion the art form that we love.

In the meantime you can enjoy the best of British and World Cinema at home on BFI Player and we are looking forward to opening our doors again and welcoming our fellow film lovers as soon as it is safe to do so.

From BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts and the everybody at the BFI

The music included on this compilation was due to be performed live at the Royal Festival Hall in April, due to the Corona virus outbreak it has been cancelled. But the music has been released by Silva Screen for you to enjoy.  The recording will be available on April 17th 2020. 

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “The Dead are Countless”

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 “The Dead are Countless”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Anthony Steffen – Lieutenant Garringo (I) Anthony Steffen, (S) Jose Guardiola, (G) Horst Naumann
Johnny – Peter Lee Lawrence (I) ?, (S) Luis Carrillo, (G) Michael Hinz
Julie – Solvi Stubinh (I) ?, (S) Celia Honrubia, (G) Solvi Stubing
Sheriff Klaus - José Bódalo (I) ?, (S) Vicente Bano, (G) Paul Klinger
Damon – Raf Baldassarre (I) Raf Baldassarre, (S) Fernando Mateo, (G) K.E. Ludwig
Pete – Luis Marin (I) ?, (S) Luis Marin, (G) ?

CELIA HONRUBIA (1929 – 2014)

Celia Honrubia was one of the most prestigious voices of the Spanish cinema. She was born Celia Riva García in Valencia, Spain on January 16, 1929. She studied dramatic art and piano at the Cnservatory of Valencia. There she began he career as a theatrical actress in the Casa del los obreros. Celia settled in Madrid and started he dubbing career in 1956. She worked at Sincronía Studios from 1964 until her retirement in 1992 due to poor eyesight. She was known as the Spanish voice of Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, Liv Ullman, and Katharine Hepburn. Se was married to actor Jesús Nieto. Celia Horubia died in Spain on February 1, 2014.

Who Are Those Composers ~ Daniele Patucchi

Daniele Patucchi was born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy in 1945. The son of artists, Patucchi learned his profession directly working and performing music, in a wide range: from Jazz and Rock to Classic and Digit Synthesizers on which he performs his own works. The composer, conductor, bassist and producer he has composed more than 50 movie soundtracks.

PATUCCHI, Daniele (Danielle Patucchi) [1945, Turin, Piedmont, Italy -     ] – producer, conductor, songwriter, musician (bass).
Black Killer* – 1971
A Cry of Death – 1971 (co)
Requiem for a Bounty Hunter – 1971
The Federal Man - 1972
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears* – 1972
Death Played the Flute - 1972
They Call Me Amen – 1972
You Are a Traitor and I'll Kill You!* – 1974

*Available on CD

Special Birthdays

Dante Cleri (actor) would have been 110 today, he died 1982.

Aiace Parolin (cinematographer) is 100 today.

Alberto Grimaldi (producer) is 95 today.