Page for May 26 - June 1, 2018.

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 theme music to 3 PISTOLE CONTRO CESARE, aka DEATH WALKS IN LAREDO.

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Brain Teasers:

Which American actor, who made an Italian Western, was given a Visionary Award by the East West Players?
It was James Shigeta in 2005.

Which American actor played Takakura Ken's brother?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which actor, who appeared in both Italian sword & sandal flicks and Westerns, was born in Austria in 1921?
No one has answered this one yet.

Which actress worked with directors Nino Scolaro, Nando Cicero, Emimmo Salvi, Riccardo Freda, Amando de Ossorio, Juan de Orduna, Guido Malatesta and Roberto Mauri?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which actor, born in Austria, worked with directors Gianfranco Parolini, Costa-Gavras, Sergio Sollima, Luigi Cozzi, Roberto Mauri and Dan Curtis?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian film director played Benito Mussolini in an American TV mini-series?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which U.S. late night talk show did an Italian Western spoof on 05/17/2018?
Which American actor played Benito Mussolini under the direction of an Italian director for an Italian motion picture?
Which British actor played Benito Mussolini under the direction of an Italian director?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes identified last week's photo of the Rojo gang in PER UN PUGNO DI DOLLARI, aka FISTFUL OF DOLLARS.

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

John Black and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Livio Lorenzon and Chelo Alonso in IL TERRORE DEI BARBARI, aka GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Charles Gilbert and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Henry Silva and Woody Strode in THE ITALIAN CONNECTION.
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 Yuen Biao in THE PRODIGAL SON.
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:

Unsung "The Bar-Kays" (2010)

Unsung "The Fat Boys" (2010)

Unsung "Wyclef Jean" (2017)

Unsung " Kwamé" (2016) - Kwamé came out with a hit album when he was 16 and enjoyed a few years of success until his up-beat hip-hop music became passé when gangsta rap hit big. On the music video for "Nastee" from his third album, Kwamé cast his cousin Vin Diesel in a small role with the plan of producing Diesel's foray into rap, but when Kwamé's popularity ended, so did Diesel's music career. The real nail in Kwamé's musical coffin occured when The Notorious B.I.G. referred to him as being "played out" in the song "Unbelievable" and radio stopped playing Kwamé's stuff. After about five years of not getting any work, Kwamé got paid to provide "beats" for other producers under the name K-1 Mil. Eventually he became one of the most successful producers in the game and has reclaimed his name.

THE GALLANT HOURS (1960) - With music performed by the Roger Wagner Chorale, this film comes off more like a hymn than a dramatic film. Without any action footage, not even old actual WW2 footage, this almost seems like a theatrical play except that it doesn't have a play's structure and has alot of narration. This narration is very informational, giving most of the principal cast biographical sketches, including mentioning those who were killed after the events shown in the film.

Drunk History "Space" (2015)

Drunk History "Scoundrels" (2016)

Drunk History "Landmarks" (2016)

Drunk History "Food" (2016)

BRUTAL TALES OF CHIVALRY (1965) - I prefer the Toei Yakuza films that came out later in the 1960s, but this one is considered a classic and if you can accept the level of melodrama, it's solid.

Mildly enjoyed:

Unsung "Big Daddy Kane" (2011)

Unsung "Klymaxx" (2009)

Finding Your Roots "" (2017)

Unsung "Donell Jones" (2016)

Unsung "Next" (2016)

Unsung "Fat Joe" (2017)

Unsung "Switch" (2017)

We'll Meet Again "Children of WW II" (2018)

We'll Meet Again "Rescued From Mount St. Helens" (2018)

We'll Meet Again "Lost Children of Vietnam" (2018)

We'll Meet Again "Freedom Summer" (2018)

HIT! (1973) - Sidney J. Furie directed this low-budget action flick that seemed to have been inspired by director Romain Gary's KILL! Reportedly this project was not intended to be a Black actioner, but Furie hired LADY SINGS THE BLUES actors Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor and the film got lumped in with BLACK GUNN and its ilk. While the plot involved the murder of nine big-time drug dealers in Marseille, most of the film was structured like a heist movie - with the selecting of the specialized members and rehearsals of the plan. To complicate matters, Williams played a federal agent whose boss didn't want him to take personal revenge after the death of his estranged daughter by drug overdose, so the boss sends a paid of agents to assassinate our hero - which provided a little action between long planning sessions. Composer Lalo Schifrin again, as he did for PRIME CUT, did a very good Francis Lai impersonation in composing the music.

Did not enjoy:

THE MAN FROM THE ALAMO (1953) - Was there such a group as Wade's Guerillas - a gang of Americans who raided Texas homesteads on behalf of General Santa Ana during the war for Texas Independence? Even though this Glenn Ford vehicle is set during the 1830s, the filmmakers couldn't resist giving just about everyone revolvers to shoot. One even fans the hammer.

Great Streets "Grand Canal" (2000)

Great Streets "Fifth Avenue" (2000)

THE SHALLOWS (2016) - I've not watched OPEN WATER yet, but this seemed to have been inspired by it, with a dash of JAWS thrown in. Like JAWS, the climax of the movie seemed highly improbable.

OLIVER'S STORY (1978) - Can Oliver Barrett IV get past the loss of Jenny in LOVE STORY and find love again? Not during the running time of this annoying flick. Candice Bergen looks great and Nicola Pagett looks even better, but it is all in vain. I'm not used to seeing Swoosie Kurtz this young and she's fun. The only element of LOVE STORY that I liked was the music by Francis Lai. The producers of the sequel hired Lee Holdridge to take over the music which was not a plus.

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David Deal Enjoyed:

THE KING'S THIEF (55)

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (35)

Mildly Enjoyed

MURDER AT THE BASKERVILLE'S (37) - This is actually Silver Blaze with Arthur Wontner as the great Holmes.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

GUNSMOKE (1953) Audie Murphy wins a ranch full of cattle from aging Paul Kelly and daughter Susan Cabot in a card game, but big time unscrupulous shark Donald Randolph, coveting the land, points out that such sortitious methods are illegal. He also hires gunslinger Charles Drake to make things rough on Audie.

GOLIATH AT THE CONQUEST OF DAMASCUS (1965) Granite jawed Peter Lupus (Rock Stevens) in his last peplum once again rescuing princess Anna Maria Polani. Many familiar faces

American Masters on PBS. Hedy Lamar was considered a beauty non pareil, but underwent botched facial surgeries in later years. She was also beat out of royalties from the invention of radio frequency-hopping technologies used by the U. S. Navy during WWII

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