Friday, May 25, 2018

“Unearthing Sad Hill” at Cannes

Lee Van Cleef stars in the new poster of 'Unearthing Sad Hill'

What happens when some fans settle on the stage of their favorite movie to restore it? Pass 'Unearthing Sad Hill'.

In October 2015, a small group of fans of the film 'El bueno, el feo y el malo', by Sergio Leone, come to the location of the final scene of the film in Burgos. Nearly 50 years after filming, they intend to unearth and restore the mythical cemetery of Sad Hill. The news runs like wildfire and each weekend increases the number of volunteer fans who dare to rebuild the stage.

The documentary by Guillermo de Oliveira explores the motivations of the people who carry out this effort. To his forces joined famous collaborations as those of Clint Eastwood, protagonist of the honored film, directors like Álex de la Iglesia or Joe Dante, the composer Ennio Morricone or the very same James Hetfield, leader of the Metallica group.

'Unearthing Sad Hill' will come to our cinemas next October 19 at the hand of #CounPack distribution. Before, on May 25, an advance will be presented at the Cannes Festival, which will be attended by the director.

The poster we present, with Lee Van Cleef as the protagonist, is the work of Iñaki Villuendas, author of posters for films such as 'Verónica', 'Enemy', 'Colossal', 'Oro' or 'Tarde para ira'.

Special Birthdays

Michel Brault (cinematographer) would have been 90 today, he died in 2013.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Short Giuliano Gemma Intreview


Generally engaged in roles of "beauty and violence", Giuliano Gemma is actually a gentle man, who, as an actor, has long waited for an opportunity to demonstrate his real interpretative skills. And the opportunity came with "The Desert of the Tartars"

In a real competition of bravery with three big guns, even Giulano Gemma gets along well, revealing undone dramatic skill -, wrote a reviewing film critic “The Desert of Tartars” and between the - big Calibri - there were, just to mention some, Italian Vittorio Gassman, Swede Max von Sydow, Frenchman Jacques Perrin.

Could I have taken myself too much for that? says Gemma But the fact is that the critics, and also a part of the public, have always considered me "beautiful",  nice, an athlete, and in short ... see me as a "committed actor". I waited for fifteen years for favorable criticism, an appreciation of the kind, and I have not been able to subdue: when they told me "good", I was happy and  'amazed' by the critics for my skill and it did not offend me ... "

The career of Gemma, started in 1962 (“Arrivano i Titani” by Duccio Tessari), was in fact characterized by a large and substantial success of the receipts, but never the criticism, and the most demanding public, promoted Giuliano up in the ranks of the star actors.

Now that it’s finally happened: what effect does it have on you?

GG: I'm happy, I told him. And I'm not at all surprised to have been able to deserve the credit. The emphasis was always put on me, even when I happened to play some unconvincing roles. I was always amazed at the fact that people took so long to understand that I even know how to act.

But you, in the past, have always stated that you do not particularly care for the role of a committed actor.

GG: It's true, and I continue not to keep it as well as I detest all the labels. I just want to be considered an actor, in the most obvious sense of the term: an actor who knows how to portray the parts of all kinds of characters.

Working with screen legends - sacred monsters - like Gassman, von Sydow, does it put you in awe?

GG: Absolutely not. Not because I have a terrible face, mind you, but simply because Gassman and all the others, are serious, professionals, I have been welcomed with sympathy. They did not look down on me because I had so many spaghetti westerns behind me.

Speaking of spaghetti westerns: Your rival Terence Hill went to shoot a film in Hollywood.

GG: Terence Hill and I have never considered ourselves rivals. His films have been successful while mine have also, so we have just have to stomp our feet.


Special Birthdays

Germano Longo (aka Grant Laramy) (actor) is 85 today.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Blu-ray / DVD release

A Fistful of Dollars (Special Edition)

Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte

Country: U.S.A.
Label: Kino Lorber Studio Classics
Blu-ray, DVD
Discs: 1
#UPC: 7 38329 21739 6
Format: Anamorphic, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Brand New 4K Restoration
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Audio: 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Audio
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Running time: 99 minutes
Extras: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas, Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling, Interview with Actress Marianne Koch, "Trailers From Hell" with John Badham, “A Fistful of Dollars”: Original Outtakes, Animated Image Gallery (14:52),
Promoting A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS - Animated Image Gallery (15:48), A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS - On the Set - Animated Image Gallery (3:57), Restored Opening UA Logo, The Christopher Frayling Archives: A Fistful of Dollars, A New Kind of Hero: Featurette, A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film, Tre Voci: Three Friends Remember Sergio Leone, Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned Filmmaker Monte Hellman Discusses the Television Broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars, The Network Prologue with Harry Dean Stanton, Location Comparisons: Then to Now, 10 Radio Spots, Double Bill Trailer, Trailers for All Five Sergio Leone Westerns
Available: May 22, 2018