Thursday, April 19, 2018

RIP Pepe Mediavilla

The Spanish dubbing actor Pepe Mediavilla has died at 77 years of age. Mediavilla was the Spanish voice of Morgan Freeman, the magician Gandalf (played by Ian McKellen), Dr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), among others. Born in Barcelona on May 1, 1940, he was considered one of the great voice actors and began his career in 1964 after his studies in La Voz de España and in 1967 he voiced Jim Brown in Twelve of the Gibbet. A career that he completed over more than fifty years as a doubler in more than 2,800 films. Pepe was the Spanish voice of several different actors in over 20 Euro-westerns. He’s probably best remembered as the Spanish voice of Bud Spencer in “Boot Hill”, “Ace High” and “The 5-Man Army”. He was also the voice of James Whitmore in “Chato’s Land”, Eduardo Fajardo in “Companeros” and Claude Akins in “A Man Called Sledge”.

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank

From Monday  2  April – Monday  30  April, BFI  Southbank will  celebrate  one  of  the  undisputed  masters  of  cinema, Sergio  Leone.  While  they  may  not  have  been  the  first  spaghetti  westerns,  Leone's  Dollars  trilogy  of A  Fistful  of Dollars (1964), For  a  Few Dollars  More (1965)  and The  Good,  the  Bad  and  the  Ugly (1966)  are  certainly  the  best
known – they  paved  the  way  for  Clint  Eastwood  to  break  Europe  and  for  Leone  to  have  an  enduring  influence  on cinema.  As  part of  the  season, A  Fistful  of  Dollars will  screen  on  extended  run from Friday 13 April,  when  it  is  re-released in selected cinemas by Park Circus. The season will include screenings of all of Leone’s features, as well as a talk from Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling on Friday 6 April.

Schedule for Thursday April 19, 2018:

The first part of Leone’s Dollars trilogy firmly sets out the winning blueprint for the other two: not least in establishing both the role of Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero and the collaboration with Ennio Morricone, which resulted in some of the most memorable musical themes in movie history. Made on a small budget and based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the film focuses on a small town caught up in a fight for control between two warring families. When a stranger arrives he manipulates the feud to his own advantage – resulting in a high body count and some great cinema. – Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer 

THU 19, APR, 14:30 “A Fistful of Dollars”
THU 19, APR, 18:20 “A Fistful of Dollars”
THU 19, APR, 20:50 “A Fistful of Dollars”

For further information contact the BFI at this link:

Franco Nero Guest of Fajr International Film Festival

Financial Tribune
April 12, 2018

Italian actor Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero, better known by his stage name Franco Nero, will come to Tehran to attend the 36th Fajr International Film Festival as a special guest.

The Italian legend, 76, is best known for his breakthrough role as Django in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 iconic spaghetti western (a western film made in Europe by an Italian director) by the same name. Since then, he has performed over 200 leading and supporting roles in a wide variety of films and TV programs in Italy and abroad, in genres ranging from drama, war and musical. In 2011, he received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, the festival website wrote.

Presided over by acclaimed filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi, the FIFF will be held at Charsou Cineplex, downtown Tehran, April 19-27.

Special Birthdays

Ignazio Leone (actor) would have been 95 today, he died in 1976.

Jayne Mansfield (actress) would have been 85 today, she died in 1967.