Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Wendy D’Olive

 

Wendy D’Olive was born in Rome, Italy on April 14, 1954. She is the daughter of actress Gabriella D’Olive whose real name is Gabriella Venditti and born on December 2, 1928. Wendy began her career at a young age with photo sessions for advertising posters, which led to her appearing in the television series ‘David Copperfield’. From 1967 onwards she also worked occasionally for the cinema. In May 1973 she began a career as an actress in photo novels, which lasted until 1987 and spanned 431 issues.

Wendy appeared in ten films from 1966 until 1977. Only one was a Euro-western “Red Coat” with Fabil Testi. Wendy was most recently seen in the 2016 documentary “Mad Dog Helmut” directed by Uwe Huber.

D’OLIVE, Wendy Deborah (aka Wendi D'Olive, Wendy d'Olive) [4/14/1954, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] – model, film actress, daughter of actress Gabriella D'Olive (Gabriella Venditti) [1928-     ].

Red Coat – 1974 (Shee-Noa)

Special Bithdays

 Roberto Montero (director, screenwriter) would have been 115 today but died in 1986.



Tuesday, December 6, 2022

RIP Mihail ‘Miha’ Baloh

 


Slovenian actor Mihail Baloh died on December 6, 2022. He was 94. Born in Jesenice, Slovenia, Yugoslavia on June 21, 1928 Miha started participating in local theatre productions after the World War II and eventually enrolled in the AGRFT in Ljubljana, from where he graduated in 1952. In 1953, he began collaboration with the Permanent Slovene Theatre in Trieste. There he worked with the director Jože Babič who also offered him his first major film role. From 1967, he also worked on international productions on projects such as the Austrian TV comedy series ‘Leni’, in several German Winnetou films and a French-German series on Omer Pasha.He continued to work in the theatre throughout his career. Miha was married to actress Štefka Drolc in the 1940s and they had a child Rena in 1942. Baloh was awarded the Bert Award for Lifetime Achievement [2014]. Miha appeared in six Euro-westerns: “Frontier Hellcat” 1964 (‘Reverend’ Weller); “The Desperado Trail” 1965 (Gomez); “The Halfbreed” 1966 (judge); “Thunder at the Border” 1966 (Captain Luis Sanchez Quilvera); “The Hellhounds of Alaska” 1972 (Buffins) and ‘The Jack London Story’ (TV) – 1973.

Spaghetti Western Location – A large estate seen in several Spaghetti westerns


 Finally one of the missing locations in Madrid has been located. This is an estate where scenes of "7 Guns for the MacGregors", "Sugar Colt" and "Zorro Rides Again" were filmed (where he represented the people of Campurritos). The estate is located in the vicinity of Aranjuez, abandoned and in ruins. The buildings have changed quite a bit, but you can still tell the site from the landscape.



English Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns – John Gayford

 

John Gayford Harry was born in Hertfordshire, England on February 20, 1933. John was brought up in India, schooled in Britain, attended Webber-Douglas School of Drama in London and was an officer in the RAF. He spent 10 years an actor, theatre, film, TV, then wrote & directed. John then went to Rome to appear as a guard in “Cleopatra”. He decided to stay and became involved in voice dubbing and writing English dialogue for Italian films. He has an uncredited voice dubbing role in 1983's "2020 Texas Gladiators".

GAYFORD, John (John Gayford Harry) [2/20/1933, Hertfordshire, England, U.K. – 7/9/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – writer, film, voice actor, 

John Gayford’s English dubbed western:

2020 Texas Gladiators – 1983 [voice]

Special Birthdays

 Lina Carstens (actress) would have been 130 today but died in 1978.







Jacinto San Emeterio (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1997.







Gaetano Scala (actor) is 90 today.







Jaime Fernandez (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2005.



Monday, December 5, 2022

Olivier Hémon

 


French theater, film, voice actor and director Olivier Hémon died in Paris, France on December 3, 2022. He was 72. Born in Paris on September 3, 1950, he is the twin brother of actor Éric Hémon. Olivier was known for The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), Nikita (1990) and La colo (1992). Hémon also had an extensive career in film dubbing and voice acting. Olivier was the French voice of Jack Dalton, Hank Bully, Denver Miles, Flood, Indian Joe, Patronimo, Texas Killer, Thirsty Bear, Grison in the 1991-1992 ‘Lucky Luke’ TV series.

50th Anniversary of the premier of “Sting of the West”

 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Sting of the West” directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring Jack Palance, Timothy Brent and Lionel Stander. The story tells of Tedeum Manure (Timothy Brent) along with his father Stinky (Lionel Stander), his mother and grandfather insult and beat each other up furiously, but in their own way they love each other. They have the deed to a rich mine in an area that is full of cheaters and swindlers where documents relating to mining operations are non-existent. Mr. Grant (Eduardo Fajardo) buys these unproductive mines at auction at ridiculously low prices, which he then operates, with the intention of getting his hands on a real producing mine sooner or later. Coming on the scene is Father Jackleg (Jack Palance) a fake priest who is actually an escaped convict named Buck Santin on whose head hangs a sizeable reward. Tedeum and all the Manure family find themselves in the pool of a public restroom, where their mine document becomes soggy and faded, and then useless. Finally, it all comes together in a penitentiary, at the center of which is the well that leads to the rich mine.

 

Te Deum – Italian title

Tedeum – Spanish title

Sore in the Saddle – Australian title

Tedeum – Um Pistoleiro em Apuros – Brazilian title

Man kalder os Vestens frækkeste fupmagere – Danish title

Tedeum - Lännen rämäpää – Finnish title

Te deum – French title

Tedium – Jeder Hiess ein Prankschleg – German title

Tedeum, i pio dynati grothia – Greek title

Vrohi apo sfaires – Greek title

Dá-lhe Agora Tedeum – Portuguese title

Tedium tar hem potten – Swedish title

The Con Men – English title

Father Jackleg – English title

Sting of the West – English title

 

A 1972 Italian, Spanish film co-production [FP Cinematografica, Canaria Film (Rome),

     Tecisa (Madrid)]

Producers: Franco Palaggi, Virgilio De Blasi

Director: Enzo G. Castellari (Enzo Girolami)

Story: Gianni Simonelli (Giovanni Simonelli), José G. Maesso (José Gutiérrez Maesso),

     Enzo Girolami

Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Gianni Simonelli (Giovanni Simonelli), Enzo Girolami, José G.

     Maesso (José Gutiérrez Maesso)

Cinematography: Manuel Rojas (Manuel Hidalgo) [Technicolor, Techniscope]

Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

Running time: 99 minutes

 

Cast:

Buck Santini/Father Jackleg – Jack Palance (Volodmyr Palanyuk, Jr.)

Tedium Manure – Timothy Brent (Giancarlo Prete)

Stinky Manure – Lionel Stander

Betty Brown – Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Grant – Eduardo Fajardo

Wendy Brown – Mabel Karin (Ana Suriani)

Sheriff – Riccardo Garrone

Sheriff on train – Gianclaudio Jabes (Jean-Claude Jabes)

Ma Manure – María Vico (María Villardo)

Rags Manure – Renzo Palmer (Renzo Bigatti)

Billy – Ángel Álvarez (Ángel Fernandez)

Blake – Rocco Lerro

Smith – Ettore Mattia

Waiter – Dante Cleri

Rich man on train – Ivan Palance (Ivan Palanyuk)

Grant henchman – Freddy Unger (Goffredo Unger), Claudio Ruffini

Branch - Miguel Jiminez Pedregosa

Francisco – Franco Borelli

Miner – Karl Braun

Little Girl – Stefania Girolami

Way station cook – Carlo Calo

Man at water trough – Paolo Figlia

Beer wagon driver – Joaquin Solis

Train passenger – Paul Costello

Waiter – Bruno Boschetti

With: Carla Mancini, Fidel Gonzáles (Fidel Gárcia), Guillermo Méndez



European Western Comic Books - Albi nuove avventure - Tascabili (Il Gran Capo Bakalon - Genny la Volante - Lone Ranger - Il Cavaliere Rosso - Colpo di Fulmine)

 

NEW ADVENTURES BOOKS: Pocket size (The Grand Chief Bakalon - Genny the Flying - Lone Ranger - The Red Knight - Lightning Strike)

A pocket edition of the Albi nuove adventure series featuring: The Adventures of the Big Chief Bakalon (Big Chief Wahoo) (UK) by Allen Saunders and Elmer Woggon; Genny la Volante (Flyin 'Jenny) (GV) by Russell Keaton; Charles Flanders' Lone Ranger (LR); Fred Harman's The Red Knight (Red Ryder) (CR); Colpo du fulmine (Hopalong Cassidy) (CF),  Tom Mix and Dick Montes (Monte Hale) (DM), all taken from Fawcett's comic books, with texts by Otto Binder and Paul S. Newman and drawings by Carl Pfeufer and John Jordan . And again, The Masked Ghost (The Phantom) (FM), Pippo il Parastafeste  (PG) and the Four Boys (4R). The comic book series was published in 1948 with issue #1 released on MaY 23, 1948 and ended with issue #26 in July 1949. It was published in Firenze, Italy by Corrado Tedeschi Editore under the direction of Corrado Tedeschi. Each issue consisted of 32 black and white pages with color covers.

 

Titles:

01 (23.05.48) - “La base segreta” (GV) (The Secret Base)

02 (30.05.48) - “La grande battaglia” (GV) (The Great Battle)

03 (19.06.48) - “Il cavallo selvaggio” (GB) (The Wild Horse)

04 (26.06.48) - “La Maga Rossa” (FM) (The Red Maga)

05 (03.07.48) - “La corsa dei cani” (GB) (The Dog Race)

06 (10.07.48) - “Brividi in jeep” (PG) (Chills in Jeep)

07 (07.08.48) - “La roccia del tesoro” (4R) (The Treasure Rock)

08 (14.08.48) - “La carovana del tesoro” (LR) (The Treasure Caravan)

09 (21.08.48) - “La freccia rossa” (LR) (The Red Arrow)

10 (28.08.48) - "L’accusato" (CF) (The Accused)

11 (25.09.48) - "La "gang" della Freccia Nera (LR) (The “Gang” of the Black Arrow)

12 (02.10.48) - "Tre contro la morte" (LR) (Three Against Death)

13 (09.10.48) - "L’assalto alla carovana” (LR) (The Assault on the Caravan)

14 (16.10.48) - "Il mistero del cadavere scomparso" (LR) (The Mystery of the Missing

                           Corpse)

15 (23.10.48) - "Il biglietto ingannatore" (CR) (The Deceptive Ticket)

16 (30.10.48) - "La valigia della morte" (CF) (The Suitcase of Death)

17 (06.11.48) - "Il fantasma della caverna" (LR) (The Ghost of the Cave)

18 (13.11.48) - "L’infame ricatto" (CR) (The Infamous Blackmail)

19 (20.11.48) - "Fiamme tra il grano" (LR) (Flames Among the Wheat)

20 (27.11.48) - "Colpo di fulmine" (CF) (Love at First Sight)

21 (00.00.00)

22 (00.00.00)

23 (00.03.49) - “La caccia allo sciacallo” (DM) (The Hunt for the Jackal)

24 (00.04.49) - “La lotta per la terra” (CF) (The Fight for the Land)

25 (00.06.49) - “La città fantasma” (DM) (The Ghost Town)

26 (00.07.49) - “Colpo di fulmine” (CF) (Love at First Sight)

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Spaghetti Western Locations “The Mercenary”

 We continue our search for filming locations for “The Mercenary”. While Paco and Columba begin to make love, General Garcia attacks the town with an aerial bomb and cannon fire. Curly sits patiently on his horse and watches the opening attack. Columba asks Paco what the explosions are, and he says they are fireworks celebrating their wedding. Several of Paco’s men alert him and tell him they are under attack. Paco runs to the cell where Kowalski is bound and imprisoned. Paco frees Sergei and tells him he will give him his money back plus ten thousand. Sergei knocks him down runs out and locks Paco in the cell behind him. He grabs a horse bids good bye to Paco and rides off.

This scene was filmed at Nuevo Baztán, Madrid, Spain. This location was used in several Spaghetti westerns including, "The Genius", "The Hills Run Red", "Return of the Magnificent 7", Texas, Adios" to mention a few.


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

 Michele Lupo (director, screenwriter) would have been 90 today but died in 1989.









David Bailie (actor) would have been 85 today but died in 2021.



Saturday, December 3, 2022

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians? ~ Francisco Del Val

 

Francisco Garcia Del Val was born in Spain in 1898. He was a Spanish singer/songwriter and guitarist from Navarra or Aragón. He sang a “Pan, amor y beses” which was used on the soundtrack to the 1958 Euro-western “Juanito”. He died in Spain in 1984.

Del VAL, Francisco (Francisco "Paco" García de Val) [1898, Spain – 1984, Spain] – singer, songwriter, musician.

Juanito – 1958 [sings: “Pan, amor y beses”]

Special Birthdays

 Charles Hutchison (actor) would have been 125 today but died in 1949.







Ion Haiduc (actor) is 75 today.









Loris Loddi (actor) is 65 today.



Friday, December 2, 2022

Spaghetti Western Trivia – Lucky Luke 2

 

After almost losing his TV series “Lucky Luke” Terence Hill edited together episodes and added some additional footage and released the 1991 film “Lucky Luke”. He anticipated releasing a sequel to gain funds to finish the TV series, but it never came to pass. He finished the TV series and that was the end of his association with the project and the character.

[Thanks to Mike Ferguson for the poster.]

RIP James Ning

 


Film and TV actor James ‘Jimmy’ Ning died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 29, 2022, He was 87. Jimmy was born James Sing Ningkwo on August 31, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri. James was married to Christine Robens Ning from 1984-2004. He was best known for his role as Duane Chow, an associate of Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut, in the hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’. Ning appeared as Mr. Shintai in two 2008 Euro-TV westerns: "Doc West" and "Triggerman" starring Terence Hill.

Once Cowboy, Twice Cowboy

 

Раз ковбой, два ковбой – Russian title

Raz kovboy, dva kovboy – Russian title

Once Cowboy, Twice Cowboy – English title

 

A 1981 Russian animated short film production [Ekran (Moscow)]

Producer: L. Varentsova (Lidiya Varentsova)

Director: Anatoliy Reznikov

Story: Arkadiy Khayt

Screenplay: Arkadiy Khayt

Cinematography: Ernst Gaman [color]

Music: Boris Savelyev

Running time: 10 minutes

 

Cast: 

Andrey Mironov (Andrei Menaker) [voice]

Story: A bandit wearing a black mask, having shot the train, takes a bag of gold coins from the post car and hides on his horse. The bandit takes refuge in the ranch, driving out the farmer and his cow. The farmer and the cow leave for the nearest town. In the saloon, the farmer sees an announcement of a reward of one thousand coins for catching a bandit in a black mask. Then he tells local cowboys where the bandit is hiding. Cowboys go to catch a bandit, but they return back all wounded.


 

Special Birthdays

 Leo Gordon (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2000.








Jimmy Sangster (screenwriter) would have been 95 today but died in 2011.









Giorgio Bonelli (screenwriter) would have been 90 today but died in 2011.



Thursday, December 1, 2022

RIP Mylène Demongeot



French actress Mylène Demongeot died in Paris, France on December 1, 2022, after a recurrence of her ongoing battle with primary peritoneal carcinoma which was diagnosed in early October. She was 87. Born Marie-Hélène Demongeot on September 29, 1935, she spent her childhood in Nice, before moving to Paris with her family at the age of 13. A fan of the piano, she finally turned to cinema in 1953. Also a model, she posed for photographer Henry Coste with whom she fell in love. At the age of 21, she was spotted by director Raymond Rouleau for the role of Abigail in the film “The Witches of Salem”. She married Henry Coste in 1958, before divorcing in 1968. She was often compared to Brigitte Bardot because of their blondness, Mylène Demongeot decided to turn to foreign cinema. She became particularly famous in Italy in 1959 with “The Battle of Marathon”, as well as in Bolignini's “The Boys”. During her career, Mylène Demongeot played opposite such big names in cinema as Jean Marais in “Fantomas”, Yves Montand, Roger Moore, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gérard Depardieu and Dirk Bogarde. Demongeot appeared in two Euro-westerns: 1961’s “The Singer Not the Song” opposite Dirk Bogarde and John Mills and the 1885 TV series ‘The Adventures of Smoke Bellew’.

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “Heroes of the West”

 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 “Heroes of the West”

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

Mike – Walter Chiari (S) Felix Acaso

Colorado – Raimondo Vianello (S) Eduardo Calvo

Margaret – Silvia Solar (S) Carmen Morando

Barbara – Diana Lorys (S) Mercedes Mireya










Felix Acaso  (1919 – 2007)

Felix Acaso was born in Madrid, Spain on August 18, 1919. In 1946 he decided to leave his job in a bank to devote himself to voice dubbing. Advised by Fernando Rey, he was subjected to a test in the studios of Fono España, owned by the Italian Hugo Donarelli, a test that, despite the difficulty and his inexperience, he overcame. From that year until his retirement in 2000 (with the hiatus of a long stay in Mexico between 1949 and 1954), he lent his voice to all the important actors of the golden age of Hollywood. Some of the actors he dubbed were Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Chaplin, Joseph Cotten, Robert Culp, John Gielgud, Stewart Granger, Rock Hudson, Karl Malden, David Niven, Tyrone Power, James Stewart and Max von Sydow . It is almost impossible to list all the actors he dubbed, since he dubbed all of the "stars" of classic cinema, except Clark Gable.

In 1954, he formed the studio of Fono España and became a dubbing director which he would follow for decades until his death on July 11, 2007, in Madrid a month short of his 88th birthday.



Special Birthdays

 Paul Picerni (actor) would have been 100 today but died in 2011.








Roland von Rainals (actor) would have been 95 today but died in 1996.








Riz Ahmed (actor) is 40 today.



Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Spaghetti Western location – “Once Upon a Time in the West”

 The Flagstone saloon located in La Calahorra, Granada, Spain.was designed and constructed under the direction of Carlo Simi. As show below it was first used in Sergio Leone’s 1968 “Once Upon a Time in the West."

In 1973 Leone revisited the site and used the same saloon in “My Name is Nobody”.




 

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Maria D’Incoronato

 

Maria D’Incoronato is an Italian actress whose career spanned a 20+ film career from her first appearance in the Spaghetti western “The Forgotten Pistolero” in 1969 and so far ended with the role of Paola Ferri in the 2007 TV series ‘Incantesimo’. I can find little biographical information on her and no definitive birthdate. I did find out she attended the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art and was instructed by great masters such as Orazio Costa for acting, Alba Maria Setaccioli for diction and Angelo Corti for mime. She later made her theater debut with Thomas Mildton's “The Chess Game,” based on a translation by Ugo Tessitore and directed by Luca Ronconi in the role of the White Queen alongside Remo Girone.

She was engaged by the Stabile di Torino to play the leading role alongside Giulio Brogi in two works on the drama of the Resistance by Beppe Fenoglio, or Act One and Tentative Theatrical directed by Roberto Guicciardini. She then alternated between television dramas and theatrical films with other theater engagements.

Among the screenplays interpreted by the actress we remember “Rosso Veneziano”, directed by Marco Leto, “Le origini della mafia”, “La Medea di Porta Medina”, alongside Giuliana De Sio and Christian De Sica, directed by Piero Schivazappa, then “Incantesimo”, in the role by Paola Ferri.

For the big screen, however, she appeared in “The Sheriff of Rockspring”, alongside Cosetta Greco, "They Called Him Veritas”, “Signori e signore, Buonanotte”, by Ettore Scola, in the role of a TV presenter, Sweet Dreams by Nanni Moretti, “L'altro Dio”, by Elio Bartolini, for which she received critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, then “Vai Gorilla” by Tonino Valeri and “Un uomo, una città”. In 1974 she appeared in the Hong Kong film “Xiangang xiao jiao fu” where she was credited under the alias Ma-Li-Ya.

In all she appeared in four Spaghetti westerns in supporting roles and is still listed as a client with e-Talenta talent agency.

D’INCORONATO, Maria (aka Maria Morgan, Ma-Li-Ya) [194? Abruzzo, Italy -    ] – theater, film, TV actress.

The Forgotten Pistolero - 1969

Blazing Guns – 1971 (saloon girl)

The Sheriff of Rock Springs – 1971 (Julie) [as Maria Morgan

They Called Him Veritas - 1972 (Paquita)

Special BirthdaysSpecial Birthdays

 Edmund Hashim (actor) would have been 90 today but died in 1974.







Nevenka Dundek (actress) is 70 today.









Lucas Black (actor) is 40 today.



Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Por un puñado de westerns

 








Por un puñado de westerns – Spanish title

 

A 2007 Spanish documentary [Francisco Herrera Productions (Madrid)]

Producers: Francisco Herrera, Arturo Marcos, José Ulloa

Director: Frank Willis (Francisco Herrera)

Story: Frank Willis (Francisco Herrera)

Photography: Frank Willis (Francisco Herrera) [color]

Music: Luis Jimenez

Running time: 99 minutes

 

Cast:

Narrator – Claudio Rodriguez

Craig Hill (Craig Fowler), Charles Quiney (Carlos Alfonso Lodos), Joaquín Romero Marchent, Juan Bosch, José Ulloa, Arturo Marcos, Víctor Israel (José Vilanova), Joaquín Blanco (Joaquín Blanco Calvache), Juan Torres, Angela Ots, José Luis Merino, Anthony Steffen (Antonio De Teffè von Hoonholtz), Peter Lee Lawrence (Karl-Otto Hyrenbach), Fernando Sancho, Richard Harrison (Richard Harrison Jr.), Robert Hundar (Claudio Undari)

 

A Spanish documentary on Spaghetti westerns.

 

Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wPqdx1ZGfE

Darío Corral, the promising child of Almeria cinema

 The actor is the child most demanded by the cinematographic fiction of Tabernas to embody its characters.

Diario de Almeria

By Ruben Garcia Felices

November 13, 2022

Darío Corral Hernández, nicknamed "Darío Peter", is only 11 years old, and was born on November 29, 2010, in Almería. His young age can lead to misunderstandings, but this young performer, who found his vocation among the bushes and the stage of Tabernas de Almería, has chained projects tirelessly since his beginnings with 5 years of age in cinematographic audiovisual productions: “Morgan, él vino de lejos” (a short film directed by Toni Carre) was his debut in 2017; then came “La vaca moteada” (Anders Gullberg) and “Dollars de sangre” (José Corral Martínez and Didier Methivier) in 2018, a short and a feature film with a western theme filmed in Tabernas, Gérgal and Almería and; already after the pandemic, he has premiered in this 2022 (practically simultaneously) two new productions: “Frontera” (Martin Michiels and José Corral Martínez), a short film shot in Rancho Corral (also called OK Corral), a farm owned by his father converted into a town in the West; and a feature film: “A Bastard, a City and the Dead”, by the German Dirk Roche, which premiered for the first time this year at the Municipal Theater of Tabernas. In the same way, he has also participated in the film “A Dream Come True” (2022), by the Almeria director and actor Toni Carre, which will soon see the light. He is currently studying 1º of ESO at the IES Manuel de Góngora de Tabernas, and when he finishes his studies he wants to learn acting and English with the purpose of becoming a professional actor. Her favorite subjects are physical education and technology, because he likes his technology teacher and likes the topics covered in class. As for his hobbies, Darío likes to play Soccer and go to the villages of Tabernas characterized as a gunman, and now he is learning to ride a horse.

R. G. F.: How did your desire for acting come about?

Darius: I remember that my father always took me with him to his shootings and his visits to the film villages of Tabernas. A friend of his, José Antonio Carreño (Toni Carre), observed me and saw that I had self-confidence, so he gave me a small role for his short film Morgan, he came from afar. And this is how my adventure and passion for the world of acting began. I have to say that Toni Carre was the first one who believed in me at 5 years of age, for which I am eternally grateful.

R. G. F.: Do you come from a family of artists?

Darius: Yes, I come from artist parents. My father, Jose Corral Martinez (Joe Conrad), is the co-director of Frontera and Blood Dollars. He worked as part of the figuration in a series about Jesus Christ that was filmed in Sierra Alhamilla (Almería). Recently, he has worked as an extra in the film Eureka (2022), by Lisandro Alonso, alongside Viggo Mortensen, who starred in one of the main roles. His latest work as an actor has been in the feature film Un bastardo, una ciudad y los muertos (2022). My father's love for cinema comes as a child (as does me), because he lived in a farmhouse in Tabernas that was very close to the towns and went to the spaghetti western shoots that took place there in the early 70s. As for my mother, Mayra Hernández Gaytan (born in the Mexican state of Jalisco), daughter of a Spanish father and Mexican mother, I remember very well that a year ago she participated as an extra in a film that was entitled1000 lines, and that has not yet been released. And, on the other hand, my only brother I have, Elias, 8 years old, dreams every day of being a film director (we smile).

R.G. F.: Having the support of your parents is essential...

Darius: Yes, they help me with their unconditional support, day after day, to calm me down and feel confident when I am in front of a camera. Also, when I ride with my father, I have a good time. I really enjoy acting.

R.G. F.: Have you made friends your age in this world of cinema?

Darius: My friends don't like acting, because they're embarrassed. But I have always counted on my friend Eduardo, who is a little older than me, although now I have less contact with him because my family and I moved house and area. He is the son of Eduardo Garrido, a great recreationist, along with his wife Marta. Both are big fans of the western; his entire family participates year after year in the historical recreations of Oasys MiniHollywood. And, of the adult actors, my best friend is Luis Angel Sopa (Luis Clint).

R. G. F.: Why the nickname "Dario Peter"?

Darius: Because of my physical resemblance to German actor Peter Lee Lawrence, who sadly passed away very young at the age of 30.

R.G. F.: In 2018 you were given a role in La vaca moteada, a professional production created for a foreign television. How was this possible?

Darius: The Spotted Cowis the title of the second western-style episode of the television seriesIgnite the Tizonazo. It turns out that one day his director and teammates came to Oasys MiniHollywood looking for people who wanted to participate in a shoot and hired my father. Then they asked him if he knew a child actor and he introduced me to them, and they liked me. That's how I got my little role in this short film made in different locations of Tabernas and Gérgal.

R. G. F.: What has been the production in which you have enjoyed the most?

Darius: Without a doubt, Border. Because I had a great time shooting with my father's friends and I really liked the role they gave me. I played Pedro, the son of Anna, the protagonist, who was played by the Biscayan actress Isabel Rebolledo.

R.G. F.: You met the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale in person. How was it and what dealt with her?

Darius: I met her at the eighth edition of the Almería Western Film Festival (AWFF), when she received the "Tabernas de Cine" award, in 2018. Well, my father, who is a painter, fond of drawing (who works with materials and techniques of charcoal, graphite and oil), made a portrait of Claudia Cardinale as a gift and, of course, I had the great honor of delivering it in person to her in hand at the Municipal Theater of Tabernas, where she received this award.

R. G. F.: Speaking of the AWFF, have you ever had the opportunity to participate in the activities carried out by this festival?

Darius: Every year I participate in the AWFF in the Tabernas parade, I do it walking while doing pirouettes with my revolver (I am good at handling it). Already within the programming of the festival, not long ago I participated in the recreation of a scene of Until his time came, which my colleagues and I made in Western Leone (the original setting of the film). I played one of the McBains' three children. Specifically, it is the scene in which some outlaws come home and shoot with my family. I leave the house last, and they shoot me dead.

R. G. F.: Who makes you the gunslinger's clothes? And where do you get the rest of the outfit and accessories?

Darius: My gunslinger clothes are ordered by my parents from a seamstress friend of theirs in Malaga. The Mexican clothing, hats, boots, spurs and ponchos we bring from the State of Jalisco, Mexico, when we go to visit my cousins who live there. We buy the revolvers in the shops of the villages of Tabernas; I use piston revolvers (for my own safety), and my father blanks and imitations.

R. G. F.: Who are your favorite actors?

Darius: I really like Clint Eastwood, he's my favorite actor. Also, Peter Lee Lawrence.

R. G. F.: And to finish something else to add?

Darius: A few years ago, I participated in one of the video clips of the Almeria musical group The Wanders, under the direction of Benaducense director Andrés Macho and I did it dressed in a Mexican poncho and carrying a rifle. In his next film, Los silenciados, which will be the second part of Bendición, sangre y nácar(not yet released), Andrés is going to give me an important role.


Special Birthdays

 Joe Elvin (actor) would have been 160 today but died in 1935.









Roberto Camardiel (actor) would have been 110 today but died in 1986.









Pierre Gaspard-Huit (director, screenwriter) would have been 110 today but died in 2017.









Pedro Damian (actor) is 70 today.









Eddie Spears (actor) is 40 today.