Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Pilar Canada



Pilar Cañada was born in Cedillo de la Torre, Segovia, Castilla y León, Spain on October 2, 1935 and is a Spanish TV presenter .

She moved while very young to Madrid with her family, and in 1961 she joined Televisión Española. During her career, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, she became the emblematic face of television announcers, whose function was to tell the viewers the scheduled programming on their screen in the following hours.

In addition she also was a presenter on ‘Tele-club’ show (1964-1967), along with Antolín García, ‘TVE News’ (1967-1968), with José Luis Uribarri, ‘Weekend’ (1969) or ‘Always on Sunday’ (1972) with Juan Antonio Fernández Down.

In cinema, she participated in the film “El Padre Coplillas” (1968), with Juanito Valderrama and Dolores Abril and her only Euro-western “A Fistful of Songs” (1966)

CANADA, Pilar (Pilar Cañada) [10/2/1935, Cedillo de la Torre Segovia, Castilla y León, Spain -     ] – film actress.

A Fistful of Songs – 1966

Special Birthdays


Renato Terra (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 2010.













Jason Robards (actor) would have been 95 today, he die in 2000.











Hannelore Elsner (actress) is 75 today.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gian Maria Volonte exhibit


Show "SOTTO IL SEGNO DI VOLONTE'" From the collections of the National Museum of Cinema "

Biblioteka Mario Gromo - Exhibition space, May 17th - 15th September 2017 (except for August, when the Biblioteca will remain closed from Monday 7th to Friday 25th) 

It is dedicated to Gian Maria Volonté - a timeless, restless, and rebellious and nonconforming actor - the homage set up in the new exhibition spaces of the Biblioteca Mario Gromo of the National Museum of Cinema, scheduled from Wednesday May 17 to Friday September 15 2017.

The exhibition SOTTO IL SEGNO DI VOLONTE was born from the desire to celebrate one of the most important interpreters of Italian cinema of all time through the precious material that the daughter of the actor, Giovanna Gravina, recently donated to the National Museum of Cinema.

The tribute presents documents that testify in particular to the last decades of Volonté's long career and are enriched with materials from the collections of the Historical Archives, the Biblioteca Mario Gromo and some particularly significant photographic shots of the National Cinema Photographic Library.

The figure of Gian Maria Volonté, both for the roles he played during his career and for the coherence he always pursued in her life choices, belongs to the category of the most free and at the same time deployed artists: he took part in controversial, uncomfortable and censored films, telling in advance about the times not yet known truths, exposing themselves first to criticism and retaliation.

The tribute to the great actor, which can be visited until September 15, is shown with the intention of drawing a portrait of man and artist through the materials his daughter Giovanna Gravina recently donated to the National Museum of Cinema .

The exhibition is free of charge, subject to free registration at the Biblioteca. You will be able to visit Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., except for August, when the Biblioteca will remain closed from Monday the 7 to Friday the 25th.

Once upon a time ... my set" - The story of Andrea Girolami (Part 2)


One can have a relative who works in the "Cinema" even a small part .... I myself have all. All. Cousins ​​included. One day I asked my dad, "But who was the first one?" "Grandfather!". Master, Marino Girolami. My grandfather started off in the celluloid world with "Campo dè Fiori" ... with Grand Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi.

During a winter day in 1961, my dad, known by his artistic name, Enzo G. Castellari marries my mom, Mirella Casini ... Mamma is not a mere municipal employee ... but is part of a "clan" of montatrici sisters. I practically have a whole crew as a family. Thinking Well .... That is why, during the nice family meals, it was always only talk and talk about cinema. Never once about football ... Politics? No interest .... Movies Only! True Passion. Deep. Whoever has cookies for breakfast, I have Franco Nero for lunch and Pierino for dinner. Obviously it's a shame to hear the various anecdotes ... .. The best in telling them was my Grandfather. What stories !!! Then we do not talk when the phone rings. Over time I learned to recognize the voices ... like Fabio Testi's mythical: "Son Fabio, is my daddy?" With his beautiful Veronese accent What world are the kids living in.

There are certain memories that are difficult to recall .. if you do not have any photos that can help you open the famous memory drawers. Our brain has a multitude of drawers ... and for some reason - we start to lose "blows" ... How can we help us remember our episodes of past experience? I think photos can help a lot. Positively and also, unfortunately, negatively.

I was born in full "tension strategy": Valle Giulia ... Piazza Fontana ... Pinelli ... The Borgo's Golpe ... The revolt of Reggio Calabria ... Milena Sutter's murder ... The season of terrorism ... Genoa and the BR .... The sequestration Sossi ... Emigration to the north ... The murder of Calabresi ..., The death of Feltrinelli ... Torture and death everywhere ... Political violent extremism. Italy will be sown by events that will shake our way of life. We are only at the beginning.

Today I decided to start this section by analyzing the photos of my family album - my first memories .... There are many black and white, color photographs. There are those of my birth ... my first steps ... my father with a big mustache and long hair (cheerful!). But look at the fashions! The elephant pacifier ... I take a good look at the album, well known are my photos (very small). I'm in a very strange place. I'm on my father's movie set. But certainly !!! ... are the photos of the movie "TEDEUM". Shot in 1972 in Spain and Italy. A comedic Western film, highly demanded during that movie season - like "Trinity" (a film to be directed by my father, but for organizational reasons I could not conclude ...). I take the picture straight in my hand and start remembering - slowly the drawers of my mind begin to open - now I remember the day. What day!!!! The set was in a posing theater - I think the mythical and glorious De Paolis. Sure!!! Yes, the famous theaters are laying on Tiburtina Street. Theaters where the great Toto shot almost all of his films. If you go today ... you arrive immediately in the central square, immediately turn right and continue into a small alley that takes you directly to the bar. Before the bar - look up and see a passage - a "small covered deck". The "bridge" had been built only for Totò - who used it to go directly from his dressing room to the posing theater without going outside .... A drawer in the souvenir tray ...

Well ... now let's go back to my first day on the set ... .Caldo. Just hot. I feel so hot. I see so much water and people completely wet ... But where am I? But where did my mother bring me? At last I hear my father's voice saying "STOP !!!". But you ... it's him. My daddy. Enter the set. And I'm in the past. In a "Western" set. One of the many I will be lucky to visit and play in .... Dad directs the pool scene. The fun scene where - in the end there is a huge scumbag.

My mom ... an indoor pool. Never seen an indoor pool. How beautiful!!! I get close and so many people begin to greet me ... But who am I? In the coming years ... I'll know them better. It's the stuntmen my dad will use for all his films. A big family.

During one of the many shootings .... A group of stuntmen take me and bring me to the edge of the pool ... they want to throw me in the pool !!! I'm looking for my mother and my dad. I see them laughing together with my sister !!! But of course ... these "malevivents" agree with them ... I start laughing like never before. But you ... I want to be thrown into the pool! Yes!!! It was really hot. Obviously they do not throw me in. What a shame.

During a pause of shooting ... I'm with my mother and sister - sitting out of the set ... my dad is approaching with a tall and "old" lord .... I start crying ... (I was two or three years old).

Special Birthdays


Todd Armstrong (actor) would have been 80 today, he died in 1992.

Monday, July 24, 2017

European Western Comic Books ~ Jesuit Joe



Jesuit Joe is the laconic, anti-heroic and unpredictable main character, a Canadian native dressed in the uniform of a Sergeant in the Canadian Mounties, travels the wilderness during late 19th or early 20th century Canada, occasionally assisting those he finds in need of help. He rescues a kidnapped child and frees an imprisoned couple, but also shoots a bird for being too happy and stabs a priest in the hand.

The concerns of famed Italian cartoonist Hugo Pratt included responsibility, humanity, and social justice. Skepticism of European ideals in colonial settings is a common theme in his stories and forms the main thrust of Jesuit Joe.

The mysterious character appeared in the eponymous story of Italian comics creator Hugo Pratt. This graphic novel was initially serialized in Pilote magazine before it was released as hardcover albums in 1980, in France entitled Jésuite Joe, and in Italy, entitled L'uomo del grande nord, published by Dargaud and CEPIM, respectively.




Hugo Eugenio Pratt was born on June 15, 1927 was an Italian comic book creator who was known for combining strong storytelling with extensive historical research on works such as Corto Maltese. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2005.

Pratt had a legendary childhood. After spending the first years of his life in Venice with a father who was a fanatical admirer of Mussolini, he was taken to the Italian colony of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), where his father was a frontier policeman. At the age of 14, Hugo was enrolled in the colonial Italian police force. "I was Mussolini's youngest recruit," he claimed. With the outbreak of war, British troops drove out the Italians, and thus helped to start the youth's cartooning career. The army forbade photography, so he was reduced to making sketches. Some of his first drawings are of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders on the Suez Canal in 1937, and show his lifelong obsession with military uniforms and insignia.

He returned to Venice in 1946 and with friends started his first cartoon series in a magazine called The Ace of Spades, sponsored by the publisher Mario Faustinelli, with whom in 1949 he embarked for Argentina, where he stayed for 15 years. It was in Buenos Aires that he created his first books, Junglemen, Ernie Pike and Captain Cormorant, under the influence of the great Argentinian cartoonist Alberto Braccia and of Hector Oesterheld, a scenarist. Four series of Sergeant Kirk followed.

Pratt had always loved reading. His favourites were Jules Verne, Conrad, Kipling, Fenimore Cooper, Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson, whose Treasure Island he was to illustrate. In Buenos Aires, he encountered artists who were also avid readers, and through them got to know Jorge Luis Borges and Octavio Paz. The great novelist Ernesto Sabato was another favourite whose Informe Sobre Ciegos ("Information on the Blind") was drama- tised in superb cartoon form by Alberto Breccia in a style that was a highly sophisticated development of Hugo Pratt's.

But life was becoming increasingly unpleasant in Argentina, so Pratt returned in 1962 to Venice, where he drew the first pages of La Ballade de la mer salee ("The Ballad of the Salty Sea"). Its hero was Corto Maltese, who brought his creator world fame and great wealth.

Corto is a lifelong wanderer by sea and land; a tall, handsome adventurer in a seaman's cap, with a gold ring in his left earlobe. He is brave, dashing, romantic, mysterious and sexually somewhat ambiguous, though he does have one permanent girlfriend, Banshee O'Dannan, an improbable Irish colleen. Cortese travels the wide world on his fantastic adventures, as Pratt himself did. (Pratt claimed to have six children by six different women, including one he fell in love with in an Amazonian tribe.) This sounds like another mythomaniac addition to the Pratt legend, but in fact Corto Maltese's journeyings and his whole immensely attractive personality are utterly convincing because everything is based on his creator's own experiences.

The backgrounds and the history are copiously researched, from native tattoings to 19th-century warships, and there are delightful landscapes taken from nature, as well as superbly detailed drawings of all kinds of unusual colonial architecture and interiors. Corto lives forever in a dozen or so books set in Ethiopia, Siberia, Venice, Samarkand, Switzerland and the Caribbean. He resembles the perennial seadog hero Maqroll el Gaviero of the magnificent Colombian novelist and poet Alvaro Mutis, who is naturally a Corto Maltese fan, as are a surprising number of writers and intellectuals like Umberto Eco and Jorge Amado. Pratt is also Francois Mitterrand's favourite cartoonist; he once said that he would like to be reincarnated as Pratt's hero.

Hugo Pratt's last book was devoted to another kind of hero, Antoine de Saint- Exupery. But somehow he is not as convincing as Corto Maltese, a character so real that Hugo Pratt wrote his life story - which curiously resembles his own.

Prat died on August 20, 1995 in Lausanne, France.



Special Birthdays



Claudio Ermelli (actor) would have been 125 today, he died in 1964.












Robert Farnon (composer) would have been 100 today, he died in 2005.








X Brands (actor, stuntman) would have been 90 today, he died in 2000.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Who Are Those Composers ~ Angel Arteaga




Ángel Arteaga de la Guía was born in Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, on January 28, 1928. His musical initiation took place in the Beethoven Philharmonic Band in his hometown.

In 1950, he entered the Madrid Royal Conservatory where he studied harmony, fugue, and composition with the professors Vitorino Echevarría, Francisco Calés Pina, and Julio Gómez García. Between 1957 and 1963 he studied at the Staatliche Hoschshule für Musik in Munich with Carl Orff and Harald Genzmer, a disciple of Hindemith. At the same time, he completed three summer courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy) in composition and film music. In Germany he married Waltraud Pizenbauer. During these years he was awarded  several prizes for orchestral works and compositions. awarded the following:

Between 1964 and 1984 he composed music for over 90 films. These included the crime film “The Crimes of Petiot” (1973), the Doug McClure comedy “What Changed Charley Farthing?” (1974), and several thrillers and horror movies, such as “The Mark of the Wolfman” (1968), “El vampiro de la autopista” (The Horrible Sexy Vampire) (1970), “The Glass Ceiling” (1971), “The Fury of the Wolfman” (1972), and “La cruz del diablo” (1975).

Composing music for so many films and documentaries prevented Arteaga from leaving a more extensive body of works for posterity. However, he has left us enough to justifiably situate his figure with the most outstanding of the 1951 generation.

Arteaga died in Madrid, Spain on January 17, 1984.

In 1997 he was posthumously awarded the title "Favorite Son of Campo de Criptana," together with fellow musician and composer Manuel Angulo Sepúlveda. In January 2006, a selection of his most representative works were published on CD, partially performed by the City Orchestra of Granada under the direction of José Luis Temes.


ARTEAGA, Ángel (aka Ramirez Pagan Ángel, Ángel Artega) (Ángel Arteaga de la Guía) [1/28/1928, Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Spain – 1/17/1984, Madrid, Madrid, Spain] – composer, conductor,
Behind the Mask of Zorro – 1965 [as Ramirez Pagan Angel]
A Place Called Glory - 1965