Saturday, 2 July 2016

Rest in Peace Bud

Carlo Pedersoli

We lost the indomitable actor Bud Spencer on Monday at the age of 86. Rest in peace Bud and thank you for the laughter and joy you gave to the world. He was a man of many talents, acting, swimming, singing, writing, politics, the list goes on, but he was also a gentle soul and an honest man. He will be missed. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Crazy Kids of the War (1967)

American pilot Peter Hawkins (Jess Hahn) is shot down over occupied Italy by an incompetent group of Nazi soldiers. He is rescued by a group of priests and is befriend by the feisty Rita (Rita Pavone) and an absent minded professor, Giuliano (Terence Hill). It turns out that the professor has created a rocket which will make rain. The Nazi's are determined to have this creation for themselves and the unlikely trio of Giuliano, Rita and Peter begin a cross country trek, always one step ahead of their enemies.

A Italian-French production, and directed by Steno, this was the second of two films made by Hill and Pavone, and like the better known Little Rita of the West, it is amusingly chaotic, complete with random moments of song. Jess Hahn, an American actor who mainly starred in French films, plays a Bud Spencer-esque character who is obsessed with eating. The film co-stars Francis Blanche, Aroldo Tieri, Teddy Reno and Michel Modo. The German's are reminiscent of the television series, Hogans Heroes. They are buffoonish and easily led, by the end of the film one of them even helps the heroes!

Happily for Terence fans, his role in this is greater than Little Rita. The professor is dozy but kind, he wants to spend his days working on his inventions but frequently has his plans waylaid by Rita. Initially they resent one another, but eventually romance blossoms. The trio are forced to impersonate Nazi's with often hilarious results.
Bizarrely there is even a Beatles spoof at the end of the film!

For anyone interested in watching this film the company, 'Cheezy Flicks', has a copy released on DVD.  It is not perfect (there are a couple of song sequences missing), but this does not hinder the basic plot or the enjoyment of this crazy picture!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Happy Birthday!!

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the man himself-Terence!!

I hope he has a lovely day wherever he is, and we can celebrate by watching some of his films.

So again, Happy Birthday Terence!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Carosello Peroni

During the late sixties Terence (still Mario Girotti) starred in a series of ads for the Italian beer 'Peroni', alongside German actress Solvi Stubing. Lucky for us they can all be found on YouTube!
Here's the links….

Carosello Peroni 7

Carosello Peroni 8

Carosello Peroni 9

Carosello Peroni 10

They're quite fun! (Although I really don't understand why she is running away from him! ha!)

Monday, 1 February 2016

They Call Me Trinity (1970)

They Call Me Trinity was the brainchild of Italian director Enzo Barboni, often known by his psudyenom E.B. Clucher. After a serious Western, Chuck Moll, which failed to be a success at the box office, Barboni began work on what he hoped would be a parody of the Spaghetti genre. Barboni for his part knew a thing or too about the Spaghetti, he had been the director of photography on Sergio Cobucci’s famous Western, Django.

As writer and director of the film Barboni certainly created the wonder that we see on screen, but the film could not have been a success were it not for the blue-eyed matinee idol who brought the character of Trinity to life.

By the time of Trinity Terence Hill (b. Mario Girotti) was a veteran of forty six films at the tender age of 31, including Luchino Visconti’s famous The Leopard, a successful Spaghetti trilogy including the films, God Forgives…I don’t, Ace High and Boot Hill and a remake/sequel of Django, known as, Django prepare a Coffin. 

The other star of the film was Bud Spencer (b. Carlo Pedorlisi) a hulking former Olympic swimmer who at the time of filming resembled more of a wrestler. He and Hill had first teamed up in God Forgives…I don’t but it was Trinity that cemented their legendary status.

Hill and Spencer play brothers, Trinity and Bambino, who find themselves siding with a group of Mormon farmers who are attempting to start a community. Trinity acts out of a combination of goodness and his attraction for two Mormon girls, Sarah and Judith. Bambino, always the reluctant counterpart, wants to steal the Majors horses. 

The way in which Trinity eliminated the violence of traditional Westerns was in some ways surprisingly simple, yet rather clever and original. The employment of a group of Mormons, who refuse to have guns at ‘their table’, cause Trinity (good naturally) and Bambino (reluctantly) to lay down their firearms, out of respect for their wishes, and employ their next best weapons-their fists. This saves the film from an overly violent tone, despite the fact that within the first 15 minutes five people are killed by the brothers (Trinity’s killings are albeit humorously impressive). As the brothers attempt to teach the Mormon’s to fight the results create one of the most memorable scenes in the film. The Mormon’s are of course being victimised by a pushy Major and his henchmen, and a somewhat psychotic Mexican bandit named Mescal. Mescal turns out to be no match for Bambino in the strength stakes however. 

Trinity and Bambino are very much the ‘odd couple’ two brothers whose personalities are as different as their appearance. Bambino, the oldest, despite his name, is surly, brutally strong, impatient, and with more criminal intent than his younger brother. In appearance he is huge, with a thick dark beard, and squinty eyes, grunting and hitting people on the head are his main forms of communication. In comparison Trinity is handsome, thin, and fair. Whilst he is lazy and filthy, he posses a heart of gold, and a sense of justice that is often at odds with his older brother. Trinity also has almost magical abilities with his skills at drawing his gun, generally employed whilst slapping people across the face. Trinity is constantly befriending the underdog, first the helpless Mexican accused of killing a man who tried to seduce his wife, then the Mormons (particularly the beautiful Sarah and Judith). This is a trend, which continues into the films sequel, Trinity is Still my Name, in which he befriends a helpless family of settlers and then a group of Catholic priests. Bambino is less than impressed with his brother’s kindness towards these hapless victims.

They Call Me Trinity was a huge success at the European box office, it outgrossed Sergio Leone's 'Dollars Trilogy' and cemented Hill and Spencer as international stars. An even more successful sequel, Trinity is Still My Name was released a year later. 

(They Call Me Trinity is my favourite film of all time, and consequently, I could go on and on about it!)

Anna of Brooklyn (1958)

Anna (Gina Lollobrigida) is a young, beautiful Italian immigrant. She lives in Brooklyn but she returns to Italy and the town she was born in following the death of her husband. Anna moves in with her Aunt, and soon turns the heads of all the men in the town.

Terence Hill (Still going by his real name, Mario Girotti) plays Chicco. Although his role is small, it is integral to the plot. Chicco is in love with Rosie, a young girl who lives with Anna's Aunt. Aunt Carmela hopes to raise Rosie as a pious serious girl, but Rosie meets Chicco in secret every night. Chicco is seen coming out of Aunt Carmela's orchard and the townsfolk assume he has been visiting Anna. Confusion ensues!

The film was directed by Vittorio De Sica who also stars in the role of Don Luigi. Amusingly there is even a large scale fist fight (reminiscent of all great Terence & Bud films!) Anna of Brooklyn is by no means the greatest film in the world but it is amusing and easy to watch in its own way!


Hello Hello

This blog is basically my way of sharing the love for my favourite actor Terence Hill! For awhile now I have been making my way through his filmography and I hope to share old favourites and new finds on this blog.

Enjoy :)