Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday Maribel Martin

Maribel Martin was born María Isabel Martínez on November 1, 1954 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Maribel made her acting debut at age seven in the film “Tres de la Cruz Roja” (1961),a film directed by Fernado Palacios. She had a career as a child actress in films like: “La Gran Familia” (1962), by Fernando Palacios and “El Camino” (1963) directed by Ana Mariscal. At the end of the 1960s, she took more important roles in films like: “La Residencia” (1969) by Narciso Ibanez “Serrador and La Cera Virgen” (1971) directed by Jose Maria Forque. She had her first starring role in “La Novia Ensangrentada” under the direction of Vicente Aranda. During the 1970s she concentrated her work in the theater and television. Among her films of this period are: “Los Viajes Escolares” (1973) directed by Jaime Chavarri; “La Espada Negra” (1976) film directed by Francisco Rovira Beleta and “Campana del Infierno” (1973) by Claudio Guerin.
 
After her starring role in “Ultimas Tardes con Teresa” (1983) directed by Gonzalo Herralde, she created the production company Ganesh Films with actor Julian Mateos and from then on she has taken roles in some of their production: “Los Santos Inocentes” (1984), by Mario Camus and “El Nino de la Luna” (1989), a film directed by Agusti Villaronga. Her most recent film is “Engendro” (2005) under the direction of Luis Cabeza.
 
Her only Euro-western was in the role of Sarah the Mormon girl in 1966’s “The Big Gundown” with Lee Van Cleef and Tomas Milian.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Guess Who I Am


I’m an Italian actor born in 1935.
 
I’ve appeared in over 110 films and TV appearances.
 
I’ve made 14 Euro-westerns.
 
Guess who I am.
 
Bill Connolly corectly named Gianni Garko as this week's photo.
 
 

Halloween 2014


WHAT AM I DOIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REVOLUTION

Che c’enteriamo noi con la rivoluzione? – Italian title
¡Qué nos importa la revolución! – Spanish title
Que Faço no Meio de uma Revolução? – Brazilian title
Mais qu'est-ce que je viens foutre au milieu de cette révolution? – French title
Bete, Amigo! – German title
Ti gyrevo ego mesa sto exallo plithos? – Greek title
Que fazemos nós no meio da revolução? – Portuguese title
What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution? – English title
 
A 1971 Italian, Spanish co-production [Fair Film (Rome), Midega Film (Madrid)]
Producer: Mario Cecchi Gori
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Story: Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci, Massimo Franciosa
Screenplay: Sabatino Ciuffini, Sergio Corbucci, Massimo Franciosa
Cinematography: Alejandro Ulloa [Eastmancolor, Techniscope]
Music: Ennio Morricone
Running time: 103 minutes
 
Cast:
Guido Guidi – Vittorio Gassman
Don Albino Moncalieri – Paolo Villaggio
Peppino – Riccardo Garrone
General Herrero – Eduardo Fajardo
Carrasco – Leo Anchóriz (Leopoldo Fustel)
Rosanna – Rosanna Yanni (Marta Paxot)
Actor – Victor Israel (Josep Vilanova)
With: José Canalejas, Simón Arriaga, Carmen Pericolo, Diana Sorel (Laura Jimeno), Lorenzo Robledo
Stunts: Miguel Pedregosa
 

Theatre director Don Albino Moncalieri and his only employee Guido Guidi are in desperate need of money. They comply immediately when they are hired by a certain Peppino Garibaldi, who seems to be a relative of famous Giuseppe Garibaldi. On tour throughout Mexico they get by accident entangled in revolutionary activities and experience the fog of war.
 
YouTube film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2gTzM2hMOw

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Robert Woods, appears in a new film: "Novel Calabrese", a film shot in Calabria!

Sesto Daily News
By Concita Occhipinti
10/5/2014
 
My first artistic endeavors were… I played trumpet and valve trombone in bands when I was a teen ager. I sang in a quartet in the Navy and another while attending University. I also sang in night clubs to augment my University tuition. I originally wanted to be a secondary school teacher and I studied in the little theater on campus, because it was quiet. They had readings for a play (Victoria Regina) and by accident, (because I just happened to be there) I was called upon to read for the male lead in it and was accepted. Not long after the play, which was a success, I changed my major to Speech Arts, with a music minor…Because I was suddenly accepted as an actor, my professor insisted that I was going to be a film actor and upon graduation, he sent me to Hollywood to give it a try.
 
My first film was a small part in the movie “Where The Boys Are” for MGM… But I didn’t like Hollywood very much so I fled to New York to further my study with the last remaining member (Boris Marshalov) of the famed Stanislavsky’s Russian Repertory Theater from Moscow to and work in ‘live’ theater. I worked with the famous “Circle In The Square Theater” in New York for over a year, in Checov’s Seagull, then went to Europe to work in The American Theater In Paris on the Quay D’Orsay. It was there I was “discovered” and taken to Spain, under contract to Balcazar Studios in Barcelona to do five Westerns. The first “$5000 On The Ace” was sold to MGM. It was the predecessor to Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dollar’ series which also sold to MGM. I had a bit of time after shooting the first Western, so I went to Madrid, where I got the role of Henry Fonda’s pilot in the classic, “Battle Of The Bulge” and also did Geraldine Chaplin’s screen test for “Dr. Zivago”, directed by David Lean, before returning to Barcelona to do fulfill my contract for the second Western…
 
 
After that I was briefly a gyspy…traveling around Europe awaiting the next project. I signed a contract as a recording artist for Phillips Fontana Records in London, in the sixties, before moving to Rome, having been offered an abundance of new films. I have starred in over fifty films to date and the beat goes on… As far as realizing my dream is concerned, I have accomplished that and more… and I wouldn’t change a thing… There have been many who have helped me along the way…as I have helped others…but I credit having lived by three words for any and all success I have enjoyed… Respect… Compassion… and Gratitude… As for my last projects…”Romazo Calabrese” is one of the sweetest stories I have ever enjoyed being part of. It was shot in Calabria, Italy and should be released over the holidays. I have also just returned from the Grand Canyon where I was fortunate enough to finish another wonderful project, called, “Of Fortune And Gold”…
 
It is a modern Western about Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon and the protection of the surrounding, precious environment… You asked what drives me? It is the continued interest from fans and continued offers from production companies… plus I truly and passionately enjoy the work…. Otherwise, I would probably happily retire… As far as the youngsters who are just beginning is concerned… It is best to work in your little theater and devise ways to get yourself out there in every way you can, to be seen by those with the ability to hire you… It is a more competitive business in every way than it was when I began… so if this is truly what you want… I believe the only way to achieve it is to stick to it!!!
 
Sincerely, Robert Woods


Remembering Carl Lange

Carl Lange was born on October 30, 1909 in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany. Lang was an incisive character actor who began in the film industry as a set painter and first appeared on stage in 1925. After an extensive theatrical career, he entered films late, at the age of 45. With his crew-cut, straight-backed military bearing and clipped speech, he was invariably cast as soldiers and gave particularly memorable performances as the head of the Gall dynasty in “Heritage of Bjorndal” (1960) and (as Colonel Munro) in Euro-western “The Last Tomahawk” (1965).
 
Carl appeared in four Euro-westerns: besides the “The Last Tomahawk (1965), he appeared as the Governor of New Mexico in “The Desperado Trail” (1965), as a pastor in “Duel at Sundown” (1966) and as Nicholas Morse in “Cry of the Black Wolves” (1972).
 
Lange died on June 23, 1999 in Ostfildern, Baden Württemberg, Germany. He was 89.
 
Today we remember Carl Lange on what would have been his 105th birthday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Western Story

Westernstory – Czechoslovakian title
Western Story – English title
 
A 2011 Czechoslovakian production [Bontonfilm (Prague)]
Producer: Martin Kořínek, Vít Komrzý, Radim Janeš
Director: Vlastimil Peška
Story: Vlastimil Peška
Screenplay: Jan Peška (Vlastimil Peška)
Cinematography: Asen Šopov [color]
Music: Vlastimil Peška, Damián Fejk
Song: “I Love the West” sung by Petr Vondráček
Singers: Trio Tomáš Suchý, Petr Šmiřák, Radim Sasínek
Singers: Jan Bradáč, Eva Jarůjová, Eva Lesáková, Helena Pešková, Kateřina Rakovčíková,
Petr Horák, Kateřina Höferová
Running time: 94 minutes
 
Cast:
Presley - Petr Vondráček
Mára - Pavel Zedníček
Toufar - Mário Kubec
Marcelka - Veronika Kubařová
Krocan - Bohumil Klepl
Bubu - Kristýna Leichtová
Trubec - Pavel Landovský
Márová - Eva Lesáková
Johnny - Matouš Ruml
Jerry - Martin Havelka
Tydli - Petra Molnárová
Krocanka - Dita Kaplanová
Stáňa - Helena Pešková
Kuba - Daniel Volný
Knedla - Radovan Král
Tom - Petr Panzenberger
Sam - Jiří Miroslav Valůšek
Tornado - Tereza Groszmannová
Ivánek - Filip Kaňkovský
Pepan - David Šikula
Fanda - Dominik Brychta
Producer - Zdeněk Maryška
Actor - Miroslav Táborský
Director - Jana Musilová
Jack - Zdeněk Junák
Tomuň Tomáš Jirák
Dagoš - Dalibor Šlahař
Maňo - Marian Furdek
Chief - Luboš Kramařík
Lucka - Lucie Svobodová
Postwoman - Adéla Pešková
Veterinarian - Josef Jurásek
With: Tereza Prášilová, Dagmar Ubrová, Veronika Kubálková, Kateřina Höferová, Eva Jurůjová, Vlastimil Peška, Romana Konečná, Pavel Jan Reidl, Alena Šlahařová, Zdenka Wallettká, Olga Högerová, Vendula Pešková, Tomáš Obermaier, Veronika Pečinková, Zdeněk Havlík, Žaneta Bušová, Jan Bradáč, Radim Sasínek, Zdeněk Pehal, Ivan Čány, Marta Kubiková, Jaroslav Lorenc, Josef Sec, Radovan Plšek, Elizabetta Tancini, Tereza Koudelková, Daniela Šmašulová, Eva Deáková, Tereza Hradilová, Václav Čiháček, Vendy Dohnalík, Aneta Vrzalová, Marta Dancingerová, Simona Koudelková, Miroslav Torač, Vladimír Hejma, Petr Jančařík, Eva Gorčicová, Ludmila Slancová, Vilém Čapek, Ivana Černá, Vladimír Srba, Zdeněk Novotný, Petr Sekanina, Ořechovské divadlo, Divadlo při ND v, Praze Praze
 

During the rehearsal of a new western show a major star Presley, a popular and famous actor from Prague, breaks his right hand. He quickly discovers that throwing a tomahawk at full speed is not as much fun as it looks on television. The same goes for the rest of the cast after endless rehearsals. A comedy of conflicts and confrontations of life are peppered with neighboring wars, stealing goats, concrete stages and the pregnant daughter of the undertaker all complicate the opening of the season’s opening play.
 
YouTube film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlUqlsIG7ls