Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Volanda Voy

Volando voy is a Spanish television show that was originally broadcast on Sundays, at 9:30 pm, on Cuatro de Mediaset España. The program premiered on July 19, 2015 and is presented by Jesus Calleja. The second season premiered on January 11, 2017 and is now on Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m.

The adventure series was formed by Jesús Calleja who travels all over the Spain from a helicopter (Robinson R4). The inhabitants of different Spanish regions witness first-hand the most spectacular views of their locations that they have always had at their fingertips and have never been able to enjoy. Investigations and cartographic studies in 3D or development of new techniques of maritime rescue were two of the many things that Jesus Calleja and his team completed successfully with breakthroughs for the premises of each town. At the end of each weekly episode, the program team and all the neighbors of the villages organize a party around the view of the previously recorded documentary thus having the privilege of being able to enjoy the program and share the emotions and anecdotes with their neighbors of that specific locality.

Tonight’s episode is entitled “Ribeira Sacra” and features a short segment called ‘Desierto de Tabernas’ (The Tabernas Desert) and Fort Bravo (Mini-Hollywood).

Mario Brega the face of Lazio, Italy

The hand in the film "White, Red and Verdone" by Carlo Verdone, belongs to Florestan Brega, better known as Mario Brega, actor, thanks to his genuineness which is typically Roman, with a few sentences he immediately became a symbol of the cinema and the Italian costume. Enrico Ruggeri tells his story to ‘The Hawk and The Seagull’, on Radio 24.

Born in Rome on March 5, 1923, his father was Primo Brega, a carpenter with a passion for athletics, an Italian Olymic champion in the years between 1911 and 1922. Mario grows up in Lazio, assimilating all the nuances that are acquired on the road and learning to gain respect, perhaps pulling some slap. He grows into a man with a powerful physique and a gruff appearance, a man to those in the cinema of the sixties is searching for. And it is precisely because of his appearance and his way of doing things that opens the doors of the cinema for Mario Brega. He appears in four, five films a year. He is always an extra, always dubbed, the gains are not many, but his face becomes well known and Mario became a reliable actor, he is always someone who accepts the roles and directions of the directors without complaining, without issues. Meanwhile in Cinecittà they are chasing a new trend in the wake of the great American western movies. And 'the birth of spaghetti westerns and Mario Brega was called by a director who will mark a turning point in his career: Sergio Leone.

1964 "For a Fistful of Dollars", 1965 "For a Few Dollars More", 1966 "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly": the trilogy of Sergio Leone films, as well as Clint Eastwood as an actor has another fixed actor: Mario Brega, who has become a friend of Sergio Leone and shared with him the adventure of the Spaghetti Western. But the film career of Mario Brega does not stop there, however, because certain characteristics with their excesses, their awkward presence, their ability to take or give slaps, are necessary to the movies more than you might think. Actors who say one, two lines in the whole movie, but who become the most repeated jokes of people, they become part of the cultural fabric of the Italians, always looking for simple, real heroes....

One day Carlo Verdone is at the home of Sergio Leone and the two are talking about a few choices for a movie, when suddenly it happens, a scene that is worth a thousand hearings. A real life scene that Enrico Ruggeri said today in The Hawk and The Seagull, a lucky encounter between Brega and Verdone becomes a way to give the best of themselves, with a leading part that after years of small appearances gives him a just reward for a long apprenticeship: Mario Brega is in fact called upon to play the role of Carlo Verdone’s father in the film "Fun is Beautiful". It will be the beginning of a collaboration that will continue for another three films. Mario Brega back then in fact, was working with Sergio Leone in a film that made history: "Once Upon a Time in America". At his side the great Hollywood stars and among them Robert de Niro who retains a very positive memory of the Roman actor.

After acting in some seventy films, in spite of character and supporting roles he has always played, Mario Brega is remembered by all as a good and kind man.

Special Birthdays

Maria Luisa Arias (actress) is 90 today.
Maurizio De Angelis (composer, singer) is 70 today.

Ethan Wayne (actor) is 50 today.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Outsider

The Outsider - Il Cinema Di Antonio Margheriti – Italian title
The Outsider – English title

A 2013 Italian production [Gika Productions Srl (Rome)]
Producer: Gian Gabriele Foschini, Gian Gabriele Foschini, Edoardo Margheriti
Director: Edoardo Margheriti
Story: Edoardo Margheriti
Cinematography: Gian Gabriele Foschini      
Music: Andrea Ridolfi
Running time: 61 minutes

Barbara Bouchet, Enzo G. Castellari, Corinne Cléry, Luigi Cozzi, Alberto Dell'Acqua, Stefano della Casa, Ernesto Gastaldi, Richard Harrison, William Lustig, Mike Malloy, Edoardo Margheriti, Franco Nero, Frank Pesce, Dardano Sacchetti, John Steiner, Antonio Tentori, Turi Vasile, Fred Williamson, Antonio Margheriti [archive footage]

Antonio Margheriti is one of the fathers of the genre movies in Italy. His works have been distributed all over the world, earning him a greater fame abroad than what he enjoyed in his home country. A skilled master of special effects, he was the first director in Italy to film science fiction and space opera movies.