Monday, February 19, 2018

RIP Bill Blunden

Award winning British film editor Bill Blunden died on January 3, 2018 in Malmesbury, Wilshire, England. He was 83. Bill was born Thomas William Blunden in Pancas, London, England in 1935. He is the father of film editor Chris Blunden and grandfather of film editor William Blunden. Blunden won an Emmy Award for his work on ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1979). He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for ‘To Dance with the White Dog’. Blunden was the film editor of 1968’s “Shalako” starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot.

Presidents' Day 2018

European Western Comic Books ~ I Banditi del West

This comic book was published in 12 series. Each series featured the adventures of a different set of characters. The entire series was published on September 7th 1946 and ended October 1, 1956. It was published in Mila, Italy by Leonello Maritini and G. Caregaro for editor ALP.

Series II: RAZZO (ROCK) BILL (8 pages). The character covered in series 2 was RAZZO BILL, a mysteriously disguised knight of the plains who closes the cycle of his face-off adventures. The appendix features "L'uomo del film" by Cesare Solini and Enzo Magni, "Bill Ciak, Cameraman" by Gino Cossio and "The Island of the Lost Seas" by Pini Segna.

RAZZO BILL by Leonello Martini, Nino Catania, was issued from 1946 – 1948.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? Ubaldo Continiello

Continiello started his career as a composer of pop songs, for, among others, Tony Del Monaco and Bobby Solo. He then worked extensively in movie soundtracks of genre 'Italian comedy'. Ubaldo began his film career in 1973 with “Il Gatto di Brooklyn, Aspirante Detective” with Franco Franchi for whom he would make seven films. In 1977 he made his most important achievement with “Ultimo Mondo Cannibale” by Ruggero Deodato, and the same for “Cannibal Holocaust”. In 1980 “Macabro” for Lamberto Bava and “Thrauma”. He wrote over 400 songs, including “Il Giocattolo” sung by Gianni Morandi.

CONTINIELLO, Ubaldo [1941 Monteverde, Avellino Italy 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy (heart attack)] – composer, conductor, songwriter.
Black Tigress - 1967
The Grandson of Zorro – 1975

Special Birthdays

FĂ©lix Briones (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 2011.
Rolf Ripperger (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 1975.

Vanessa Bauche (actress) – is 45 today.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Adios, Sabata

We continue with our search for filming locations for “Adios Sabata”. After Sabata and the others have been arrested Major Matternach has Sabata, Escudo and Ballantine placed before a firing squad. Watching from his headquarters is Colonel Skimmel and Folgen. The Colonel gives Matternach the order to commence the procedure. Septiembre and Gitano, dressed in soldiers uniforms watch from a nearby rooftop. Sabata notices one of the barrels of gun powder being loaded in the wagon is leaking powder and leaving a trail along the ground. Ballantine opens his diary to a page containing two vials of nitroglycerin. Ballantine halts Matternach and asks his diary be sent to his mother. He throws him his diary which explodes killing all of the soldiers in the firing squad. Sabata, Gitano and Ballantine retrieve the soldiers rifles and Septiembre and Gitano also open fire on the soldiers. A Gatling gun is quickly wheeled in but Sabata ignites the trail of gunpowder from the leaking     barrel and blows the Gatling gun and barrels of gun powder. Another Gatling Gun is brought into play but Gitano uses a rope and swings down and takes over the use of the gun spraying lead into to the oncoming soldiers. Now a cannon is wheeled into action by the soldiers. Septiembre takes out a guard in the watchtower with one of his steel balls. The cannon begins to open fire on Sabata and his men. Sabata retrieves some more nitro from the warehouse and takes out the cannons. Sabata and Escudo run to Skimmels headquarters building and start to eliminate the guards. Ballantine and Septiembre run into the warehouse but are followed by several soldiers with another Gatling gun. During the shooting the soldiers shoot the wagon where a large barrel is tied and Ballantine sees gold dust pour out.

This scene was filmed at the DeLaurentis Mexican village outside of Rome. Also used in the “5 Man Army” and “Texas Adios” (aka “The Avenger”).

For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi Yasuda’s location site: and Captain Douglas Film Locations