Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Book Release

Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema
Critical Essays and Fellow Filmmaker Interviews

Edited by Matthew Edwards

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9897-0
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2508-9
50 photos, filmography, notes, bibliographies, index
312pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2016

With more than 130 films and a career spanning four decades, Klaus Kinski (1926–1991) was one of the most controversial actors of his generation. Known for his wild tantrums on set and his legendary collaborations with auteur Werner Herzog—Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)—Kinski’s intense performances made him the darling of European arthouse and exploitation/horror cinema. A genius in front of the camera, he was capable of lighting up the most risible films. Yet behind his public persona lurked a depraved man who took his art to the darkest extremes.

This first ever collection of essays focusing on Kinski examines his work in exploitation and art house films and spaghetti westerns, along with his performances in such cult classics as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Crawlspace (1986), Venus in Furs (1965), The Great Silence (1968), Android (1982) and his only directorial credit, Paganini (1989). More than 50 reviews of Kinski’s films are included, along with exclusive interviews with filmmakers and actors who worked with him.

About the Author(s)
Matthew Edwards is an elementary school teacher whose work has appeared in various magazines and books. He lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.

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Special Birthdays

Bernard Behrens (actor) would have been 90 today, he died in 2012.

Jeffrey Jones (actor) is 70 today. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIP Yvan Chiffre

Yvan Chiffre, a former director and stuntman in many films, including being Alain Delon’s double, died this morning at the age of 80, in Adissan Hérault, his grandson son César Chiffre told AFP. Born in Paris on March 3, 1936, Yvan Chiffre had specialized in fighting with knives and tumbling over waterfalls. He participated in "La Grande Vadrouille", "La Tulipe Noire", "Fantomas","Z", "Zorro" and the series "Thierry La Fronde". He appeared in one Euro-western as a thug in 1975’s “Zorro” starring Alain Delon. He was also master of arms and stunt coordinator on the same film.

Italian film lectures at the University of Ostrava.

Film historian Jan Švábenický invites anyone interested to his class about the popular genres in Italian cinema 1960-1970. Which will take place in the winter semester 2016 at the department of art history and heritage at the University in Ostrava. Lectures will take place on Thursdays from 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 in room e301. Individual lecture dates are : September 29th, October 13th, October 27th., and November 10th. If you are in the Ostrava area and have the time definitely stop by and attend.

New CD Release

Sapevano solo uccidere
(I’ll Die for Vengeance)

Composer: Angelo F. Lavagnino
Director: Tanio Boccia
Starring: Kirk Morris, Larry Ward, Alan Steel, Gordon Mitchell

Country: Italy
Label: Digit
# DGST020
Tracks: 22
Total time: 54:12
Available: September 27, 2016

Track listing
01. Titoli 1:16
02. Bandidos! 2.20
03. Attesa ossessiva 1:18
04. Malinconia 5:07
05. Saloon 1:48
06. La banda dei Messicani 0:59
07. Saguaro 4:09
08. Nostalgico amore 2:09
09. Piano criminale 3:40
10. Saloon II 3:36
11. Rircordando lei 5:10
12. i Messicani colpiscono ancora 1:00
13. Saloon III 1:56
14. Agguato mortale 3:32
15. Dopo lo scontro 2:07
16. Saloon IV 2:20
17. Il piano di Saguaro 1:28
18. Teneramente 3:36
19. Saguaro smascherato 3:11
20. Trionfo di Jeff Smart 0:47
21. Dopo il duello 0:57
22. Finale 1:46

Karl-May-Spiele: Winnetou und das Geheimnis der Felsenburg

Karl-May-Spiele: Winnetou und das Geheimnis der Felsenburg – German title

A 2005 German television production
Producer: Stefan Tietgen
Director: Norbert Schultze Jr.
Story: Die Felsenburg Karl May
Teleplay: Michael Stamp
Photography: [color]
Running time: 90 minutes

Winnetou – Goko Mitic
Old Shatterhand – Joachim Kretzer
Narrator, Don Geronimo – Helmut Krauss
Benito - Marvin Böttcher
Benito - David Ziemer
Juggle Fred - Jochen Baumert
Player – Anderson Farah
Harry Melton - Götz Otto
Vete-Ya – Joshy Peters
Jurisconsulto – Frank Schröder
Yuma-Shetar – Thomas Schunke
Don Timoteo Pruchillo, Hermann – Oliver Utecht
Judith Steinberger – Saskia Valencia
Felisa – Clara Vélez
Ramon Ramirez – Fried Wolff
Weller – Maik Sommer
Adolfo, Gonzalez – Jens Piper

Forgotten by the world, and far from civilization, there is a rock castle in the mountains of Mexico. It harbors an ancient secret that the devilish Harry Melton lures men to this lonely place. He leads a German emigrant trek up into the mountains - and only he and his icy mistress Judith Steinberger know that the Germans will never return. Melton has also allied with the Yumas and their chief Vete Ya, the Great Mouth. But then comes Winnetou and Old Shatterhand who have heard of the gloomy plans. But what is the role of The Player, a shady card player, the beautiful Felisa ensnared in the Cantina of Don Geronimo? Can the eccentric Jurisconsulto and plagued village policeman Ramon Ramirez ensure law and order? Will Winnetou and Old Shatterhand succeed in storming the impregnable rock castle?

Shown on German TV June 25, 2005.