Italian director, assistant director and actor Antonio Casale died February 4th. He was 84 years-old. Casale was best known as an Italian character and supporting actor, who appeared in eight Italian spaghetti westerns-between 1965 and 1976, sometimes credited as Anthony Vernon. Casale is probably most famous throughout the world for his brief appearance in the role of the dying Bill Carson in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. He also appeared as the bounty hunter Hoak in the opening scene of “The Grand Duel” and in the role of one of the passengers on the coach that humiliates the protagonist Juan naively considering him only as an insignificant peon in “Duck You Sucker”. When the Euro-westerns were finished his face was often seen in police and crime films.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Italian actress Brunella Bovo died in a Rome hospital on February 21st. She was 86 years-old. Born in Padova, Veneto, Italy on March 8, 1930 she’s best remembered for her role in “The White Shiek” (1952) as Wanda Giardino Cavalli and starring Alberto Sardi. Her lone Euro-western appearance was as Nora Danders in 1965’s “Colorado Charlie” where she used the alias Barbara Hudson. Bovo is the sister of actress Mariolina Bovo.
Veteran British born Canadian actor Chris Wiggins died in Elora, Ontario, Canada on February 19th. He was 86. Chris was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England on January 13, 1931 and started out as a banker in his home country of England before he began his acting career in Canada, where he moved in 1952. Wiggins is probably best recognized for his role as Jack Marshak, the benevolent, resourceful expert on the occult in the syndicated television horror show Friday the 13th: The Series, which ran from 1987 to 1990. Another well-known role was Johann Robinson (Father) on Swiss Family Robinson. In addition to his television and film work. Wiggins appeare in two Euro-westerns “Welcome to Blood City” (1977) as Gellor and the TV mini-series “By Way of the Stars” 1992-1993 as Captain Harris.
Daniel Gimenez Cacho is a Spanish-born Mexican actor and Ariel award winner who has starred in several Mexican films such as “Solo con tu pareja”, “Cronos”, “Midaq Alley” and “Tear This Heart Ou”t, as well as in Spanish films (Bad Education) and TV shows. He is known for having worked with some of the most important Hispanic filmmakers like Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, Jorge Fons and Pedro Almodóvar.
Giménez Cacho was born in Madrid, Spain on May 15, 1961 and has also appeared in ‘La hora marcada’, a TV show written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo Del Toro and in the Mexican telenovela Teresa. His voice is heard throughout ‘Y tu mamá también’ as the narrator. In 2009 appear in the Mexican remake of the Argentinian TV series ‘Locas de Amor.’
Daniel Giménez Cacho was chosen to play the role of the Armenian priest in “The Promise”, a movie on the Armenian Genocide.
Giménez’s only foray into the Euroean western was as El Tuco in the 1990 film “The Bandits”.
CACHO, Daniel Giménez (aka Daniel Jiménez Cacho) [5/15/1961, Madrid, Madrid, Spain –
] – producer, director, film, TV, voice actor, married to author, photographer, actress Maya Goded [1967- ] (2000- ) father of actor Lucio Cacho [1993- ] Marie Cacho [1995- ].
The Bandits - 1990 (El Tuco)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A Perdifiato - Storia di Michele Lacerenza
Breathless: The Story of the Trumpeter of a Fistful of Dollars
A 2007 Italian production [Cortolab Productions (Rome)]
Producer: Giacomo Lacerenza
Director: Giuseppe Sansonna
Story: Giuseppe Sansonna
Photography: Andrea Cammertoni
Music: Michele Lacerenza, Ennio Morricone
Running time: 49 minutes
Michele Lacerenza, Ennio Morricone, Roy Paci, Vinicio Capossela, Alessandro Alessandroni, Franco De Gemini
This documentary traces the artistic career and biographical history of Michael Lacarenza, musician chosen by Ennio Morricone to perform the extraordinary trumpet solo on "For a Fistful of Dollars".
YouTube film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWUatskagaY