Page for October 25 - 31, 2014.

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 song to JOHNNY YUMA.

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Brain Teasers:

In which Italian Western does the hero threaten to brand the villain in the face?
It was JOHNNY YUMA.

Which Italian movie star was born October 31, 1929 in Naples?
Charles Gilbert and George Grimes knew that it was Carlo Pedersoli, aka Bud Spencer.

Which Italian movie star competed as an Olympic swimmer in 1952 and 1956?
Charles Gilbert, Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes knew that it was Carlo Pedersoli, aka Bud Spencer.

Which Italian movie star appeared as an extra in 1951's QUO VADIS and then made an appearance in 1957'S A FAREWELL TO ARMS?
Charles Gilbert and George Grimes knew that it was Carlo Pedersoli, aka Bud Spencer.

Which Japanese movie star who never appeared in a film directed by Akira Kurosawa appeared in an Italian Western?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which American body builder who played Hercules for an Italian producer has a daughter who is a costumer for Angelina Jolie?
Which Italian actor, who once played a gladiator, played a Gypsy in a movie with Carroll Baker playing a nun?
Which British actor, who appeared in an Italian directed movie about ancient Rome, played in a movie with Carroll Baker playing a nun?
Which Japanese swordsman from a novel has been played by Tatsuya Nakadai, Raizo Ichikawa and Chiezo Kataoka?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes, Rick Garibaldi and Howard Hughes identified last week's frame grab of Gabriele Tinti in IL FIGLIO DI DJANGO, aka SON OF DJANGO, aka RETURN OF DJANGO.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

Howard Hughes and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Luciana Paluzzi and Sylva Koscina in LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE, aka HERCULES.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

No one has identified the above photo yet.
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!

George Grimes identified last week's photo from SWORD OF DOOM.
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:

Live from the Lincoln Center SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET in concert - Emma Thompson is wonderful.
Makers: Women In Hollywood
Genesis: The Sum of the Parts - I am not a fan of this group, but this is a solid documentary.
Life - The audio book of Keith Richards' autobiography.
David Bowie: Reality - DVD of his concert in Ireland.

Mildly enjoyed:

MONSTER - I wish that I had seen this before seeing two documentaries on Aileen Wuornos. Then, maybe, I wouldn't have been distracted by how this movie didn't jibe with all of the facts.
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang - Zilker Park, Austin, Texas
FRIDAY THE 13TH - After all these decades, I decided to actually watch this from start to finish without fast-forwarding. It wasn't as hard to sit through as I thought - but boy is it bad.

Did not enjoy:

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 - Jason is the killer here.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 3D - Where Jason gets the hockey mask.
FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER (Liars!) - Where Corey Feldman kills Jason.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V A NEW BEGINNING - Summer camp for mental patients? This offering has more than usual attractive briefly naked women.
FRIDAY THE 13th PART VI JASON LIVES - Jason is revived like Frankenstein's monster: by lightening. With more intentional humor than usual, this offering has more successful suspense sequences than usual as well.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII THE NEW BLOOD - JASON MEETS CARRIE directed by an FX man.
RETURN OF THE LASH
FLAMING BULLETS
PRAIRIE OUTLAWS
BATTLE OF ROGUE RIVER
The Divine Garbo
THE MIRACLE (1959)

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THE CRAWLING EYE (58) - Like a comfy old sweater.
WESTBOUND (59)
WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY (63)
THE HUNGER (83)
MIRRORMASK (05) - Amazing design by Dave McKean who also directs.
NIGHT OF THE DAMNED (71) - A Satan movie starring Pierre "Winnetou" Brice. What's not to like?
THE MALTESE FALCON (41) - Never gets old. Never.
WHITEWASH (13) - Ever kill a man with a snowplow? Thomas Haden Church did.
BLUE RUIN (13) - Low key revenge. A must see.
HISTORY OF THE EAGLES (13) - Awesome doc on the long-lived band.
LURE OF THE SWAMP (57) - Check out this swampy noir with Marshall Thompson.
DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES (63)
FORT MASSACRE (58) - Excellent. Right up there with Yellow Sky in telling a western tale of madness, revenge, cynicism, fear, and paranoia.
DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE (71)
KILL LIST (11) - An occult hit man movie that definitely influenced True Detective.
RIDE LONESOME (59) - Damn good Randolph Scott/Bud Boetticher western.
DOM HEMINGWAY (14) - Mostly great in your face Jude Law crime.
GIRL IN BLACK STOCKINGS (57) - Little rural crime noir with Lex Barker and Anne Bancroft. Read about it in Forgotten Horrors vol. 6.

Mildly Enjoyed

HERCULES VS. THE HYDRA (60)
BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES (55) - This does have its appeal in a barren desert sort of way. Just too poverty stricken and inept to pull it off.
THE DOUBLE (13) - Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska in an unsatisfying version of Dostoevsky's novella.

Did Not Enjoy

VISITORS (13) - Godfrey Reggio's latest documentary is annoying. Watch KOYAANISQATSI instead.

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