Page for July 4 - 10, 2015.

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 Don Powell singing "There Will Come A Morning".

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Brain Teasers:

Llewellyn H. asks, "In which Western was Fernando Sancho staked to the ground?"
It was PISTOLEROS DE ARIZONA, aka 5000 DOLLARI SULL'ASSO, aka $5,000 ON ONE ACE.

Llewellyn H. asks, In which Western does the bad guy use a silencer on his gun to rob a bank?"
No one has answered this question yet.

Can you name an Italian Sword and Sandal movie in which the villain's weapon of choice is a whip? (ie. the weapon he relies upon in the final fight)
Charles Gilbert knew that it was GLADIATORS SEVEN.

Can you name a Shaw Brothers film in which our hero is the illegitimate son of a Martial Arts master in whose gym he works as a janitor?
No one has answered this question yet.

Can you name an Italian Western theme song which used a xylophone and castanets in addition to an electric guitar and chorus?
No one has answered this question yet.

Complete this lyric, "Who will be the _______? Who will be the _____?"
Rick Garibaldi knew that it was "coward" and "brave" from the song "There Will Come A Morning" heard in PER POCHI DOLLARI PER DJANGO.

Which American producer, born in 1938, made a Western in Spain, an Horror movie in England and a film starring two members of the Firesign Theatre?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Shaw Brothers sword fighting movie is more-or-less a remake of ARIZONA COLT?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which actor who played Maciste appeared in a two shot with David Warner?
Which American actor who starred in a Western made in Spain did d-Con roach spray commercials in the 1980s?
What was Robert Woods doing when he was approached to make a Western in Spain?
Which Japanese actor appeared as a blind Japanese potter in an Italian/Chinese TV mini-series?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of I SETTE MAGNIFICI GLADIATORI, aka THE SEVEN MAGNIFICENT GLADIATORS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of I FANTASTICI 3 SUPERMEN, aka THE THREE FANTASTIC SUPERMEN.
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 from director Akira Kurosawa's SANJURO.
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:

Marco Polo (1982 - The 8 hour mini-series)
Orange Is the New Black Season Two
THE STUPIDS

Mildly enjoyed:

DEATH BECOMES HER

Did not enjoy:

VIRTUAL ASSASSIN
BELLS OF ROSARITA - The Republic Pictures Western stars help a woman save a circus from her dead father's partner.
UNDER WESTERN STARS - Roy Rogers gets elected to Congress inorder to help drought-suffering farmers get water from the villanous water and power company.
A DAY IN THE LIFE - If you have been waiting for a Hip-Hop Musical Gangster movie, here it is.

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David Deal enjoyed:

SUBMARINE ALERT (43) - Good war time spy story with Richard Arlen and a film noir approach.
TORMENTED (60) - Always fun.
COLT .45 (50) - Randolph Scott carries this western that has a bit too much going on for its own good. Zachary Scott is great as a cold-blooded, and I mean cold-blooded, killer.
FANTASTIC PLANET (73) - Another movie that played at the theater where I was an usher in '73. Love it. Deserves a blu-ray release in the US.
INVISIBLE RAY (36) - This always impresses me with its special effects.

Mildly Enjoyed

TROJAN HORSE (62) - Adequate time waster with Steve Reeves. Seems over complicated but it looks good. I'm sure it's better in widescreen.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

CULT OF THE COBRA (1955) Faith Domergue seeks revenge through transmogrification on blaspheming GI's Marshall Thompson, David Jansen, Richard Long, William Reynolds, and Jack Kelly. Very low budget effects.
Cult of the Cobra. Crudely animated Rambo adventure runs about 20 minutes and retains much of the theme music from the Stallone films.
Modern Marvels:The Jet Engine. In the late 30's Germany and England began development of jet engine technology, but were soon surpassed by the U. S. when Kelly Johnson began Skunkworks in California.
DRIVEN TO KILL (2009) Highly erratic camerawork with a typically desultory action line make this Seagal flick an unpleasant viewing experience. Gutter language with a Russian accent and a blend of hard rock and concomitant culture sounds add to the misery.

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