A selection of snippets taken from archive interviews and articles about European Cinema
Richard McNamara was another of the Americans – like John Kitzmiller – who came to Italy as an American soldier during World War 2 and stayed there, working in the burgeoning film industry
Here’s an interview with Italian actor Franco Citti – who is famous for his work with Pasolini but also appeared in numerous other films – that I found on the web and have translated into English
Here’s an interview with Sergio Grieco translated from an old copy of Unita. I don’t believe there’s any other interview with Grieco anywhere. I’d love to be proved wrong because he was a decent director who has been rather forgotten and was never really appreciated as much as he deserved.
Janine Hendy was one of the more prominent black actresses to work in Italian cinema during the early 1960s. Perhaps her best known roles were in the two Taur films directed by Antonio Leonviola in 1963, Taur, il re della forza bruta and more particularly Thor and the Amazon Women, in which she played the antagonist to the titular hero Joe Robinson.
Not many people know the name of Jim Dolen, even among the true aficionados of Italian cinema.
Just who was Walter Brandi? Well, to some people he’s best known as an Italian b-movie star of the early sixties, a solid if not particularly inspiring presence in numerous gothic horror films and historical adventures.