Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, Dec. 08, 1967
In a world where the popular image of a spy alternates between gadget-crammed fantasy and faceless seediness, can Mata Hari, the cooch-dancing agent of World War I, carry a lavish musical on her bare shoulders?
Producer David Merrick thought so — to the tune of an $800,000 investment, plus Hollywood's Vincente Minnelli to direct, plus a buildup for curvaceous star Marisa Mell that included coverage in Vogue and McCall's. But Merrick was wrong. After a ludicrous Washington preview at which everything from the scenery to the sound system came apart at the seams, Mata Hari opened to lethal reviews.
Last week Producer Merrick, who modestly describes himself as "the most vital force in the theater today," decided once again that mortality is sometimes the better part of vitality. He decreed that Mata Hari would have to be shot before opening on Broadway. Last year he similarly closed Breakfast at Tiffany's, losing a mere $400,000.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Another great blog, just like the Mya-Blog, is still rather new, but has gained a lot of followers in the past months and is called http://westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com/. This blog is a real treasure trove of information regarding everything Italian Western movies and its stars. I have said it more than once that I am big fan of everything Italian Westerns and this blog gives us so much info that you can wander around for many hours without getting tired or sun burned. The blog not only gives reviews and info on films but also goes into the lives and sadly the deaths of many former stars. When reading the blog you can feel the vast knowledge of the author and love he has for everything Western all Italiana. And last but not least, this blog is a true work of love. http://www.reeldistraction.com/ gives you a glimpse into the fascinating world of the press book ads published in newspapers during a run of a movie. This blog gives you the news paper ads of classic vintage movies, not only of the A-list titles like the Exorcist or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but mostly of the Grindhouse classics like Dirty Mary Crazy Larry or Swinging Sorority and many many more. Terrific blog!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
“J&B Whisky” is a scotch blended whisky. The “J&B-Rare Blend”, the standard J&B whisky brand, is a blend of 42 Scottish malt and grain whiskies. Its charactaristic green bottle with yellow and red label are world wide known but if you ask people, even ardent J&B-drinkers, what the abbreviation “J&B” means not many can aswer you that the two letters refer to the names of its founders “Justerini & Brooks”. The company, originally “Johnson & Justerini” was founded in 1749 in London (UK), delivering fine wine and spirits to various up-scale aristocratic households, as well as supplying the then British King George III. In 1910, Johnson & Justerini was bought by Alfred Brooks and renamed “Justerini & Brooks”. In the early 1950s “J&B” merged with another company to form “United Wine Traders Ltd”,and by the end of the decade it had conquered America. From this sound base, and helped by another merger with “W. A. Gilbey Ltd, the London Gin makers", the brand went on to win over the world and became today’s second best selling blended whisky in the world after that other strange whisky fellow “Johnnie Walker”. “J&B”-whisky not only became a household name in hotels, bars and private homes but during the 60’s and 70’s it also became a fixed staple in the cultural world.
Seeing someone pour in a drink is nothing special but what makes this scene so special is the way Fulci directed Marisa Mell when fixing the drink. During a conversation with one of the other characters, Marisa Mell in a flower power bikini top, walks to the bar placed on a small table with a lamp. Instead of turning around with her face to the camera while pouring the drink she keeps standing with her back to the viewer and camera only opening her legs just a little bit.
"Nude per l'Assassino" from 1975 with Edwige Fenech as Magda Cortis where the killer is pouring a glass of whisky
So in the end you can say that a giallo always had to have as a characteristic next to the black gloves and a bloody sharp razor blade a few scenes with J&B. Cheers!