The Kid From Ebalus/Il Ragazzo di Ebalus (1984)

The following post is a translation of this webpage - all credit to the original author Domenico Ottaviano Jr. 1984: Gargano once again becomes a film set. After important features like "Ecce Homo" by Sabel, or "La Legge" by Jules Dassin with a young Lollobrigida, and Gargano's very own assistant to Federico Fellini, Ferrucio Castronuovo, … Continue reading The Kid From Ebalus/Il Ragazzo di Ebalus (1984)

Robbery in the West District/Rapina al Quartiere Ovest (1960)

Two criminals rob a bank but one of them gets stuck trying to climb a security gate during the getaway and is killed by his partner to prevent him from talking to the police. Hiding out in a house owned by the girlfriend of the deceased accomplice, the criminal tries to escape with the haul … Continue reading Robbery in the West District/Rapina al Quartiere Ovest (1960)

Sicily, As Seen By Damiano Damiani (2005)

Produced in 2005, this hour-long documentary follows director Damiano Damiani across Sicily, revisiting locations and interviewing locals, asking them how much the Mafia's influence has changed in the twenty years since he last shot a film there. Opinions vary, but all are agreed that it was Damiani's films which helped shine a spotlight on the … Continue reading Sicily, As Seen By Damiano Damiani (2005)

Manu the Smuggler/Manu il Contrabbandiere (1948)

Lucio De Caro's Manu il Contrabbandiere is a French/Italian co-production from 1948, notable for being shot twice - once in French and once in Italian. The French version, with the title, Les Dessous Des Cartes, is credited to Andrè Cayatte. The cast changes from one version to another although most of the key players remain … Continue reading Manu the Smuggler/Manu il Contrabbandiere (1948)

Graziano Mesina, the Sardinian Scarlet Pimpernel

A wanted poster offering a 10 million lira reward to anyone who can assist in his capture The following post is a translation of the Italian Wikipedia page for Graziano Mesina which you can find here. All credit to the original author/s. Later updates and most of the photos come from the Sardinian newspaper L'Unione … Continue reading Graziano Mesina, the Sardinian Scarlet Pimpernel

The King of Poggioreale/Il Re di Poggioreale (1961)

Director Duilio Coletti gives us his interpretation of the life and times of one of Naples' more interesting underworld figures; Giuseppe 'Peppino' Navarra, alias The King of Poggioreale. In a role originally intended for Rod Steiger, Ernest Borgnine made an early stop-off in Italy, just as 'Hollywood on the Tiber' was in its golden years, … Continue reading The King of Poggioreale/Il Re di Poggioreale (1961)

An Alibi to Die/Un Alibi Per Morire (1962)

Paul loves Margaret but she has her eyes on Graziano, a night-club owner. Desperate to prove himself to Margaret, Paul begins planning an elaborate robbery. With the assistance of a corrupt prison officer he gets himself  arrested, knowing he can come and go from the jail as he pleases, thus providing him with the perfect … Continue reading An Alibi to Die/Un Alibi Per Morire (1962)