Friday, April 18, 2014

Guess Who I Am

I was born in Morocco in 1940.
I’ve appeared in over 130 films and TV shows.
I appeared in only one Euro-western in 1965.
Guess who I am.

Der Todessattel

Der Todessattel – German title
A 1919 German production [C.B. Film (Ludwigshafen)]
Producer: Carl Becker
Director: ?
Story: ?
Screenplay: ?
Cinematography: ? [black & white]
Running time: 1079 meters
Texas Jack – Carl Becker
Story: Unknown.

Happy 70th Birthday Lorenza Guerrieri

Lorenza Guerrieri was born on April 18, 1944 in Rome, Italy. Guerrieri made her film debut 1965 in “Le sedicenni”, and later appeared in films of many genres, mainly in secondary roles. She became popular with the TV-series ‘Michele Strogoff’ (1975), in which she played the role of Nadia Fedor; since then she’s focused her career in television. She’s also had a less prolific stage career, that includes works with Garinei & Giovannini, Alberto Lionello and Maurizio Scaparro.
Guerrieri appeared in two Euro-westerns” “Kill and Pray” (1967) in the role of Marta and “A Man Called Amen” (1968) as Murial.
Today we celebrate Lorenza Guerrieri’s 70th birthday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Who Are Those Gals? - Erika Blanc

Enrica Bianchi Colombatto was born in Gargnano sul Lago di Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy on July 22, 1942. The daughter of Roberto Bianchi, inventor and manufacturer of the maxi Fd
"Aleir". The beautiful and redhead moved to Rome to work in the film industry as an actress.
She began he film career in 1964 , making the appearance in the film by Tinto Brass “Il disco volante” with Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Monica Vitti , Eleonora Rossi Drago and Lello Bersani. Subsequently, she becomes an unofficial bond-girl in the film series 077 (not 007!), The Italian homemade spy who recounts little adventures of the most authentic James Bond. Now known as Erica Blanc, she will work primarily in B films of the Italian cinema, with Umberto Lenzi and Duccio Tessari in an impressive number of erotic films, horror films, crime films and Spaghetti westerns. She appeared under such aliases as Erica Bianchi, Erika Blanc, Arika Blanck, Diana Sullivan, Erica White, Erika White.
Blanc appeared in 17 Euro-westerns from “Colorado Charlie” (1965) as a saloon singer using the alias Erica White to “The Stranger and the Gunfighter” (1974) as the American mistress.
Blanc becomes a partner with actor Alberto Lionello [1930-1984] (until his death), an animal lover (especially dogs and cats) and in the 1970s turns to the world of television, working mainly in horror as in the episode "La bambola della serie" in the TV series ‘La porta sul buio’ (1973) and "Night in the House of Usher” in the series ‘The Fantastic Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’ ( 1979) by Daniele D' Anza, but is also remembered for the miniseries ‘Puzzle’ (1978) by Pino Guido with Stagnaro Colizzi.
In 1983, she took part in the musical film directed by Gabriele Salvatores “Sogno di una notte d'estate”, but continues to favor the small screenProfumo di classe’ (1984); ‘Quando arriva il giudice’ (1986) by Giulio Questi with Mimsy Farmer, Anna Galiena, Therese Ann Savoy, Renato Scarpa and Toni Ucci; ‘L'edera’ (1992) by Fabrizio Costa with Agnese Nano, Vanni Corbellini, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Clarissa Burt, Nicola Farron and Marina Giulia Cavalli; ‘Papà prende moglie’ (1994) by Nini Salerno with Marco Columbro and Leo e Beo (1998).
After a long absence from the big screen, she’ back in the limelight thanks to a minor role in the film “Le fate ignoranti” (2001) directed by Ferzan Ozpetek with Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Renzi, Gabriel Garko and Filippo Nigro. Her character is that of an eccentric mother of Margherita Buy, a widow who has just discovered that her deceased husband had an affair with another man. But it is with “Cuore sacro” (2005), with the same director she receives nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the David di Donatello and the Nastro d'Argento for the role of Aunt Maria Clara, locked up in an institution by her sister, played by Lisa Gastoni. Now rediscovered her cinematic and television career expands as in “Voci” (2000) by Franco Giraldi and “Non ho l'età 2” (2002) by Giulio Base with Marco Columbro, Eliana Miglio, Raffaele Pisu, Enzo Cannavale, Enzo Garinei, Novello Novelli, Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Gisella Burinato, Anna Orso and Renzo Rinaldi. Blanc also appears in numerous fiction “Francesco”, “La casa dell'angelo”, “Fratelli” and “Caccia segreta”, receiving the Silver Ribbon for her best supporting actress role in “Il più crudele dei giorni” (2003). Her crowning achievement for her 50 year career was as Mrs. Gemma in the TV series ‘Carabinieri’ (2002-2008) which allowed her to play opposite such renowned actors as Andrea Roncato, Alex Partexano, Paolo Villaggio, Maurizio Casagrande, Walter Nudo, the late Vincenzo Crocitti, Martina Colombari, Dario Vergassola, Francesco Giuffrida, Ettore Bassi, Aurora Cancian, the showgirl Manuela Arcuri and Pino Caruso. She also took part in “Lo zio d'America 2” (2006) by Rossella Izzo with Christian De Sica, Lorella Cuccarini and Eleonora Giorgi, while cinematically is chosen by Pupi Avati for the moviesUna sconfinata giovinezza” (2010) and “Il cuore grande delle ragazze” (2011).
Erica was married to director, screenwriter Bruno Gaburro [1939- ] from 1962-1977 and is the mother of actress Barbara Blanc.

BLANC, Erika (aka Erica Bianchi, Erika Blanc, Arika Blanck, Diana Sullivan, Erica White, Erika White) (Enrica Bianchi Colombatto) [7/22/1942, Gargnano sul Lago di Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy -    ] - stage, TV actress, married to director, screenwriter Bruno Gaburro [1939-
    ] (1962-1977), mother of actress Barbara Blanc.
Colorado Charlie - 1965 (saloon singer) [as Erica White]
Deguello - 1965 (Danger City woman) [as Arika Blanck]
Blood at Sundown - 1966 (Joselita/Joschita Rogers)
Django Shoots First - 1966 (Lucy)
Halleluja for Django - 1966 (Jenny)
Stay Away from Trinity When He Comes to Eldorado – 1966 (young Mexican at party)
$1000 on the Black - 1967 (Joselita)
Shotgun - 1968 (Joanne/Jane)
The Longest Hunt - 1968 (Sally/Jocelyn/Jennifer Londonberry)
Durango is Coming, Pay or Die - 1970
Fistful of Lead - 1970 (Trixie)
Stagecoach of the Condemned - 1970 (Martha Walton/Sonnier)
His Name was Pot... They Called Him Allegria - 1971 (girl at fiesta)
Thunder Over El Paso – 1971 (Janet/Jenny Barrett)
Thunder Over El Paso - 1972 (Jenny)
Stay Away from El Dorado When He Comes to Trinity - 1972 (Mexican girl at party)
The Stranger and the Gunfighter - 1974 (American mistress)

Happy 60th Birthday Wendy D'Olive

Wendy Deborah D’Olive was born on April 17, 1954 in Rome, Italy. She is the daughter of model Gabriella D’Olive [1933-    ] and sister of actress Leslie D’Olive while her father was an American Wendy's career started in modeling for advertisements, following in her mother’s footsteps. She then appeared in a series of soap operas. Wendy also participated in several movies, including "Mano di velluto", 1967, shot in Senigallia, which had among the extras Franco Gasparri. And then again in 1970, "Il prete sposato" with Barbara Bouchet, Lando Buzzanca, Mariangela Spalato, Rossana Podesta, Salvo Randone, and "Catch-22" with Anthony Perkins, Art Garfunkel, Martin Sheen, John Voigt, Orson Welles; 1971 - "Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate" directed by Duccio Tessari, with Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Carole André; 1972 - "L'etrusco uccide ancora". In 1974 she appeared in her only Euro-western "Red Coat" with Fabio Testi; "Scusi lei è favorevole o contrario?", With a screenplay by Alberto Sordi; 1978 - "Una spirale di nebbia" with Flavio Bucci and Eleonora Giorgi.
Today we celebrate Wendy D’Olive’s 60th birthday.

Happy 85th Birthday Michael Forest

Michael Forest was born Gerald Micahel Charlebois on April 17, 1929 in Harvey, North Dakota. He moved with his family at a very early age to Seattle, Washington. After high school he attended and graduated with a B.A. in English and drama from San Jose State University. At six-foot-three and weighing in at a lean, mean 215, Michael Forest was a rugged-looking addition to the Roger Corman and Gene Corman's list of leading men during their 1950s heyday. Between Corman films, he was a stage actor who worked in Shakespearean plays and other legitimate productions. Forest came to Hollywood in 1955 and started acting on TV and on stage at the Players Ring. In 1957, he began to study with veteran actor/acting teacher Jeff Corey, in whose classes Forest first encountered Roger Corman. Forest has also worked extensively on TV and European films. Forest was also an amateur boxer.
While living in Europe Michael appeared in five Euro-wesrterns from “The Wrath of God” in 1968 to “Now They Call Him Sacramento” in 1972 which highlighted the destruction of the Balcazar studios Esplugues City western set. He’s probably best remembered for his roles in “100 Rifles” with Raquel Welch, Jim Brown and Burt Reynolds and “The Last Rebel” with Joe Namath, Woody Strode and Jack Elam.
Today he’s known as a provider of voices for many animated titles. At the age of 71, he played the voice of Prince Olympius in “Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue”.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New DVD Release

Le seguían llamando Trinidad
(They Call Me Trinity)
Director: Enzo Barboni
Starring: Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Farley Granger
Label:  Divisa Home Video
Region: 2
Aspect ratio: PAL 2.35:1, 16:9 - PAL
Audio: Spanish Dolby Digital mono, English Dolby Digital, Italian Dolby Digital
Subtitles: Spanish
Runtime: 127 min
Extras: Gallery, filmographies
Available: April 16, 2014