Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Who Are Those Guys? - Romeo Bosetti

Roméo Joseph Bosetti was born in Chiari, Brescia, Italy on January 18, 1879. The son of circus artists Giovanni and Filomena Baresi, he began performing at the age of ten years in the circus of his parents.  He had a brother who died at age five, and a sister Henriette who was a dancer, before she died tragically after she jumped from a window to escape a fire.

Because of the continuous wandering of his parents, Bosetti, could not attend school , but taught himself the French language, thanks to the fact that their circus often made stops in French speaking countries.

Acrobat , stuntman and music hall artist, Bosetti made ​​his debut in front of the camera in 1906 for Pathé in “La course à la perruque”, where also in the cast was André Deed.  Subsequently he moved to Gaumont, where he acted, directed and wrote screenplay for the comic series Roméo from 1908 to 1914.  Also while working for Gaumont he was the producer of three films in the Fantômas series directed by Feuillade.

Bosetti launched other comic characters and directed them personally in more than 250 films shot up until 1916 .  The first was Calino starring Clément Mege, he then returned to Pathé in 1911 and directed for the Paris film studio, and the production of the comic Nizzi inComica Film”.

Other comic characters he directed ere  Bigorno (René Lantini), Caroline (Ellen Lowe), Casimir (Lucien Bataille), Little Moritz (Maurice Schwartz), Patouillard (Paul Bertho) and Rosalie
(Sarah Duhamel).

Forced to abandon the film business during the First World War, he participated in the war where he was wounded.  After the war Bosetti’s films were no longer in demand so he resorted to production and other tasks in the distributive sector of the industry

BOSETTI, Roméo (Romolus Joseph Bosetti) [1/18/1879, Chiari, Brescia, Italy - 10/27/1948, Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France] - producer, director, screenwriter, acrobat, stuntman, son of circus performers Giovanni Baresi, Filomena Baresi, brother of dancer Henriette Baresi.
Cowboy – 1906
Roméo cow-boy – 1908 (Roméo) [also directed and wrote the screenplay]
Calino with the Indians – 1909 [also directed]

Birthdays Then and Now

Ermino Macario (actor) 1902 – 3/25/1980
Walter Lendrich (actor) 1912 – 7/15/1999
Christopher Lee (actor) 1922 –
Luigi Batzella (director, screenwriter) 1924 – 11/18/2008
Klaus Gehrke (actor) 1939 - 
Carlo Gaddi (actor) is 75 today.

Anikta Blood (actress) 1976 –

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Frontiers (TV)

Les aventuriers du nouveau-monde - French title
Abenteuer einer Lady - German title
Dödskuggans Dal - Swedish title
Den Nya Världen - Swedish title
Hudson Fronten del - Swedish title
Frontiers - Canadian title
Frontiers - English title

A 1984 British, French, Canadian, German television co-production [Milton International (Quebec)]
Producers: Jacques Dercourt, Pat Ferns (W. Patterson Ferns), Peter Graham Scott
Directors: Allan Kroeker, Pierre Lary, Victor Vicas
Story: Jean-François Charles, Maryse Charles 
Teleplay: Pierre Nivolet, Jean-Claude Camredon 
Photography:  [color]
Music: Hagood Hardy (Hugh Hardy)
Running time: 6 episodes x 45 minutes

Captain Richter - Mathieu Carrière
Baron Griffard - Daniel Ceccaldi
Faucillon - Matt Birman (Matt Birman-Feldman)
Lady Ann Howard - Mel Martin (Melanie Martin)
La Motte - Neil Munro
Barnabé - Paolo Baroni

Vaurecueil - Jacques François
Maurepas - François Lalande
Johnson - Ronald Fraser
Lord Norton - Douglas Wilmer
Nanette - Isabelle Spade
Lorrain - Fernand Guiot
Admiral - Jean‑François Rémi
Gaston - George Buza
Kanie Tawakan - Rose McInnes
Selzac – Jean-Pierre Vaguer
Lord Herne - Rodney Bewes 
Judge - Peter Copley
Suzon - Beate Kopp
Bernadette - Isabelle Nanty
Jeanne – Carmen Scarpitta
With: Graham Greene (James Nolan), Peter MacNeil, Ken Pogue (Kenneth Pogue), Nada Štefanko

A French Baron, raised by the Mohawk Indians, along with an English Lady framed for her husband's murder, are caught in the middle of the French and Indian war.

This was a six part mini-series of a British, French, Canadian television co-production.
Episodes: 1) Dangerous Mission, 2) Start to a New Land, 3) In the Wilderness, 4) Indian Justice, 5) On the Run, 6) Return to Liberty

Birthdays Then and Now

Lesley Selander (director) would have been 115, he died in 1979.

Robert Morley (actor) 1908 – 6/3/1992
Billy Beck (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 2011.

Mike Bongiorno (actor) 1924 – 9/8/2009
Richard Harrison (director, screenwriter, actor 1936 –
Susanne Breuning (actress) 1952 -
Pam Grier (actress) 1949 -
Musetta Vander (actress) 1963 –