Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1st Day of Summer 2017

Eastwood recalls childhood dream to 'pack a gun and ride a horse'

By Stephane Mahe

CANNES, France — Clint Eastwood was just like any other American boy growing up on the Westerns of the 1930s and ’40s, he told a seminar at the Cannes Film Festival where he recounted his rise to movie star and acclaimed director.

"Every kid wanted to be in a Western and every kid wanted to pack a gun and ride a horse," Eastwood, 86, told admirers at a master class he gave on the fringes of the festival.

"So as a kid I liked [Westerns] very much."

After playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's 'spaghetti Westerns' in the 1960s, Eastwood became "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the cop who broke all the rules.

"A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect," he said of "Dirty Harry," the 1971 film in which he points his .44 Magnum pistol at bad guys and asks them if they "feel lucky" before he pulls the trigger.

"That was at the beginning of the era that we're in now where everybody thinks everybody's politically correct and we're killing ourselves by doing that, but we've lost our sense of humor," he said of the film's critics.

"Anyway, I made it, I thought it was interesting, and it was daring at the time, and that was the only reason," Eastwood said. "Big guns: it was the ultimate kid's dream."

Special Birthdays

Michael Harvey (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 1995.

Mino Roli (screenwriter) is 90 today.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New book release

Alessandro Alessandroni. Un fischio da leone
Publisher: Tsunami
Language: Italian
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9788894859034

Alessandro Alessandroni was one of the most original and multi-faceted musicians of his generation. Entering the collective imagery such as the whistle of the legendary westerns of Sergio Leone, he has impressed his talent in many of the most memorable moments of Italian music from the 60's and 70's, as a multi-instrumentalist, choir director (The Modern Cantors of Alessandroni), arranger, and composer. This biography tells for the first time the career of a decisive musician who has worked almost always behind the scenes, from the origins of the cabaret to the great old-fashioned film scene, admired and sought after all over the world. A light and musically informed tale that is also a journey into one of the most fascinating times of the history of Italian music and cinema, with the story of the protagonist who intersects almost every page with characters such as Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Totò , Vittorio Gassman, Fabrizio De André, Luciano Berio ...

The Wild West Uncovered

La veritable histoire du Far West – French title
The Wild West Uncovered – English title

A 2006 French television production [Arte France, Gedeon Programmes, Auvitec, Leonardo Film (Paris)]
Producer: Elmar Bartlmae
Director: Elmar Bartlmae
Teleplay: Elmar Bartlmae
Photography: Roland Mayer, Ton Lea Saby [color]
Music: Robert Hartshorne
Running time: 51 minutes

Narrator: Alain Zenou
William Sharon – Ken Ostrum
Adolph Sutro – Charles Tadlock
John Mackay – George Triplett
Mark Twain – Perry Arnn
Philipp Deidesheimer – Gregor Finke
With: Bernie Allen, Gus Contos, Mike Creager, Chic DiFrancia, Armour DiMarzo, Curtis Dreher, Greg Fine, Sharon Fujioka, Trent Gookin, Gwen Hughes, Robert Kucera, Kelly Lockett,
Garrett Long, Roy Richey, Doug Romero, Richard Taylor, The White Family, Jim Wilbanks,
Kelly Dixon, Ron James (Ronald M. James)

This French documentary shakes up the clichés by reporting on recent scientific discoveries at Virginia City (Nevada), the flagship city of the gold rush. Careful excavations are undertaken by Kelly Dixon, a young archaeologist, with the assistance of Ronald James, chief curator of the State Museum of Nevada. Virginia City's true face is that of a cosmopolitan city where strangers, even colored ones, discover the true face of Virginia City, a town with evolved mores and revolutionary mining techniques for its time, in short, a calm, peaceful, industrial and industrious city, very far from the law exalted by many Westerns of Hollywood. Oyster shells and the remains of glasses even attest that in some saloons, French champagne was not uncommon.

Monday, June 19, 2017

European Western Comic Books ~ Saguaro

Arizona, July 1972. Thorn Kitcheyan is a Navajo / Tohono O'odham Naval originator who is nicknamed Saguaro by his people because of his little remorse. Having fought during the Vietnam War and being discharged from the army following a dangerous mission to Laos, where he had been seriously injured, he returned to Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo State, and bought some arid land from an old native named Tocho, happy to shed it, free of electricity and settled there.

The land, however, has the advantage of being adjacent to the State Road, and located right on the border between Arizona and New Mexico; For this reason, Noah Folsom, a wealthy and powerful criminal, whose lands border with Tocho, would like to find it and use it as a way of passing on his drug traffics. Since Tocho never wanted to give up on his offerings, Folsom (who also diverted the course of a stream crossing the ground condemning him to drought) with the help of a corrupt cop he kidnaps the old man and has him killed by one of his henchmen, Tomas Vidal, to take revenge on what he considers an unforgivable affront. Saguaro will find himself accidentally involved in the long sequel of blood that will result, in which the corrupt policeman and Vidal (Folsom, however, will be able to get away but with some luck he is arrested) will die, and from which he will be wounded but safe. Especially with no judicial traps thanks to the aid he indirectly lent to the police in arresting the criminals and the failure of a major drug deal from some Mexican traffickers.

Following these and other dramatic events, Saguaro is chosen by the FBI to form a special unit of federal agents commissioned to mediate between white people and natives and investigate cases where tribal police cannot act. In addition to white offenders, Saguaro will also face his own brothers who will try, sometimes with violence, to assert their rights and become independent, convinced that, after all, the nation that served during the war is, in the good And evil, his land. During his stay at Window Rock, Thorn will be fighting an old enemy, "Cobra Ray" Brest, a violent superior during the Vietnam War. Subsequently, the Wounded Knee revolt begins and, when it is over, begins a new uprising with Nastas Begay, the blood brother of Saguaro, head of the rebels. Saguaro is forced to help Nastas in a time of need and leave the federals to face the ruthless fighter alone.

Saguaro was a comic book series designed by Bruno Enna and edited by Sergio Bonelli Editore, of which 35 issues were published from June 2012 to April 2015.

Bruno Enna conceived the series after reading an article about Shadow Wolves, a group of Native Federal agents who still operate on the border between Arizona and Mexico. Initially he thought of a graphic novel, presented the idea to Sergio Bonelli Editore, thinking he could develop it into a mini-series. It was Sergio Bonelli who decided to create an entire series without a definite end. He also gave some advice to the author, including reading Tony Hillerman's novels and drawing inspiration from the face of a young Tom Berenger for the graphic creation of the protagonist. At that time Enna's choice of actor to take as a model oscillated between Adam Beach, Val Kilmer and Dwayne Johnson.

Sergio Bonelli Editore formalized the existence of the series in March of 2012 by publishing on its site two images depicting Saguaro. It was premiered at Torino Comics 2012 on April 14 and 15 and in Naples Comicon on April 29. The cover of the first album was presented at the end of April.

On May 26, 2012, issue number 1 of this new series, entitled Return to Window Rock, with Bruno Enna's screenplay, Fabio Valdambrini's drawings and Davide Furnò's cover.