Tuesday, January 28, 2020

RIP Harriet Frank Jr.



American writer Harriet Frank Jr. died in Los Angeles, California on January 28, 2020. She and her husband, Irving Ravetch, collaborated on provocative screenplays that explored the social conflicts and moral questions of postwar American life in movies like “Hud” and “Norma Rae,” died on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 96. Harriet co-wrote the screenplay for 1974’s Euro-western “The Spike’s Gang”.

RIP Nicholas Parsons



Born Christopher Nicholas Parsons in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on October 10, 1923, he was an British actor and radio and television presenter. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show ‘Just a Minute’ and hosted the game show “Sale of the Century” during the 1970s and early 1980s. His Euro-western connection was the English voice of Sheriff Tex Tucker, telegrapher Dan Morse and Billy Pinto in the 1960 British TV western series “Four Feather Falls”. He was married to actress Denise Bryer from 1954-1989, who was the voice of Martha 'Ma' Jones and Little Jake on the same series. Parsons died on January 28, 2020 in Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire, England. He was 96.


Franco Nero: “I am not a spaghetti western actor”



By Aline Marie Rodriguez
June 5, 2018

Among the rush of a film set, makeup artists, assistants, props and technicians move from one place to another with water, costumes, scripts. Outdoor recordings have the calm and countdown of an hourglass.

The actor arrives in a ‘57 and a half Ford while the technical team awaits him. He puts on his costume and while waiting for the makeup artist, he stares in the mirror, as if trying to catch the essence of his character. Thus, half characterized, Garbos spoke exclusively with the renowned actor Franco Nero, icon of Italian cinema, who these days recorded in Havana his most recent movie Havana Kyrie.

"This is my sixth visit to Cuba," he says as soon as we begin the dialogue. The first time was in 1980, making a great film by the Russian director, awarded the Oscar, Sergey Bondarchuk. That time we had to travel from Moscow to Mexico City to work. We made a stop in Havana and it was when I said that I would like to stay here for a couple of days”.

The hustle and bustle of that movie Campanas Rojas (1982), by Bondarchuk, made Franco discover the Island. Since that date he has returned several times. “I have come twice, in past years, on vacation and last November the Cinemateca de Cuba organized a week with my films”. At that time and within the framework of the twentieth Week of Italian Culture, the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba recognized its worthy contribution to world cinema with the Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Prize.

Now he has been recording “Havana Havana” for five weeks in Havana, by Italian director Paolo Consorti. His character Vittorio is an orchestra conductor who travels to Cuba - to direct the play Kyrie Eleison, by Rossini - after many years he discovers that he has a son. Days that he himself confesses have been strenuous.

”This is the first time I have come to film in Cuba. I felt very good. The movie is very hard. I have worked 12 hours a day, with an average of 7 or 8 daily scenes. The rain has been here the whole month of May, the conditions have not been very good, but we have done it”.

The story has been filmed in Italy and Havana. The cast includes the actors Jacqueline Arenal and Jorge Perugorría, as well as the American Ron Perlman, who share roles with the novel Andros Perugorría.

From the assistants to the cameramen and producers, Franco has felt comfortable working with the Cuban team. “The Cuban troop - sure - has been very good, very nice, gentle, warm, affectionate and above all very professional”.

For those who comb gray hair and enjoyed it on the big screen, Franco Nero is a star of the spaghetti western genre. However, he is not considered an actor recognized for these works. Of the 220 films he treasures in his filmography, only 10 - precisely - belong to that genre that was very popular in the 60s and 70s of the last century.

“I am not a spaghetti western actor. I have made all kinds of genres in the world. I am the only actor who has made characters of 30 different nationalities. I have worked with great directors such as Luis Buñuel, Claude Chabrol, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, among others. And I've also done westerns. But I am not a western actor. And they are not my greatest movies. My great movie, if I had to choose, was Camelot.” he says categorically.

Despite this, the film for which he was and continues to be known in Cuba is Django, directed by Sergio Corbucci. The 1966 work is considered one of the great classics of the western genre. Such is the case, that in 2012 it was Quentin Tarantino's inspiration to create Django Unchained, a film in which Franco also participated, playing the slave-owner Amerigo Vessepi.

“That film has had incredible success worldwide,” he explains, “because after 50 years Tarantino has made a remake, in his own way, of the original Django. In the first version the oppressed people were the Mexican peons and in the Tarantino people they are the blacks. I liked to appear in a cameo because Tarantino confessed to me that throughout his life he had been a fan of mine and I wanted me to be in his movie. I felt very good because he is great and very funny.

With the same affection with which he refers to Tarantino, he also recalls the directors with whom he has worked throughout his extensive career. As he himself affirms there have been many and diverse film currents. “I can't choose a director, because everyone has a different thing. I've never had problems. Everyone I've worked with has liked to make movies with me. I have many experiences”, he says.

This is given by Franco's own desire to be a director. Yearning that has been able to materialize, although he remembers with sympathy that from a young age they always "saw my face and said no, that I was an actor".

On the experience of directing, he says that it is also the result of “personal inspiration because if you have talent and want to be a director, it is how to write a book. In the cinema you must tell a story”.

In addition to directing, he has also produced, written, edited about twenty films, including Outside the Society (1970), Jonathan degli orsi (1994), No Invitation (1999), Forever Blues (2005) and Love Island (2014 ).


”The best film directors are the actors. Remember Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and then Richard Attenborough, Fassbinder, the new generation of Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford; in Italy, Vittorio De Sica and Pietro Germi. We have a great experience and can guide the actors better than the rest”.

Being an absolute connoisseur of the film universe, to which he has dedicated his entire life, today Franco feels at home on a film set. It does not matter the geographical place, nor the language, nor the most adverse climate. “I feel like a director, also screenwriter and actor –confess–. I like everything. I am a real movie man”.

The time is shortened. Filming is like that. Ten minutes of dialogue to summarize a life dedicated to the seventh art. In the walkie talkies I hear his call to the set. Before finishing our dialogue, he announces that he will soon film again in the streets of Havana, a city that has captivated him. He will star in the script of an American who until now is entitled Black beans and rice and in which he is working with producer Gabriel Beristain, creator of the company Vedado Films.

His apparent calm before each scene, his tranquility when he is made up and combed, the bearing of his figure on the set is imposed. The cinema has been his life and he has delivered part of himself in every roll, frame, film. As a last confession, as a creed of a life he says that “cinema is like a big city, where people of different colors and races live. They all have their home and their dreams. The cinema will continue to exist as long as people continue to dream. Cinema is also freedom”.

Special Birthdays


Willy Schultes (actor) would have benn 100 today, he died in 2005.













Luis de Pablo (composer) is 90 today.













John Davis Chandler (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 2010.

Monday, January 27, 2020

European Western Comic Books ~ Albi Trapper


Trapper was a 1962 comic book published by Cervinia Editions in Milan, Italy. It consisted of 30 issues released from August 1962 until December 1964. It was a reprint of Il piccolo scout numbers 1-18 and Tommy Colt numbers 19-29. While #16 (December 1963) consisted of three episodes of Rik and Scoiattole taken from Piccolo eroi (1960), and Il re del Congo with and Rex and Jingo. Each issue consisted of 144 pages with color covers and black and white pages.

Titles
01 (00.08.62) - “Pista Bozeman” (Bozeman Slope)
02 (00.09.62) - “Transcontinental Express” (Transcontinental Express)
03 (00.10.62) - “Pista infuocata” (Fiery Track)
04 (00.11.62) - “Passo Malo” (Malo Pass)
05 (00.12.62) - “Il grande campione” (The Grand Champion)
06 (00.01.63) -
07 (00.02.63) - “La stella del Nord” (The Northern Star)
08 (00.03.63) - “Un cavallo da quarto” (A Quarter Horse)
09 (00.04.63) - “A due dita dal cappio” (Two Fingers from the Noose)
10 (00.05.63) - “L'uomo da battere” (The Man to Beat)
11 (00.06.63) - “Il terribile gioco” (The Terrible Game)
12 (00.07.63) - “La marcia della morte” (The March of Death)
13 (00.08.63) - “Scalpo Bianco” (White Scalp)
14 (00.09.63) - “Assedio alla carovana” (Siege of the Caravan)
15 (00.10.63) - "Un cavallo senza cow boy" (A Horse Without a Cowboy)
16 (00.11.63) - "Fine di un eroe” (End of a Hero)
16b (00.12.63) - “Assalto di notte” (Assault by Night)
17 (00.12.63) - “L'affare Norton” (The Norton Affair)
18 (00.01.64) - “Il tesoro sacro” (The Sacred Treasure)
19 (00.02.64) - “La diligenza della morte” (The Diligence of Death)
20 (00.03.64) - “Il pistolero” (The Gunman)
21 (00.04.64) - “Kiovas” (Kiovas)
22 (00.05.64) - “Passo della morte” (Pass of Death)
23 (00.06.64) - “Sfida nella città morta” (Challenge is Dead City)
24 (00.07.64) - “Sioux (Eclissi di Luna)” (Sioux (Eclipse of the Moon)
25 (00.08.64) - “Il Cobra d'Oro” (The Golden Cobra)
26 (00.09.64) - “Lo straniero” (The Stranger)
27 (00.10.64) - “Morte in agguato” (Lurking Death)
28 (00.11.64) - “Scacco alla morte” (Checkmate to Death)
29 (00.12.64) - “Forca per due” (Fork for Two)

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Pérez A. Olea



Pérez A. Olea was born Antonio Pérez Olea on December 11, 1923 in Madrid, Spain, He studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, being a student disciple of Jesús Guridi (1886-1961) and Conrado del Campo (1878-1953).

He oriented his musical career to film productions, therefore, thanks to a scholarship he studied and received his diploma in Optics and Camera at the Sperimentale Center for Cinematography in Rome, along with Jorge Grau.

Pérez belongs to the generation of the so-called "New Spanish Cinema", composing the soundtracks for films directed by Vicente Aranda, Mario Camus, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Grau, Luis García Berlanga and Manuel Summers.

 His music received several awards, including the “Premio del Sindicato Nacional del Espectáculo” for Julio Buchs ' “Con el viento Solano” in 1965 and the following year the “Premio del Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos” for the soundtrack to the Italowestern “Mestizo” (Django Does Not Forgive) which was in turn composed for Julio Buchs.

Pérez A. Olea died in Madrid, Spain on January 5, 2005.


OLEA, Pérez A. (aka A. Perez Olea, Anton P. Olea, Antonio P. Olea, Antonio Perez Olea)  (Antonio Pérez Olea) [12/11/1923, Madrid, Madrid, Spain – 1/5/2005, Madrid, Madrid, Spain] – producer, director, writer, cinematographer, cameraman, composer, SFX.
Murieta! – 1963
Django Does Not Forgive – 1966



Special Birthdays


Bernhard Minetti (actor) would have been 115 today, he died in 1998.











Cris Huerta (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 2004.










Nando De Luca (composer) is 80 today.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

How Godzilla Changed Italian Cinema


Film Geeks SD launches Italian and Gearhead Cinema series at Digital Gym

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
By Beth Accomando

Rory Calhourn stars as Dario and Lea Massari as Diala in Sergio Leone's feature film debut "The Colossus of Rhodes," a peplum or sword and sandal film.

In addition to being the KPBS arts reporter, I also volunteer as a film programmer through Film Geeks SD and co-host a pair of annual film series at Digital Gym Cinema. This Sunday marks the launch of a monthly series on Italian Genre Cinema and Monday night is the start of Gearhead Cinema.

As much as I love my job, I love film programming even more. There is nothing that gives me greater joy than programming films to share with audiences and to provide a context and an opportunity for film geeks to, well, geek out over film.

This is the sixth year Film Geeks SD has been programming at Digital Gym. My main partner in crime for this is Miguel Rodriguez of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. We volunteer as programmers and through our Film Geeks Facebook page, we poll followers about the themes for our yearlong series. This year, people voted for Italian Genre Cinema and Gearhead Cinema. Our goal is to present films in either a context of film history or from a more social perspective. 

American actor Lee Van Cleef made a name for himself in the 1960s starring in Italian spaghetti westerns like Giulio Petroni's "Death Rides a Horse" in 1967.

For the Italian Genre Cinema series, Film Geeks will be be partnering with San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) to take audiences through the evolution of Italian popular cinema starting in the 1950s with the peplum or sword and sandal films, then moving on to the 1960s with spaghetti westerns and then finishing in the 70s and 80s with giallo and poliziotteschi. SDIFF artistic director Antonio Iannotta will be providing context for the films and each film will be preceded by trailers of other films that helped to define the genre. We are also planning to showcase the Italian comedy by Vittorio De Sica "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni at SDIFF in the fall.

The film series launches Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1:00 pm with "The Colossus of Rhodes," which is a peplum or sword and sandal film. The Italian film industry was looking to cash in on the popularity of American Biblical epics like Cecil B De Mille’s "The Ten Commandments." It wanted something that looked like a Hollywood film, which appealed to Italian audiences, and something that they could also export back to America to cash in on an additional market. These were called peplum films (a Latin word for a Robe of State). Italy had been producing these sword and sandal films from the silent days but the Second World War devastated the Italian film industry, which rebounded with highly respected Neo-Realist films as well as more popular genres like low budget comedies and a return to sword and sandal films. And while inspired by Hollywood Biblical epics, peplum films took a more fun tact. Instead of trying to serve up profound drama steeped in history, most peplum films aimed lower and went for lavish sensuality mixed with fantasy. "The Colossus of Rhodes" is the first feature film of Sergio Leone who would go on to define the spaghetti western in the following decade.
 
Reg Park is Hercules in Mario Bava's "Hercules in the Haunted World."

Godzilla and Italian Peplum Cinema

Now, I teased you in the headline with the fact that Godzilla played a role in all this and he did. The rejuvenated genre took off after producer Joseph E Levine had successfully imported "Gojira" to America by inserting an American actor (Raymond Burr), dubbing the film into English, and rechristening it as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" in 1956. So, inspired by that financial success he decided to buy and repackaged an Italian low budget film as "The Labors of Hercules" in 1958 and the peplum film was off and running.

The series will also highlight another director better known for his later genre work, Mario Bava. Bava would direct classics of Italian horror such as "Black Sunday," but earlier in his career he made the crazy "Hercules in the Haunted World."

But the genre began to die out in the mid-1960s thanks to decreasing budgets, stale scripts, and just plain wacky storylines. The death knell came when Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci decided to move on to a new genre. Swords and sandals were traded in for six-shooters and ponchos, and by 1965 the peplum had pretty much died and were replaced with the new exploitation boom of the spaghetti western.
 
Director Sergio Leone loves the landscape of the human face. For "Duck, You Sucker" in 1971 he tapped American stars James Coburn (pictured here) and Rod Steiger.

Spaghetti Westerns

The spaghetti western, a term used to refer to western genre films churned out cheaply by the Italian film industry and often dubbed into English, was born in the 1960s as the Italian film industry was looking for something new to strike a cord with filmgoers.
Leone had an idea. He had seen Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo” and decided to reimagine “Yojimbo” as a western with a young American lead. That role went to Clint Eastwood who was enjoying success on TV’s “Rawhide.” But his contract did not allow him to make features in the U.S. so he went to Italy and became an overnight sensation as the Man with No Name in Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars.” We will screen the sequel, "For a Few Dollars More", in April.

Leone's westerns served up a new kind of western hero or rather anti-hero. He was a more ambiguous and morally flexible character that could reflect the political and social unrest in Italy and elsewhere in the world. Legendary graphic designer Iginio Lardani and innovative composer Ennio Morricone contributed elements that defined the style of these films.

The genre definitely imitates American westerns but filters it through Italian style and a more modern lens. Spaghetti westerns bring in elements of Catholicism (priests, angels, churches, protagonists being crucified); politics reflecting turbulent times and unsettling ambiguity; over the top violence; and younger, attractive stars who suggested that heroes didn’t necessarily have to be “good guys”, just hip and cool.

Giallo and poliziotteschi

As spaghetti westerns suffered from the same burnout as peplum, giallo and poliziotteschi films began to provide new popular entertainment to attract both Italian and international audiences. The word “giallo” translates literally as “yellow”. But it became synonymous with a particular style of literary thriller that got its name from the cheap yellow covers of the novels published in Italy in the ’50s and ’60s. The films would be the harbingers of the American slasher film. The series will showcase "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" and "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh." Did I mention that Italian genre films have the best titles? Well they do.

Appreciating giallo is important in understanding the evolution of genre cinema, and its roots reflect filmmakers dealing with social changes and upheavals through their art. It’s easy to dismiss giallo as mere exploitation or as lurid and misogynistic if you only look at it in passing or on the surface. But giallo represents a challenge and a provocation to repressive social norms and to cinematic expectations. It deliberately and slyly pushed people’s buttons with its explicit violence, fetishistic sexuality, pulsing scores, and over the top style. It turned exploitation in art and seduced us with the beauty of horror. The poliziotteschi or police thrillers were a natural progression from the giallo films and the two screening in this series are "The Big Racket" and "Contraband" and they close out the series in November and December.

Gearhead Cinema showcases a diverse range of films in which the cars are the stars. So there are cult films like "Vanishing Point" and "Road Warrior," classy racing films like "Grand Prix," art house films like Walter Hill’s "The Driver," and then delicious cheeseball films like "Hot Rods To Hell" that kicks off the series on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm.

"Hot Rods to Hell" was made in 1967 with Dana Andrews as the square dad harassed by some young thugs. It feels like a film out of sync with the times and would seem more at home in the 1950s with all those sensational juvenile delinquent movies. But it is a fun piece of B movie cheesiness with Hollywood stars Andrews and Jeanne Crain acting their hearts out. This is a very different flick from the more serious car films like "Grand Prix" and "Le Mans" (which stars off screen gearhead Steve McQueen). But we wanted to showcase the broad range of car movies that have been made. We will be having a stunt driver, Steve Lepper, come and introduce select films and provide insights into how a film like "Grand Prix" was made and why gearheads like himself are so in love with it.
Italian Genre Cinema kicks off this Sunday and continues one Sunday a month through the year while Gearhead Cinema is one Monday night a month.

If you want to go into more depth on giallo then check out my archive podcast with two experts on the topic.

Italian Genre Cinema
One Sunday a month at 1:00 pm

Jan 12 - "Colossus Of Rhodes"
Feb 2- "Hercules In The Haunted World"
Mar 8- "After The Fox"
Apr 5- "For A Few Dollars More"
May 3- "Duck You Sucker"
Jun 7- "Death Rides Horse"
July 5- "Companeros"
Aug 2- "Operation Kid Brother"
Sept 13- "Lizard In A Woman’s Skin"
Oct 4- "Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh"
Nov 8- "The Big Racket"
Dec 6- "Contraband"

San Diego Film Festival link https://www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com/

Spaghetti Western Locations for “Day of Anger”


After his beating by Able Murray, Scott runs out of the courtroom after being beaten by Abel Murray and goes to the stable but finds Talby and his horse have gone. He takes his mule Sartana and heads out to find Talby.


Filmed at the stable at the Cinecitta western set in Rome, Italy, now Cinecitta World.



For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: http://y-yasuda.net/film-location.htm and Captain Douglas Film Locations http://www.western-locations-spain.com/
 

 

Special Birthdays


Rene Genin (actor) would have been 130 today, he died in 1967.













John Denver Collins (actor) would have been 70 today, he died in 2016.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Dollars Trilogy regulars




Besides Clint Eastwood, Mario Brega, Benito Stefanelli, Aldo Sambrell, Lorenzo Robledo  and Antonio Molino Rojo are the only actors to appear in all three of the "Dollars Trilogy" movies.


"Filmkulisse Mitteldeutschland" is the motto of the DEFA film days



The "film set in Central Germany" is the focus of the 15th DEFA film days in Merseburg. From March 6 to 8, 16 films on this topic are to be shown, the city and the organizers have announced. It is about building a bridge from the former DEFA locations to today's film landscape. Quedlinburg in the Harz Mountains was the backdrop for the DEFA music film "Nicht schummeln, Liebling!" In the recent past, scenes from the remake of "Heidi" (2015, directed by Alain Gsponer) and "Goethe!" (2010, directed by Philipp Stölzl). 

According to the information on the guest list are, among others, the actors Gojko Mitic ("Winnetou") and Dorit Gäbler ("Moritz in der Litfaßsäule") as well as the director Ina Weisse, who is currently filming the film "Das prelude" with Nina Hoss in Halle for the cinemas.
  
The DEFA film days in Merseburg are organized by the Förderverein Kino Völkerfreundschaft and the Domstadtkino. The festival is dedicated to Deutsche Film AG (DEFA), the state-owned GDR film company.

Link to DEFA Film Days https://www.filmtage-merseburg.de/

Voices of the Spaghetti Western “A Few Dollars for Django”


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 “A Few Dollars for Django”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Anthony Steffen (I) Giancarlo Maestri, (S) Claudio Rodriguez, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann
Frank Wolff (I) Emilio Cigoli, (S) Joaquin Vidriales, (G) Alf Marholm
Gloria Osuna (I) Gloria Osuna, (S) Mari Angeles Heranz, (G) Ursula Heyer
Ennio Girolami (I) Ennio Girolami, (S) Angel Maria Baltanas, (G) Arne Elsholtz
Joe Kamel (I) Joe Kamel, (S) ?, (G) Heinz Palm
Ángel Ter (I) ?, (S) Ángel Ter, (G) Wolfgang Lukschy
José Luis Lluch (I) ?, (S) Carlos Rivella, (G) Hans Walter Clasen














Giancarlo Maestri [1933 – 1995]

Giancarlo Maestri was born in Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy on November 10, 1933. He was the son of actor Toni Maestri and brother of actress Anna Maestri ]1924-1988]. Giancarlo split his career as a film actor and a voice actor. He appeared in 35 films and was known for his work on “Caravaggio” (1967), “Valley of the Lions” (1961) and “La badessa di Castro” (1974). He died on November 11, 1995 in Trento. As a voice actor he was dubbed the voices of such actors as Sean Connery, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, Robert Duvall, Kris Kristofferson and was best remembered as the TV voice of Andy Griffin on ‘Matlock’. Maestri died on November 10, 1995 in his hometown of Trento, Italy.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Casa de Campo (Madrid)


Casa de Campo is a large park in the Spanish capital of Madrid, inside this area are various buildings, including one in the Andalusian style, with a large column, used as a set in some western films, including “Torreon City” (1962); “Zorro the Avenger” (1962) (where it looks like a market); “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) (represents the interior of the Rojo hacienda in San Miguel, both in day and night scenes); “Seven Guns for the MacGregors” (1965), where it represents a hacienda in which several scenes take place, in particular in the large patio the one in which Robert Woods is frustrated and that of the final clash in the "noria" (an ancient agricultural structure, composed of a wheel with small wooden buckets to draw water) between Robert Woods and Leo Anchoriz, who remains trapped there and drowns. The building in question, is also used in “The Fury of Johnny Kid” (1967), “Dynamite Joe” (1967), “Zorro's Latest Adventure” (1970). It was then radically renovated and today it houses an elegant restaurant.



“Zorro the Avenger” (1962)









“Fistful of Dollars” 






“Seven Guns for the MacGregors” 









“The Fury of Johnny Kid”






“Dynamite Joe”


Special Birthdays


Ben Tatar (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2012.













Joe Melia (actor) would have been 85 today, he died in 2012.