Friday, March 31, 2017

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ He’s Namin’ Us!

In the opening scene of “Any Gun Can Play” by Enzo Castellari we see three men ride into a windswept deserted town. They stop and we see close-ups of the men. The first looks and is dressed like ‘The Man With No Name’, the second “Django’ and the third ‘Colonel Mortimer’. They approach a wagon carrying three coffins followed by a single man dressed in black walking behind. When the three men stop the wagon and inquire who’s inside the coffins the man in black tells them the names: Paco Diaz, Jose Huerta, Jesus Sanchez. Huerta exclaims, “But, he’s namin’ us!” They quickly go for their pistols but are gunned down by the man in black. Afterward the man in black opens each casket one at a time and inside are wanted posters for Paco Diaz, Jose Huerta and Jesus Sanchez. He exclaims, “Now there’s only Monetero.” Thus one of the best openings in the genre and an homage to three of its best known characters.   

Fort Ross

Форт Росс: B поисках приключений – Russian title
Форт Росс – Russian title
Fort Ross: In Search of Adventure – English title
Fort Ross – English title – English title

A 2014 Russian production [Dreamteam Media, Kinokompaniya 'MorozFilm', (Moscow), U-
Film Malta (Malta)]
Producers: Dmitriy Kharatyan, Yuriy Moroz, Dmitriy Poletaev, Sergey Shushanyants       
Director: Yuriy Moroz
Story: Dmitriy Poletaev
Screenplay: Dmitriy Poletaev
Cinematography: Nikolay Ivasiv
Music: Yuriy Poteenko
Running time: 110 minutes

Dimitry - Maksim Matveev (Maksim Matveyev)
Margo - Anna Starshenbaum
Fimka - Maksim Vinogradov
Lyusiya - as Laya Kosta (Laia Costa)
Zavalishin - Kirill Pletnyov
Padre Antonio - Khose Ankhel Ekhido (José Ángel Egido)
Captain Piratov - Mikhail Gorevoy (Michael Gor)
Commandant Kuskov - Andrey Merzlikin
Commandant San Frantisisco – Ramón Langa
Mamadakov – Amadu Mamadakov
Kryukov - Aleksandr Petrov (Alexander Petrov)
Ryleev - Artyom Tkachenko
Prodyuser - Dmitriy Astrakhan
Imperator - Dmitiry Naumov
Benkendorf – Nikolay Kozak
Bibliotekar - Mariya Smolnikova
Dimitriya – Elena Drobysheva
Nakimov – Dmitriy Panfilov
Prokhor – Maksim Emelyanov
Captain Pomoshchnik - Sergey Legostaev
Pirate Vysokiy – Oleg Rebrov
Pirate - Timur Efremenkov, Dmitriy Chebotarev (Dmitrii Chebotarev), Aleksey Kirsanov,
     Vladimir Churakin, Alik Egorov
Indeets – Valentin Tszin
Vtoroy Indeets – Anton Eskin
Koshayya – Anna Eysmont
Guards – Vladimir Logvinov, Leonid Telezhinskiy, Vasiliy Tsygantsov, Maksim Salnikov, Ilya Sobolev, Innokentiy Shiryaev, Dmitriy Arbenin, Aleksandr Daev,
Grigoriy - Aleksandr Parfenovich
Konserzh - Marusya Klimova
Secretary - Evgeniya Skopenko
Ofitsiantka – Natalya Dedeyko
Kloun - Deniel Anderson (Daniel Anderson)
Malchik - Ilya Kostyukov
Monakh - Igor Potemkin
Passazhirka - Kristin Jacques
Mikhail Speranskiy - Aleksandr Sirin
Employee at post - Anna Ukolova

One of the main intrigues of the Russian history is examined. How Russia lost forever their lands in North America. After all it possessed the huge territory from Alaska to Northern California. In "Fort Ross," a modern television crew goes to California to do a story about Fort Ross. They arrive in San Francisco, drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, and on the way up the coast, the modern Russians are transported back in time to the 19th century by way of an iPhone that was struck by lightning.

Suddenly, it's 1820 and next thing you know they find a pirate ship and a motley crew of evildoers about to attack the Russian fort only to be thwarted by brave Russian marines and Pomo Indians. Small battles, secret doings, mysterious forces and love all break out. "A breathtaking gallop of events," Poletaev called it.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Calisto Calisti

Calisto Calisti was born on August 6, 1934 in Macerata, Marche, Italy and is another of the unheralded and seldom written about Italian character actors of the Golden Age of Italian cinema. His firstcredited appearance was in the 1959 Italian TV series ‘Ottocento’. From there he would go on to appear in over 60 films and TV appearances until his last credited appearance in “Macho Killers” in 1977.

Calisto appeared in fourteen Euro-westerns sometimes billed as Anthony Stevens. Among his westerns were “The Big Gundown” (1966), “Face to Face”, “Run, Man, Run” (both 1967) and “Adios Sabata” (1970).

For whatever reason he stopped acting in 1977 and I have found no record of him since.

CALISTI, Calisto (aka Callisto Callisti, Charles Kalinsky, Anthony Stevens, Anthony Stewens, Antony Stewens) [8/6/1934, Macerata, Marche, Italy -     ] – film, TV actor.
The Last Gun – 1964 (Janet’s father)
The Big Gundown – 1966 (Mr. Lynch)
For a Few Dollars Less - 1966 (Sheriff)
Face to Face – 1967 (Sheriff of Willow Creek)
Two Faces of the Dollar – 1967 (banker)
And Now Make Your Peace With God – 1968 (Johnson) [as Anthony Stevens]
Go For Broke – 1968 (El Paso Sheriff)
A Man Called Amen - 1968 (Johnny Siringo)
A Pistol for a Hundred Coffins - 1968 (Cassidy)
Pray to God and Dig Your Grave - 1968 (Don Enrique) [as Anthony Stevens]
The Stranger Who Made the Sign of the Cross – 1968 (Carson Donovan) [as Anthony Stewens]
Run, Man, Run – 1970 (Fernando Lopez)
Adiós, Sabata – 1970 (Eagle Pass barman)
Macho Killers – 1977