Saturday, September 12, 2020

50th Anniversary of “The Beast”

Today all marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “The Beast” in Rome. Directed by Mario Costa the film stars Klaus Kinski and is almost a biographical account of the life of Kinski if he had lived in the old west of the 19th century and his treatment of women as slaves and sex objects.

A crazed, sex fiend sets up a bank heist but when things go wrong he goes off the deep end and starts killing people. He goes after a trio of killers who have the stolen money. Every woman he encounters he wants to molest and rape immediately. He keeps tracking the men and leaves a path of destruction behind him until his own greed does him in. There must have been some structure of a story in the beginning and then they just turned Kinski loose and let him do whatever he wanted that day. The brutality against the women is pretty hard to watch after awhile and Kinski’s death doesn’t come soon enough.

La belva – Italian title
Sammensvaergelsen – Danish title
Salaliitto – Finnish title
Le goût de la vengeance – French title
Die Bestie – German title
To Ktinos tou San Diego – Greek title
O Sadistis tou Far West – Greek title
A Besta - Portuguese title
Bestia - Romanian title
La belva – Spanish title
Sammansvärjningen – Swedish title
The Taste of Revenge – U.K. title
Rough Justice – U.S.A. title
The Beast – U.S.A. title

A 1970 Italian film production [Nadir Cinematografica (Rome)]
Producer: Paolo Prestano
Director: Mario Costa
Story: Mario Costa
Screenplay: Mario Costa, Mario Calabrese
Cinematography: Luciano Trasatti [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: Stelvio Cipriani
Running time: 95 minutes

Johnny Lester - Klaus Kinski (Nickolaus Nakaszynski)
Ricardo Powers - Steven Tedd (Giuseppe Cardillo)
Juanita - Gabreilla Giorgelli
Glen - Paul Sullivan (Paolo Casella)
Machete - Gianni Pallavicino (Giovanni Pallavicino)
Bowens - Lee Burton (Guido Lollobrigida)
Nancy Powers - Luisa Rivelli (Rosella Lanfranchi)
Gary Pinkerton - Giuliano Raffaelli
Conchita - Fiona Florence (Luisa Alcini)
Maude - Ivana Novak (Ivana Gibilisco)
Maude’s friend - Femi Benussi (Eufemia Benussi),
Maria - Grazia DiMarzà
Paco - Vittorio Mangano
Pepe - Bruno Boschetti
Blanco - Bruno Arié
Juan as a child - Pilù
Sheriff - Remo Capitani (Renato Capitani)
Williams Deputy - Luis Chavarro (Luigi Ciavarro)
Riccardo’s foster father - Andrea Aurelli
Judge - Giovanni Nuvoletti (Giovanni Perdomini)
Machete bandits - Sandro Scarchilli, Mario Dardanelli
Woman washing clothes - Cristina Josani (Cristina Iosani)
Saloon patron - Gilberto Galimberti
Gambler - Spartaco Battisti
Beggar - Claudio Scarchilli
Stagecoach driver - Lando Buzzanca (Gerlando Buzzanca)
With: Gioia Garson, Antonio Anelli, Carla Mancini, Omero Capanna
Master of arms: Basilio Patrizi

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