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. 




  1. William the question about the American bodybuilder who made only one peplum because it was hard work: was it Michael Lane?

  2. John Kitzmiller was born in Battle Creek.