Page for February 16 - 22, 2019.

The purpose of this page is to find others with a shared interest in these kinds of movies. Please drop me a line with comments or questions about
Italian and Spanish action movies,
or Martial Arts fight flicks.
William Connolly

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Contents: Trivia Game (below),
Recent Viewings (below),
Unanswered Questions and Requests,
Stuff For Sale or Trade,
Stuff I'm Looking For,
Some of my favorite films,
and Links.

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Check out The Spaghetti Cinema blog.

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Click here for the trailer to LITTLE RITA NEL WEST.

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Brain Teasers:

Which Italian actor and stuntman played a character killed in a movie by a demonic Yugoslavian train?
It was Mario Novelli in AMOK TRAIN, aka BEYOND THE DOOR III.

Can you name two musical Westerns shot in Spain?
George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi could only come up with one - LITTLE RITA NEL WEST. Can you name another?

Which Italian Western begins with a train full of dead bodies arriving at a station?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor in Italian Westerns had a daughter who appeared in a 1977 movie which was banned in Germany as child pornography?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Bruno Nicholai music score is credited to have been directed by Ennio Morricone?
No one has answered this question yet.

In which Italian Western does the Mexican cavalry ride to the rescue?
No one has answered this question yet.

In which Italian Western does Klaus Kinski play Gary Hamilton?
George Grimes, Charles Gilbert and Rick Garibaldi knew that it was E DIO DISSE A CAINO, aka AND GOD SAID TO CAIN.

In which Italian Pirate movie does Lex Barker rally the pirates of Tortuga to fight for the Spanish against the English?
George Grimes knew that it was I PIRATI DELLA COSTA, aka PIRATES OF THE COAST.

In which Italian War movie does Guy Madison play a war correspondent?
Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes knew that it is UN POSTO ALL'INFERNO, aka A PLACE IN HELL.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Can you name an Italian woman who composed music for Italian Westerns?
Which 2004 American movie reused music originally composed for Italian Westerns?
Complete the lyric: "______ ___ don't go. ______ ____ stay here."

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of Peter Lee Lawrence in KILLER CALIBER .32.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Giuliano Gemma and Mark Forest in HERCULES AND THE SONS OF THE SUN.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Nieves Navarro in DEATH WALKS IN HIGH HEELS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?


Issue #78 of SPAGHETTI CINEMA is now available.
In it, Mike Eustace continues his essay on Sword and Sandal flicks, "Nights of Pleasure... Days of Strife", with a look at "The Unchaining of Hercules".
Mike also writes about his adventures in Spain finding all of the shooting locations for A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS.

SPAGHETTI CINEMA

A fanzine investigating Italian and Spanish popular cinema, S.C. began publication in 1984 and continues to come out as often as possible.
From Hercules to The Man With No Name; from I VAMPIRI to CEMETARY MAN - S.C. offers research and opinion on the kinds of movies which excited us as children and continues to fascinate under more mature scrutiny.

For a list of back issues and ordering information
click here.
Trivia questions welcomed!

George Grimes identified last week's photo of John Liu in SNUFF BOTTLE CONNECTION.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?


M.A.M.A. #54 is available with Michael Reid's exhaustive listing of movies, TV and anime based on the Shinsengumi; including THE LAST SAMURAI, GOHATTO, Samurai X, THE MAN WHO KILLED RYOMA, TENGU TO, BAND OF ASSASSINS and ASSASSINATION. Mike Eustace also continues to comment on recent Celestial DVD releases of old Shaw Brothers movies.
For ordering information, click on "drop me a line" below.

MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE ASSOCIATES

A 20 page photocopy journal investigating Asian action films, M.A.M.A. began publication in 1985.

For a list of back issues and ordering information
click here.
Trivia questions welcomed.

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please drop me a line if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Enjoyed:

COMANDAMENTI PER UN GANGSTER, aka H÷lle vor dem Tod (1968) - I first saw and fell in love with this movie when I was 12 years old seeing the Italian language version with Japanese subtitles. Since then, I've only been able to see a copy in German. I don't know if the story makes sense, but director Alfio Caltabiano's over-stylized staging and Ennio Morricone's throbbing score created a viewing experience that I treasure.

Howard Hawks: American Artist (1997)

Mildly enjoyed:

Greta Garbo: The Temptress and the Clown (1986) - A two-party documentary on Garbo from Swedish TV has some marvelously obscure footage of the star, but too often uses newly shot material to enhance mood and deaden the pace. Plus the documentary ends with her ending her film career with no mention of what she did afterward.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "Roots In Politics: Tulsi Gabbard, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan"

HOPSCOTCH (1980) - Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterson and Ned Beatty star in the feel-good spy movie of the decade! It bears some resemblance to CHARLEY VARRICK, though that was not a Spy movie.

STONEWALL (2015) - Director Roland Emmerich made a pretty good dramatic film. The scenes set in small town Indiana are rather obvious and cliched, but the portrayal of Christopher Street in NYC in 1969 is vibrant and compelling.

The Champions "The Invisible Man" (1968) - Future Frankenstein monster David Prowse has an uncredited bit in this as a weightlifter.

B°lgen, aka THE WAVE (2015) - The first half of this Norwegian disaster film is gorgeous with eye popping scenery captured by spectacular widescreen cinematography. After the disaster, the film becomes a bit dreary.

LE SAUT DE L'ANGE, aka ANGEL'S LEAP, aka COBRA (1971) - In Marseille, the Orsini brothers launch a series of attacks on the Forestier group, so Forestier hires Henry Di Fusco, played by Gordon Mitchell, to kill them. With the two brothers in Marseille taken care of, real estate developer Diego Alvarez, played by Raymond Pellegrin, thinks that everything is ready to move forward. But, there is a third Orsini brother, played by Jean Yanne, living in Laos. Di Fusco goes to Laos and accidentally kills Louis Orsini's woman. Meanwhile, Orsini's little girl has gone to Europe for boarding school with Mason, played by Sterling Hayden, and is killed. This all seems like a pretty good setup for an exciting revenge flick, particularly as Louis Orsini is called "the Cobra" and is considered a legend for raising an army of Vietnamese to carve out a plantation in Laos. But Jean Yanne is too stone-faced to gain much audience support, and director Yves Boisset seems to have little idea of how to pace a thriller to build suspense. The biggest frustration with this movie is that our hero has no real plan on how to get his revenge, so scenes follow scenes with no sense of going somewhere. Senta Berger gets to show a lovely head of hair as a duplicitous Orsini widow and Franšois de Roubaix delivers one of his least compelling music scores. Director Boisset throws in a scene that takes place in a Drive In theater which is playing his first feature credit - COPLAN SAUVE SA PEAU. It sounds to me that both Gordon Mitchell and Sterling Hayden have their real voices on the English soundtrack.

Did not enjoy:

FOUR RODE OUT (1968) - Most little boys who watched Bonanza every week, prefered the episodes that featured Pernell Roberts as the eldest boy Adam because they were usually the more serious ones. For us, Pernell Roberts was a star and we looked forward to seeing him succeed in feature films after he left the TV show. He didn't succeed, and films like this one didn't help. An American Western shot in Spain, FOUR RODE OUT promises to be no fun from the beginning when Janis Ian appears on screen to sing the theme song. Director John Peyser did an episode of Bonanza almost ten years before making this film and worked on a lot of TV in between. That partly explains why this looks like something made for TV, except for the nudity. If you want to see Julian Mateos' naked butt, this is the movie for you - but you'll need to see the Unicorn Video version, because the DVD releases cut out the nudity. If you want to see Leslie Nielsen sexually assault Sue Lyon - with no nudity, then this is the film for you. If you're going to make a film about three people hunting a fourth in the desert, you probably don't have to raise alot of production capital, but if you don't want the movie to be a bore, then you have to have a strong script with interesting characters and dialogue (like THE SHOOTING). Unfortunately, the writers didn't provide one. I wonder if this project was hatched while producers Richard Landau and Pedro Vidal and director Peyser were working on The Rat Patrol. Reyser, Roberts and Mateos stuck around Spain to make a movie set in Tibet called THE KASHMIRI RUN which proved as unenjoyable as FOUR RODE OUT. (The IMDb gives this film a 1970 release date, while Wikipedia says 1971. The Unicorn Video release says 1969, while the Digiview and Mill Creek DVD releases - which are identical - report 1968.) The Unicorn Video release has an audio dropout for about two minutes around 1 hr and 33 mins.

ORA X - PATTUGLIA SUICIDA, aka HOUR X "SUICIDE PATROL", aka SUICIDE PATROL (1969) - This is the only director's credit for veteran actor Gaetano Quartararo for which we should all be grateful. This looks to have been made for very little money, and it exhibits very little filmmaking talent with poor staging and miserable storytelling. The premise isn't bad: an American commando unit hides in a monestary to carry out sabotage attacks on the Nazis and they finally become a suicide patrol when they attempt to prevent four civilian hostages from being executed. However, none of the actors are given characters to play - though Max Dean, aka Massimo Righi, gets probably the only love scene he's ever had in a movie. Gordon Mitchell plays the sergeant of the group which is led by a minor French actor named Pierre Richard - not to be confused with the French comedic star of the same name. Even with the help of the "Nora Orland choir", the music by Gioacchino Angelo is repetitive and awful - much of it more suited for a haunted house movie than a war flick.

COMO EN EL CINE, aka JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES (20015) - As Se˝or Z summed it up on the IMDb: "After finding out that his girlfriend cheated on him under his own Star Wars bed sheets, Nico decides to reunite with his true love: the cinema. To accomplish this mission, he brings his old university friends together, with whom he tries to make a low budget short film. They live absurd situations that range from reality to action and which will lead to personal questioning of their friendship and where their lives are headed." This movie from Peru also deals with our hero's romantic longings. He seeks out advice from his lesbian and gay buddies and tries to start something with his actress, but ends up just being content that the short movie got made.

SELFIE (2017) - Shot in a faux documentary style, this shows a rich man's son in Madrid, suddenly untethered when his family is linked to a corruption scandal and all of their assests are seized. Loss of status leads to loss of everything else, including friends. Eventually he finds people he can trust among new friends who aren't wealthy.

CASI LEYENDAS, aka LEGENDS(2017) - Finding old footage of his band on YouTube, a reclusive man sets out to reunite with his fellow musicians from decades before to give it another try. This movie is from Argentina.

UNEXPECTED GUEST (1947) - Hopalong Cassidy's friend California Carlson is on his way to find out what his deceased cousin left him in his will with Cassidy and Lucky stringing along. A sniper dressed all in black, including a mask and a cape, misses them on the trail, so they make it to the Box O Ranch. As Una O'Connor is the housekeeper who hears spirit voices, it is not a surprise to find that this is a Hopalong Cassidy haunted house/murder mystery movie. The will is read and there are six beneficiaries. Suddenly there's a gunshot, and there are only five beneficiaries. If the Box O Ranch is so worthless, then why is everyone competiting for it?

SILENT CONFLICT (1948) - Hoppy, Lucky and California bring the combined Cattlemen's Association herd to market. After getting paid, Hoppy and California want to head back right away, but they see Lucky talking to the crooked Speed Blaney and then he rides off. When Lucky returns, it is too late to head back so the trio spends the night at an Inn, where, too, is staying Doc Richards and his niece Rene. The next morning, Lucky is missing along with the money. Hoppy thinks Blaney's at fault - but it turns out that Doc Richards hypnotized Lucky into stealing the money. Luckily, Rene is sweet on Lucky and twarts her evil uncle.

MORNING LIGHT (2008) - A Walt Disney Pictures documentary about the 44th Trans Pac sailing race featuring Roy Disney.

ROAD TRIP: BEER PONG (2009)

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David Deal enjoyed:

ALL THE COLORS OF GIALLO (19) - Good documentary about the giallo, of course, but this three-disc package contains much more, including four hours of giallo trailers, ninety minutes of krimi trailers, and a CD of giallo tunes. Must have.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (54)

RIFIFI (55)

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Charles Gilbert watched:

RED SKIES OF MONTANA (1952) Forest fire fighter Richard Widmark has to redeem himself after losing a crew battling a blaze. Young coworker Jeffrey Hunter holds a grudge because his dad was one of the fallen. He's out to prove cowardice. A bit far fetched in the finale to see them going at it with axes while the rest of their coworkers fight the fire.

THE BLACK CAT (1941) B&W. Off beat humor especially from Broderick Crawford and his Costello-esque pal playing amateur sleuths in an old dark house who-dun-it. These two are antique dealers by profession, and show up as old spinster calls in the family for her reading of her will. She's murdered that night. Crawford remarks snidely about the character played here by Basil Rathbone: : "He thinks he's Sherlock Holmes."

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