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The Climber – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

After cutting his teeth on a couple of spaghetti westerns (Django Defies Sartana; Death’s Dealer), director Pasquale Squitieri moved into the popular gangster genre with Gang War in Naples and Blood Brothers, this last film including the all-star cast of Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, and Fabio Testi. He then directed The Climber (1975) , a story about a young, cocky hood who climbs his way up the mafia ladder.

Cult actor Joe Dallesandro stars as the cocky hoodlum, Aldo. Dallesandro had just completed Warhol’s Dracula and Frankenstein films and had decided to stay in Europe. He was riding a crest of popularity and had no trouble finding work. Squitieri was happy to pick him up for this film, alongside co-star Stefania Casini (Warhol’s Dracula, Bertolucci’s 1900, as well as Suspiria).

The film opens with Aldo making off with a load of stolen cigarettes from the docks of Naples.
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The Climber Starring Joe Dallesandro Now Available on Blu-ray From Arrow Video

The Climber (1976) is now available Blu-ray From Arrow Video

After shooting cult favorites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun).

The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge…

Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime
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The Jacques Rivette Collection on Blu-ray From Arrow Video May 23rd

Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began “thanks to Jacquette Rivette,” the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his “Cahiers du Cinéma” colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer, was something of a late bloomer as a director.

In 1969, he directed the 4-hour L’amour fou (1969), the now legendary 13-hour Out 1 (1971) (made for French TV in 1970 but never broadcast; edited to a 4-hour feature and retitled Out 1: Spectre (1972)), and the 3-hour Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), his most entertaining and widely seen picture. In these three films, Rivette began to construct what has come to be called his “House of Fiction”–an enigmatic filmmaking style involving improvisation, ellipsis and considerable narrative experimentation.

Celine and Julie Go Boating

In 1975, Jacques Rivette reunited with Out 1 producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff with the idea of a four-film cycle.
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Arrow Video Reveals Full List of Bonus Features for Brain Damage Blu-ray / DVD

After introducing moviegoers to Belial in Basket Case, filmmaker Frank Henenlotter brought another evil entity to the big screen in Brain Damage, one of several horror films coming out on Blu-ray in the Us this spring from Arrow Video, who have now revealed the full list of special features for the 1988 film's high-def home media release.

Press Release: May sees the release of a fantastic slate of cult cinema from Arrow Video, with a healthy mix of giallo, cult crime and gore to keep fans happy.

First comes The Climber, starring cult actor Joe Dallesandro (Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula). The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema and follows the rise and fall of Dallesandro's smalltime drug dealer, Aldo. Filled with brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions, this is an excellent action-thriller. The other big crime release of May is Cops vs Thugs, Kinji Fukasaku's masterpiece
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Tiff 2016. Correspondences #5

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Salt and FireDear Danny,Funny you mention genre, as A Quiet Passion would seem to belong to my least favorite one: the biopic. Or not really, for directors create their own genres, great ones do, and Terence Davies is among the greatest now at work. His Emily Dickinson, splendidly embodied by Cynthia Nixon, is no genteel figurine reciting favorite verses but a sharp and unyielding intelligence twisting in a severe body and a severe era. Right from the start, refusing to move to one side or another when her seminary is divided according to faith, she will not give an inch. (“You are alone in your rebellion,” snaps the headmistress, crucifix looming in the background.) At her Massachusetts family home, words—not just the budding poetess’ stanzas, but bon mots, barbs, any curlicues of witty verbiage—are cherished cracks in staid domesticity, like the songs in Meet Me in St. Louis.
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The Idiosyncrasies of ‘The American Friend’ and Emotional Distrust of ‘Merry-Go-Round’

As an supplement to our Recommended Discs weekly feature, Peter Labuza regularly highlights notable recent home video releases with expanded reviews. See this week’s selections below.

The American Friend (Criterion)

“What’s wrong with a cowboy in Hamburg?” Wim Wenders’ ode to American crime films of the ’50s remains his most idiosyncratic work, teetering between absurdist comedy and strained psycho-drama. Bruno Ganz stars as an art framer — a metaphor for the impossible boundaries he can no longer contain — tempted by the opportunity of earning money for murder, a profession he has no experience in. It’s hard to know when to take Wenders seriously — Ganz’s trip to Paris begins with a conspiracy-ridden doctor’s visit that sets up the film for more absurdist laughs than a “state of the continent” manifesto (the target is noted as an “American Jew”). But the film’s murder in a Paris metro
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Cult Italo Helmer Fernando Di Leo, A Tarantino Fave, Set For First Remake With ‘Madness’ Redo (Exclusive)

Cult Italo Helmer Fernando Di Leo, A Tarantino Fave, Set For First Remake With ‘Madness’ Redo (Exclusive)
Rome – Fernando Di Leo, the late Italian exploitation-pic maestro exhumed from oblivion after Quentin Tarantino started citing his works as inspiration, is getting a first remake with plans underway for a contempo redo of his violent 1980 noir “Madness,” about an escaped con seeking to retrieve some loot from under the floorboards of an isolated cottage.

Madness” (pictured) which starred Andy Warhol alumnus Joe Dallesandro (“Flesh,” “Trash,” “Heat”) as multiple murderer Joe Brezzi, is a lesser-known title by Di Leo whose titles comprise 1970’s gangster pics “Wipeout!,” (Aka “The Boss”) – known to be among Tarantino’s favourite grindhouse movies – “Mister Scarface,” and “Italian Connection.” It’s also being touted as the first of a trio of planned Di Leo remakes.

“We are starting with this one, which is considered a minor Di Leo work, in order to be humble and not put too much pressure on the director,” said Gianluca Curti,
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Holly Woodlawn, Inspiration for 'Walk on the Wild Side,' Dead at 69

Holly Woodlawn, Inspiration for 'Walk on the Wild Side,' Dead at 69
Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress in Andy Warhol's Factory and the inspiration behind the opening verse of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," passed away Sunday following a battle with cancer. She was 69. Woodlawn first discovered she had cancer in August and was since transferred to an assisted-living facility in Los Angeles, where she died, the BBC reports.

Born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Puerto Rico in 1946, Woodlawn adopted her name from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's main character Holly Golightly as well as an
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Holly Woodlawn Dies: Transgender Actress, Warhol Scene-Maker Was 69

Transgender actress Holly Woodlawn, who enjoyed a measure of fame and notoriety as one of Andy Warhol’s circle of personalities — “superstars” — at the artist’s The Factory in early 1970s New York City, has died. Woodlawn, nee Harold Danhaki in Puerto Rico, was 69 and died Sunday after battling brain and liver cancer in Los Angeles. In addition to the scene at The Factory, Woodlawn appeared in Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s underground classic Trash with Joe Dallesandro
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Holly Woodlawn Dies: Transgender Actress, Warhol Scene-Maker Was 69

Holly Woodlawn Dies: Transgender Actress, Warhol Scene-Maker Was 69
Transgender actress Holly Woodlawn, who enjoyed a measure of fame and notoriety as one of Andy Warhol’s circle of personalities — “superstars” — at the artist’s The Factory in early 1970s New York City, has died. Woodlawn, nee Harold Danhaki in Puerto Rico, was 69 and died Sunday after battling brain and liver cancer in Los Angeles. In addition to the scene at The Factory, Woodlawn appeared in Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s underground classic Trash with Joe Dallesandro
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Holly Woodlawn, Transgender Actress & Subject of ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ Dies at 69

Holly Woodlawn, Transgender Actress & Subject of ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ Dies at 69
Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress who appeared in Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey films and was the subject of Lou Reed’s song “Walk on the Wild Side,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 69.

The Associated Press reported that she had been suffering from cancer. Most recently, she had appeared in two episodes of “Transparent” as Vivian.

The star of underground films including “Trash” and “Women in Revolt” was born Haroldo Danhakl in Puerto Rico. After moving from Miami to New York and meeting Warhol, she took the name Holly Woodlawn and became one of Warhol’s drag queen “superstars.”

The Reed song recounted her trip to New York: “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.; Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A. Plucked her eyebrows on the way; Shaved her legs and then he was a she. She says, ‘Hey, babe,

Take a walk on the wild side.
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Holly Woodlawn, Transgender Actress & Subject of ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ Dies at 69

Holly Woodlawn, Transgender Actress & Subject of ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ Dies at 69
Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress who appeared in Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey films and was the subject of Lou Reed’s song “Walk on the Wild Side,” died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 69.

The Associated Press reported that she had been suffering from cancer. Most recently, she had appeared in two episodes of “Transparent” as Vivian.

The star of underground films including “Trash” and “Women in Revolt” was born Haroldo Danhakl in Puerto Rico. After moving from Miami to New York and meeting Warhol, she took the name Holly Woodlawn and became one of Warhol’s drag queen “superstars.”

The Reed song recounted her trip to New York: “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.; Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A. Plucked her eyebrows on the way; Shaved her legs and then he was a she. She says, ‘Hey, babe,

Take a walk on the wild side.
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Alas, Poor Boro, I Found Thee: Phantom Forms Brought to Light

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Daniel Bird: “What is your opinion of Walerian Borowczyk’s work?”Andrzej Żuławski: “Borowczyk? Oh, he lost himself, I think, it’s a pity because he was quite a talent.” One radical filmmaker laments another radical. With one sentence, Żuławski encapsulates the conventional arc of Borowczyk, or as he calls himself in Mr. and Mrs. Kabal's Theatre (1967), Boro’s career. He was a great animator working with Jan Lenica in Poland and, when moving to France, Chris Marker[1]. His shorts influenced Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, and the Quay Brothers, and were praised by critics like Amos Vogel and Raymond Durgnat. With his first two live-action feature-films, Goto, Island of Love (1968) and Blanche (1971), critics hailed Boro as part of the major league—an auteur. He’s the next Bresson! He’s the next Buñuel! Then he made Immoral Tales (1974), a blemish in his body of work at this point in his career.
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Paul Morrisey’s Flesh For Frankenstein Screening at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema on 09/06

Paul Morrisey’s 1973 film Flesh for Frankenstein, starring the inimitable Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier and Dalila Di Lazzaro, will be screened tonight on 35mm at the beautiful Nitehawk Cinema at 136 Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY at midnight as part of their September “Nitehawk Nasties” series. From the press release:

Many versions of Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation have been made since Mary Shelley first wrote her gothic novel Frankenstein in 1818 … Continue reading →

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North American Rights to Eurocrime Documentary Acquired for DVD Release

The North American rights to a new documentary, Eurocrime: The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the 70′s, have been acquired. The film is due for release on DVD in the fourth quarter of 2014. Directed by Mike Malloy, the nearly 140-minute documentary features interviews with many actors and directors involved in the making of these films, among them Franco Nero, John Saxon, Henry Silva, Fred Williamson, Enzo G. Castellari, Joe Dallesandro, and … Continue reading →

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Italian Stallion and More Super-8 at Super Swingers ’70s Night at The Way Out Club

If you missed Italian Stallion when I played it last year at my Super-8 Sex Movie Madness show, you’ll have another chance this weekend when I screen it (in it’s glorious condensed 18-minute super-8 cut) at the Super Swingers ’70s Night at The Way Out Club this Saturday Nov 23rd beginning at 9pm. I’ll be showing Italian Stallion and some other films of that nature that are not pornography, but a certain type of R-Rated film that one may have enjoyed at the Drive-ins in the 1970′s. The other swinging films I’ll be screening that night include Flesh Gordon, Swinging Stewardesses, Ed Wood’s Glen Or Glenda, and a ’70s Sexploitation trailer reel.

The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis

Bell Bottom, platform shoe wearing, chevron mustache and side burn sporting, vintage 1970′s Funk Funk Funk is strutting your way
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Fantasy Camp: Photographs by Underground Legend Bob Mizer Come Up for Air

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Fantasy Camp: Photographs by Underground Legend Bob Mizer Come Up for Air
Over five decades, from the forties until his death in 1992, photographer Bob Mizer built his own libidinal archipelago on West 11th Street in downtown Los Angeles. This compound, surrounding a boardinghouse his mother owned where he lived his whole life, served as head­quarters for what he called the Athletic Model Guild, and as home to a churn of young, often troubled men he photographed for Amg’s magazine Physique Pictorial.This was a risky operation at first—Mizer even went to jail for distributing his photos through the mail. But he was, in his way, both a visionary and a relentless entrepreneur, serving, and to some extent stoking and shaping, what was then an outsider market for idealized depictions of male beauty. Painter David Hockney credited ­Physique Pictorial with inspiring his move to L.A., and Mizer took pictures of notable hotties like Alan Ladd, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Dallesandro,
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Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Pay Tribute to Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Bringing his lady out for a special affair, Johnny Depp arrived at the 9th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood on Sunday (August 18).

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor walked hand-in-hand with his lovely gal Amber Heard as the two mingled with fellow industry folks at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

John Waters hosted the tribute, which featured a screening of a classic Johnny film bringing together other celebrity guests including Dita Von Teese, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords and Joe Dallesandro.

Meanwhile, Amber recently confronted engagement rumors between her and Depp in the latest issue of Elle magazine and said, "I don't imagine myself, my work, or my life, fitting into any kind of standardized path. In fact, the idea of there even being a standard freaks me out a lot."
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Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance at Hollywood Cemetery 'Cry-Baby' Screening

Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance at Hollywood Cemetery 'Cry-Baby' Screening
Johnny Depp, whose film career began with John Waters' 1990 Cry-Baby, was a surprise guest at the 9th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute on Sunday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the film was screened on the mausoleum. Depp joined a Q&A moderated by Sex Pistol Steve Jones and also featuring Waters and costars Traci Lords, Ricki Lake, Joe Dallesandro (of Andy Warhol film fame) and James Intveld (Depp's singing voice in the film and, according to Waters, "the real Hollywood crybaby"). Cry-Baby, a '50s satire, set Depp free by satirizing his then-imprisoning image as a TV heartthrob. Photos:

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Johnny Depp Reunites with "Cry-Baby" Cast -- See Them Now!

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Johnny Depp made being bad look oh-so-good in the 1990 cult classic "Cry-Baby" -- and last night in Hollywood, he made a surprise reunion with the film's cast!The actor joined director John Waters and costars Ricki Lake, Traci Lords and Joe Dallesandro for a special screening of the film on Sunday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.Ricki's onscreen children, former child stars Scout Raskin and Jonathan Benya, were also on hand for the event -- and posed for photos with their movie mom.Coming off of "21 Jump Street," the film was Depp's first starring role on the big screen -- and, according to one of his costars, he was ready to break out."Every single member of that cast had so much to prove," Traci Lords told The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, Johnny Depp desperately wanted to be a movie star, and everybody said he couldn't, because he was only
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