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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

This remake of a pre-Code classic adds amazing European locations, glorious Technicolor and entire armies on the move, yet doesn’t improve on the original. Producer David O. Selznick secured Rock Hudson to play opposite Jennifer Jones, but the chemistry is lacking. Why did the man spend twenty years trying to top Gone With the Wind?

A Farewell to Arms

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1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 152 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Rock Hudson, Vittorio De Sica, Mercedes McCambridge, Elaine Stritch.

Cinematography: Oswald Morris, Piero Portalupi

Production Designer: Alfred Junge

Art Direction: Mario Garbuglia

Film Editors: John M. Foley, Gerard J. Wilson

Original Music: Mario Nascimbene

Written by Ben Hecht from a play by Laurence Stallings from a novel by Ernest Hemingway

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by Charles Vidor

What happens when a major Hollywood producer thinks he has all the answers?
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Bud Spencer, Iconic Italian Film Star, Dead At Age 86

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Bud Spencer, the burly former Italian athlete who became an iconic film star in his native country, has died at age 86. Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, chose his stage name as a tribute to Budweiser beer, which he loved, and Spencer Tracy, his favorite film star. Although Spencer's film found some exposure in the American market, his greatest success was found in European comedy westerns that often co-starred his friend Terence Hill. Among the films that are best known to English-speaking audiences are "Ace High", "The Five Man Army", "They Call Me Trinity", "Trinity is Still My Name!", "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" and "A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die". Among the contemporary actors Spencer counted among his admirers was Russell Crowe. For more click here.  
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Bud Spencer Dies: Italian Actor, Author & Olympic Swimmer Was 86

Bud Spencer Dies: Italian Actor, Author & Olympic Swimmer Was 86
Known for his work in Spaghetti Westerns and action-comedy films, Italian actor Bud Spencer died on Monday night in Rome. He was 86. Working primarily from the 1950s to the 1980s, Spencer was best known for his roles with longtime onscreen partner Terence Hill, and was also a professional swimmer. His official Twitter account announced the news to fans: With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey.Fam. Pedersoli pic.twitter.com/nHjEU…
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Bud Spencer, Italian Spaghetti Westerns Star, Dies at 86

Bud Spencer, Italian Spaghetti Westerns Star, Dies at 86
Rome — Bud Spencer, the burly Italian actor who starred in dozens of genre movies including many widely exported Spaghetti Westerns such as “Trinity is Still My Name,” which is among Italy’s all-time top grossing titles, has died. He was 86.

Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, passed away “peacefully” in Rome on Monday, his son Giuseppe Pedersoli said in a media statement that did not disclose the exact cause of death.

In the late 1960s, just as his acting career was starting to take off, Carlo Pedersoli changed his name to Bud Spencer as an homage to Budweiser beer and Spencer Tracy. He also reportedly thought it was ironic to call himself Bud despite his Herculean physique, which made him known to his fans as “the big friendly giant” of the screen.

Born in Naples in 1929, Spencer first gained a measure of fame as an athlete, becoming the first
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Opening Doors with Michele De Angelis

At age twenty-two Michele De Angelis was hired as assistant director on the Italian slasher epic Massacre, which led to work as an assistant director, production manager, executive producer and screenwriter for Lucio Fulci, Ruggero Deodato, Bud Spencer, Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and many others. Michele eventually worked as a consultant and executive producer, creating DVD featurettes and documentaries for companies like Universal Pictures Home Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blue Underground and more.>> - Shade Rupe
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Opening Doors with Michele De Angelis

At age twenty-two Michele De Angelis was hired as assistant director on the Italian slasher epic Massacre, which led to work as an assistant director, production manager, executive producer and screenwriter for Lucio Fulci, Ruggero Deodato, Bud Spencer, Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and many others. Michele eventually worked as a consultant and executive producer, creating DVD featurettes and documentaries for companies like Universal Pictures Home Video, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blue Underground and more.>> - Shade Rupe
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St. Louisan Todd Armstrong Starred in Jason And The Argonauts in 1963

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 27th successful year! Steve and I collaborated in 2011 on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I have been writing a regular monthly movie-related column since. Our working alliance is simple: Steve tells me a year and I pick a movie from that year and write about it. Last month Steve threw me the year 1963. Since I was hosting a Ray Harryhausen tribute event at the St. Louis International Film Festival and was eager to
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Wamg Interview: Actor/Director Jon Gries on Another Man’S Gun

Veteran character actor Jon Gries is best known for his gut-busting portrayal of Uncle Rico, he of the orange van and dashed dreams of high school football glory, in the 2004 cult gem Napoleon Dynamite. Jon Gries is also recognizable as Roger Linus on Lost, but the actor has been kicking around in Hollywood for decades, ever since he appeared in 1969 at age 11 opposite Charlton Heston in Will Penny, a western directed by his father Tom Gries. Some of Jon’s other films include Monster Squad (1978), Get Shorty (1995), and Taken (2008). Jon is also an accomplished musician, having composed songs for the films Twin Falls Idaho (1999) and The Big Empty (2003). In 2010, after directing several music videos, Jon tried his hand at directing a feature and the result was the acclaimed redneck road comedy Pickin’ & Grinning’.

(http://pickinandgrinninmovie.com/ )

Now Jon has teamed up with writer Derek Walker for Another Man’S Gun,
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Giuliano Gemma obituary

Handsome star of spaghetti westerns including A Pistol for Ringo

When the spaghetti western was born in the early 1960s, some of the Italian lead actors disguised their names under American-sounding ones (though nobody was fooled). Among those competing successfully with bona fide Yanks such as Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef were Terence Hill (born Mario Girotti), Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) and Montgomery Wood, a temporary pseudonym taken by Giuliano Gemma, who has died in a car accident aged 75.

The strikingly handsome Gemma was one of the brightest stars of the once deprecated, now revered, genre. After five years in sword-and-sandal epics (also known as peplum films), usually supporting muscle men, Gemma made a name for himself (even if, initially, it wasn't his own) in two westerns directed by Duccio Tessari: A Pistol for Ringo (1965) and The Return of Ringo (1965). Their big box-office success granted Gemma stardom and
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You've been Djangoed! Ten Spaghetti Cowboys that shaped the genre

Keeping up with his career plan of paying homage to every film genre going, Quentin Tarantino has moved onto the spaghetti western with Django Unchained (2012). It’s not a remake of the pasta classic Django (1966), or indeed a spaghetti western, but it has clearly taken its inspiration from those violent Italian productions that swamped the late sixties.

Hollywood may have dominated the field since the beginning of motion pictures but European westerns are not exactly new; the earliest known one was filmed in 1910. Sixties German cinema made good use of Kay May’s western heroes Shatterhand and Winnetou, and the British produced The Savage Guns (1961), Hannie Caulder (1971), A Town Called Bastard (1971), Catlow (1971), Chato’s Land (1972) and Eagle’s Wing (1979). When the genre showed signs of flagging in the mid-sixties, a clever Italian director named Sergio Leone took it upon himself to reinvent the western – spaghetti style!

What made the spaghettis
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Back Issues! Get All Those Elusive Editions For Your Collection!

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Highlights Of Issue #24 (September, 2012):

Major celebration of The Poseidon Adventure's 40th anniversary with articles by David Savage, Tom Lisanti, James Radford and Chris Poggiali. Includes many rare photos, international movie posters and interviews with Carol Lynley and Mort Kunstler, the legendary artist who created the movie poster. Kunstler also provides his original sketches for the ad campaign, reproduced in this issue for the first time.  40th anniversary tribute to Deliverance. John Exshaw visits director John Boorman at his home in Ireland for exclusive interview about working with author James Dickey on the landmark film. Gary Giblin takes an in-depth look at another classic film celebrating its 40th anniversary: Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, complete with rare stills from sequences that the Master cut from the final version of the movie. Matthew R. Bradley looks at one of the screen's legendary baddies, James Bond nemesis Blofeld in both literature and cinema.
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Farley Granger: a life in clips

We look back at Farley Granger's movie career, from the two masterpieces he made with Alfred Hitchcock to Luchino Visconti's operatic melodrama Senso

Spotted doing a cockney accent in a play while still at high school, Farley Granger was signed to a seven-year deal by MGM in 1943 and soon put to work alongside Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews in The North Star, a pro-Soviet war film about the sufferings of a Ukrainian village under the Nazi yoke.

With a script by blacklistee Lillian Hellman, The North Star – later reissued under the title Armored Attack! – was cited by the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a prime example of Hollywood communist propaganda.

After one more film – The Purple Heart (1944) – and a spell in the navy where he discovered his bisexuality, Granger found himself cast in what would become his breakthrough film, They Live by Night. Shot in 1947, Nicholas Ray
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Donatellos to fete Guerra, Spencer, Hill

Donatellos to fete Guerra, Spencer, Hill
Rome -- The David di Donatello awards will present a special career award to screenwriter Tonino Guerra, organizers said Friday, with lifetime achievement awards going to Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, two of the most recognizable Italian figures from the famed Spaghetti Western genre.

Guerra, who will turn 90 on Tuesday, was nominated for three Oscars between 1965 and 1973. He worked with many of the great directors of the Italy's so-called Golden Age of film including Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Francesco Rosi, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, and Luchino Visconti.

Spencer, 80, and Hill, 71, combined to appear in nearly 200 films, often side by side. Their credits include many of the best known Spaghetti Western films and Italian B-movie titles in careers spanning from the 1950s until the 1990s. Spencer and Hill are the stage names for Carlo Pedersoli and Mario Girotti, respectively,

The Donatello awards, Italy's most prestigious film honors, will take place May
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Tvs: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza Salutes The Films Of Bud Spencer And Terence Hill

[For This edition of the Twitch Video Salute we turn to Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, the writer and director of Chilean martial arts films Kiltro, Mirage Man and the upcoming Mandrill. Despite being a mere three days away from his wedding - congratulations! - Ernesto weighs in today with a look at the films of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.]

Today I want to share with you the trailers for a group of films that taught me what a fight scene was, the “Bud Spencer and Terence Hill” movies. Don’t let the names fool you, these were Italian films starring these two Italian actors who did a whole series of pictures together, all of them action-comedies playing two guys that for some reason (always a different reason) team up together and fought bad guys. The Spencer / Hill films were pretty popular in Chile when I was growing up, I would watch them when they aired on public television in the early 80s on a series called Afternoons Of Cinema.

These films were all about the fight scenes. I don´t remember any plot at all, just funny fight scenes that made me laugh with my buddies with really simple humor. Always with happy and naive soundtracks, these two guys
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Venice Film Festival: John Exshaw Reports -Day One

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Arrived in Venice, to be greeted by Terence Hill. Not in person, you understand, with brass band and Bud Spencer on trombone, but, turning on the TV in my hotel room, there was Terence, beaming blandly. . . . This seemed auspicious, not only because I’m here to cover the Spaghetti Western retrospective at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which includes two Terence Hill movies, but also because Terence is, apparently, as revealed by some remarkably tedious and unproductive research prior to this trip, Venice’s greatest gift to cinema. Indeed, it seems he is Venice’s only gift to cinema – or at any rate, the only one with any serious claim to international recognition. Which seems odd, somehow, given La Serenissima’s high profile in the film world due to the Festival, to say nothing of its appearance as a location in literally hundreds of movies, but there it is.
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