Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RIP Květa Fialova

After nearly three years in an Alzheimer's Center, where she gradually lost contact with the world, Czech actress Květa Fialová has died at 88. Květa was perceived as a sex symbol during her early career and was considered one of the most beautiful Czech actresses – The Czech Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks to her fierceness she was destined for the roles of strong willed women who became her acting staple for a long time. When she became older she changed her acting style from sexy women to mature, elegant ladies, mothers and grandmothers. Such as the Countess Thun in the parody “Adela Did Not Sleep” (1977), Bob's mother in “Summer With The Cowboy” (1976), Mommy Samkova in “Half a House Without a Groom” (1980) or grandmother in a comedy of the century “I Enjoy the World With You” (1983). Květa appeared in two Euro-westerns: Lemonade Joe as Tornado Llou “The Arizona Warbler” in 1964 and the 1992 TV film Be Quiet Horse.

New DVD Release

Django Kill, If You Live Shoot
Director Giulio Questi
Starring: Tomas Milian, Marilu Tolo, Piero Lulli,

Country: U.K.
Label: 88 Films
Number of Discs: 1
Region: B/2
Format: PAL
Aspect ratio: 16:9 – 2.35:1
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Running time: 90 minutes
Restored and uncut HD version
Extras: None
Available: September 25, 2017

Il était une fois à l'Ouest

Il était une fois à l'Ouest

A 2015 French production [Golden Moustache (Paris)]
Producer: Charlotte Thomas, Benoit Etienne, Marine Audouin, Adrien Labastire, Johanna
Anstrousse, Fanny Deleuze
Director: Nadja Anane
Story: Akim Omiri
Screenplay: Akim Omiri
Cinematography: Clément Marouzé  
Music: Julien Bellanger, Grégoire Lourme    
Running time: 3 minutes

Story: Two gunmen argue over the technicalities of a duel and end up on the wrong end of another set of duelists.

Carlito - Raphaël Carlier
McFly – David Costes
With: Karim Amrouni, Alexandre Antonio, Nicolas Berno, Eleonore Costes, Freddy Gladieux,
Daniil Korchounov (Danil Korchounov), Lucien Maine, Davy Mourier, Anis Nakache, Akim Omiri, Elise Vigné

Special Birthdays

Ugo Liberatore (screenwriter) is 90 today.
Patrick O’Neal (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 1994.

Amasi Damiani (director, actor) is 80 today.

Emilio G. Caba (actor) is 75 today.

Monday, September 25, 2017

RIP Jan Triska

Czech actor Jan Triska, who moved to the U.S. after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime, died, more than a day after he fell from Prague's iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80. Triska was the narrator of the Czech animated western  “Úkryt cerného Billa” (The Hiding of Black Bill) 1965.

European Western Comic Books ~ Mustang Gray

Mustang Gray was supposedly based on a real Texas Ranger by the same name. The comic book series was created by Italian artists and published by Mercury Editoriale and was also published in the UK magazine, Western Picture Library. One of the artists was Camillo Zuffi (1912-2002). The main artist, however, was Armando Bonato who later worked on the fumetti, via Diabolik. From a quick glance, Mustang Gray seems very similar to Tex Willer, the best known of the Italian Western comics. Mustang Gray consisted of 12 issues from 1958-1960 with 100 pages per issue.

Camillo Zuffi was born in Bergamo, Italy on April 19, 1912. He was the creator of 'Il Piccolo Sceriffo', together with writer/publisher Tristiano Torelli, which first appeared in 1948. He also worked with the characters 'La Jena', 'Bonnie' and 'Tex Tone'. He worked primarily for the Italian and French markets, but was also present in Britain with 'Kit Carson' in Cowboy Picture Library and 'Mustang Grey' in Pearson's Western Picture Library. He illustrated several issues of 'I Misteri della Giungla Nera' from 1977. Zuffi died in Italy on April 4, 2002.