Page for March 28 - April 3, 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 the Hong Kong Legends trailer for the retitled TIGER ON THE BEAT.

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Brain Teasers:

Which Italian film did Franco Nero make with a producer who had previously made four films starring Kirk Morris?
It was L'UOMO, L'ORGOGLIO, LA VENDETTA, aka MAN, PRIDE AND VEGEANCE - soon to be released on BluRay by Blue Underground.

Which Italian Western star was the subject of a documentary made by his two daughters?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western star had a scar on his face reportedly the result of finding a bomb while playing as a child?
George Grimes knew that it was Giuliano Gemma.

Which Italian Western star had a small role in an American TV movie starring Annette O'Toole?
George Grimes knew that it was Giuliano Gemma.

Which Hong Kong movie star made his U.S. movie debut opposite an actress who won an Oscar in a movie directed by Woody Allen?
George Grimes and Jackie S. knew that it was Chow Yun Fat alongside Mira Sorvino in THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Who played the title role in the original language version of COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN?
Can you name three Italian directed movies featuring Rod Taylor?
In which Italian Western does Charlie Siringo appear?
Which Hong Kong movie deals with the Iron Flag clan?

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Name the movies from which these images come.

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Alberto Dell'Acqua in KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Charles Gilbert last week's frame grab of Rod Taylor in LA REGINA DELLE AMAZZONI, aka COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN.
Above is a new photo. Can you name from what movie it came?

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 and Jackie S. identified last week's frame grab of Gordon Liu and Conan Lee in TIGER ON BEAT.
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:

Gloria Steinem In Her Words
Sarah Silverman We Are All Miracles
THE PRESIDENT VS. DAVID HICKS
Writer of O
E! Celebrity Profile "Jaime Lee Curtis" (1998)
A&E Biography "Roy Rogers"
I, Zombie "Pilot"

Mildly enjoyed:

Castle "At Close Range"

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Charles Gilbert recently watched:
SHANGHAI JOE (1973) Directed by Mario Caiano. A Texas ranch baron and his partner (Piero Lulli and Andrea Aureli paired yet again) smuggle Mexican vassals and then 'eliminate' them en masse. Enter the Oriental protagonist: palsy-eyed and pigtailed Shanghai Joe (Chen Lee), who recently arrived in the U.S. via San Francisco anxious for adventure in the American West. With aplomb for the new culture he wants to become a cowboy. And with dextrous fighting skills and a heart of gold learned in a monastery Joe bowls through western hitmen Robert Hundar, Gordon Mitchell, Giancomo Rossi-Stuart, and Klaus Kinski. Roberto dell'Acqua is on hand to match acrobatic rodeo skills with Joe, and Pietro Torrisi appears as a bunkhouse cowpoke who tangles with Joe over a game of poker. Delightful film if you can overlook the gore, bedroom innuendo, vulgarity, and racial epithets likely anachronistic for 1882.
BLOOD MONEY (1974) Carlo Ponti and Run Run Shaw collaborated on this spaghetti chop-socky western that unites Dakota and Ho Chiang (Lee Van Cleef and Lieh Lo of KING BOXER) on a treasure hunt for the fortune of Chiang's promiscuous uncle recently deceased. The clues to the inheritance are to be found on the gluteal 'maps' of his surviving mistresses. Yeah, it's all done for laughs. Following on their heels is a sadistic 'reverend' towing his church-on-the-go with a team of eight horses, misquoting scripture, and executing 'sinners' as he also seeks the treasure. The ending is anticlimactic. Patty Shepard (older sister of soap regular Judith Chapman) appears as Russian twins.

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David Deal Enjoyed

LION OF THEBES (64) - Aesthetically pleasing historical peplum with Mark Forest, Yvonne Furneaux, Rosalba Neri, Massimo Serato, and Alberto Lupo.
THE INHERITANCE (47) - A fun Gothic mystery that gets darker, literally and figuratively, as it goes along. Great photography of spooky castle sets.
ONE HUNDRED CRIES OF TERROR (65) - Two tales of ironic horror from Mexico. Both have good atmosphere and modern sensibilities, including jazz scores.
THE SCARLET BARONESS (59) - An old fave that holds up. Joachim Fuchsberger and Dawn Addams in a WWII spy story. Similar milieu to the Edgar Wallace films that would kick off the same year.
THE GLASS SPHINX (67) - Back in rotation is this Euro-adventure with Robert Taylor as an archeologist after a hidden tomb. The enormous wealth he doesn't care about. Too bad everyone else does. Lots of fights, shooting, and traitorous acts. Giacomo Rossi-Stuart and Anita Ekberg join in the action. Sinister's print is faded, jumpy, and square but this is perfect for a Saturday afternoon.
THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK (41) - Robert Florey's curious crime/horror hybrid is held together by a great central performance. Peter Lorre works inside an emotionless makeup as an unfortunately-scarred immigrant who takes to crime to survive. Pathos and stone cold revenge have their equal place in this tragedy.

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John Black wrote,
"I'm in a movie that David Deal liked.
"Although I don't appear in the main film, I appear briefly in two of the supplemental features of the documentary about the US VHS revolution, REWIND THIS!
"My store was Backtrack Video and Records in Seattle, WA. My ex-business partner and I contributed a two-hour interview for the documentary. Those two hours were cut down to a total of about 45 seconds, which appear in two of the short supplemental features on the DVD.
"I was selected for the documentary because my store was one of the very first genre-based stores in the country, beginning in 1984. The documentary was initially going to be about the store owners who started the grass roots VHS movement. However, the filmmakers apparently decided in mid-stream to shift their focus to the customers and collectors who patronized those stores."

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