Page for April 19 - 25, 2014.

The purpose of this page is to find others with a shared interest in these kinds of movies, and to keep me from getting that "No new messages" response when I check my email. So, 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 DERSU UZALA mention on Castle "The Way of the Ninja".

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Brain Teasers:

In what American television show did a character react to the news that someone slept through a screening of DERSU UZALA as "blasphemy"?
It was Castle.

Which American actor, frequently thought of as a martial arts star, worked on screen with Mako, David Carradine, Michael Wong, Wai-Man Chan, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tia Carrere and Ernie Hudson?
John Grace knew that it was Brandon Lee.

Which Italian actor worked as an advertising artist in Genoa before moving to Rome and getting into film work?
George Grimes knew that it was Luigi Montefiori, aka George Eastman.

Which Italian screenwriter was born August 16, 1942 near Genoa, Italy?
George Grimes knew that it was Luigi Montefiori, aka George Eastman.

Which Italian actor worked with Richard Harrison, Glenn Saxson, Robert Woods, Edmund Purdom, David and Peter Paul, and David Greene?
George Grimes knew that it was Luigi Montefiori, aka George Eastman.

Which Hong Kong movie star was born April 16, 1965, in Albany, New York?
George Grimes knew that it was Michael Wong.

Which director of numerous Italian costume pictures was born in Kiev on March 4, 1891?
George Grimes knew that it was Victor Tourjansky.

Which director of numerous Italian costume pictures died in Munich on August 13, 1976?
George Grimes knew that it was Victor Tourjansky.

Which director of numerous Italian costume pictures worked with Edmund Purdom, Belinda Lee, Linda Cristal, Pierre Brice, Gordon Scott and Curd Jurgens?
George Grimes knew that it was Victor Tourjansky.

Which Japanese actor, known for playing ninjas, is currently in American movie theaters?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

The son of which Italian film director has become a director of photography and is working on American films?
What historical figure was played by both Gordon Scott and Ralph Fiennes?
What historical figure was played by both Gordon Scott and John Gielgud?
What was the Hong Kong English title for the movie called MASTER KILLER in the U.S.?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes and Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab of George Hilton and Romano Puppo 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?

John Black, Joseph Viglietta and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Kerwin Matthews and Tina Louise in SAFFO VENERE DI LESBO, aka THE WARRIOR EMPRESS.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

John Black and Joseph Viglietta identified last week's photo of Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress in LA DECIMA VITTIMA, aka THE 10th VICTIM.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?


Issue #77 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 Monsters of Hercules".
James Chaney concludes his translation of the interviews conducted by Franca Faldini and Goffredo Fofi with Italian Western directors Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari and many others.
Finally, Mickey Hargitay is memorialized in two articles. First is an interview by Gerard Dessere conducted in 2002. And then there is a brief biography with filmography.

SPAGHETTI CINEMA

A 50 page photocopy journal 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 Grace identified last week's photo of Jet Li in KIDS FROM SHAOLIN.
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:

Recommended:

THE WHISTLEBLOWER - Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote that the film "tells a story so repellent that it is almost beyond belief. Its conclusion—that in the moral quagmire of war and its aftermath, human trafficking and corruption are collateral damage—is unutterably depressing." So I can't say this was enjoyable, but it was worthwhile.

Highly enjoyed:

DIANE VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL

Enjoyed:

COCO CHANEL - Wanted: more movies with Barbora Bobulová.
WOMAN OF STRAW
RAPTURE PALOOZA
WITH GREAT POWER THE STAN LEE STORY

Mildly enjoyed:

Midsomer Murders "Blood Wedding"
Midsomer Murders "Shot At Dawn"
THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS

Did not enjoy:

JUDGE DREDD - I enjoyed DREDD so much, I felt the need to rewatch this just to see if it was as bad as I remembered. It's worse.
THE FROZEN GROUND

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