Friday, March 23, 2018

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ A close shave for Stephen Forsyth

While Stephen Forsyth was working in Paris as a singer/songwriter, he took what he thought would be a short vacation to Italy. While in Rome at a cafe on the Via Veneto, Forsyth was approached by a photographer who asked him if he could take a photograph to send to Gillette because they were looking for someone to do their European print ads and television commercials. He ended up with an exclusive contract with Gillette.

Who Are Those Guys ~ Lou Castel

Born Ulv Quarzell in Bogotá Colombia on May 28, 1943, the son of a diplomat and an Italian mother who worked in the Italian cinema (Fellini, Monicelli, ...) in the beginning of the 1960s. Castel moved to Europe as a young man. Interested in acting from an early age, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, but was quickly kicked out. His first movie role was an uncredited extra in “The Leopard” (1963). Two years later, he gained international fame for his performance in “Fists in the Pocket”, in which he played the epileptic Alessandro, who murders his mother and his brother. He later played Jeff, the temperamental bisexual film director in “Beware of a Holy Whore” (1971), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder himself portrayed the film's line producer.

In the following decades, Castel worked with European directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wim Wenders, Philippe Garrel, and Olivier Assayas. Though the quality of the films he acted in were quite disparate, ranging from arthouse films to cheap exploitation, Castel always chose roles that reflected his militant leftist beliefs. He has a son with an affair with the actress Marcella Michelangeli.

Today Lou Castel lives in Italy and works mainly as an actor and as a painter. He’s just finished a film “Drive Me Home” which is in post production.

CASTEL, Lou (Ulv Quarzell) [5/28/1943, Bogotá, Colombia -     ] – director, film, TV actor, father of actor Rocco Quarzell [1974-    ] with actress Marcella Michelangeli [1943-    ].
A Bullet for the General - 1967 (Bill 'Niño' Tate)
Kill and Pray – 1967 (Requiescant)
¡Mátalo! - 1970 (Ray/Todd)
Arizona Road – 1990 (Macedonio/McDonaldson)

Special Birthdays

Roddy McMillian (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1979.

Maria Rosa Valenza (screenwriter, actress) would have been 95 today, he died in 2007.

Norman Bailey (actor) is 85 today.

Damon Albarn (composer) is 50 today.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sarah Vista and Social Club 1

SARAH VISTA SOCIAL CLUB is a brand new, monthly live Music event with Sarah Vista and friends, featuring the very best local and international bands and artists from the country/Americana/rock and roll world….all cherry picked by your local wild western hostess Sarah Vista!

March's very special guest is the incredible young Rockabilly/Roots Country talent that is Joey Wailer and his hotly tipped new line up….

Plus a full gang live set featuring her newest material from Sarah Vista and her posse of outlaws!

April's event features the "Rockero's", hotly tipped Brighton boys and their original, unique sound and style…. (Friday, 27th April)

Dust off those Stetsons, strap on your spurs, and head on down to Aces and Eights for a good old time at London's coolest Saloon Bar….!

Tickets £10.00 + £1.00 Booking fee = £11.00

LONDON: Aces & Eights Saloon Bar
156-158 Fortess Road
Tufnell Park

Directly opposite Tufnell Park Station, venue in the basement.

50the Anniversary of The Wild and the Dirty

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of “Quella sporca storia nel West” in Rome.

Johnny Hamilton, comes home from the Civil war, where he learns that his father was killed by the bandit Santana and his mother has married the ambiguous father's brother, Uncle Claude, who would in turn kill the bandit in a duel. But the continued presence of gunmen and impediments that lies in trying to find explanations puts him in a suspicious mood. Aided by his friend Horace, he manages to avoid ambushes by those who have an interest in not letting him find out the truth. In the tomb of Santana he finds clues evident that the bandit is still alive. He discovers also the refuge of Santana and there finds his uncle which in effect is the instigator of the murder of his brother. Johnny manages to put in conflict the uncle and the bandit telling Santana the existence of $300,000 which has disappeared. However Johnny is held captive, tied to a cross, while Santana storms the home of Claude. Johnny's mother, who now understands and asks Claude for an explanation but is mortally wounded; However, she finds the strength to drag herself to the place where Johnny is held and with the help of Horace, frees him, and then dies. The two friends roam the country and kill his uncle Claudius and his henchmen.

The film was directed by Enzo G. Castellari and features Andrea Giordana, Horst Frank, Gilbert Roland and Gabriella Grimaldi. Based on Shakespeare’ Hamlet it has an outstanding score by the late Francesco De Masi.

Quella sporca storia nel West – Italian title
Uccidere o non uccidere? – Italian title
Deus Criou o Homem E o Homem Criou o Colt – Brazilian title
Django porte sa croix – French title
Django - die Totengräber warten schon – German title
O stavromenos tou Rio Grande – Greek title
To moutro tou Notou – Greek title
Johnny Hamlet – Portuguese title
Johnny el vengador – Spanish title
La venganza de Johnny Hamlet – Spanish title
Det kom en farlig hämnare – Swedish title
To Kill or Not to Kill? – English title
The Dirty Story of the West – English title
The Wild and the Dirty – U.S.A. title

A 1967 Italian production [Daiano Films, Leone Films (Rome)]
Producers: Ugo Guerra, Elio Scardamaglia
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Story: Sergio Corbucci based on “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
Screenplay: Tito Carpi, Francesco Scardamaglia, Enzo Girolami, Bruno Corbucci
Cinematography: Angelo Filippini [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Francesco De Masi
Song: “Find a Man” sung by Maurizio Graf (Maurizio Attanasio)
Running time: 92 minutes

Johnny Hamilton – Chip Corman (Andrea Giordana)
Emily/Evelyn/Ofelia/Betty – Gabriella Grimaldi (Gabriella Boccardo)
Ross – Enio Girolami
Gil/Guild – Pedro Sanchez
Eugenia – Stefania Careddu (Stefania di Sambrese)
Polomo – Giorgio Sanmartin
Horace/Dazio – Gilbert Roland
Claude/Claudio Hamilton – Horst Frank
Gertrude ‘The Queen’ – Françoise Prévost
Santana – Manuel Serrano
Undertaker – Franco Latino
With: John Bartha, Franco Leo, Fabio Patella, Ugo Adinolfi, Claudio Trionfi