Friday, March 29, 2019

Week of July 13-19, 2019

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Brain Teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which actress of Italian cinema, born in Switzerland of Polish parents, died in a fire at the age of 36?"
It was Halina Zalewski of HERCULES SAMSON AND ULYSSES and THE BOUNTY KILLER - credited as Ella Karin.

Which Italian film director worked with Peter Lee Lawrence, Glenn Saxon, Broderick Crawford, Mel Welles, Akim Tamiroff and Vincent Price?
Charles Gilbert knew that it was Fernando Cerchio.

Which Italian actor, celebrated for his Hamlet, starred in a  movie set during the Mexican revolution?
No one has answered this question yet.

By what name is Anthony Greepy better known?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Primo Zeglio.

Which American actor was under contract to 20th Century Fox from 1944 to 1947, but became a star of swashbucklers in Italy?
George Grimes knew that it was Frank Latimore.

Which American actor who made Italian action films was married to the daughter of the President of Indonesia?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which actress who appeared in Italian mythological films was born in Cuba in 1944 and is still alive?
By what name is Italian writer Julian Berry better known?
Complete the lyric: "__ ___ __ _____, a man of high degree."

Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Gabriele Tinti in IL FIGLIO DI DJANGO, aka VENGEANCE IS A COLT 45.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

No one identified the above photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Janet Agren in PAURA NELLA CITTA DEI MORTI VIVENTI, aka CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, aka GATES OF HELL.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Cecilia Cheung in ZU WARRIORS, aka THE LEGEND OF ZU.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:


LE CONCERT (2009) - Romanian-born French film director Radu Mihaileanu delivers a moving comedy about a Russian orchestra conductor obsessed with performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major op. 35 decades after his concert was shut down by the Soviets because he wouldn't fire his Jewish musicians. His opportunity arrives when he intercepts a fax from a French theater to the orchestra of the Bolshoi Ballet inviting them to perform in Paris. As long as he can get violin star Anne-Marie Jacquet, played by Melanie Laurent, to perform with them, his long with-held dream can come true.

Mildly enjoyed:

MALEFICENT (2014) - I'm a bit dubious about a movie that suggests that humans are no good, but this revising of the story of Sleeping Beauty is rather charming.



Did not enjoy:

COLD TURKEY (1971) - As a director, Norman Lear never equalled his sometime partner Bud Yorkin.

THE KLANSMAN (1974) - If you want to make a realistic movie about Alabama and the Klu Klux Klan perhaps you shouldn't hire an English director, a Welsh actor and an Italian actress. Lee Marvin is the only one of the major players in this production with any sense of believabilty, but there is only so much he can do with the material. Reportedly, Sam Fuller was originally set to write and direct this movie and had something very different in mind. Even so, the film does flame anti-racist feelings and it ends endorsing violence against the Klan. Among those not helped in their careers by this movie are: Richard Burton, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson, Luciana Paluzzi, Lola Falana and Linda Evans.


Charles Gilbert watched:


APOSTLE PETER : REDEMPTION (2016) I didn't think he had it in him, but Stephen Baldwin essays an effective neurotic Nero. I was beginning to compare him in this film with Gianni Rizzo's Nero performance in THE TEN GLADIATORS. John Rhys Davies is the persecuted Peter, and Eighties' cheesecake star Bobbie Phillips plays Nero's neglected wife Poppoea.


David Deal enjoyed:

VICE (18) - Government works the way you always thought and were told it works.  The law does not apply to the rich and powerful. The hoax of Iraq seems like child's play today, and the point of the filmmakers is that the trend wrought by Cheney is continuing and it will get worse before it gets better.

THE BOUNTY KILLER (65) - Good natured Dan Duryea moves west and decides to go into the bounty hunter business.  After his partner is killed, Duryea goes revengin' with the expected results.  In one of his last efforts, serial master Spencer Gordon Bennet put together a fatalistic western with a veteran cast and a star who could carry it.

THE POLICE: EVERYONE STARES (06) - Documentary made up of Stewart Copeland's home movies is an interesting watch.





Mildly enjoyed:

TEN GLADIATORS (63) - Roger Browne gathers a band of merry gladiators, including Dan Vadis, to overthrow the corrupt Nero. Parolini's adventure has acrobatics and a midget.  Standard fare.

THE BLACK ABBOT (34) - An old house's ghostly legend is used by a gang to kidnap a rich man for ransom.  British Scooby-Doo-type mystery that barely entertains.

THE TELL-TALE HEART (34) - The occasional directorial flourishes keep up the interest but this isn't the most dynamic or compelling adaptation.

CAVALIER OF THE DEVIL'S CASTLE (59) - Massimo Serrato is the evildoer in this Scarlet Pimpernel-type tale. Something Weird's DVR is a cropped 16mm black and white presentation. 



Friday, March 22, 2019

SPAGHETTI CINEMA back issue listing

A photocopy fanzine investigating Italian and Spanish popular cinema, S.C. began in 1984 and continues to come out as often as possible.

Order from: 
William Connolly
1763 Pinnacle Way
Upland, CA 91784-9251

All back issues are kept available. It is $10 per issue - postage included.

 #1 (May 1984) Personal History of Italian Westerns/GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES/YOJIMBO Vs. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS

 #2 (Sept 1984) Richard Harrison/Chang Cheh/CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER/THE FOUR ASSASSINS/YOR

 #3 (Dec 1984) HERCULES: Reeves vs. Ferrigno/Franco Solinas/TEPEPA/A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL

 #4 (Jan 1985) Reeves vs. Ferrigno II/Anthony M. Dawson/Lo Lieh/HORROR CASTLE/KILLER FISH

 #5 (Feb 1985, 90pages) Michele Lupo/Sid Pink/Ennio Morricone/Richard Harrison/Chang Cheh

 #6 (May 1985) Ferdinando Baldi/Marcello Baldi/Ennio Morricone/KING DAVID/SAUL AND DAVID

 #7 (July 1985) Ennio Morricone interview/Steve Reeves/Aldo Sambrell/A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS

 #8 (Oct 1985) Steve Reeves 2/Laura Gemser/Ennio Morricone party/TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM


#10 (March 1986) Jose Antonio de la Loma/Lang Jeffries/Lamberto Bava/THE BARCELONA KILL

#11 (April 1986) Personal History of Italian Epics/Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

#12 (May 1986) Italian Western Comic Satire/Antonio Molino Rojo/TAUR/MANOS TORPES

#13 (June 1986) Gordon Scott/More Steve Reeves/Don Taylor/Tetsuro Tamba/5 MAN ARMY

#14 (Aug 1986) Gordon Scott 2/Frank Wolff/Video Reviews/A FEW DOLLARS FOR DJANGO

#15 (Nov 1986) Gordon Scott 3/Frank Wolff 2/ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST/THE TRAMPLERS

#16 (Jan 1987) Gordon Scott 4/Frank Wolff 3/WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS/COBARI/LION OF ST. MARK


#18 (March 1987) Gordon Scott 5/Riccardo Freda interview/SARTANA checklist/I VAMPIRI

#19 (May 1987) Gordon Scott 6/Riccardo Freda 2/Nico Fidenco/WITCHES' CURSE/THEODORA

#20 (July 1987) Monsters of Hercules/Gordon Scott 7/Riccardo Freda 3/DANGER! DEATH RAY

#21 (July 1987) Gordon Scott 8/Dean Reed/Sean Flynn/SON OF CAPTAIN BLOOD/Video Reviews

#22 (Aug 1987) Italian Soundtrack Albums/TRINITY Checklist/More Video Reviews

#23 (Oct 1987) Joe D'Amato/More Italian Soundtracks/More Video Reviews/5 GIANTS FROM TEXAS

#24 (Nov 1987) Joe D'Amato 2/Richard Harrison interview/THE INVINCIBLE GLADIATOR

#25 (Jan 1988) Joe D'Amato 3/Richard Harrison 2/More Soundtracks/STAGEFRIGHT/

#26 (March 1988) Richard Harrison 3/Joe D'Amato 4/Carlo Rambaldi and Son/

#27 (April 1988) Richard Harrison 4/KOMMISAR X/SEVEN DOORS TO DEATH/Brad Harris

#28 (May 1988) Joe D'Amato 5/Joe Robinson interview/ATOM AGE VAMPIRE

#29 (June 1988) Joe D'Amato 6/ Richard Harrison 5/EROTIC NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

#30 (July 1988) Richard Harrison 6/Joselito/NIGHT OF THE SHARKS/HIS NAME WAS KING

#31 (Aug 1988) Mark Forest Interview/Joselito 2/Joe D'Amato 7/WARRIOR QUEEN/SON OF SAMSON

#32 (Nov 1988) Mark Forest 2/Richard Harrison 7/Christopher Mitchum/THE MAGNIFICENT GLADIATOR

#33 (Dec 1988) Mark Forest 3/Enzo G. Castellari interview/GO KILL AND COME BACK/LION OF THEBES

#34 (March 1989) Richard Harrison 8/John Dulaney interview/Mark Forest 4/Making ROBOWAR

#35 (June 1989) Sergio Leone obits/Reg Park interview/Robert Woods interview/

#36 (Aug 1989) Richard Harrison 9/"Castle of Frankenstein" reprints/NINJA TERMINATOR

#37 (Nov 1989) Reg Park 2/Jacinto Molina-Paul Naschy interview/John Steiner/Robert Woods 2

#38 (Jan 1990) Richard Harrison 10/Lee Van Cleef filmography/Diana Conca interview

#39 (March 1990) Gordon Mitchell interview/Salvador Sainz/Fred Olen Ray on Lee Van Cleef

#40 (July 1990) Gordon Mitchell 2/Sergio Corbucci/Tony Anthony and Friends

#41 (Aug 1990) 1968, Cinema's Greatest Year?/BEYOND THE LAW/COMMANDOS/BANDIDOS

#42 (Nov 1990) Brad Harris interview/Victor Israel interview/THE REBEL GLADIATORS

#43 (Jan 1991) Reg Lewis interview/Antoni Ribas/Robert Woods 3/Sergio Corbucci 2

#44 (April 1991) Serge Gainsbourg/Donald Pleasence/"CoF" reprints/THE FURY OF HERCULES

#45 (July 1991) Richard Harrison 11/Reg Park 3/Carlo Vanzina/VOODOO BABY/MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE

#46 (Sept 1991) Belinda Lee/Walter Barnes/Bigas Luna/CONSTANTINE AND THE CROSS/

#47 (Dec 1991) Gordon Mitchell 3/Tony Anthony and Friends 2/Cowboy Gangsters/

#48 (Jan 1992) Ed Fury interview/Janet Agren filmography/ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA

#49 (June 1992) A Random Review Issue with Ed Fury filmography/INQUISICION/MIGHTY URSUS

#50 (Sept 1992) A Special Anniversary Issue On the People In S.C. History

#51 (Oct 1992) Donald Pleasence 2/Paul Muller filmography/Figures in Greek Cinema

#52 (March 1993) Sergio Corbucci 3/DUEL OF THE TITANS/Goodbye to Dana Andrews and Chuck Connors

#53 (June 1993) Robert Woods 4/Italian Epics Released In the USA/UNFORGIVEN/$5,000 ON THE ACE


#55 (Jan 1994) Pietro Francisci/TV Prologue For A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS/ATTILA/WARRIOR EMPRESS


#57 (Aug 1994) A Visit To the Western Locations In Almeria, Spain

#58 (Oct 1994) Duccio Tessari Interview and Filmography/Italian Sword And Sandal trivia

#59 (Dec 1994) Dancing Girls In Epic Films/Gordon Mitchell 4/ACHILLES/THE CENTURION

#60 (Feb 1995) Dancing Girls In Epic Films 2/Sylva Koscina/UNCLE WAS A VAMPIRE/

#61 (June 1995) Dancing Girls In Epic Films 3/Woody Strode/Another Visit To Almeria

#62 (Aug 1995) Dancing Girls In Epic Films 4/Tony Anthony and Friends 3/BLINDMAN/GET MEAN


#64 (March 1996) Dancing Girls In Epic Films 5/Guy Madison/Martin Balsam/"Castle of Frankenstein"

#65 (Aug 1996) Dancing Girls 6/Sergio Corbucci 4/Lucio Fulci & Luigi Pistilli Obits & Filmographies

#66 (Jan 1997) Dancing Girls 7/Obituary and Filmography for Bruno Corbucci/COP IN BLUE JEANS

#67 (July 1997) Dancing Girls 8/Giulio Questi Interview and Filmography/DJANGO KILL!/Franco Arcalli

#68 (Oct 1997) The Siegfried Movies/Mike Monty Profile/The Films of David Warbeck/Mirella Panfili

#69 (July 1998) Walter Barnes 3 and obituary/THE RAPE OF THE SABINES/GARTER COLT/MOMENT TO KILL

#70 (Jan 1999) More On Almeria, Spain/SIGFRIDO/Don Taylor & Vittorio Cottafavi Obits & Filmographies

#71 (Oct 1999) Rossano Brazzi and Horst Frank Obituaries and Filmographies/Lee Van Cleef on the set

#72 (July 2000) Sword and Sandal Directors Talk #1/Richard Wyler Interview and Filmography/Steve Reeves Obit

#73 (July 2001) Sword and Sandal Themes/Monte Hellman Interview/Tiberio Mitri Obit/Manuel Cano #1

#74 (Feb 2003) Sword and Sandal Directors Talk #2/Manuel Cano #2/Italian Westerns On DVD #1

#75 (June 2004) Arianne Ulmer Cipes on Edgar G. Ulmer/Samson Burke Talks/Thomas Hunter Talks

#76 (Feb 2006) The Beasts of Hercules/Manuel Cano #3/Italian Western Directors Talk #1

#77 (Jan 2008) The Monsters of Hercules/Italian Western Directors Talk #2/Mickey Hargitay filmography