Thursday, September 29, 2016

Italian Westerns

Italian Westerns – English title

A 1967 British television production [BBC (London)]
Photography: [black & white]
Running time: 15 minutes

Narrator – A. Michael Parkinson
With: Sol Bianchi, Sergio Leone, Guy Madison (Robert Moseley)

Short television documentary on the Spaghetti western phenomenon. 

Special Birthdays

Anita Ekberg (actress) would have been 85 today, she died in 2015.

Anthony Bishop (actor) is 35 today.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Book Release

Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema
Critical Essays and Fellow Filmmaker Interviews

Edited by Matthew Edwards

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9897-0
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2508-9
50 photos, filmography, notes, bibliographies, index
312pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2016

With more than 130 films and a career spanning four decades, Klaus Kinski (1926–1991) was one of the most controversial actors of his generation. Known for his wild tantrums on set and his legendary collaborations with auteur Werner Herzog—Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)—Kinski’s intense performances made him the darling of European arthouse and exploitation/horror cinema. A genius in front of the camera, he was capable of lighting up the most risible films. Yet behind his public persona lurked a depraved man who took his art to the darkest extremes.

This first ever collection of essays focusing on Kinski examines his work in exploitation and art house films and spaghetti westerns, along with his performances in such cult classics as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Crawlspace (1986), Venus in Furs (1965), The Great Silence (1968), Android (1982) and his only directorial credit, Paganini (1989). More than 50 reviews of Kinski’s films are included, along with exclusive interviews with filmmakers and actors who worked with him.

About the Author(s)
Matthew Edwards is an elementary school teacher whose work has appeared in various magazines and books. He lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.

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Special Birthdays

Bernard Behrens (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2012.

Jeffrey Jones (actor) is 70 today. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIP Yvan Chiffre

Yvan Chiffre, a former director and stuntman in many films, including being Alain Delon’s double, died this morning at the age of 80, in Adissan Hérault, his grandson son César Chiffre told AFP. Born in Paris on March 3, 1936, Yvan Chiffre had specialized in fighting with knives and tumbling over waterfalls. He participated in "La Grande Vadrouille", "La Tulipe Noire", "Fantomas","Z", "Zorro" and the series "Thierry La Fronde". He appeared in one Euro-western as a thug in 1975’s “Zorro” starring Alain Delon. He was also master of arms and stunt coordinator on the same film.

Italian film lectures at the University of Ostrava.

Film historian Jan Švábenický invites anyone interested to his class about the popular genres in Italian cinema 1960-1970. Which will take place in the winter semester 2016 at the department of art history and heritage at the University in Ostrava. Lectures will take place on Thursdays from 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 in room e301. Individual lecture dates are : September 29th, October 13th, October 27th., and November 10th. If you are in the Ostrava area and have the time definitely stop by and attend.