Category Archives: Performers & directors

Elio Petri: The Assassin

After making two shorts, Nasce un campione (54) and I sette contadini (59), Petri made his full debut with The Assassin (L’assassino, 61), based on a script co-written with Tonino Guerra (with whom he would later collaborate on several films). Continue reading

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Elio Petri: Investigation of a Filmmaker Above Suspicion

For some reason, Elio Petri is a filmmaker who seems to have slipped off the cultural (and counter-cultural) radar. To the art-house crowd, Italian cinema is composed of the giants – Rossellini, Visconti, Bertolucci, Pasolini – with very little else getting a worthwhile look in. Continue reading

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Franco Citti interview

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 Continue reading

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Janine Hendy

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. Continue reading

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Jim Dolen

Not many people know the name of Jim Dolen, even among the true aficionados of Italian cinema. Continue reading

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Walter Brandi

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. Continue reading

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Mario Monicelli interview

An interview with the late maestro of Commedia all’Italian, Mario Monicelli, which I found on the web and have translated into English Continue reading

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