Page for January 21 - 27, 2017.

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 trailer to MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU, I WON'T.

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Brain Teasers:

Which Italian Western uses a music cue from John Barry's score for GOLDFINGER?
No one has answered this one yet.

Reportedly, who suggested to Menahem Golan that he should produce a new version of Hercules starring Lou Ferrigno?
No one has answered this one yet.

Can you name an Italian mythological flick in which sunlight kills the bad guys?
Charles Gilbert knows that it is MACISTE L'UOMO PIU FORTE DEL MONDO, MOLE MEN AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES.

Can you name an Italian mythological flick in which something that fell from the sky has a glow that can turn men into supermen or destroy them?
No one has answered this question yet.

How does Alex Cord solve his shaking problem in ESCONDIDO, aka A MINUTE TO PRAY A SECOND TO DIE?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Australian is probably the most celebrated cinematographer in Chinese cinema?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

From the English version of which Italian Western comes the line, "In Montana, everyone is an outlaw."
By what name is Lee W. Beaver better known?
In which Maciste film does he have friend name Bangor?
Who is to pay for all of the broken furniture at the end of FIVE SUPERFIGHTERS?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

Richard Oravitz, Rick Garibaldi and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Henry Silva in UN FIUME DI DOLLARI, aka THE HILLS RUN RED.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Leonora Ruffo in LA REGINA DI SABA, aka QUEEN OF SHEBA.
Above is a new photo. Can you identify from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above photo yet.
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!

John Black identified last week's frame grab from SAMURAI III: DUEL ON GANRYU ISLAND.
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:

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (2001) - How did the Go-Go's join this line-up?

Bones "The Hope In the Horror" Directed by Emily Deschanel, this is one of the better episodes of the series.
The Big Bang Theory "The Romance Recalibration"

Mildly enjoyed:

LA VENERE DI CHERONEA, aka GODDESS OF LOVE - This 1957 costumer surfaced on You Tube in Italian with English subtitles thanks to "Peplum TV". More of a drama than a "sword & sandal" flick, this film is a bit more adult than usual, with a good looking cast and a reasonable script. While hardly exciting, it does have an unexpected emotional impact.

Bones "The Brain In the Bot"

SALVO - While interesting, this film by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza is way too languid. And there is a bit of perversity in starting off with an excellent action sequence, and then having the other two action scenes take place off-camera. I would like to see more of Sara Serraiocco.

Did not enjoy:

MISSION FOR THE DRAGON - Believe it or not, this is a Godfrey Ho directed effort starring Dragon Lee and Carter Hwang that is not mentioned in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MARTIAL ARTS MOVIES. It's a murder mystery - who killed the father of the hot-headed son of an antiques dealer and the father of our hero played by Dragon Lee? Who is wearing that rubber mask and what's been hidden in that cave? Will the romance between Dragon Lee and Carter Hwang's sister survive our hero's quest for revenge?
VIXEN
SUPER VIXENS

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David Deal Enjoyed:

Enjoyed

THE MAD EXECUTIONERS (63)

SLEEPERS WEST (41) - Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) smuggles a key witness aboard an overnight train for trial. Particularly sharp detective yarn deftly doles out comedy and yes, tragedy above its station. Pun intended.

WAR BETWEEN THE PLANETS (65)

THE MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET (41)

FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR (70) - Gorgeous and Gothic, the visuals outclass all performances and plots in this silly horror film. May be the best looking Naschy flick of all time and the stolen tunes from Bruno Nicolai (specifically EUGENIE) add another level of appreciation.

KILLER COP (75) - After a bomb blast in a hotel lobby, Commissioner Claudio Cassinelli heads down a rabbit hole in search of terrorists. Another good crime story inspired by the political climate of Italy at the time.

LE SAMOURAI (67)

FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION (70) - Dagmar Lassander and Susan Scott make a beautiful pair of peacocks in their high fashion duds. Not the giallo that some disappointed reviewers wanted, this top notch Euro-ambience entertainment is about sexual politics, mysterious motives and washing down loads of tranquilizers with hard liquor. Great Morricone score, fun set design, and outstanding cinematography. Stylish and twisted, this comes highly recommended.

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (57)

THE VENGEANCE OF LADY MORGAN (65) - Paul Muller, Erika Blanc, and Gordon Mitchell in a Gothic drive-the-wife-crazy plot that veers into a strange ghostly horror revenge conclusion. Good locations, a game cast, and nice b&w photography also benefit this surprisingly enjoyable lark.

THE KILLER WITH A SILK SCARF (66) - Carl Mohner chases down the girl who saw him kill her mom. Adrian Hoven's small crime movie has interesting locations and Folco Lulli as the cop on the case.

BLADE RUNNER (81)

Mildly Enjoyed

HELL OR HIGH WATER (16)

JESSE JAMES (39)

PYRO... THE THING WITHOUT A FACE (64) - Severely burned trying to save his wife and kid from a fire started by his jealous ex-lover (Martha Hyer), Barry Sullivan goes underground with a carnival to exact his revenge. Spanish shot and set, this low-budget - and somewhat low-brow - thriller has a few things going for it, including an early role for Soledad Miranda.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE. (1958) B&W. Soon after their wedding Gloria Talbot realizes her husband Tom Tryon has been possessed by one of the aliens who have parked their space ship in the woods. The ET males have arrived to mate with earth gals, but their plans are thwarted by Doctor Ken Lynch and Steve (Untouchables) London.

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