Tuesday, September 2, 2014

RIP Gottfried John

German actor Gottfried John died of cancer in Munich on September 1st he was 72. Born on August 29, 1942 in Berlin, Germany, he appeared in various films during the 1970s and early 1980s, by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, notably that of Reinhold in the epic Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980). He was internationally known for his portrayal of General Ourumov in the James Bond film Golden Eye and Julius Caesar in Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar. He appeared in the Eur-western TV film Carlos in 1971.

New CD release

UN GENIO, DUE COMPARI, UN POLLO / SONNY & JED (500 EDITION) (PRE-ORDER) (CD)
 
Composer: Ennio Morricone
 
Country: Spain
Label: Quartet Records
# QR161
Tracks: 20
Total time: 62:46
Limited edition: 500 copies
Extras: 16 page booklet
Available: August 27, 2014
 
1. Un genio, due compari, un pollo (3:52)
2. Pepper Chewing-Chum (2:41)
3. Cavalcata… per Elisa (3:15)
4. Un bacio asfissiante (1:10)
5. Il Pollo (3:15)
6. Suspence per Joe (2:09)
7. Quando arriva l’amore (3:35)
8. Ansie dell’Oro (2:28)
9. Questa Pazza Pazza Corsa (2:36)
10. Glory, Glory, Glory (2:45)
11. Partita a Poker (1:14)
12. Dolore e Gioia (1:25)
13. La Miccia (1:19)
 
SONNY & JED (LA BANDA J.&S. – CRONACA CRIMINALE DEL FAR WEST)
 
14. Sonny (5:21)
15. Wanted Dead or Alive (3:42)
16. J. and s. Love (versione lunga) (2:36)
17. J.E.S.waltz (versione lunga) (5:46)
18. The Saloon’s Girls (4:02)
19. Sweet Susan (5:27)
20. Sonny (versione singolo) (3:20)
Total Disc Time: 62:46

Brett Halsey Book Review

“A GRAVE MISUNDERSTANDING”
By Brett Halsey
Abuzz Press – 2014
 
Promoted as a fast-paced, bloody, sexy-thriller…
All true to be sure!
 
As Halsey begins to set the pace, I get the distinct feeling I’ve seen something similar unfold in yet other surroundings, perhaps an inkling of life itself without the blood 'n gore of course. His main character is Ana, a hot-blooded Honduran who through no fault of her own winds up married to an A#1 asshole living in a Stateside hole in the wall called The Chalet-Highlife, a rundown motel/diner/gas establishment near an equally unforgiving swamp. This story could have taken place in lots of areas along the southern Gulf States, but it doesn’t really matter as the people here are the mainstream plot in themselves and keep us on our toes as the hook is sunk and we read on, turning pages as fast as we can.
 
Ana, is indeed both sexy and beautiful in that Latin way, but damn well full of her own agenda, (dreaming of someday living in Paris, France with lots of money as a renowned hair stylist). This of course is when she’s not throwing back a rum and cooking up more ungodly, bloody duties for her man ‘Dick’ to handle, this among his other duties, around a place that is falling down around him. She’s a lover who just can't seem to say no, or to leave.
 
Alas, the ending comes too soon for some of us die hard readers and leaves us wanting more from this bloody trail left by Ana. Unfortunately, there is no more! Perhaps, a sequel might be down the pike if she can somehow elude capture, we can hope can’t we?
 
Personally I liked the book very much, but there again I’m a fan of thrillers anyway in any form, be they novels or films. I am also a personal fan of Brett Halsey’s work on and off the big screen ever since seeing him in his JD/Hot Rod films of the late 1950's. Later I obtained his first literary work called The Magnificent Strangers a great 1978 paperback novel about the actors and the times they had while making films during the 1960's in Italy (A fast-paced, sexy read which I highly recommend). Now out in a new paperback edition from iUniverse, get it while you can!
 
Heck, I even still have one of Halsey's early starring film roles called The Girl in Lovers Lane (1959). So yes, I am a fan and continue to be even now in my 70’s. Keep up the good work Brett, man when you have it, you got it, so keep using it buddy.
 
Reviewed by James T. Prickette
 
[James T. Prickette is the author of Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns” 2012 Xlibris]

Who Are Those Guys? - John Bluthal

 
John Bluthal was born on September 2, 1929 in Jezerzany, Galicia, Poland. He immigrated to Australia with his family in 1938 at the age of nine. Bluthal was educated at Princes Hill State School in Carlton North and subsequently studied drama at the University of Melbourne, and visited England, during which time he appeared in pantomime. He worked in repertory theatre in Melbourne and was also involved in broadcasting. Bluthal appeared in drama and variety on ABC radio, including ‘The Shell Hour’ and ‘Gaslight Music Hall’ (which he devised, produced, and starred in).
 
He moved to England in 1959 where he appeared in ‘Citizen James’ for BBC television, and in the long-running UK TV series ‘Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width’ in which he played Manny Cohen, a Jewish tailor in business with an Irishman in London. Also in the early 1960s, he provided the voice for Commander Zero in the television puppet series ‘Fireball XL5’. He appeared in the role of Fagin in the musical “Oliver!” at New Theatre, London.
 
Bluthal also worked with Spike Milligan over several years, appearing with him in a 1958 Australian television special, ‘The Gladys Half-Hour’. He appeared as several characters in Milligan and John Antrobus' stage play “The Bed-Sitting Room”, which opened at the Mermaid Theatre in 1963. He also worked with Milligan on the television series ‘Q’ and its radio counterpart ‘The Milligna Show’. He previously worked with Milligan in the radio comedy series ‘The Idiot Weekly’ and ‘The Omar Khayyam Show’. Bluthal is a man of many voices, like Milligan's former radio colleague Peter Sellers, and he was used somewhat like Sellers in Milligan's later work. Bluthal also appeared in episodes of the Thames TV series ‘Reilly, Ace of Spies’.
 
In 1975, Bluthal took the part of Richard Armitage, in ‘The Melting Pot’. This was a sitcom written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand, which was cancelled by the BBC after just one episode had been broadcast. Bluthal the appeared as "Chalky", a hospital patient, in the episode ‘I Gotta Horse’ of the comedy television series ‘Doctor Down Under’.
 
His films appearances include: “The Knack ...and How to Get It” (1965), three Carry On films, two of the Doctor films, and also “The Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night” (1964) and “Help!” (1965), three roles in “Casino Royale” (1967), and two of the Pink Panther films. Bluthal also played several characters in “The Great McGonagall” (1974), by Spike Milligan and Joseph McGrath, based on the life of William McGonagall. He portrayed an Egyptologist in the year 1914 for the first part of the film “The Fifth Element” (1997), Uncle Karl in “Dark City” (1998), and in the comedy “Beware of Greeks Bearing Guns” (2000).
 
His work with the National Theatre London included roles in, “Tales from Hollywood”, “Entertaining Strangers”, “Antony and Cleopatra”, “Yonaadab”, “The Tempest”, “Winters Tale”, and “Cymbeline”.
 
His latest appearances in TV have been in the sitcom ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ as the fastidious minutes-taker Frank Pickle and as the caretaker Rocko in ‘Spirited’. He also appeared in the 2004 film “Love's Brother”.
 
John appeared as Martinelli in the 1969 Euro-western “A Talent for Loving”.

BLUTHAL, John (aka John Bluthall) [8/12/1929, Jezerzany, Galicia, Poland -     ] – stage, radio TV, voice actor.
A Talent for Loving – 1969 (Martinelli)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hostal Rural Alba film showing

This Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Hostal Rural Alba in Los Albaricoques, Spain, they will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the passing of Sergio Leone from 6-10 p.m. with a showing of the film For a Few Dollars More which many of the scenes from the movie were filmed in the village and many of the townspeople took part as extras.

Labor Day 2014


VENGEANCE IS MINE

Per 100.000 dollari ti ammazzo – Italian title
Pistoleiros em Conflito – Brazilian title
Promessa de Sangue – Brazilian title
Kosto veressä – Finnish title
Le jour de la haine – French title
Django der Bastard – German title
Kremaste tous ektos nomou – Greek title
A vinganca a minha – Portuguese title
Tu Cabeza por Mil Dolares – Spanish title
Hämnden är ljuv – Swedish title
For One Hundred Thousand Dollars a Killing – English title
One Hundred Thousand Dollars a Killing – English title
Vengeance is Mine – English title
 
A 1967 Italian production [Zenith Cinematography, Flora Film (Rome)]
Producers: Mino Loy, Luciano Martino
Director: Sidney Lean (Giovanni Fago)
Story: Sergio Martino
Screenplay: Ernesto Gastaldi
Cinematography: Federico Zanni [Eastmancolor, Cromoscope]
Music: Nora Orlandi
Song: “Captain Brown” sung by Orlandi 4x4
Running time: 94 minutes
 
Cast:
Johnny Forest – Gary Hudson (Giovanni Garcovich)
Clint Forest – Claudio Camaso (Claudio Volonte)
Jurago – Piero Lulli (Giusva Lulli)
Annie – Claudie Lang (Claude Lange)
Mary – Susanna Martinková
Gary – Bruno Corazzari
Jack – Carlo Gaddi
Whore – Dada Gallotti (Alba Gallotti)
Padre Jurago – Piero Lulli (Giusva Lulli)
Pedro Concalves – Fernando Sancho (Fernando Lis)
Doctor Jim/James – Andrea Scotti
Mother Forest – Jole Fiero
Jurago henchman – Osiride Pevarello
With: Silvio Bagolini, Adriana Giuffrè, Gianni Di Benedetto (Giovanni Di Benedetto), Maurizio Tocchi, Rodolfo Valadier (Biagio Gambini)
 

Young Clint Forrest, after killing his father during an argument, puts the responsible for the murder on his half-brother John. After serving ten years in prison, John goes in search of Clint, who, meanwhile, has become a dangerous outlaw, over whose head hangs a sizable reward. He anages to track down Clint, but he waivers to kill him, preferring to deliver him to the sheriff in order to get the reward money. Clint escapes from jail, where Clint runs again into John. Instead of taking him back to jail, he agrees to follow him to share with him the cache of a robbery near the Mexican border. Clint, with the help of two members of his gang, draws his brother into a treacherous trap. He’s beaten by the three outlaws and left to die in the desert. Fortunately John escapes death and starts in search of his brother and his accomplices and when found is determined to kill them without mercy.
 
YouTube trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8CjPOUtb8g