A native of Padua, Rate Furlan graduated in law, then received his diploma at St Peter's Conservatory in Majella and attended the Centro Sperimentale Dramatic Arts Academy in Rome. He began his artistic career as an opera director. He entered the film industry in 1948 as a screenwriter and artistic director on the feature film … Continue reading Gangland/Malavita (1951)
Also known as 'Summer to Remember', this offering comes from Luciano Martino's Dania film, a production company that never shied away from cashing-in on the latest cinematic trends. True to their roots, and showing some real exploitation savvy, this time around we have two deaths to contend with, a father and son. The plot is … Continue reading Summer to Remember/La Bellissima Estate (1974)
Following his rather limited performance in 'The Balloon Vendor', child actor Renato Cestiè returns for his third offering in the genre, 'White Horses of August' (Export title: White Horses of Summer) this time supported by two stalwarts of high-brow (and low-brow) European cinema, Jean Seberg and Frederick Stafford. Tragically both actors died well before their … Continue reading White Horses of Summer/Bianchi Cavalli D’Agosto (1975)
Il Venditore di Palloncini' (Lit: The Balloon Seller) was distributed internationally under the title 'Last Moments'. Quite how director (and UFO expert) Mario Gariazzo managed to assemble such a talented cast is beyond me, but I suspect the topic of alcoholism (and acting drunk in particular) may have had something to do with it. … Continue reading The Balloon Seller/Il Venditore di Palloncini (1974)
“Money doesn’t buy happiness. But happiness isn’t everything” (Jean Seberg) Spanning a little less than a decade, the strappalacrime sub-genre (better known as tearjerkers to English speakers) is one of the lesser documented group of films from the 1970s which had their fleeting moment in the spotlight not just in Italy but also internationally. Released in 1973, … Continue reading Strappalacrime
This is a project I keep forgetting about - it's about 90% subtitled (and has been for about five years) It's an interesting precursor to Shaun of the Dead which holds up very well for the first hour but then descends into Benny Hill territory for the final reel. Locandina
Based on the Edgar Wallace mystery, 'The Man Who Changed His Name', the plot centres on the recently-married young wife of a wealthy aristocrat who gradually becomes convinced that her new husband is in fact a murderer hiding behind a false identity.