Page for October 15 - 21, 2016.

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


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.


Check out The Spaghetti Cinema blog.


Click here for an interview with Mario Adorf on "Talking Germany".


Brain Teasers:

Can you name two movie stars who had an Italian father and a German mother?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which actor, born in Switzerland, appeared in American, German and Italian Westerns?
Llewellyn H. and George Grimes knew that it was Mario Adorf.

Which actor, born in Georgia, appeared in Italian films with Gordon Scott, Lang Jeffries, Ricardo Montalban and Anthony Quinn before passing away at the age of 96?
George Grimes and Charles Gilbert knew that it was Van Aikens, aka Vanoye Aikens. Charles adds "Van Aikens was born in Jonesboro, Georgia (filming location for SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT). He was dance partner with Kathrine Dunham who also lived to age 96. There are a couple of videos on YouTube with Aikens leading dance classes."

Which actor born in Beijing played a character also played in other films by Anthony Quinn, Brian Dennehy, Benedict Wong, Tung Chun Li and Zero Mostel?
Llewellyn H. and George Grimes knew that it was Ruocheng Ying who played Kublai Khan in the 1982 Italian produced TV mini-series of Marco Polo.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian director went from being an assistant to Sergio Leone to being hired by Leone to direct a feature film?
Which Italian director worked with actors Craig Hill, Lee Van Cleef, Van Johnson, James Coburn and Henry Fonda?
Which Italian film director was born on May 20, 1934 in Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy?
In which film did Sammo Hung fight with Chia-Liang Liu?


Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of George Hilton in LE COLT CANTARONO LA MORTE E FU... TEMPO DI MASSACRO, aka MASSACRE TIME, aka THE BRUTE AND THE BEAST.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Livio Lorenzon, Lisa Gastoni and Mimmo Palmara in THARUS FIGLIO DI ATTILA, aka THARUS SON OF ATTILA, aka COLUSSUS AND THE HUNS.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from director Dario Argento's TENEBRE.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify 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.


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!

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.


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.


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:


WAR & PEACE (2016) - Have watched every dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel that I could lay my hands on, I decided to rewatch the most recent version which sparked this effort. I still think this is the single most effective dramatisation, though I miss alot of the material only dramatised in the 20 part TV version with Anthony Hopkins in 1972. And I miss the bombast of the spectacular Soviet version of 1966. But this version, scripted by Andrew Davies, kept all of the romantic stories vivid and compelling and even included a scene of Dolokhov seeking forgiveness which no other version had. And as much as I enjoy staring at Lilly James, I miss staring at Clemence Poesy and Violante Placido in the 2007 version.
Episode two of Treme

Mildly enjoyed:


Did not enjoy:

BLAZING SUN - Gene Autry is an agent for the bank seeking out a pair of robbers who are being protected by respectable towns people and keeps getting locked-up by a wrong-headed sheriff. The highlight of the movie is hearing Gene sing "Along the Navajo Trail", and tune I grew up with on the Frankie Laine album "Hell Bent For Leather".
COW TOWN - Rancher Gene Autry tries to convince other cattlemen of the necessity of barbed wire and has numerous battles with the villain's henchman played by Jack O'Mahoney before he succeeds.
NINJA IN THE KILLING FIELD - Here's another IFD mash-up of a cop film from Thailand with new scenes of guys wearing costumes labeled "Ninja". See the Ninja Convience Store Robbers! Where did the magical frogs come from at the end?


David Deal Enjoyed:

SCENE OF THE CRIME (49) - Police procedural film noir with Van Johnson as the cop with trouble at work and at home. Super hard-boiled, the patter in this flick is worth the price of admission.
ROOM 237 (14) - Second time thru this documentary about several folks who are obsessed with The Shining on one level or another. A mix of narcissistic delusion and perceptive insight.
TWO-MINUTE WARNING (76) - A sniper at the LA Coliseum threatens to ruin the big game. Chuck Heston and John Casavettes save the day in this better-than-expected thriller with a cast of recognizable victims.

Mildly Enjoyed

EYES OF FIRE (83) - Interesting no budget period piece horror about a bunch of settlers who settle in the wrong place. Forest demons have other ideas. Quite atmospheric.
ANOMALISA (15) - Liked this subtle, animated slice of adult life.
THE SPY WHO LOVED FLOWERS (66) - Roger Browne must track down and kill those who may have memorized a secret formula in Umberto Lenzi's Eurospy adventure. Not the most exciting specimen but entertaining nonetheless.


Charles Gilbert watched:

CLAWS (1977) Pretty good coattail production of GRIZZLY from the previous year, but with a soap opera twist. Jason Evers, Leon Ames, and Anthony Caruso star. Sheriff Myron Healy gets kill off early.