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Los corsarios (1971)
A nice bunch of actors in a decent adventure film.
The American singer and actor Dean Reed stars in this adventure flick surrounded by charming Italian and Spanish actors."Los Corsarios" is certainly not a masterpiece but it offers some funny moments and characters though. The action scenes are decent and there are a lots of comic scenes which keep the spectator's interest till the end.
The story is undoubtedly neither clever nor convoluted: Isabella, the beautiful daughter of the viceroy of a Caribbean island is in danger after the death of her father. Her evil cousin wants the throne for himself and is determined to get rid of her. Luckily, a bunch of pirates, led by the handsome adventurer Alan Drake shipwreck at the island and help the young princess.
Although "Los Corsarios" has some flaws in the plot, it is a good way to spend 90 minutes if you like adventure comedies.In spite of the shallow characters,the actors are especially nice.Fans of Dean Reed will be glad to see him in his Italian period while he was starring in spaghetti-westerns and adventure films.The other male and female parts are also convincingly performed.
God made them...Dean Reed killed them...
The famous American singer and actor Dean Reed stars in this decent spaghetti western.He plays the role of the sly and adventurous gun-slinger Slim Cobbert who is hired by the mayor of a small town on the Mexican boarder.Somebody has stolen a large sum of money from the local bank and Slim Cobbert has to find out the robbers.A Mexican guy helps him in the investigation.Meanwhile,Slim becomes the most desired man in town and is adored by the young ladies.
Although the plot isn't anything special, the film is worth seeing.It has a nice cast - Dean Reed is convincing as Slim Cobbert and the others do a good job as well.The score is very good and Dean Reed performs the song "God creates them,I kill them" as well.The film has lots of action and good dialogues.
"Dio li crea... Io li ammazzo!"/"God made them....I kill them" is highly recommendable for every spaghetti-western fan and especially for Dean Reed fans.
Blood Brothers-Between Life and Death...
"Blutsbrüder" is one of the so called "Indianerfilme" which were produced in East Germany.These were westerns which differed from the American ones since they focused on the fate,the adventures and the sufferings of the Native Americans.The white men,on the contrary were mainly presented as mean,cruel and greedy.In other words,the American and the socialist westerns showed two different versions of the colonization of the USA.I don't know which were more accurate in terms of historicity,but the East German westerns were smashing hits in all countries behind the Iron Curtain.In all of the films the main part was played by the Serbian actor Gojko Mitic who became a real celebrity in the socialist countries.From 1966 to 1983 East Germany produced 12 "Indianerfilme".Some of them were really good,others were mediocre.I think that "Blutsbrüder" belongs to the good ones.
The main parts in the film are played by Gojko Mitic and Dean Reed - an American singer,actor and pacifist who made a successful career in the socialist bloc after he had starred in several Italian westerns.He plays the soldier Harmonika who takes part in a bloody massacre in an Indian village.The violence against the helpless women and children repulses him and he deserts from the army.After that he is captured by the Indians but gradually becomes a friend with the tribe and the brave warrior Harter Felsen,played by Gojko Mitic.They both fight against the iniquities of the white men...Yes,the plot reminds of Kevin Costner's "Dances with wolves" and that's really curious.
However,the plot is interesting and the characters are complex:each of the both men changes throughout the film and considers his ideals and convictions concerning such issues as peace,revenge and forgiveness.A nice romantic story is added to the nice scenario.The sceneries, which are actually shot in Romania,are impressive.The music score composed by Karl-Ernst Sasse is outstanding and Dean Reed writes and sings one of his well-known songs "Love your brother" for this film.He and Gojko Mitic make one of the best performances in their career.Without a doubt,"Blutsbrüder" is highly recommendable for all fans of adventure and western films and it is one of the best from the "Indianerfilme" sequence.
Directors Alov and Naumov gather great film actors from different nationalities(Russian,French,German) in the excellent "Tegeran-43".The film combines different genres and it has a very interesting scenario.Therefore,the audience keeps interest in it in spite of the big duration.The characters are really intriguing and the actors are marvellous.The music is also great:the popular French singer Charles Aznavour performs a very nice song.There is no political propaganda in the film at all.But there is lots of tension and even a love story.Moreover,the film offers you the rare chance to see Soviet actors in partnership with European once.And their partnership is really worth seeing.
Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)
It's difficult to forget this film...
I decided to watch the film on TV because I understood that it had been extremely famous in Bulgaria in the 1970s and lots of people came out from the cinema crying.So I was curious to see "Haathi Mere Saathi" and I really enjoyed it.
The protagonist is Raj Kumar-a young man whose life had been saved by four elephants when he was a kid.Since then he loves them and doesn't think of them as "animals" but as real "friends".He falls in love with the beautiful Tanu.Unfortunately,Raj Kumar loses his fortune and becomes a poor man.But Tanu follows him and they struggle with life with the help of the faithful elephants.
Yes,the story looks naive.But what's more important is that this film made something that few films are capable of nowadays-it proved the great power of friendship and love in a really touching way.The songs are wonderful and the animals are trained incredibly well.Undoubtedly a highly recommendable film!
Les grandes vacances (1967)
Louis de Funès and his big vacation
The magnificent French comic actor Louis de Funès demonstrates his talent in this French-Italian film.He plays Charles Bosquier- a grumpy principal of a reputable boys college.Bosquier always controls his students very strictly.His problems start when an exchange program sends an attractive 19 year-old girl to his college in order to spend the summer vacation there and learn more about the French culture.Bosquier's son falls in love with her and they run away.So,the principal is on the verge of madness and he starts chasing them. The film contains lots of funny scenes and humor and of course the superb acting of Louis de Funès.Honestly,the scenario has some weak points.Definitely,"Les Grandes vacances" is not one of the best films of Funès but it is worth seeing.
Get Up, Stand Up (2003)
Music and Politics
"Get Up, Stand Up" is an interesting,intelligent and impressive documentary which treats the great influence that music has on the political events in the countries throughout the world.The 6 parts of the film include various events and persons who are connected with music and politics.The struggle against the racial discrimination in the USA,the battle against the hunger in Africa and even the war in Iraq are discussed by people such as the famous singer Pete Seeger or actors like Martin Sheen who are involved in the political events.This documentary makes you think of the great iniquities that politicians commit but also shows us people from the show-business who are not afraid of telling the truth.The symbol of the documentary is the great song "We shall overcome".
Udachi vam, gospoda (1992)
A very enjoyable and interesting film!
I saw the film on TV yesterday and I found it pretty good.It's a pleasant mixture of comedy and drama,which tells the story of two fellows who try to get used to life in Russia after the fall of the Communism.Unfortunately,their desperate attempts to become successful businessmen and capitalist fail.When a beautiful girl meets them the situation gets far more convoluted. The film reflects the situation in Russia in the beginning of the 1990s with the gangsters,the problems and people's hopes for better future.The plot is interesting and full of funny scenes and lines.The actors are excellent.Definitely,the film is a very nice way to spend your evening.
Taiyô no ko Esteban (1982)
The unforgettable children of the Sun!
I watched that cartoon when I was a kid.I remember that it was very nice.As it was a long time ago I had forgotten most of the plot and the characters.
Some months ago a local TV channel aired "The Mysterious Cities of Gold" .In spite of not being a 5-year old kid anymore I sat in front of the TV in order to watch it again.And I really enjoyed it!
It is a masterpiece in the animation genre-a cartoon with an exciting plot,memorable characters and terrific music.Moreover,it takes place at an interesting historical period-the conquest of South America. Most characters in cartoons are rather flat.But here all the characters are intriguing-especially the Spanish navigator Mendosa who is both greedy and kind-hearted.The kids Esteban,Zia and Tao are really nice.The villains also have their charm.
Hardly any other cartoon has better music score.Not only the starting song "Children of the sun" but all the other melodies are stunning.
So,if some TV channels in your countries air this cartoon,don't hesitate at all-take your seats in front of the TV and explore the mysterious cities of gold where adventures never end-as well as our enjoyment!
Love and salsa
"Salsa",directed by Luis Buñuel's daughter-in-law Joyce,is an unpretentious but pretty interesting and pleasant film. It's a story about a young and promising pianist who decides to devote his career to the Cuban salsa as he has fallen in love with this dance.He pretends to be a Cuban guy and organizes salsa lessons.Then he meets the beautiful Nathalie. Indeed,the story is simple but the films succeeds in matching romantic line, dances and comedy.Moreover,the actors are quite good and the songs are really nice.So the film gives you 100 cheerful minutes and the opportunity to learn more about the splendid culture of Latin America.