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Nowar, who studied screenwriting at the Sundance Institute Lab’s first Middle East program in Jordan, combines Bedouin tribal culture and Western ideas and concepts to interesting effect. The film, sold by Fortissimo, is screening in Horizons at Venice and will also be in Toronto. It has already sold to Mad Solutions for the Middle East and Trigon for Switzerland. Nowar spoke at the Venice fest with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.
If I’m not mistaken movies and cinematic storytelling are not really part of the culture in your region. This film seems to combine elements of Bedouin oral storytelling with Western tropes. How did you come up with this narrative?
Sundance came to the Middle East and I attended their first screenwriters lab in Jordan (in 2005). It really changed my life. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Cineteca Di Bologna has started restoring Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy since this year marks the 50th anniversary of A Fistful Of Dollars, and they've released a few outtakes from Leone's classic film. The outtakes were posted online a couple of months ago, but it doesn't look like that many people have seen them yet. While these are only bloopers from the trilogy, it's still pretty cool, and it is a little strange seeing Clint Eastwood having »
- Jesse Giroux
One of the greatest strengths that Antonio Banderas possesses as an actor is his ability to be beloved by audiences for entirely different reasons.
For many, especially children, he’s the perfectly (I avoided a cat pun there) charming voice of Puss in Boots in all the DreamWorks incarnations, as well as the father of some uniquely problematic youngsters in the Spy Kids franchise. He’s also developed a rather substantial following of older viewers who appreciate his more romantic and smouldering side in the likes of Evita, Original Sin and Interview With The Vampire, as well as his earlier and racier work with Pedro Almodóvar.
However to me, as well as many of our readers I suspect, Banderas has made a great action hero over the years. »
As improbable as it would seem, some important out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage have been discovered pertaining to director Sergio Leone's landmark Western "A Fistful of Dollars". Made in 1964, the film was responsible for the pop culture phrase "spaghetti western" and became an international hit that made a star of Clint Eastwood. Cinema Retro writer Howard Hughes, writing on the Spaghetti Western Data Base site, provides in-depth analysis of these recently-discovered cinematic treasures. Click here to read. »
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Hollywood Records and Marvel are releasing three albums from Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on Tuesday, July 29.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Music plays a major role in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy as the great songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way.
Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
To celebrate the UK Blu-ray release of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, food artist Carl Warner has fashioned a unique tribute to the film made entirely from pasta! We'll admit it looks magnificent, Carl-- but we're still waiting for that King Kong tribute made from bananas. Here is the official press release:
World renowned food artist Carl Warner has produced his culinary interpretation of the classic ‘Spaghetti Western’ film trilogy, made entirely from spaghetti and other Italian ingredients.
In his film foodscape debut, Warner has brought Sergio Leone’s masterpiece The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to life using traditional Italian ingredients from pasta to pancetta, to celebrate the re-mastered Blu-ray release of the and to mark the 90th Anniversary of the studio MGM.
Warner, who was born in Liverpool, produced the foodscape in his studio down the road from Borough market, where he sourced a lot of the authentic Italian ingredients. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »
- Adrian Curry
Sergio Leone is rightfully regarded as the patriarch of the Spaghetti Western genre, spawned in the wake of his massively popular films set in the sandy American frontier. A Roman-born director who first gained popularity directing sword-and-sandal epics, Leone soon turned to Westerns with the Dollars Trilogy and inadvertently changed the genre forever. Oddly enough, Leone had never even been to the American West until after he had already singlehandedly emblazoned his mark on the Western film.
His trademarks are numerous and oft-imitated to this day: extreme close-ups, wide shots with incredible depth and clarity, prominent scores and memorable rogues. Leone’s West was a gritty, sweaty place, populated not by charming cowboys but by scruffy gunslingers. The Spaghetti Western – a term often used for Italo-Westerns alone – was certainly born out of Leone’s style, but the Western genre on the whole owes a credit to his filmography. »
- Matt Hannigan
One of the greatest westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's spaghetti masterpiece is the epic tale of a notorious outlaw (Jason Robards) and a harmonica-playing gunslinger (Charles Bronson) who join forces to save comely widow Claudia Cardinale from a ruthless railroad tycoon and his hired guns. In a casting masterstroke, perennial good guy Henry Fonda is a convincing candidate for the most cold-blooded killer in film history. »
While the prolific Clint Eastwood, now mostly directing, has hit a late career stride of serving up mediocre, studio backed pictures, it speaks to the length and impact of his career that nearly forty years ago, he had already done enough work to justify an hour-long documentary about him. And that's just what you get with 1977's appropriately titled "The Man With No Name." The BBC production is presented by Iain Johnstone and finds the star — declared one of the biggest on the planet — at an interesting point in his career. By the end of the '70s, Eastwood was a blockbuster titan thanks to "Dirty Harry," but was also making a name for himself as a filmmaker with a half dozen films under his belt including "High Plains Drifter," "Play Misty For Me" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." And this doc captures that time with key insights from Sergio Leone, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Update: Broadway to dim the lights: Theater District marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45 Pm Friday as Broadway marks the passing of Eli Wallach, who died June 24 at age 98. TCM has also set a five-film tribute marathon on June 30 starting at 9 Am Et. The character actor likely was best known as Tuco opposite Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad And The Ugly A lifelong theater actor and all but accidental movie and TV star, Wallach and his wife, Anne Jackson (who survives him), were fixtures of the Broadway and off-Broadway stages, often together […] »
One of American cinemas most accomplished performers has passed away in New York City: veteran stage and screen actor Eli Wallach, who will be forever known for his role as Tuco in Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died Tuesday at the age of 98. His daughter Katherine confirmed Wallach’s passing.
Wallach was one of the most respected and prolific character actors of his generation, appearing in such disparate roles as the Mexican bandit opposite Clint Eastwood in Leone’s immortal Western, a meek, confused clerk in Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist play “Rhinoceros”, the leader of the band of marauders up against Yul Brynner’s The Magnificent Seven, a mafia don in The Godfather Part III and (believe it or not), ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Perhaps Eli Wallach hasn't achieved the kind of recognize-ablity as some of his co-stars, like Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood or Al Pacino. But Wallach, who died yesterday, has made a huge impact on American cinema. And he will be missed. Variety reports Eli Wallach died at 98, leaving this world where he came in, his hometown of New York City. Wallach leaves behind an incredible legacy that includes films like Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, John Sturges' beloved The Magnificent Seven, Elia Kazan's Tennesse Williams-scripted drama Baby Doll, William Wyler's charming rom-com How To Steal A Million, and Francis Ford Coppola's gangster epic The Godfather: Part III. Wallach began his screen career in 1951, with a one-off role on the television series Lights Out. 1956's Baby Doll marked his first film role, and it proved a momentous debut. His portrayal »
Legendary actor Eli Wallach, best known for his role as the villainous Tuco in The Good the Bad and the Ugly, passed away in New York City yesterday at the age of 98. The actor's passing was confirmed by his daughter, Katherine.
Born in 1915 in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, Eli Wallach began studying acting after receiving a B.A. and M.S. in education from the University of Texas and City College of New York. His acting ambitions were cut short when he was drafted to serve in World War II, but he began acting in several plays upon his return to New York in 1945. In 1948, he was one of the 20 core actors who helped found The Actor's Studio, where he honed his method acting craft.
Eli Wallach, the veteran actor of screen and stage, died Wednesday at age 98. Best known in the film world for his debut starring role in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" and as the sinister villain Tuco in Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Wallach's career spanned more than 60 years, garnering him a Tony, an Emmy and many adoring fans. Born in 1915, Wallach was raised in Brooklyn and attended the University of Texas at Austin, later returning to New York for a master's degree in education so he could become a teacher like his three siblings. Instead, he ended up studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse until he was drafted into the army during World War II. In 1948, after he returned home, he became one of the core 20 members who founded the Actors Studio, where he studied with Lee Strasberg alongside Kazan, Cheryl Crawford, Marlon Brando and others. »
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By Lee Pfeiffer
Cinema Retro mourns the loss of Eli Wallach, the prolific actor of screen, stage and television, who passed away Tuesday in his New York City home. He was 98 years old. Wallach was one of the last of the Hollywood legends. He rarely enjoyed a leading role but was considered to be one of the most respected character actors of the post-wii era. He was as diversified as a thespian could be and would play heroes, villains and knaves with equal ease. For retro movie lovers, his two most iconic performances were as the Mexican bandit Calvera in John Sturges' classic 1960 film The Magnificent Seven and as Tuco, the charismatic rogue bandit in Sergio Leone's landmark 1966 production of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Although he never won or was »
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Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-winner Eli Wallach has passed away at the age of 98. Wallach, a Method actor who was an original member of the Actor's Studio, was perhaps best known for his role as Tuco, aka 'The ugly', in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti western is one of my all-time favorite films, and Wallach is unforgettable in it. He's filthy, crass, unrefined, and absolutely charming. His character has one of the best pieces of advice of any chatty killer: "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk." It's a line that perfectly sums up his character in the span of less than ten seconds. He's ruthless, unfair, and funny, and Wallach made the character feel real rather than contrived or exaggerated. Hit the jump for more. During his 65-year career, Wallach appeared in more than 80 films, numerous Broadway productions (he won a Tony for »
- Matt Goldberg
He played cotton-gin owners, military officers, monsignors, rabbis, truck drivers, Shakespearean heroes — even a Batman villain. But Eli Wallach, who passed away at age 98 due to causes unknown, is best known to a generation of moviegoers as the ultimate bandolero-wearing bandito, thanks to two iconic roles: Calvera, the leader of the frontier thugs who terrorize a Mexican village in The Magnificent Seven (1960); and Tuco, the "ugly" of Sergio Leone's epic Spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). When you think of a stubbled outlaw villain, the kind »
The first time I probably saw Eli Wallach was in the 1960s "Batman" television show as Mr. Freeze, but I don't remember anything from those episodes other than how it looked. The first time I saw Wallach and remember him from a role in a movie is probably as Don Altobello in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III. But Wallach's most memorable role, for me at least, is undoubtedly as Tuco in Sergio Leone's iconic spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Today we learn Wallach is as we will remember him as he died Tuesday, June 24, at the age of 98. His death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine. Wallach's career spanned more than 60 years and also included films such as Elia Kazan's Baby Doll, Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, John Sturgess' The Magnificent Seven, John Huston's The Misfits and the massive ensemble »
- Brad Brevet
Eli Wallach, the star of many a classic Old Hollywood Western, passed away Tuesday, The New York Times reported. He was 98.
Wallach was most notably known as Tuco from Sergio Leone’s masterpiece The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, but he also worked alongside Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven, Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III and many more as one of the finest character actors of his day.
As an actor, he took up the “Method” school of thought and studied at the Actors Studio alongside Marlon Brando, Sidney Lumet and his eventual wife, actress Anne Jackson, with whom he leaves three children.
Wallach first came to stardom in Elia Kazan’s 1956 Baby Doll, earning him a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Film and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The Academy eventually awarded him with »
- Brian Welk
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