Monday, April 23, 2018

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank

From Monday  2  April – Monday  30  April, BFI  Southbank will  celebrate  one  of  the  undisputed  masters  of  cinema, Sergio  Leone.  While  they  may  not  have  been  the  first  spaghetti  westerns,  Leone's  Dollars  trilogy  of A  Fistful  of Dollars (1964), For  a  Few Dollars  More (1965)  and The  Good,  the  Bad  and  the  Ugly (1966)  are  certainly  the  best
known – they  paved  the  way  for  Clint  Eastwood  to  break  Europe  and  for  Leone  to  have  an  enduring  influence  on cinema.  As  part of  the  season, A  Fistful  of  Dollars will  screen  on  extended  run from Friday 13 April,  when  it  is  re-released in selected cinemas by Park Circus.

Schedule of events for Monday April 23, 2018:

The first part of Leone’s Dollars trilogy firmly sets out the winning blueprint for the other two: not least in establishing both the role of Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero and the collaboration with Ennio Morricone, which resulted in some of the most memorable musical themes in movie history. Made on a small budget and based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the film focuses on a small town caught up in a fight for control between two warring families. When a stranger arrives he manipulates the feud to his own advantage – resulting in a high body count and some great cinema. – Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer 

MON 23, APR, 18:20 “A Fistful of Dollars”
MON 23, APR, 20:30 “A Fistful of Dollars”

For further information contact the BFI at this link:

European Western Comic Books ~ I Banditi del West

Series XII: ALBI DELL'ORIMENTO. The twelfth and last in the series consists entirely of reprints of various characters. It made its debut with JIMMY AND JOHNNY (JJ), originally published on the LITTLE KING STORIES series, followed by OKEY JIM (OK) from BELLE ADVENTURE, FRISCO JIM (FJ), TEXAS FALCO (FT), the entire series of LITTLE KING (PR ), also the golden book version was reassembled in eleven volumes with double numbering and its own series numbers and the collective series numbers. The series ends with the reprints of two episodes of RED BRANDON (RB) and JOE COLT (JC). The collection, consisted of 288 pages, it varied depending on how many episodes were grouped in each small volume. Announced, but never published was the number 37 "Bill Rock, the Hero of the West".

Special Birthdays

Sergio Tedesco (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2012.

Jarque Zurbano (actor) is 85 today.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

RIP Demeter Bitenc

Demeter Bitenc, one of the best known Slovenian film actors, has died aged 95. His first film was the first Slovenian feature film “Na svoji zemlji” (On Our Own Land). He appeared in more than 230 theatre and film roles in his seventy-year career, web portal RTV Slovenija reported. Born on July 21, 1922 in Ljubljana, he spent his childhood and youth in Gorenjska. He graduated from the Trade Academy in Ljubljana, but already during his studies he was impressed by theater, film and acting. During the war, he attended private lessons with the theater actor and director Slavko Jan, and in 1943 he made an audition for admission to the ensemble of the Ljubljana. He first received a short film experience in his first feature film by France Stiglitz. “On His Land” in 1948, he made his first real film debut in 1959 with a role of a German officer in the film “Good Old Piano”. In the next decade, he recorded nearly 40 co-production films shot by foreign producers in the then Yugoslavia. He often appeared in the uniforms of German soldiers. Bitenc appeared in six Euro-westerns: Apache Gold (1963) as Dick Stone), “Legend of a Gunfighter” (1964), “Bandits of the Rio Grande” (1965) as Elgaut), “Duel at Sundown” (1965) as Mack), “Starblack” (1966) as Burt and “Ballad of a Gunman” (1967) as Bradley.