Wednesday, March 22, 2017

RIP Piero Leri

Italian film, TV and voice actor Piero Leri (aka Peter Larry) died in Italy on March 1st. Leri was born on August 4, 1939 in Rome, his career began during the first half of the 1960s in roles as a supporting actor. Despite his good dialect and preparation for his roles and a vague resemblance to his more well-known colleague Giuliano Gemma, he was relegated to that large group of character actors in supporting roles. Beginning in the first half of the 1980s he dedicated his career to occasional dubbing activity. Lieri appeared in three Euro-westerns: “The Man of the Cursed Valley” - 1964 (Torito) [as Peter Larry], “Rick and John, Conquerors of the West” – 1967 (accomplice with Barbara) and “California” – 1977

50th Anniversary of Wanted

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of “Wanted” directed by Giorgio Ferroni and starring Giuliano Gemma, Germán Cobos and Teresa Gimpera. The film premiered in Rome on March 22, 1967.

Gary Ryan is appointed the sheriff of a small town where there is reason to suspect that some shady individual operates in the shadows at the expense of the peaceful community. Ryan is attacked during his trip. Arrived in town he takes possession of his office, but before he can get settled he falls victim to a plot and is accused of killing an unarmed man. Despite the confidence of the District Judge, Ryan is forced to flee, now with a $5,000 reward on his head. He intends to find proof of his innocence an find the guilty men Frank Lloyd the aspiring sheriff, and Gold, the corrupt mayor of the city. Despite the difficulties from being an outlaw, Ryan manages, with the help of Father Carmelo and Evelyn, to discover the system devised by the two thugs and their gang to steal the cattle of others with impunity. It is a branding iron with which all the marks of the owners of the area are changed in order to cover the thefts. But once again, Lloyd seems to have the best and David Ryan has to kill them one by one before presenting the evidence to prove his innocence and find the love of Evelyn.

Wanted - Italian title
Un sheriff a abattre - French title
Le recherche - French title
Für drei lumpige Dollar - German title
O perseguido - Portuguese title
Wanted... no soy un asesino - Spanish title
Wanted - desperados för dollar - Swedish title
Wanted - English title

A 1967 Italian production [Documento Film (Rome)]
Producer: Gianni Hecht Lucari
Director: Calvin J. Padget (Giorgio Ferroni)
Story: Massimiliano Capriccioli, Augusto Finocchi
Screenplay: Remigio Del Grosso, Fernando Di Leo, Augusto Finocchi
Cinematography: Toni Secchi (Antonio Secchi) [Eastmancolor, CinemaScope]
Music: Gianni Ferrio
Song: “When You Are Wanted” sung by I Cantori Moderni
Running time: 107 minutes

Gary Ryan - Giuliano Gemma
Evelyn Baker - Teresa Gimpera
Frank Lloyd - Serge Marquand
Martin Heywood - German Cobos
Gold - Daniele Vargas (Daniele Pitani)
Cheryl - Gia Sandri
Padre Carmelo - Nello Pazzafini (Giovanni Pazzafini)
Ellis - Tullio Altamura
Cuzack - Franco Balducci
Judge Anderson - Carlo Hinterman
Old Indian farmer - Carlo Pisacane
Indian villager – Albercia Donadeo
Concho Diaz - Umberto Raho
Diaz henchmen - Simón Arriaga, Piero Capanna (Pietro Capanna),
William ‘Billy’ Baker - Benito Stefanelli
Collins - Pietro Tordi
Lloyd henchmen - Riccardo Pizzuti, Luigi Ciavarro, Fino Marturano, Lucio De Santis
Jeremiah Prescott – Furio Menicone
Julie Prescott – Rosella Orr
Saloon patrons – Osiride Pevarello, Renzo Pevarello
Poker player – Andrea Fantasia
Gold transport guard - Ivan Scratuglia
Barman – Fortunato Arena
With: Marco Bogliani, Nino Vingelli
Stunts: Alberto Dell’Acqua

Get to Know… David Van Cleef

Florida News Line
By Eleanor Ruffes

David Van Cleef, painter and owner of The Van Cleef Company, has lived in Mandarin for 20 years with Linda, “the love of his life.” His father was movie actor Lee Van Cleef, who played the bad guy in westerns in the 1960s such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and “For a Few Dollars More.”

Q: You come from an exceptional set of parents. What of their accomplishments are you most proud of?

Mother was retired with the US Forest Service; she worked at the main office on campus at University of Georgia. She was pretty cool actually. If I’m not mistaken, she told me that she was the first lady ever elected national secretary of the year. This is what I remember growing up. In the ‘60s they first started that. Man, that lady could type! Later she was a librarian in Madison, Ohio and then a pet sitter. She’s always worked.

Dad was a movie actor [Lee Van Cleef] known for roles in spaghetti westerns. I’m very proud of who my dad was and what he accomplished. But I’m no more proud than anyone else is of their dad. But I do have an advantage over other people because sometimes I flip the TV on and get to be like “Hey Dad!” even though he’s gone. I’m just proud as a peacock of both of them.

Q: You have been painting on and off for over 35 years. What do you love most about the job?

It’s the customers. Especially in Mandarin — a lot of them are just cool. They’re easy to talk to. They’re honest. They look you in the eye. They tell you like it is. It’s easy to work for them and that makes my job easier. If I do my job right and keep the job clean, they’re happy. Currently, 100 percent of my business is referrals, I don’t advertise. My business is all about relationships and that’s why I will never stop working. I love it.

Q: Can you recall a specific moment when you could see and feel the support of this community around you?

Yes. I like to say that the gal that cuts my hair was like a spider web. I walked into a hair place one day, I had gotten off work early, and we got to talking. One thing led to another and the lady that owns the place asked me to do a job for her. It all spider webbed from there. That one little haircut ended up turning into five customers at least; and they are now good friends of mine.

Q: You have lived all over the country, from the East to West Coast and in between. You began painting exclusively in 1981, when you moved to Jacksonville. What were you up to before that time?

In California, I helped a Swedish man start an industrial chemical company and I was the operations manager. I would also paint apartments with my friend on the side. That was when I started painting residential units. Then, on my way back East, I took an odd job on the Mississippi River. A lot of people don’t know this about me, but I worked on a push boat moving chemical and gasoline barges. It was definitely an experience. I worked on the boats with true Cajuns. I had to pay real close attention to the language because it’s like broken French. But they are the most wonderful people; if they liked you they’d do anything in the world for you. That was a real different job. Six hours on, six hours off. Every day, seven days a week. Then they moved me to the operations side where I was like a dispatcher. After that, I moved here to Jacksonville to be closer to my brother.

Q: Lastly, what advice can you give people about hiring a professional painter?

Check referrals. Knowing they’ve got people that they’ve worked for that are happy and are going to call them back is important. Also, that person is going to be in your house near your family and all your things. You want to know you can trust them. Liking the person helps. Check that they’re insured, although most of us are. Be wary of the person that asks for money up front; I don’t like that. Halfway through the job is understandable but 95 percent of the time I tell customers to pay me when I’m done.

"This article was originally published in the September 2016 issue of  Mandarin NewsLine, which is a publication of Florida NewsLine,"

Special Birthdays

Vittorio Vighi (screenwriter) would have been 90 today, he died in 2008.

Dianik Zurakowska (actress) is 70 today.

Rosa Enskat (actress) – is 50 today.