Friday, July 1, 2022
La Voz de Almeria
By Evaristo Martinez
June 25, 2022
Pedro Almodóvar will shoot in Tabernas in August: Ethan Hawke confirms his presence
Pedro Pascal is the other name being considered for the short western by the filmmaker from La Mancha
The American actor Ethan Hawke ('The Dead Poets Club', 'Before Dawn', 'Gattaca', 'Boyhood') has confirmed that he will be one of the protagonists of 'Strange Life', the short western that Pedro Almodóvar is going to shoot on locations in the province of Almería.
"I'll be in Spain soon, I'm going to shoot with Almodóvar", announced the journalist Gonzalo Franco , from the 'ecartelera' website, during a promotional interview for his latest premiere, the horror film 'Black Phone', which has arrived this weekend in the Spanish theaters.
Although there is still no official confirmation , Hawke would be accompanied in the cast by Pedro Pascal ('Narcos', 'Wonder Woman 1984', 'The Mandalorian'): the Chilean actor complicitly cited his colleague and the Manchego in a comment on Instagram to an interview of 'Fotogramas' in which Almodóvar assured that he had already chosen the actors for this project .
“They are two pieces of protagonists although El Deseo [the production company he created with his brother Agustín] forbids me to say more. He banned me in Hollywood and he banned me here but you'll find out soon enough, as soon as the contracts are signed. They are two very good actors”, he stated at the Fotogramas de Plata gala, where his latest film, 'Madres paralleles', was awarded the best Spanish film.
Shooting in summer
In this way, while advancing in the pre-production of what will be his first feature film in English - 'Manual for Cleaning Woman', which he will shoot with Cate Blanchett-, Almodóvar will visit Almería this summer to shoot for the third time in his career.
It will do so in the Tabernas Desert, possibly using the Western Leone town as a location, built for the filming of 'Hasta que llegó su hora' at the end of June.
As LA VOZ has learned, the director of 'Todo sobre mi madre' was already at the location at the beginning of the year. The preparation work for the filming of the short film is scheduled to begin in July and the filming will take place, if everything goes as planned, during the month of August.
Almodóvar revealed at the Venice Mostra in 2020 that he had written a short western with the title 'Strange Way of Life', as well as a fado by the Portuguese Amalia Rodrigues. “I want to shoot it in Almería, where some of the sets where Sergio Leone and many others filmed are still preserved”, he said then during an interview with Julia Otero.
Here we see a screen shot from From “The Tramplers” and Franco Nero standing on the steps to the house used in the film.
Here is the same location today in Casare delle Pietrische, Tolfa, Italy which is located outside Rome, Italy in 2019. This house was seen in many Spaghetti westerns including “Death Rides a Horse”, “A Stranger in Sacramento”, “Colorado Charlie”, “Black Jack”, “Roy Colt & Winchester Jack”, “One Silver Dollar” and many more.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
By Sam Jacobs
There are few American actors more iconic than Clint Eastwood. His iconic “Man With No Name” character is the face of the American West for a generation of men. Dirty Harry is perhaps the most recognizable fictional police officer in American history. And the man who played them? Well, he spent some time as a small-town mayor in California.
A Star Is Born
Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California in 1930. The nurses quickly took to calling him “Samson” because he was over 11 pounds at birth. The Mayflower-descended family moved around California, settling first in Sacramento, then in Piedmont. The family was comfortable because Eastwood’s father was a manufacturing executive and his mother worked as clerical support at IBM.
It’s unclear if Eastwood ever graduated high school. Records are sealed, contemporary reports from friends are unclear and Eastwood has never commented on the subject. We do, however, know that he was expelled from school for obscene graffiti and burning an effigy on top of the school. He then transferred to a technical high school, which was his final formal schooling whether he graduated or not.
After leaving high school, Eastwood worked a number of odd jobs, including a stint in the United States Army during the Korean War, though he did not serve in combat. Eastwood survived a plane crash back from a rendezvous with an officer’s wife and paddled to shore on a life raft.
Clint Eastwood in Hollywood
After the Army, Eastwood bummed around some more before going to Hollywood and becoming as close to an instant star as exists. Eastwood claimed that he was discovered by an assistant and brought to meet a casting director. While they were not terribly impressed with his acting, they were very impressed by the fact that he was 6’4” tall.
So they sent him to acting class, where they hoped to break him of his wooden movements and habit of talking through his teeth. Despite the fact that these are big “no nos” in the world of acting, they soon became Eastwood’s trademark. Eastwood floundered about in small and sometimes uncredited roles before landing the role that would make him famous: playing Rowdy Yates on CBS’ Rawhide.
Eastwood was a breakout character, though he disliked the role, believing himself too old to play the character. He directed some of the trailers for the series but was never able to successfully command an entire episode. In 1958, when he started the show, he was paid $750 an episode. When the show was canceled Eastwood was given $119,000 severance pay.
Richard Harrison introduced Sergio Leone to Clint Eastwood after his Rawhide co-star Eric Fleming declined to work with the director. What would result was one of the most fruitful partnerships of Eastwood’s career, making the so-called “Dollars Trilogy”: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good The Bad and the Ugly.
The last of these is widely regarded as one of, if not the, greatest film ever made. Eastwood played “The Man With No Name,” a more morally ambiguous character than the one that he played on Rawhide. Along with John Ford’s The Searchers, it touched off a period of much more thoughtful and serious Western films known as “revisionist Westerns.” Eastwood would revisit the character in two of his own films, High Plains Drifter, a gritty, psychedelic take on the character and Pale Rider, a spiritual take on the character. Both Eastwood-directed films put the Man With No Name into the role of the grateful dead.
Eastwood continued to work primarily in the Western idiom for the balance of the 1960s. And while it might be hard to believe now, most people still didn’t know who he was, because the genre was on the decline, appealing to a smaller and smaller niche of the general action film genre. This all changed with Hang ‘Em High, which catapulted Eastwood to international stardom as the lead in United Artists’ biggest opening weekend at the time.
At the dawn of the 1970s, Eastwood starred in his other iconic role, that of Detective Harry Callahan, also known as “Dirty Harry.” The eponymous first film was released in 1971 and followed by Magnum Force in 1973, The Enforcer in 1975, Sudden Impact in 1983, and The Dead Pool in 1988, the last of which features Guns ‘N’ Roses as Jim Carrey’s band.
The character allowed Eastwood to explore his conservative political views on camera. While the leftist media tends to portray Harry as some kind of warning against “killer cops,” the character is a clear endorsement of law and order in a society gone mad.
Eastwood the Director
While virtually every American knows who Clint Eastwood is today, far fewer know that he directs his own films these days. He debuted in Play Misty For Me, an erotic thriller that remains controversial to this day among critics. While Eastwood spent the balance of the 1970s occasionally directing a film, such as High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and The Gauntlet, it was not until the 1980s that he leaped into his roles in earnest.
Eastwood’s films have always enjoyed critical acclaim and accolades, but it was not until 1992’s Unforgiven that he began to receive awards as well. It was this year that Eastwood was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. This is when Eastwood began to be recognized as something other than simply an actor who was getting too big for his britches -- he was a talented director in his own right, whose films look a bit like his acting; terse and wooden but with lots of character.
He was able to win Oscar gold again in 2004 for Billion Dollar Baby, for which he once again received the award for Best Picture and Best Director. He was also nominated for awards for Mystic River, Letters From Iwo Jima, and American Sniper.
Eastwood the Politician
Clint Eastwood is also something of a politician. He was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, but this was a largely ceremonial position coming with a “lavish” $200 a month salary, which Eastwood donated to the local youth center. Some of his accomplishments as mayor were helping to pass a new law making it legal to eat ice cream on the streets, public restrooms at the public beach, and a new annex for the city library. After his stint as mayor, he served on the California State Park and Recreation Commission at the appointment of Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.
He has been a member of both the Republican and Libertarian Parties and has been an independent, as well as voting for political candidates from both sides of the aisle.
Clint Eastwood is still around and kicking, continuing to produce films well into his 90s.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “The Return of Hallelujah” directed by Anthony Ascott (Giuliano Carmineo) and starring George Hilton, Lincoln Tate and Agata Flori. The film tells the story of a gunman named Hallelujah who, for a reasonable compensation, to provide the revolutionary general Ramirez an Aztec idol, known as "El Niño", the possession of which will attain for him the support of the Indians in the fight against Maximilian and General Miranda. The statue, stolen by a thief, Flora, and his accomplice, the Scotsman Archie, who, ignoring the value and significance, have used it to hide precious jewels in. However, the idol has ended up in the hands of two peons, who have sold it to a pawn shop. Hallelujah is able to retrieve the idol, and then sells it, to a businessman rather than Ramirez.
Il West ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja – Italian title
Alléluia défie l'Ouest – French title
Le far west est trop petit pour toi, mon ami: Alleluja est arrive – French title
Beichtet, Freunde, Halleluja kommt – German title
El West es estrevho para ti, amigo! Ha llegado Alleluja – Filipino title
Alleluja zise ki ase tous allous na fonazoun – Greek title
O Regresso de Aleluia – Portuguese title
The West is Tough, Amigo… Alleuja’s Here – English title
The West is Very Close, Amigo – English title
Deep West – English title
The Return of Hallelujah – English title
A 1972 Italian, French, German co-production [Colosseo
Producer: Dario Sabatello
Director: Anthony Ascott (Giuliano Carnimeo)
Story: Giovanni Simonelli
Cinematography: Stelvio Massi [Eastmancolor, Cinemascope]
Music: Stelvio Cipriani
Running time: 100 minutes
Johnny la Faine/Alleluja/Hallelujah – George Hilton
Archie – Lincoln Tate
Fleurette – Agata Flori
Sam – Raymond Bussières
Zagaya – Riccardo Garrone
Priest – Aldo Barberito
General Ramirez – Roberto Camardiel
Abel – Giovanni Pazzafini
Drake – Paolo Gozlino
Mexican officer – Renato Baldini
Schultz – Peter Berling
Austrian – Adriana Faccheti
Cain – Lars Bloch
Mara/Mary – Mara Krupp
Sheriff with fishes – Fortunato Arena
Laredo deputy – Gianni Pulone
Sheriff – Luigi Antonio Guerra
Claude – Claudio Ruffini
Bartender – Attilio Dottesio
Ferguson’s partner – Nando Sarlo
Tom Ferguson – Alfred Thomas
Ferguson henchman – Sergio Ukmar, Aldo Cecconi, Giulio Mauroni
Lt. Von Steffen – Michael Hinz
Indian chief – Pasquale Fasciano
Lieutenant Von Steffen – Michael Hinz
Stagecoach passenger – Adriana Faccheti
Church camp women – Margherita Horowitz, Maria de Sisti
Nuts/Nutcraker – Pietro Torrisi
Undertakers – Vincenzo De Palo, Salvatori Billa
Ramirez soldier - Augusto Funari
Austrian Soldiers – Calogero Azzaretto, Renzo Pevarello, Salvatore Billa, Roberto
Dell’Acqua, Clemente Ukmar, Raniero Dorascenzi, Maurizio Streccioni, Silvio Klein,
Giglio Gigli, Michele Branca, Rinaldo Zamperla, Roberto Dell’Acqua, Giancarlo
Grizzly/Drake henchmen – Aldo Pedinotti, Oscar Giustini, Antonio Basile, Sisto Brunetti, Sergio Testori, Sergio Smacchi
Townswoman – Eleonore Morana
With: Martial Bresson, Antonio Guerra, Annemarie Schüler
Hans Mierendorff (actor) would have been 140 today but died in 1955.
Jean Paul Moulinot (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1989.
Mario Carotenuto (actor) would have been 105 today but died in 1995.
Mario Lanfranchi (director) is 95 today.
Peter Neusser (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 2010.
Jackson Kane (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2009.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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 be 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 Two Sons of Trinity”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]
Franco Trinita – Franco Franchi (I) Franco Franchi, (G) Erich Ebert
Ciccio Trinita – Ciccio Ingrassia (I) Ciccio Ingrassia, (G) Christian Marschall
Lola – Lucretia Love (I) Vittoria Febbi, (G) Rose-Marie Kirstein
Requiem – Remo Capitani (I) Gianni Marzocchi, (G) Arnold Marquis
Father Superior – Freddy Unger (I) Sergio Grazioni
Alex Armstrong - Franco Ressel (I) Pino Colizzi, (G) Niels Clausnitzer
Erich Ebert (1922 – 2000)
Erich Ebert was born in Cologne, Germany on November 9, 1922. Ebert was active in German film dubbing from the 1950s onward, often in the ZDF and ARD TV dubs of older Hollywood movies. He dubbed frequent foil Charlie Hall, Italian comedian Franco Franchi, in , in , and a variety of roles in the Charlie Chan movies (from William Demarest to a talking parrot).
Ebert was heard on the German children's series , supplying narration and voicing an assortment of finger puppets in story segments, as well as the puppet clown Augustin. For dubbed cartoons, he voiced , the Inspector and Crazylegs Crane on , guest characters on , and speaking parts in shorts. TV dub roles included Ray Walston on and Herbert Anderson on . Ebert died in Munich, Bavaria Germany on November 25, 2000.
Maria Clementina Cumani was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy on May 20, 1908. She was active as a dancer from the mid and was a student of Jia Ruskaja. Author of her own original choreographies, she decided very early to dance interpreting only compositions of her own creation.
In June she met the poet [1901-1968], who fell in love with both her elegant beauty and her lively artistic talent. They had a son, [1939- ]. After troubled and alternating events, Cumani married the poet in . Cumani was essentially the poet’s muse, and above all a precious collaborator: she would have helped Quasimodo in the translation of the Greek lyrics but above all of Neruda’s poems. After a complex and torturous married life, the two legally separated in . His son Alessandro, then twenty-one, was entrusted to his mother.
She was also very active as a film actress where she participated in films such as (1965), , (1969), , (1978) by , and other important films directed by directors such as , the and . Although she was long separated from her husband, she used the surname Quasimodo in many cases.
In she published a critical essay on dance, followed by a collection of poems . After a long artistic break, in which she devoted herself to teaching, Cumani returned to dancing: in she was the first dancer in the opera by , staged by at .
In , a few months before her death, a volume was published by Spirali that collects diary pages, letters addressed to Quasimodo and poems by Cumani with the title . Finally, in , thanks to her son Alessandro, a collection of her poems was published posthumously by the publisher Nicolodi, entitled .
CUMANI, Mary C. (aka Maria Quasimodo) (Maria Clementina Cumani) [5/20/1908, Milan Lombardy, Italy – 11/22/1995, Milan, Lombardy, Italy] – dancer, theater, film, TV actress, author, poet. married to poet Salvatore Quasimodo [1901-1968] (1948–1960) mother of actor Alessandro Quasimodo [1939- ].
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! – 1967 (Maria)
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
RIP Cüneyt Arkın. World famous Turkish actor Cüneyt Arkın has died in Istanbul at the age of 85 from a cardiac arrest on June 28. He died in a private hospital after he was taken there for emergency treatment and treated at a private hospital in the Ulus neighborhood in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. Cüneyt Arkın, whose real name was Fahrettin Cüreklibatır was born on September 8, 1937, in the Alpu district of Eskişehir province. He graduated from Istanbul Medical School in 1961. After he completed his military service, he worked as a physician in and around the Adana province. In 1963, with the offer from Halit Refiğ, he started working as an actor and acted in at least 30 films over the next two years. Arkin left his mark on many blockbusters of Turkish cinema and starred in hundreds of films and won many awards. Arkin appeared in one Euro-western: 1972’s “Cowboy Kid” as Keskin. He also appeared as the Ringo Kid in the Turkish western Kanunzuz kahraman – Ringo Kid in 1967.
Fort Bravo/Texas Hollywood announced that a new hotel for visitors is under construction.
True to the purest western style, you will have the exclusivity to enjoy in their suites overlooking the main square. Vintage furniture and decor available and star piece, large wooden bathtub.
We will update on opening and booking.
Texas Hollywood has a wide range of deals for the stay and tour. Vacation packages are offered for you to stop dreaming and start planning. Now is the right time for you to set off on this journey, as you will have multiple options to choose from. If you want the nearest place to crash in, Camping Fort Bravo is the best option since it is also 0.004 miles from Texas Hollywood, and it is a great place for kids. At the present time cabins are available for overnight guests.
By Ben Sherlock
Sergio Leone pioneered the spaghetti western with the stylized violence, morally ambiguous antihero, and Morricone music of the Dollars trilogy.
In any discussion of the greatest western directors of all time, Sergio Leone’s name is bound to come up alongside fellow icons like John Ford and Sam Peckinpah. With four bona fide masterpieces (and three other very solid movies) under his belt, Leone is a filmmaking legend. Leone has influenced countless filmmakers over the years, from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino to his own go-to leading man, Clint Eastwood. Leone was never recognized by the Academy, but he did receive a David di Donatello Award for Duck, You Sucker!, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for .
With the triple whammy of , For a Few Dollars More, and , Leone pioneered a brand-new vision of the Old West – a decidedly darker, grislier, more violent vision than audiences were used to – and created the spaghetti western subgenre. This trio of groundbreaking westerns (dubbed the Dollars trilogy) exhibits many stylistic hallmarks of Leone’s filmmaking, from blood-soaked violence to music by Ennio Morricone to the juxtaposition of gorgeous wide shots against intense close-ups.
5 Stylized Violence
That stylish, uncompromising violence is on full display in all three Dollars movies. In A Fistful of Dollars, a man is beaten and choked, and two guys are crushed by a barrel. For a Few Dollars More has a man being stabbed right through the abdomen and a mother and baby are implied to be shot dead off-screen. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly has a train robbery with death by rock-bashing and a gruesome interrogation scene with torture by eye-gouging.
4 A Grisly Vision Of The Old West
With the Dollars trilogy (and a handful of other westerns), Leone helped to pioneer the spaghetti western subgenre alongside a fellow filmmaking Sergio, Corbucci. Technically, the term “spaghetti western” refers to an Italian-made western, but the subgenre is defined by Leone and Corbucci’s uniquely grisly vision of the Old West.
With movies like A Fistful of Dollars and , the Sergios challenged Hollywood’s depiction of the West with a much more gruesome vision of the era. Their protagonists weren’t noble lawmen dedicated to protecting the peace; they were bounty hunters who killed people for money.
3 Music By Ennio Morricone
From A Fistful of Dollars onward, for every single Sergio Leone movie. Morricone is one of the most renowned film composers who ever lived, sitting comfortably alongside John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, and Danny Elfman on the metaphorical Mount Rushmore of movie musicians. His grand, operatic compositions revolutionized the music of the western genre, which had traditionally been low-key and folksy, and paired beautifully with Leone’s equally grand, equally operatic visuals.
Morricone’s music from the Dollars trilogy – particularly his score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – contains some of the most iconic compositions in film history. Tracks like “The Trio” and “The Ecstasy of Gold” are as universally recognizable as Williams’ theme or Herrmann’s “The Murder” from . Despite composing some of the greatest movie scores of all time, Morricone didn’t win until he scored Quentin Tarantino’s in 2015.
2 Contrasting Wide Shots With Extreme Close-Ups
One of the most recognizable characteristics of Leone’s visual style is cutting between glorious wide shots encompassing the entire scene and extreme close-ups of his actors’ faces. In the hands of a filmmaker with less command of the craft, these cuts could come off as jarring. But in Leone’s hands, there’s a real sense of clarity. This juxtaposition encapsulates Leone’s storytelling: large-scale epics with an intimate focus on character.
The most iconic example of this is the climactic showdown in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The titular trio arrives at the site of the buried Confederate gold. This gun-toting standoff has been praised as one of the best-edited sequences in cinema history. Leone and his editors Nino Baragli and Eugenio Alabiso gradually cut closer and closer to the actors’ faces, getting tighter and tighter, until they’re just on the icy stare in their eyes, before cutting back to a wide shot when they all draw their weapons.
Traditional Hollywood westerns presented black-and-white morals with steadfastly good-hearted heroes taking down irredeemably evil bad guys. Spaghetti westerns shook up the genre by exploring an ethical gray area. Life in the Old West was much darker and more complicated than the standard good-versus-evil westerns would have audiences believe. , the whitewashing of frontier life on the big screen came to a swift end.
Movies like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – as the title would suggest – presented audiences with characters that lie somewhere between the categories of “hero” and “villain.” The Dollars trilogy’s played with smoldering intensity by Clint Eastwood, is one of the most iconic antiheroes in film history.