Thursday, October 19, 2017

RIP Umberto Lenzi

Italian producer, director, writer and actor Umberto Lenzi died today October 19 in Rome, Italy. He was 86. Born in Massa Marittima, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy on August 6, 1931, Lenzi was known for contributing to Italian genres from politics to horror. The author of over sixty films between the 1960s and 1990s, Lenzi directed some real cult films that made him appreciated much more abroad especially by Quentin Tarantino. Among his most famous titles were “Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare”, “Roma a mano armata” and “Napoli violenta”. His Euro-westerns include “Samson and the Slave Queen” (1963), “Go For Broke” (1968) using the alias Humbert Humphrey and in which he also acted and “A Pistol for 100 Coffins” (1968).


Antiheroina – Spanish title

A 2016 Spanish production [Silver Rider Pictures (Madrid)]
Produces: Menchu Esteban, Manuel Capilla
Director: Menchu Esteban
Story: Menchu Esteban
Screenplay: Menchu Esteban
Cinematography: Inma Bernal [color]
Music: Sergio Rojas de La Parra
Running time: 4 minutes

She – Laura Contreras
He – Jonai Rodriguez

A woman stands up against spousal abuse in the Old West.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Nuccia Cardinali

Annunziata Cardinali was born in Potenza, Italy on November 4, 1938. She moved to Rome at an early age, shortly after the end of World War II , and in 1957 started acting as an actress for photomasons , debuting in the cinema the following year under the name Nucci Cardinali.

Nuccia then embarked on a singing career in 1960, obtaining a record contract with the Carosello, label with which she published her first 45 and LP.  She hosted some television programs, such as ‘Giallo club. Invito al poliziesco’ (where she sings Stars Fell on Alabama and That My Desire ) or ‘Rhythms of Today’ (in which she sings ‘I Can’t Give You Love’ ), and in the same year she appears in the musical “The Teddy Boys Song. She then signs with other labels, such as Play and Seven Records.

Cardinale became known in the sixties as an actress of fotoromanzis for Lancio, performing in 69 fotoromanzis, of which she was the star in 43. She also worked in films acting in various B-movies of adventure , western , thriller and horror .

She abandoned her career as an actress at the end of the seventies, returning briefly to acting in a photojournalism in the early 1980s .

CARDINALI, Nuccia (aka Nancy Cardinale, Nuccia Cardinale, Karen Carter) (Annunziata Cardinali) [11/4/1938, Potenza, Potenza, Italy -     ] – singer, fotoromanzi,  film, TV actress.
Two Crosses at Danger Pass – 1967 (Edith)
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Colt – 1971 (Mrs. Clarissa Nolan)
The Executioner of God - 1972 (Carol Lang/Lant/Lanthory)
Tiger from River Kwai - 1975 (Judy Lon)

Special Birthdays

Franco Di Giacomo (cinematographer) is 85 today.

Jorge Luke (actor) would have been 75 toay, he died in 2012. 

Oscar Aibar (screenwriter) is 50 today.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Fisrtful of Candy

A Fistful of Candy – English title

A British production [Metfilmschool (London)]
Producer: Boss Babylon, Lauren Holley, Martha McGuirk
Director: Ali Hughes
Story: Ali Hughes
Screenplay: Ali Hughes
Cinematography: Elliot Beach [color]
Music: Christian Lloyd
Running time: 7 minutes

Jesse – Flynn Allen
Jake – Charlie Hennessey
Cass – Alfie Norman
With Mickey the dog

Jesse, Jake and Cass are three young boys obsessed with the Wild West. Dressed as cowboys, the boys submerge themselves into an imaginary Western world.There they must decide between greed and loyalty.