Saturday, December 4, 2021

Week of December 4 - 10, 2021


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Brain Teasers:

By what name is Robert Black better known?
Nello Pazzafini, aka Giovanni Pazzafini, had that name slapped on him for ATOR 2: L'INVINCIBILE ORION.

Which Spanish actor appeared in films directed by Sergio Leone, Jose Luis Saenz de Heredia, Vittorio Cottafavi, Nicholas Ray, Jesus Franco, Giovanni Grimaldi and Lucio Fulci?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which Spanish director is credited as working with Linda Hayden, Anthony Steffen, Simon Andreu, Thomas Hunter, Agnes Laurent and John Saxon?
George Grimes knew that it was Jose Antonio de la Loma.

Which Spanish actor worked with directors Luis Bunuel, William Friedkin, Ferdinando Baldi, Umberto Lenzi, Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia and Florestano Vancini?
No one has answered this one yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian Western sports a title inspired by a scene in THE ALAMO and RIO BRAVO?
Which other Italian Western features a scene reminiscent of that same scene in THE ALAMO and RIO BRAVO?
By what name is Ted Carter better known?

Name the movies from which these images came.

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Conrado San Martin in ALL' OMBRA DI UNA COLT, aka IN A COLT'S SHADOW.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

Charles Gilbert and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Yann Larvor in ERCOLE SANSONE MACISTE E URSUS GLI INVINCIBILI, aka SAMSON AND THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Charlotte Rampling in LA CADUTA DEGLI DEI, aka THE DAMNED.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

No one identified that above photo yet.
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:

Highly enjoyed:

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (2014)


Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (2013)

Tom Lehrer: Live In Copenhagen 1967

Mildly enjoyed:

Archival Screening Night Roadshow Edition 2 (2021)  - TCM showed this program from the Association of Moving Image Archivists and I made me wonder if they would be interested in my home movies.

TORZOK, aka ABANDONED (2001) - For those who thought LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS was too light-hearted, this Hungarian film exposed the inhuman treatment of boys in an orphanage during Communism, where a boy  would be lashed for praying. While the ad copy said this was "a shocking true story", I can't find anything on the internet to confirm that it was a true story, but the film was convincing. At least with the Francois Truffaut film, you know it was autobiographical so the boy grew up to be a film director. Here we leave the boy possibly heading off to a worse situation than where he had been. Written and directed by Arpad Sopsits, the film sported a cast of children who gave performances that Truffaut would have envied. As compelling and well made as this film was, I can't say I enjoyed seeing children so severly mistreated that the most sympathetic teacher on staff ended up committing suicide. However, the boys spying on a female staff member taking a shower was enjoyable.

Il Volo: Tribute to Ennio Morricone (2021) - Il Volo looks to me to be a "boy band" version of The Three Tenors, or Two Tenors and a Baritone, but if you stick the Morricone name on anything I'll pay attention. Those hoping for these guys to do a spirited version of "Run Man Run" or "Lonesome Billy" will be disappointed. Instead someone stuck lyrics on "Esctasy of Gold" and turned it into a love song. With an orchestra conducted by Ennio's son Andrea, the instrumental portion sounds great, but who thought these proceedings need interpretive dance bits? The camerawork shows what a terrific venue the Arena di Verona is and if you like flying cameras over the audience this show is for you. Unfortunately, the guys perform many "Il Volo classics" including a bombastic version of Elton John's "Your Song", but they also perform Morricone's "Se Telefonando" so all is not irritating. It is kind of fun to see images of Gian Maria Volonte and Riccardo Cucciolla flashed on the screen during a rather weak version of "Here's To You".

Did not enjoy:

AMARAICA, aka THEY LOST OUR BABY (2020) - Writer/director Tim Sparks seems to have decided that there needed to be a melodramatic movie showing the devastation caused by the child separation policy at the U.S. Mexico border. 

THE LOVELESS (1981) - This was the debut feature of director Kathryn Bigelow, who, along with co-writer and co-director Monty Montgomery, crafted an incredibly self conscious, overly stylized and stupid reworking of THE WILD ONE that features the most fetishized version of a motorcycle gang outside of gay pornography. Marin Kanter was appealing and one wished she had appeared in more movies. If you found Robert Gordon's version of Rockabillly appealing, you may enjoy seeing him do his version of a 1950s biker here. This was Willem Dafoe's first starring role and you can see why he was subsequently cast in ROADHOUSE 66 and STREETS OF FIRE.

RUNNING TARGET (1956) - Four prisoners have escaped from prison and headed into the mountains. Sheriff Arthur Franz leads a posse of four men and one woman in pursuit. After Richard Reeves kills one escapee with a bullet through the heart from his high powered rifle, Franzs begins to wonder if he believes that "all men are brothers" and questions his job. His capture of the two of the escapees shows that Franz is good at his job, but as the pursuit continues for Myron Healy continues, Franz realizes that the woman, Doris Dowling, has only joined the posse to try and help Healy get away. In an obvious bit of symbolism, when Dowling slips away to join Healy, she switches from wearing pants to wearing a dress. Predictably things are not going to end well for the couple. Co-writer and director Marvin R. Weinstein has no fear of over-acting and yelling from his actors. With the odd credit of "Cinematorgraphic Supervisor", Conrad Hall gets good visuals photographed by Lester Shorr. Hall is also credited as one of the three screenwriters - the only writing credit of his career. Ernest Gold provides the music, four years before he hit the big time with EXODUS.


Charles Gilbert watched:

DEADLY TRACKERS (1972) Richard Harrison tracks down outlaws who killed his sister (Dada Gallotti). With Anita Eckberg, Men Fury (Furio Meniconi) and Rik Battaglia. Not to be confused with the Richard Harris film released a year later.

TWO CROSSES AT DANGER PASS (1967) Brother and sister plot revenge for the murder of their parents when they were youngsters. Peter Martell and Mara Cruz with Mario Novelli.


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