Monday, October 31, 2022

Halloween 2022


Almeria Western Film Festival Monday October 31 Schedule


In Tabernas

10:00 h. / Teatro / Proyección

Sección Oficial Cortometrajes / 118’

‘A Personal Errand’(Oliver Griffiths), ‘Bang, Bang’(Andrés Valdivia), ‘Don Javier’ (Cadu Rosenfeld), ‘Little Ox,’ (Raf Wathion y Patrick Vandebroeck), ‘Lo chiamavano Cargo’ (Marco Signoretti), ‘Mátalos y no vuelvas sola’ (Enrique Novials), ‘Memorias de sangre’ (Manuel Vera), ‘Nexo’ (José Puertas) y ‘Trouble’ (Ben Hurst).

In Western Leone

Free access from 12:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m. / Square / Western Show

1:00 p.m. / Saloon / Tribute

Delivery of the 'Desert of Tabernas' award to Carlos Rosado Cobián.

1:30 p.m. / Saloon / Encounter

Composers round table ‘Western Music in the 21st Century’

With the participation of Oliver Arson, Carlos M. Jara and Alberto Torres.

Moderated by Juan Carlos Jiménez, journalist and critic member of IFMCA

3:00 p.m. / Food service in food truck and bar

3:00 p.m. / Saloon / Projection

Retrospective Section: 'Buddy Goes West'

(Michele Lupo / Italy / 1981 / 90’ / TP, Dubbed)

The film is presented by the film writer Daniel Lorenzo.


In Tabernas

4:00 p.m. / Library / Family Activity

'Halloween Western'.

5:30 p.m. / Avenue of Sorrows (Las Palmeras)

The actor Gianni Garko discovers his chair on the walk.

6:30 p.m. / Theater / Closing gala

Presents: Santi Alveru

Winners of the 12th edition of Almería Western Film Festival

Presentation of the 'Cinema Taverns' award to Gianni Garko.

10:00 p.m. / Theater / Projection

Retrospective Section: ‘Cut-Throats Nine’

(Joaquín Romero Marchent / Italy / 1972 / 90’ / M-12, Dubbed)

Projection of the copy restored by the Spanish Film Library in glorious 35 mm.

Presented by film critic and journalist Alejandro G. Calvo.


Terence Hill figure teaser launch

 The waiting is over!! Lucca Comics 2022 - Worldwide REVEAL!

October 28 - 1 November 2022 - Padiglione San Francesco!

From the Italian-style Western cinema, Terence Hill becomes part of the Infinite Statue and Collectible collection. The fantastic resin sculpture Terence Hill 1/6 Resin Statue inaugurates the exclusive Bud & Terence collection, dedicated to the films and characters of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.


Material - Resin

Character Height Inch. - 12.40

Height with base Inch. - 13.78

Base diameter Inch. 7.48

Weight Kg. - 1,5

EAN - 0833300865822

Limited Edition - TBD

Figure Sculpter - Daniele "Danko" Angelozzi

Figure Paint - Dario Barbera

Art Direction - Fabio Berruti

Production Manager - Fabio Varesi

License - Paloma Production GmbH

Availability: 1st quarter of 2023

European Western Comic Books – Albi Intrepidi


Albi Intrepidi

This comic book series features adventures of different characters: Kentucky Joe (KJ) by Sar-Gui (Guido Sarcinelli) and Augusto, Terry Carson (TC) by Annibale Casabianca, Roy Drake (RD) and Bill West (BW) by anonymous authors who polish Cisko Kid by Salinas. Announced, but not found, the n. 9 “Iron Bandit” (BW). The series was published from issue #1 on September 20, 1955, to issue #8 on December 11, 1955. It was published in Rome, Italy by CCE (Editrice C. Cecchini) under the direction of Nello Conforti with each issue containing 16 black and white pages with color covers.  


01 (20.09.55) - “Giustizia è fatta” (KJ) (Justice is Done)

02 (00.00.55) - “Assalto al treno” (KJ) (Assault on the Train)

03 (00.00.55) - “Aquila nera” (KJ) (Black Eagle)

04 (00.00.55) - “Vendetta” (KJ) (Vendetta)

05 (00.00.55) - “Attacco al pianeta Gamma” (TC) (Attack on the Planet Gamma)

06 (00.00.55) - “Il mistero del rancho d’oro” (BW) (The Mystery of the Golden Rancho)

07 (00.00.55) - “Il rodeo” (RD) (The Rodeo)

08 (11.12.55) - “Il diavolo d’argento” (BW) (The Silver Devil)

Special Birthdays

 Tauno Majuri (actor) would have been 115 today but died in 1980.

Barry Du Bouylay (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1998.

Antonio Vilar (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1995.

Robert Posse (actor) is 70 today.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Almeria Western Film Festival Sunday October 30 Schedule


In Fort Bravo

Tickets at Hours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. / Square / Projection

Outlaw Short Films Special Section / 105’

'30 of the greats' (Víctor Castro), 'Aqua Brava' (Manuel Olaya), 'Desperado Dingoes' (Phair Elizabeth Haldin), 'The Murder of R. Sánchez by the Cowardly Heidi Chester' (Gabriel Rey), 'The Zorro Negro' (Adrián Rivero), 'Gol'90' (Ramses Gallego), 'Just Western' (Vasilisa Olegovna Koroleva), 'The Song of Crazy Ralph' (Alfonso Desentre), 'Living In The West' (Martin Michiels) , 'It Arrives at Dawn' (Rafael Aragón), 'Redbridge' (Cameron Buchanan Smith), 'Rustlers Promenade' (Charity Buckbee), 'The Real Spaghetti Western' (Alex Masimov) and 'A Summer in the Desert' (Andreu de Pedro).

With the presentation of its directors

10:00 a.m. / Strong / Exposure

'Fort Bravo', photographs by Alex Rivera.

12:00 p.m. / Saloon / Presentation of literary work

'The Dead Man's Hand: dystopia, volume II' (2022), by Antonio Parra Sanz, Paco Rabadán Aroca, Pilar Fernández Senac, Cristóbal Terrer Mota, Alfonso Gutiérrez Caro, Jesús Boluda Del Toro and Víctor M. Mirete.

With the introduction of the authors.

12:30 p.m. / Square / Western Show

1:00 p.m. / Square / Tribute

Delivery of the 'Spirit of the West' award to Víctor Matellano.


In Tabernas

6:00 p.m. / Theater / Projection

New Western Official Section: ‘As bestas’

(Rodrigo Sorogoyen / Spain / 2022 / 137’ / M-12, Spanish)

Presents the film the composer Olivier Arson

10:30 p.m. / Theater / Projection

Neowéstern Official Section: 'Sunday and the Fog'

(Ariel Escalante / Costa Rica / 2022 / 92’ / M-12, Spanish)

The film is presented by the composer Alberto Torres.

New short film release “Nexo”


Nexo – Spanish title


A 2022 short film production [Pepedoors Film (Madrid)]

Producer: José Puertas Piñero

Director: Pepe Puertas (Jose Puertas Piñero)

Story: Pepe Puertas (Jose Puertas Piñero)

Screenplay: Pepe Puertas (Jose Puertas Piñero)

Cinematography: Pepe Puertas (Jose Puertas Piñero) [color]

Music: Boogie Van, Ángel Mancebo, Ángel Berruezo, Emanuel Collard, Rubén Soria

Running time: 18 minutes



Miguel Angel Carceles, Lucas Gil, Alejandra Baños, Jorge Navarro, Fran Parra, Angel Del Aguila, Diego Garcia

Story: When dreams are confused with reality and test the bonds of friendship, unexpected events result that unite people in the same place and make them recover lost illusions.

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians ~ Gianni Davoli


Giovandomenico ‘Gianni’ Davoli was born in Rome, Italy on August, 10, 1943. After middle school, he began to get passionate about music (he studied different musical instruments) and took Domenico Modugno as his idol. In 1964 he created a group and performed in concerts and on television interpreting Modugno songs thanks to the collaboration of bassist Piero Montanari. Davoli also sang songs by many other artists popular at the time and began his career as an arranger for many singers and songwriters; Especially those of the sixties and seventies.

In 1967 he made his debut as a singer-songwriter at Det which published the 45 rpm ‘Ciao divertiti/Come un bambino’. Both tracks were completed thanks to the collaboration of Ezio Leoni and Cesare Gigli. The 45, however, went completely unnoticed. Also in 1967 he created the musical group "Gli Eccentrici", with which he made a single 45 rpm of moderate success, ‘I've Lost You / Morning’, the tracks were written and composed by Gianni Marchetti, Giovanna Marini and Francesco Maselli.

For several years he was one of the participants of Cantagiro, the song festival that launched many singers of music in the 1960s. He became very popular in Italy and Australia for his repertoire, especially for the Domenico Modugno's songs, considered 1st singer of the history of Italian music. His career also dotted by TV broadcasts of success as ‘Domenica In’, ‘Uno Mattina’, ‘Sereno Variabile’. He is the uncle of singer Giorgia (Giorgia Todrani) [1971-    ].

DAVOLI, Gianni (Giovandomenico Davoli) [8/10/1943, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] - actor, singer, uncle of singer Giorgia (Giorgia Todrani) [1971-    ], founded the musical group "Gli Eccentrici".

Full House for the Devil – 1968 [sings: “Forgive and Not Forget”]

Spaghetti Western location - Castle of La Calahorra

 If you have a keen eye and a large screen you may have noticed a strange looking formation in the distance when Colonel Mortimer departs the train at the Tucumcari station. This is the Castle of La Calahorra.

A closer look at the castle.

Special Birthdays

 Luis Malle (director) would have been 90 today but died in 1995.

Claude Lelouch (composer) is 85 today.

Tony Cucchiara (singer, actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2018.

Howard Ross (Renato Rossini) (actor) is 80 today.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Almeria Western Film Festival Saturday October 29 Schedule


In Tabernas


10:00 a.m. / Theater / Projection

Panorama Section: ‘Wilds’

The documentary is presented by its director Alex Galán. More info


10:00 a.m. / Glorieta de España / Western Market


10:30 a.m. / Town Square / Children's activities

Ride on donkeys and carts, and games.


12:00 p.m. / Theater / Projection

Western Official Selection: ‘Quantum Cowboys’

(Geoff Marslett / USA / 2022 / 99’ / M-12, VOSE)


4:00 p.m. / Roundabout of Spain / Homage

Delivery of the ASFAAN award to Malcamino's, a local tourism and cinema company. With the performance of the San Indalecio de La Cañada Musical Group.


5:00 p.m. / Theater / Projection

Panorama Section: ‘The Long Rider’

(Sean Cisterna / Canada-Brazil / 2022 / 96’ / M-12, VOSE)

The documentary is presented by the actor Filipe Masetti. More info


6:00 p.m. / Town Square / Family Show

'The Wild West', from Mini Theater for children. More info


7:00 p.m. / People's Square / Western Character Contest

With the performance of Yanye Hérnandez. More info


9:30 p.m. / Theater / Projection

Official Western Section: 'Maria Chapdelaine'

(Sebastien Pilote / Canada / 2021 / 159’ / M-7, VOSE).


00:00 / Town Square / Concert

'Fernando Rubio & The Inner Demons'.

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ “The Mercenary”

 We continue our search for filming locations for “The Mercenary”. The scene switches to the religious holiday procession is happening and we see Columba disguised as Christ and Paco and Sergei as holy men in white beards and wigs. They are being carried on a float by Paco’s men disguised in blue robes and hoods. The float is lowered to the ground in front of a platoon of soldiers watching the parade. Suddenly the machine gun appears and the rest of Paco’s men open fire and kill all the soldiers. The other spectators are thrown into panic and run from the scene.

The scene was filmed in Polopos, Spain.

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


50th Anniversary of the release of “Another Try, Eh Providence?”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Another Try, Eh Providence?” directed bu Alberto De Martino and starring Tomas Milian, Gregg Palmer under the alias Gregg Hunter and Carole André. This sequel to “They Call Me Providence” finds our outlaw duo of Providence (Milian) falling in love with the Countess Pamela DeOrtega (Carole André) and plans on asking her father Count De Ortega (Luciano Catenacci) for her hand in marriage. The problem is she has already been promised to Captain Barton (Manuel Gallardo), who the count owes a very large sum of money to. If Providence wants to win her hand, he must come up with a million dollars. With the help of his servant Chiao (Yu Ming Lun) and his old partner the Hurricane Kid (Palmer) he tries various ways of accumulating the money: a rigged roulette wheel, swindling the inhabitants of a small town with a crooked bank scheme, and a gold heist. Every attempt falls short thanks to the ineptitude of the Hurricane Kid. In the end the count turns out to be a fake and a wanted criminal Chan Ku, an old acquaintance of Providence, and the husband of the Countess.


Ci risiamo, vero Provvidenza? – Italian title

El bruto, el listo y el capitán – Spanish title

Otra vez, verdad, Providenza? – Spanish title

Tässä me tulemme - Finnish title

Nous en irons n'est ce pas Providence? – French title

Nous y reviola, n'est-ce pas, Providence? – French title

Vestens sprøeste par - Norwegian title

Här kommer vi – Swedish title

Here We Go Again, Eh Providence? – English title

Here We Are Again Providenza – English title

Another Try, Eh Providence? – English title


A 1973 Italian, Spanish film co-production [Oceania Produzioni Internationali

     Cinematografica/PEC (Rome), Producciones Cinematográficas D.I.A. (Madrid)]

Producers: Alfonso Donati, Luciano Catencci

Director: Alberto De Martino

Story: Castellano (Franco Castellano), Pipolo (Giuseppe Moccia)

Screenplay: Castellano (Franco Castellano), Pipolo (Giuseppe Moccia), Ramón Llidó

Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa, Jr. [Eastmancolor, Cinemascope]

Music: Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai

     Song: “Ci risiamo, vero Providenza?”  sung by I Cantori Moderni

Running time: 100 minutes



Provvidenza/Providence - Tomas Milian (Tomás Milián)

The Hurricane Kid - Gregg Hunter (Palmer Lee)

Countess Pamela DeOrtega - Carole André (Carol Smith)

Count DeOrtega/Chin Yu Kin - Luciano Catenacci

Solon/Chiao - Yu Ming Lun

Captain Barton - Manuel Gallardo (Manuel Lechet)

Sergeant - Ángel Ortiz (Ricardo Ortiz)

Judge - Dante Maggio

Vito Escolone - Cesare Nizzica

Vito’s messenger - Luigi Antonio Guerra

Waitresses - Antonella Cocconcelli, Nadia Cocconcelli

Sharpshooter - Rick Boyd (Federico Boido)

Gorilla - Nello Pazzofini (Giovanni Pazzafini)

Restaurant patron - Margherita Horowitz (Margarete Horowitz)

Waiter - Gianni Brezza

Trading post proprietor – Ettore Geri

Indian chief - Rafael Albaicín (Ignacio-Rafael Escudero)

Hospital patient - Verano Ginesi (Voriano Ginesi)

Hospital nun – Carla Mancini

Captain O’Banion – Rosario Borelli

Soldiers - Goffredo Unger, Omero Capanna, Giulio Maculani

Bank client - Quinto Gambi, Marcello Meconizzi, Mike Monty (Michael O'Donahue)

Roulette player - Vezio Natili, Franz Colangeli

Casino bouncer - Giancarlo Bastianoni

Ortega – Dante Cleri

Rifle salesman – Paolo Ferrari

Winchester lady – Edda Ferronao

Postmaster - Francesco D’Adda (Francesco Salvaterra)

Retired bandit - Alberigo Donadeo

Saloon patrons - Claudio Ruffini, Renzo Pevarello, Vincenzo Maggio, Alfonso Giganti,

     Artemio Antonini, Franz Colangeli, Maurizio Streccioni, Filippo Perego, Aldo Dell’


Dance hall employee – Giulio Maculani

Tuscon townsman - Mario Ingrassia

With: Claude Berthy, Giancarlo Grestini, Pietro Fumelli, Nando Martellini (Fernando Martellini), Domenico Cianfriglia, Giancarlo Crestini


50th anniversary of the premier of “Gunmen and the Holy Ghost”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Gunmen and the Holy Ghost” directed by Roberto Mauri using the alias Robert Johnson and starring Vassili Karis, Linclon Tate. This is another film in the Spirito Santo (Holy Ghost) series. A ranch owner named Powers (Tate) engages the Holy Spirit (Karis) for the capture of an outlaw, known as Solitaire. The outlaw is stealing weapons and selling them to a Mexican revolutionary general. Holy Spirit is helped by five former companions in his adventures Diego d’Asburgo (a fake priest) (Ray O’Connor), the pirate Morgan (Riccardo Pedrazzi), Boogers (Aldo Berti), Garibaldi (Ken Wood) and the Father (a former Anglican priest) (Michele Santini). The five arrive from Sicily in Springfield with two cousins of Garibaldi, who have the task of avenging the death of a relative. The two cousins are intertwined with those of the Holy Spirit, who comes to discover that Solitaire turns out to be Powers. He is later killed by his girlfriend, Elizabeth, absolving him of all crimes, but she also ends up being murdered.


Spirito Santo e le cinque magnifiche canaglie - Italian title

Rito Santo e le 5 magnifiche canaglie - Spanish title

Les 5 brignads de l’Ouest - French title

Holy Ghost and the Magnificent Scum – English title

Gunmen and the Holy Ghost - English title


A 1972 Italian production [Cepa Cinematografica (Rome)]

Producer: Franco Vitolo

Director: Robert Johnson (Roberto Mauri)

Story: Roberto Mauri

Screenplay: Roberto Mauri

Cinematography: Tonino Maccoppi (Antono Maccoppi) [Telecolor, widescreen]

Music: Carlo Savina

Running time: 91 minutes



Albert Donovan/Spirito Santo/Holy Ghost - Vassili Karis (Vassili Karamesinis)

Carmelo - Salvatore Billa

Shepard/Capraio - Salvatore Baccaro

Diego d’Asburgo - Ray O’Connor (Remo Capitani)

Mr. Powers/Solitaire - Lincoln Tate (James Kennelly)

Garibaldi/Il Garribaldino - Ken Wood (Giovanni Cianfriglia)

Captain Ortega – Goffredo Ungar

Coccola/Bogey/'Booger The Irishman' - Aldo Berti

Morgan the Pirate - Riccardo Pedrazzi (Ricardo Petrazzi)

Consuelo - Angela Bo

Mr. Powers cousin – Daria Norman (Maria Pomentale)

Torreto/Turiddo - Giacomo de Michelis

Killers - Fortunato Arena, Paolo Magalotti

Girl in confessional - Josiani Maria Tanzilli

Mexican General - Spartaco Battisti

Mexicn Sergeant – Mauro Mannatrizio

Colonel - Tom Felleghy (Tamás Fellegi)

Soldier - Lorenzo Piani

Father Dillinger - Michele Santini (Michel Santini)

Priest - Gilberto Galimberti

Harem girls - Malfisa Macelloni, Claudia Bianchi

Townsman – Adriana Bruno

With: Jolando Modio (Jolanda Collimodio), Vittorio Fanfoni

Special Birthdays

 Maudie Dunham (actress) would have been 125 today but died in 1982.

Claudio De Davide (actor) is 80 today.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Spaghetti Western Trivia – More Wallpaper


By the time the same wallpaper that had appeared in “A Stranger in Paso Bravo” and “Blood for a Silver Dollar” was used in “Challenge of McKenna” it was starting to fade after a four-year absence. The scenes were filmed on a set in Elios Studios.

Almeria Western Film Festival Friday October 28 Schedule


In Tabernas

9:30 a.m. / Inaugural parade

Departure from Europa Avenue, ending at the Municipal Theater of Tabernas.


10:30 a.m. / Theater / Projection

New Western Official Selection: ‘Utama’

(Alejandro Loayza / Bolivia / 2022 / 87’ / M-7, Spanish


12:00 p.m. / Theater / CEIP Virgen de las Angustias

Storytelling 'The Pink Skinned Indians'.


12:30 p.m. / Theater / Projection

Panorama Section: ‘Black Far West’

(Cécile Denjean / France / 2022 / 96’ / M-12, VOSE).

The film is presented by its director Cécile Denjean.

“Memorias de Sangre”


Memorias de Sangre – Spanish title

Bloody Fury – English translated title


A 2020 Spanish film production [Ayuntamiento de Benahavis Associacion, Méliès

      Producciones, Unicorno Associacion (Madrid)]

Producers: Aurora Martínez Cuellar, Almudena Martínez

Director: Manuel Vera (Manuel Vera López)

Story: Julio Peces

Screenplay: Julio Peces

Cinematography: Jorge Parejo [color]

Music: Kiko Romero, Guillermo Peces

Running time: 16 minutes



Father - Ramón Langa

Adult daughter - Verónica Valadez

Daughter - Nuria Canto

Mayor - Miguel López

A strong and brave young woman evokes her past, the already distant memory of her childhood in a small town in the West with her father, the man who taught her to fend for herself.

Spaghetti Western Voices– “The Shadow of Zorro”

 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 Shadow of Zorro”

[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]


Don José de la Torre/El Zorro – Frank Latimore (S) Ángel María Baltanás, (G) Helmo Kindermann

María - María Luz Galicia (S) María Luz Galicia

Dan - Paul Piaget (S) Vicente Bañó, (G) Michael Chevalier

Billy - Robert Hundar (S) Simón Ramírez, (G) Rainer Brandt

Governor - José Marco Davó (S) José Marco Davó, (G) Wimm Schroers

General - Howard Vernon (S) Jose Guardiola, (G) Alf Marholm


Wimm Schroers  (19??-    )

Sometimes also written as Wim, no further details on the life of this theater actor can be found. In the 1950s he was a member of the ensemble of the Contra Kreis Theater in Bonn. He seldom appeared in front of the camera, but in 1961 he took part in the notorious short film "The Wrong Horse", which was commissioned by Adenauer as an anti-SPD election campaign film. As a speaker, Schroers was heard almost exclusively at the IFU in Remagen, where he mostly performed important supporting roles. Since his name only appeared in a few official cast lists and some of these films have only been available for a short time, the name of the voice was a mystery to dubbing connoisseurs for a long time.

New Book Release "Pascale Petit: Une vie sans tricher"


Pascale Petit: Une vie sans tricher

(Pascale Petit: A Life Without Cheating)

Author: Pascale Petit


Country: France

Publisher: Editions Glyphe

Language: French

Pages: 249

ISBN/EAN 978-2-35285-144-8


Pascale Petit unveils a touching and sincere autobiography. "A life without cheating" speaks openly about her magnificent career as an actress, but also about her doubts, her loves...

More than a pretty brunette adored by the public, Pascale Petit is a profound being, "in perpetual quest for the absolute", writes Henry-Jean Servat in his preface. The actress has never taken acting classes. The director Raymond Rouleau revealed her in the film "The Witches of Salem", alongside Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Mylène Demongeot... Marcel Carné made him an international star with the cult film "Les Tricheurs". The "BB brune" toured with Henri Verneuil, Marc Allegret, Édouard Molinaro, Alexandre Astruc, Michel Boisrond, Alberto Lattuada... Among her partners: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Laurent Terzieff, Ray Danton, Roger Moore, Daniel Gélin, Roger Hanin, Jeffrey Hunter, Giani Esposito, whom she married in 1960...

She has also worked in theatre and television.

Behind the artist hides an aesthete in search of spirituality and authenticity.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

RIP Carl-Hermann Risse


German actor Carl-Hermann Risse died on October 19, 2022 in Berlin, Germany he was 80. Born in Dresden in 1942, Carl-Hermann Risse unconsciously experienced the horrors of war and later chose a profession that was needed at the time: bricklayer. At the age of twenty he changed his saddle and trained at the Dresden Acting Studio, got his first engagements in Stendal and Schwerin, before he won the big ticket in the Theater Lotto and was engaged at the Volksbühne in 1968, one year before Benno Besson took over the house first as artistic director and then as artistic director. Risse appeared in one Euro-western 1979’s “Blue Bird”.

“Bang Bang”


Bang – Spanish title

Bang Bang – International title


A 2020 Italian film production [TESA (Rome)]

Producer: Andrés Valdivia, María Montes Aldea

Director: Andrés Valdivia

Story: Andrés Valdivia

Screenplay: Andrés Valdivia

Cinematography: Mario del Barrio [color]

Music: Steve Oxen

Running time: 14 minutes



Sheriff – Francisco Montesino

Bandit - Luis Fernández


Story: A bandit is cornered by the sheriff, interrupting his escape. He has only one option left.

50th Anniversary of “Massacre at Fort Holman”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of “Massacre at Fort Holman” directed by Tonino Valerii and starring Telly Savalas, James Coburn and Bud Spencer. It tells the tale of  former Union Colonel Pembroke (Coburn), the former commander of Fort Holman, was expelled from the army because it was felt he was guilty of surrendering the fort without a fight to the Confederate forces. In fact he had surrendered their weapons only because the enemy was holding his son hostage. Having escaped from the camp where he was interned, he ends up, wrongly accused of theft, in the hands of a former colleague Major Charles Ballard (José Suárez using the alias Joseph Mitchell) who condemns him to death. In telling the truth, Pembroke convinces Ballard to give him a chance at redemption by allowing him to recapture Fort Holman. He is then assigned ten men, already condemned to be hanged for various crimes. Hinting at the possibility of granting them a pardon, Pembroke convinces the condemned men to follow him, and with their help gains entrance into the fort - manned by hundreds of soldiers and by an elaborate alarm system - destroying and killing the entire garrison along with Major Ward (Savalas). After the battle, only Pembroke and Eli Sampson (Spencer) are still alive.


Una ragione per vivere e una per morire – Italian title

Una razón para vivir y una para morir – Spanish title

Une raison pour vivre, une raison pour morir – French title

La horde des salopards – French title

Der Dicke und das Warzenschwein – German title

Sie verkaufen den Tod – German title

Uma razao para viver, uma razao para morrer – Argentinian title

Trinity... Os Sete Magníficos – Brazilian title

De hårde halses hævn – Danish title

Djävulens drängar – Finnish title

Fort Holmanin verilöyly – Finnish title

Kuoleman peli – Finnish title

Paholaisen palkkalaiset – Finnish title

Itan iroes kai tous elegan katharmata – Greek title

O Bouldozas, o Falakros kai o Kitriniaris – Greek title

Ohyro Holman – Greek title

Élet vagy halál – Hungarian title

Prawo do zycia, prawo do smierci – Polish title

Uma Razão para Viver, Outra para Morrer – Portuguese title

De Hängdas revansch – Swedish title

Uppskov med doden – Swedish title

Yasamak icin bir neden, olmek icin bir neden – Turkish title

9 Hizli Adam – Turkish title

Razlog za ziveti in umreti – Yugoslavian title

A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die – English title

Massacre at Fort Holman – U.S.A. title


A 1972 Italian, Spanish, French, German film co-production [Sancrosiap (Rome),

     Atlántida Films S.A. (Madrid), Europrodis (Paris), Corona Filmproduktion (Munich)]

Producer: Arthur Steloff

Director: Tonino Valerii

Story: Howard Sandford

Screenplay: Rafael Azcona, Ernesto Gastaldi, Tonino Valerii

Cinematography: Alexander Besch (Alejandro Ulloa) [Technicolor]

Music: Riz Ortolani

Running time: 112 minutes



Colonel Pembroke – James Coburn (James Coburn III)

Major Ward – Telly Savalas (Aristotle Savalas)

Eli Sampson – Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli)

Fred/Ed Wendel – William Spofford (Ugo Fangareggi)

Donald MacIvers – Robert Burton (Guy Mairesse)

Apache/Jeremy – Joseph P. Persaud (Turam Quibo)

Will Caulder/Fernandez – Guy Ranson (Adolfo Lastretti)

Sergeant Brent – Rene Kolldehoff (Reinhard Kelldehoff)

Sergeant Spike – Allan Leroy (Georges Géret)

Confederate soldier - Juan Fernandez (Juan Muñoz) , Alejandro de Encisco, Angelo


Ft. Holman guard - Juan Fernández Muñoz

Major Charles Ballard – Joseph Mitchell (José Suárez)

Scully – Ángel Álvarez (Angel Fernández)

Ward’s assistant – Fabrizio Moresco

Corporal – Joe Pollini (Giuseppe Pollini)

Private Samuel Pickett – Benito Stefanelli

April – Sharin Sher (Conchita Rabal)

Farmer – Francisco Sanz

Roger/Johnny – Mario Pardo (Mario Rodríguez)

With: Christopher Hill, Bill Norden, David Getzson, Crain Neal, Carson Drew, David Landau, Arthur Dean, Rudolf G. Boevini, Carla Mancini, Rudolf Gaeval

Special Birthdays

 Giampiero Albertini (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 1991.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A new short film release “A Personal Errand”


A Personal Errand – English title


A 2022 British short film production [OGK Pictures (London)]

Producer: Oliver Griffiths

Director: Oliver Griffiths

Story: Oliver Griffiths

Screenplay: Oliver Griffiths

Cinematography: Christian Cole [color]

Music: Oliver Griffiths

Running time: 19 minutes



Sylvester Reed – Jonathan Butler

Henry Sullivan – Jacob Kay

Jessica Sullivan - Felicity Donnelly

Fisherman - Oliver Griffiths

Henry Sullivan, a bounty hunter in post-civil war America, traverses the country in search of wanted outlaw Sylvester Reed. Unbeknownst to Reed, there may be more that connects the two of them than he realizes.


Trailer link:

Who Are Those Guys ~ Gustavo D’Arpe


Gustavo D'Arpe was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy in 1918, from a family of the good bourgeoisie, the pope of Lecce origin, the general of the bersaglieri Achille ‘D’Arpe the mother of Lady Maria Teresa Genova. Gustavo graduated with a law degree but his passion was journalism and he worked with several Palermo publishers achieving a certain level of success he moved to Bari, Italy where he worked for the Gazzetta del Mezzoggiorni. Do to his sometimes-uncontrollable temper he lost his position of it’s director and moved to Rome where he started his acting career with director Pietro Germi. He appeared in 21 films and television series from 1963-1972.  Gustavo died from an uncurable disease at the young age of 53 in Rome in 1971.

D’ARPE, Gustavo (aka Gus Harper) [1918, Palermo, Sicily, Italy – 1972, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – journalist, film, TV actor.

Johnny Yuma – 1966 (Harvey Pitt) [as Gus Harper]

Zorro the Fox – 1968 (Alcalde Don Jaimez)

Special Birthdays

 Virgilio Teixeira (actor) would have been 105 today but died in 2010.

Luigi Perelli (actor) is 85 today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Comencini: "The strength of Django in support of Mahsa Amini"

 Cinecitta News

By Andrea Guglielmino


"God is warning you... you'd better listen to him!"

With this phrase to effect arrives at the Rome Film Fest the television remake of the classic Django – Corbucci's cult western starring Franco Nero – directed, at least for the first episodes, by Francesca Comencini, with Matthias Schoenaerts as the protagonist.

"Django - says the actor - is a man in crisis, and this makes him great. Maybe it's the last chance he has to show the world who he really is."

It is a "let's take back what is ours" after the equally mythical 'blacksploitation' version of Quentin Tarantino in 2012. Ten episodes of sixty minutes each, set between 1860 and 1870, which expand the concept of the original starting from the same iconic image: a mysterious stranger who drags himself behind a coffin in the desert.

Inside it, a deadly machine gun, a weapon used at the time but not really common. A kind of superpower, which made history. After the first film in 1966, a plethora of epigones – all called Django, all disconnected from the progenitor – and an official sequel, Django 2 – The Great Return, directed by Nello Rosselli in 1987 with an eye to the emergence of the Stallonian Rambo and his sequel that became Tormantone: Rambo 2 – Revenge.

And now the Sky Original series (with Cattleya, Atlantique and Canal +) which also sees, among others, Noomi Rapace, Vinicio Marchioni and Manuel Agnelli. Comencini begins with a statement in support of "Mahsa Amini - the 22-year-old Kurd who died three days after her arrest for not wearing the veil correctly - and all the girls and boys in Iran who are fighting for freedom".

"This project captured me right away, also thanks to extremely strong female characters – he continues – Django offers a new and interesting point of view on the idea of masculinity in the western genre. It is a universal story that celebrates diversity and minorities. I'm sure it will intrigue and fascinate viewers all over the world. The westerns I grew up with were a great fairy tale for adults who managed to convey an indomitable spirit of revolt that played a great role in my formation as a rebellious girl. Our western tradition is legendary, we respected it but talking about our time. We used the dream of boundless cinema that is the western to talk about our era, with great protagonism to the female characters, and to tell an anti-hero with intimate crises, linked to an affective sphere. It is a crisis that has to do with the new codes of virility. It is a world that is afraid of diversity. There is a female villain, a woman who becomes the guardian of a patriarchal order. It is about making a captivating work to tell characters that can be contradictory, even in a world that claims to be utopian".

Rapace comments: "They created a new door for me, towards an extremely complex character, we started to dig inside her from the first call, she starts as a bad person, capable of incredible violence and extremism, but gradually you begin to understand why she is made like this".

Screenwriters Maddalena Ravagli and Leonardo Fasoli talk about the relationship with Tarantino: "We also dealt with Tarantino's Django, because even that, in a spectacular way, makes a political story. Not a statement but a reflection that starts from the condition of the black population after the end of the Civil War and stages characters that reflect conditions that still exist today. Tarantino is clearly a reference, in an attempt to try to find keys to talk about problems that we feel even closer, including a strong contrast between identity and minority cultures and those who perceive this element as the future, and those who think it is a threat. An eternal contradiction between openness and closure".

Spaghetti Western English Speaking Voice Actors – Robert Dryden


Robert Dryden was one of radio's busiest and most versatile character actors throughout the 1940s and 1950s. He was frequently heard on such classic radio shows as “Gangbusters”, “The FBI In Peace And War”, “Studio One”, “The Ford Theater”, “Casey Crime Photographer”, “Mollee Mystery Theater” and many other dramatic programs as well as on numerous soap operas. In the 1970s Dryden starred with Peg Lynch on” Lynch's Little Things In Life” radio series and was a frequent performer on Himan Brown's “CBS Mystery Theater” series.

Dryden was a voice-over regular on the popular 1930s radio series "Gangbusters" that featured weekly episodes based actual crime incidents. Each program ended with various descriptions of wanted criminals, many of whom were later arrested due to avid listener participation.

Between 1974 and 1982, he appeared in 243 episodes of the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater."

DRYDEN, Robert (Robert Dryfoos) [2/8/1917, New York, U.S.A. – 12/16/2003, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Parkinson’s Disease)] – film, radio, TV, voice actor.

Robert Dryden's Spaghetti Western English voices.

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 – [English voice of Joseph Egger]

For a Few Dollars More – 1965 – [English voice of Joseph Egger]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 [English voice of mission padre]

Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [English voice Antonio Palombi]

Special Birthdays

 Ignazio Balsamo (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1994.

Melchiade Coletti (screenwriter) would have been 100 today but died in 1997.

Abdurraham Salja (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 1994.

Lauretta Masiero (actress) would have been 95 today but died in 2010.

Luigi Perelli (actor) is 85 today.

Bobby Rhodes (actor) is 75 today.