Sunday, November 29, 2015

Spaghetti Western Locations

We continue our search for locations for “The Gatling Gun”. Chris spends the afternoon seducing Belle Boyd and then rides away from her home and stops in a grove of trees. He goes to the base of a particular tree and begins to look for something at its base. Suddenly he is caught in a booby-trap and ends up hanging by his hands five feet off the ground. Mr. Bishop and several of his men approach and Bishop asks him if he is looking for this, holding up a money belt. He asks Chris where the meeting with Tarpas and the Confederates is taking place but Chris refuses to tell him. After telling Bishop he has spent an enjoyable afternoon with Belle he is beaten by Bishop’s henchmen until he is able free himself and escape and rides off on his horse.

According to Robert Woods this scene was filmed at a mansion near Barcelona, Spain. This same location was used in George Montgomery’s “The Outlaw of Red River” as the location of General Camargo's hacienda.

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations

New Book Release

Aldo Lado & Ernesto Gastaldi: Due cineasti, due interviste
By JanŠvábenický
Language: Italian
151 pages
ISBN-13: 9788876065286

Czechoslovakian author and film researcher, Jan Švábenický met Aldo Lado the first time in person, in Prague in July 2011. During this meeting, they talked about the long career of Lado, from assistant director, scriptwriter, writer and director in Italy, but also about his relationship to foreign cinemas, which began in the first half of the sixties, with the French film industry. Another topic of their talk was about his experience with ‘popular’ and the more intellectual films

The first contacts between Švábenický and Ernesto Gastaldi date back to May of 2009 via the Internet. Gastaldi began to tell the student in Prague, about his adventures as a writer and director for the period from the 1960’s to the 1990s.

This bookc contains a written account of these conversations and also contains contributions by Pino Donaggio and Sergio Martino.

Author Jan Švábenický was born on May 29, 1981 in Nový Jiin in the region of Moravia-Silesia, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), he is a historical, researcher, journalist and film essayist. He lives in Pibor (Moravia-Silesia), birthplace of Sigmund Freud. He specializes in the history of Italian cinema for the period from the 1950s to the 1990s, and its popular genres. In 2008 he finished his studies in the Department of Science Studies of Theatre, Film and Mass Media at the University of Palacky (UP), Olomouc, Czech Republic. In July 2014 he completed his doctorate (PhD) in 'Institute of Communication Literary and Artistic Constantine the Philosopher University (UKF) in Nitra, Slovakia.

Birthdays Then and Now

Harry Essex (screenwriter) would have been 105, he died in 1997.
Roberto Camardiel (actor) 1917 – 11/7/1986
Pierre Gaspard-Huit (director, screenwriter) 1917 -
Pedro Fenollar (actor) 1923 – 9/24/1985
Roland Brand (actor) 1929 – 1984
Julio Aleman (actor) – 1933 – 4/11/2012
Romano Scandariato (screenwriter) 1938 – 12/18/2010
Franco Trevisi (actor) 1945 -
Bigote Arrocet (actor) 1949 -
Pedro Damian (actor) 1952 –
James Blackburn (actor) is 45.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

RIP Norbert Gastell

Renowned German voice actor Norbert Gastell died on November 26th in Munich, Germany. He was 86. Born to German parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 14, 1929 he moved to Munich where he attended the drama school of Ruth von Zerboni. He then entered the Theater and later was seen on television before turning to voice acting. He was best known as the German voice of Homer Simpson but to western fans he was the German voice in twelve Euro-westerns such as: the voice of Aldo Sambrell in For a Few Dollars More, Jean Luis in Trinity is STILL My Name.