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Mauro Bolognini’S Commedia All’Italiana ‘Arabella’ (1967) Starring Virna Lisi; New On UK Region 2 DVD From Simply Media

  • CinemaRetro
By Howard Hughes

New to DVD in the UK is ‘Arabella’, an Italian period comedy set in that hotbed of hilarity, pre-wwii fascist Italy. Virna Lisi stars in the title role – known variously in the film as Arabella Danesi and Arabella Angeli – who determines to save her grandmother from destitution by finding ingenious ways to pay off her elderly relative’s crippling tax bill.

The film is structured rather like those 1960s Italian portmanteau comedy-dramas, such as ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘The Witches’ or ‘Woman Times Seven’. Such films were intended as vehicles for one female star, be they Sophia, Silvana or Shirley, to demonstrate their versatility in a variety of roles. But instead of separate stories, with different characters, ‘Arabella’ has one continuous story arc, with Lisi’s sexy heroine adopting various costumes, personas and wigs to seduce and blackmail her way through a string of lovers, who are then
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Giada De Laurentiis recalls fave of her grandfather's movies: From 'Orca' to 'King Kong'

  • Pop2it
Giada De Laurentiis is a celebrity in her own right, and she feels she owes it in large part to her ancestors in the entertainment world.

The Food Network and Cooking Channel personality is the granddaughter of the late film producer Dino De Laurentiis, whom she says "made something like over 600 movies in 60 years" including "Serpico," "Death Wish" and the Jessica Lange-introducing 1976 remake of "King Kong." And actress Silvana Mangano, who starred in such epics as "Ulysses" and "Barabbas," was her maternal grandmother.

"Honestly, when the show 'Everyday Italian' started, I wanted to shoot it like Grandfather shot movies," De Laurentiis explains to Zap2it, "and really tell a story from beginning to end. The cinematography, the lighting and everything else in that show really set me up for what I have today, and I don't think I would have had that knowledge had I not come
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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Stars in Rewind: Young and Gawky Clint Eastwood in 'The Witches'

If you've been following my obsessive train of thought, you may have noticed I have been watching a lot of Clint Eastwood lately. I discovered this little gem sometime around Christmas while searching for something completely unrelated to him -- and I'm finally breaking down and posting it.

This is a segment from 1966 Italian arthouse film The Witches (Le Streghe), which was essentially a comeback showcase for Silvana Margano. It was barely distributed, and pretty much shelved, but occasionally pops up on television or at late night screenings. This segment features a baby-faced Clint Eastwood as the thing he would never play again -- a mild-mannered nerd getting his ass kicked by Batman. Just that part of the YouTube description was enough to make me watch it. Eastwood is bizarrely cute in it (keep your eyes out for the blink and you miss it moment of "nudity"), which leads me to a "What if?
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