Adriano Celentano is an Italian vocalist, producer, actor, film director and TV host. He is dubbed "il Molleggiato" because of his dancing. Celentano has released many record albums which have enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success, he is credited as the author of both the music and lyrics of his songs, according to his wife Claudia Mori, sometimes they were written in collaboration with others. Due to his prolific career and great success, both in Italy and the rest of the world, he is considered one of the pillars of Italian music. Celentano is recognized for being perceptive of changes in the music business, he is credited for having introduced Rock'n'Roll to Italy – a genre that had great appeal on young people of that time. As an actor, Celentano has appeared in about 40 films comedies. Celentano was born in Milan at 14 Via Cristoforo Gluck, this address became the subject of the famous song "Il ragazzo della via Gluck", his parents were from Foggia, in Apulia, had moved north for work.
Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock and roll scene as well as by American actor Jerry Lewis, Celentano started playing in a rock and roll band with Giorgio Gaber and Enzo Jannacci. With Gaber and Jannacci he was spotted by Jolly Records A&R Executive Ezio Leoni, who signed him to his first recording contract and co-authored with Celentano some of his greatest early hits, including 24.000 Baci, Il Tuo Bacio e’ Come un Rock, Si e’ Spento il Sole. He first appeared on screen in Ragazzi del Juke-Box, a 1959 Italian musical film directed by Lucio Fulci with music by Ezio Leoni. In 1960, Federico Fellini cast him as a roll singer in his film La Dolce Vita. In 1962, Celentano founded the Italian record label Clan Celentano with many performers such as Don Backy, Ola & the Janglers, Ricky Gianco, Katty Line, Gino Santercole, Fred Bongusto and his wife Claudia Mori; as a film director, Celentano cast Ornella Muti, Eleonora Giorgi and his wife Claudia Mori. He and Mori have three children, Rosita and Rosalinda Celentano.
Rosalinda is most notable to worldwide audiences for playing Satan in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Celentano has hosted several Italian television shows. Celentano has retained his popularity in Italy for over 50 years, selling millions of records and appearing in numerous TV shows and movies; as part of his TV and movie work, he created a comic genre, with a characteristic walk and facial expressions. For the most part, his films were commercially successful; as an actor, critics point to Serafino, directed as his best performance. He has released forty albums, consisting of twenty-nine studio albums, three live albums, eight compilations, his most popular songs are "La coppia piu' bella del mondo", which sold over one million copies, was awarded a gold disc. Celentano was referenced in the 1979 Ian Dury and the Blockheads song and single, "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3", as one of the aforementioned "reasons to be cheerful," and in Fellini's 1986 film Ginger and Fred. Celentano is a strenuous defender of animal rights.
A football fan, Celentano is a well-known Inter Milan supporter. After 18 years without live performances, Celentano's 2012 live concert was broadcast on Mediaset channel Canale 5, attracting over 9 million viewers. Studio albums1960: Adriano Celentano with Giulio Libano and his Orchestra – Jolly LPJ 5008 1960: Furore – Jolly LPJ 5017 1962: Peppermint Twist – Jolly LPJ 5021 1963: A New Orleans – Jolly LPJ 5025 1965: Non mi dir – Clan, ACC 40002 1966: La festa – Clan, ACC 40006 1966: Il ragazzo della via Gluck – Clan, ACC 40007 1968: Azzurro/Una carezza in un pugno – Clan, ACC 40011 1968: Adriano rock – Clan, BF 501 1969: Le robe che ha detto Adriano – Clan, BF 502 1969: Pioggia di successi 1970: Il forestiero – Clan, BFM 700 1971: Er più – Storia d'amore e di coltello – Clan, BFM 602 1972: I mali del secolo – Clan, BFM 701 1973: La storia di uno... Adriano Celentano 1973: Nostalrock – Clan, CLN 65764 1975: Yuppi du – Clan, CLN 69120 1976: Svalutation – Clan, CLN 86013 1977: Disco dance – Clan, CLN 86026 1977: Tecadisk – Clan, CLN 86033 1978: Ti avrò – Clan, CLN 20053 1978: Geppo il folle – Clan, CLN 20099 1979: Il concerto di Adriano – Clan, CLN 22203 1979: Soli – Clan, CLN 20150 1980: Un po' artista un po' no – Clan, CLN 20201 1980: Tu non-mi lascerai 1981: Deus – Clan, CLN 20257 1982: Uh... uh...
– Clan, CLN 20324 1982: Storia d'amore 1983: Atmosfera – Clan, CLN 20380 1984: I miei americani – Clan, CLN 20445 1985: Joan Lui – Clan, CLN 20485 1986: I miei americani 2 – Clan, CLN 20545 1987: La pubblica ottusità – Clan, CLN 20699 1991: Il re degli ignoranti – Clan, 9031 74439-1 1994: Quel punto – Clan, 4509 97319-1 1996: Arrivano gli uomini – Clan, CLCD 74321 381192 1998: Mina Celentano – Clan/PDU, 90011 1999: Io non-so parlar d'amore – Clan, CLN 13641 2000: Esco di rado e parlo ancora meno – Clan, CLN 20482 2002: Per sempre – Clan, CLN 20511 2004: C'è sempre un motivo – Clan, CLN 20551 2005: C'è sempre un motivo + L'Indiano – Clan, CLN 20551 2007: Dormi amore, la situazione non è buona – Clan, CLN 2058 2011: Facciamo finta che sia vero – Clan, CLN 2098 2016: Le Migliori – Clan, CLN? 2019: Adrian – Clan, CLN? Collection albums1969: Pioggia di successi – Clan, BF LP 506
Django (1966 film)
Django is a 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western film directed and co-written by Sergio Corbucci, starring Franco Nero as the title character alongside Loredana Nusciak, José Bódalo, Ángel Álvarez and Eduardo Fajardo. The film follows a Union soldier-turned-drifter and his companion, a mixed-race prostitute, who become embroiled in a bitter, destructive feud between a Ku Klux Klan-esque gang of Confederate Red Shirts and a band of Mexican revolutionaries. Intended to capitalize on and rival the success of Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Corbucci's film is, like Leone's, considered to be a loose, unofficial adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo; the film earned a reputation as one of the most violent films made at the time, was subsequently refused a certificate in the United Kingdom until 1993, when it was issued an 18 certificate. A commercial success upon release, Django has garnered a large cult following outside of Italy and is regarded as one of the best films of the Spaghetti Western genre, with the direction, Nero's performance, Luis Bacalov's soundtrack most being praised.
Although the name is referenced in over thirty "sequels" from the time of the film's release until the early 1970s in an effort to capitalize on the success of the original, most of these films were unofficial, featuring neither Corbucci nor Nero. Nero reprised his role as Django in 1987's Django Strikes Again, the only official sequel produced with Corbucci's involvement. Nero made a cameo appearance in Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained, an homage to Corbucci's original. John Sayles is working on a third official instalment in the film series, with Nero reprising his role. On the Mexico-United States border, a drifter, wearing a Union uniform and dragging a coffin, witnesses Mexican bandits tying a runaway prostitute, María, to a bridge and whipping her; the bandits are dispatched by henchmen of Major Jackson – a racist ex-Confederate officer – who prepare to kill María by crucifying her atop a burning cross. The drifter, who identifies himself as Django shoots the men, offers María protection.
The pair arrive in a ghost town, populated by Nathaniel, a bartender, five prostitutes. Nathaniel explains that the town is a neutral zone in a conflict between Jackson's Red Shirts and General Hugo Rodríguez's revolutionaries. Jackson and his men arrive at the saloon to extract protection money from Nathaniel. Django verbally confronts two of the Klansmen when they harass a prostitute, ridicules Jackson's beliefs. Django shoots his men, challenges Jackson to return with all of his accomplices. Afterwards, he seduces María. Jackson returns with his entire gang. Using a machine gun contained in his coffin, Django guns down much of the Klan, allowing Jackson and a handful of men to escape. While helping Nathaniel bury the corpses, Django visits the grave of Mercedes Zaro, his former lover, killed by Jackson. Hugo and his revolutionaries capture Jackson's spy, Brother Jonathan; as punishment, Hugo cuts off Jonathan's ear, forces him to eat it, shoots him in the back. Django proposes to Hugo, who he had once saved in prison, that they steal Jackson's gold lodged in the Mexican Army’s Fort Charriba.
Nathaniel, under the guise of bringing prostitutes for the soldiers, drives a horse cart containing Django and four revolutionaries, two of whom are named Miguel and Ricardo, into the Fort, allowing them to massacre many of the soldiers – Miguel uses Django's machine gun, while Django and Ricardo fight their way to the gold. As Django and the revolutionaries escape, Jackson gives chase, but is forced to stop when the thieves reach American territory. Django asks for his share of the gold, but Hugo, wanting to use it to fund his attacks on the Mexican Government, promises to pay Django once he is in power; when Ricardo tries to force himself onto María during the post-heist party, a fight erupts between Django and Ricardo, resulting in the latter's death. Hugo allows Django to spend the night with María. Django has the prostitute distract the men guarding the safehouse containing the gold, enters the house via the chimney. Stealing the gold in his coffin and activating his machine gun as a diversion, Django loads the coffin onto a wagon.
María implores Django to take her with him. Arriving at the bridge where they first met, Django tells María that they should part ways, but María begs him to abandon the gold so they can start a new life together; when María's rifle misfires, the coffin falls into the quicksand below. Django nearly drowns when he tries to recover the gold, María is wounded by Hugo's men while trying to save him. Miguel crushes Django's hands as punishment for being a thief, Hugo's gang leave for Mexico. Upon arrival, the revolutionaries are massacred by the army. Django and María return to the saloon, finding only Nathaniel there, Django tells them that, despite his crushed hands, he must kill Jackson to prevent further bloodshed. Jackson learns that Django is waiting for him at Tombstone Cemetery and kills Nathaniel, but not before the latter hides María. Django, resting himself on the back of Mercedes Zaro's cross, pulls the trigger guard off his revolver with his teeth and rests it against the cross, just as Jackson's gang arrive.
Believing that Django cannot make the sign of the cross with his mutilated hands, Jackson shoots the corners of Zaro's cross. Django kills Jackson and his men by pushing the trigger against the cross and pulling back the hammer. Leaving his pistol on Zaro's cross, Django staggers out of the cemetery, ready to start a new life with María. During the p
Sonny and Jed
Sonny and Jed is a 1972 Italian Spaghetti Western film about a sheriff's relentless effort to stop a robber and his girlfriend. The film is noted for its music, scored by Ennio Morricone. Tomas Milian: Jed Trigado Susan George: Sonny Trigado, née Lester Telly Savalas: Sheriff Franciscus Rosanna Yanni: Linda Moreno Laura Betti: Betty Franco Giacobini: Aparacito Eduardo Fajardo: Don Garcia Moreno Herbert Fux: Merril Gene Collins: Hotel Owner Werner Pochath: Pistolero Álvaro de Luna: Sheriff Sonny and Jed on IMDb
The Hellbenders is a 1967 Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Corbucci. Colonel Jonas is a fanatical and unrepentant Confederate who led a regiment called the Hellbenders in the ended Civil War. Similar to Edmond O'Brien's character in Rio Conchos, he is determined to reorganise the Southern Army and defeat the Union. With his sons Ben, greedy Nat, rapist Jeff, he massacres Union soldiers transporting a consignment of banknotes and conceals the loot in a coffin belonging to a deceased Confederate officer, Captain Ambrose, killed in the Battle of Nashville. A drunken prostitute, pretends to be the officer's widow; when Kitty is killed attempting a double-cross, Ben persuades Claire, a combination saloon hostess and professional gambler, to take Kitty's place - they fall in love. They consummate their love during a gunfight between a local bounty hunter; the cool Claire proves her worth when feigning grief to a sheriff's posse who stop the wagon and wish to search the coffin suspecting the party may have been responsible for the theft and massacre.
The party has another close shave when they stop in a town where the local minister who knew the late Captain Ambrose forces the party to stay for a memorial service where the town can pay their respects. The party is attacked by Mexican bandidos but is rescued by the American Cavalry who capture several of the Bandidos. Heeding Claire's wishes, the soldiers escort the wagon to the fort where Captain Ambrose was a former commander. Claire, resentful of Jonas' fanaticism, arranges for the coffin to be buried in'her' husband's fort. Jonas orders his sons to sneak back into the Union fort, dig up the coffin, return the money to the buckboard; the group moves on - but their horses are killed what appears to be a mad beggar but is a thief who wishes to rob them. They fall afoul of Indians who were thought to be'friendly' and would be agreeable to selling horses to the Hellbenders; the chief demands. Ben denounces his family's fanaticism and offers the Indians all the money in the coffin, only to be caught in the crossfire between his arguing brothers, who shoot each other over the money.
The mortally wounded Jonas discovers that he has dug up the wrong coffin that contains the remains of the Chief Bandido who promised Jonas they would meet again. Jones crawls away like a real hellbender dragging the coffin which falls into the river, as the flag of the fictional Hellbenders regiment floats down the river to the Jonas ranch. I crudeli was made back-to-back, in Spain and Italy, with The Tramplers, with Joseph Cotten in a similar role; the Hellbenders was released in Italy in February 1967. It was released in Spain in November 1967. In a contemporary review, "Byro." of Variety felt the film was not superior to the majority of other European Western films due to "indifferent direction, uneven color quality, heavy-handed acting" and that Joseph Cotten gave "one of his weakest performances of his career." The Hellbenders on IMDb DVD Review Review of the film & DVD at Vista Records
What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution?
What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? is a 1972 Spaghetti Western comedy film. The title should be understood, according to the director Sergio Corbucci, as "What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Western Cinema?". It is the final chapter of the Corbucci's trilogy about the Mexican revolution, after The Mercenary and Compañeros; the film mixes political apologue. Theatre director Don Albino Moncalieri and his only employee Guido Guidi are in desperate need of money, they comply when they are hired by a certain Peppino Garibaldi, who seems to be a relative of famous Giuseppe Garibaldi. On tour throughout Mexico they get by accident entangled in revolutionary activities and experience the fog of war. Vittorio Gassman as Guido Guidi Paolo Villaggio as Don Albino Moncalieri Riccardo Garrone as Peppino Garibaldi Eduardo Fajardo as Herrero Rosanna Yanni as Rosanna Leo Anchóriz as Carrasco What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? on IMDb
The Specialist (1969 film)
The Specialist known as Specialists and Drop Them or I'll Shoot, is a 1969 Spaghetti Western co-written and directed by Sergio Corbucci. It was co-produced with West Germany and France and was released in France under the title Le spécialiste and in Germany with the title Fahrt zur Hölle, ihr Halunken; the title is intended to partner the previous Corbucci western, The Mercenary. A single stranger named Hud comes to Blackstone, a town where his brother had been falsely accused of robbing a bank. Hud he is determined to avenge his brother, hanged without a proper court hearing. Hud finds out it was one of the town's most dignified citizens who robbed the bank; that puts him in great danger. The Specialist was released in Germany on 10 April 1970 and in France on 22 April 1970. List of Italian films of 1969 The Specialist on IMDb
Tomas Milian was a Cuban American actor and singer with Italian citizenship, known for the emotional intensity and humour he brought to roles in European genre films. A student of Lee Strasberg, Milian studied method acting at the Actors Studio in New York City. In Italy, he was discovered by director Mauro Bolognini and appeared in supporting roles in several drama films during the late-1950s and early-1960s, including as Raphael in Carol Reed's The Agony and the Ecstasy. Throughout the late-1960s and early-1970s, Milian established himself as a dynamic leading actor in a series of Spaghetti Western films, most notably The Ugly Ones, The Big Gundown, Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!, Face to Face, Man, Death Sentence, Compañeros and Jed, Life Is Tough, Eh Providence? and Four of the Apocalypse. Following a decline in the popularity of Spaghetti Westerns, Milian transitioned to roles in poliziottesco films. After receiving acclaim for his performance as a psychotic killer in Almost Human, he made appearances in Emergency Squad, The Tough Ones, The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist and two film series - Bruno Corbucci's Nico Giraldi series and Umberto Lenzi's Er Monnezza films.
He appeared in other films during this period, including the giallo Don't Torture a Duckling and the non-genre films The Last Movie, Identification of a Woman and Monsignor. After returning to the United States in 1985, Milian continued to perform supporting roles in film productions, including JFK, Amistad and The Lost City. Milian died in 2017. Milian was born in Havana as the son of a Cuban general, his father was arrested and jailed: he committed suicide on December 31, 1946. Milián decided to leave Cuba and pursue his wishes of being an actor, he settled in the United States to study at New York's Actors Studio and became an American citizen. In 1969, he became a naturalized Italian citizen. Milian was bisexual. After starting a career in the United States, Milian went to Italy in 1958 to take part in a theatre festival in Spoleto, he decided to relocate to Italy, where he lived for over 25 years, becoming a successful performer. His first film part in Italy was in the 1959 picture La notte brava.
Although his voice was dubbed due to his accent, Milián performed his lines in Italian. He starred in arthouse movies and worked with directors such as Mauro Bolognini and Luchino Visconti. After five years of making what he deemed "intellectual" movies, Milián was unhappy with his contract with producer Franco Cristaldi and thought of going back to the United States. Needing money to start over, he took the opportunity to star as a bandit in a spaghetti western called The Bounty Killer; the film boosted his career, resulted in his staying in Italy. He became a star of the spaghetti western genre, where he played Mexican bandits or revolutionaries, roles in which he spoke in his real voice; as the spaghetti westerns dwindled, Milián remained a star in many genre films, playing both villains and heroes in various polizieschi movies. He starred, he turned to comedy, playing the recurrent characters of petty thief Monnezza and Serpico-like police officer Nico Giraldi in a variety of crime-comedy pictures.
Although his voice was dubbed most of the time by Ferruccio Amendola, Milián wrote his own lines in Roman slang. Milián's inventive use of romanesco made him a cult performer in Italy. Bruno Corbucci, the director of many of these films commented, "At the cinemas as soon as Tomás Milián appeared on the screen, when he made a wisecrack and in the heaviest situations it was a pandemonium, it was like being at the stadium."As Milián used similar makeups and accents in portraying both characters and Nico were confused by Italian audiences, who sometimes referred erroneously to them both as Monnezza, or Er Monnezza, still associate Milián with these performances. Milián appeared in non-genre pictures, such as Bernardo Bertolucci's La Luna, for which he won a Nastro d'Argento for Best supporting Actor, Michelangelo Antonioni's Identification of a Woman; as he grew older, Milián decided to go back to the United States. He appeared in Sidney Pollack's Havana, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Steven Soderbergh's Traffic as well as Andy García's The Lost City, about Revolutionary Cuba.
He has played many roles on stage. In 2005, he portrayed Generalisimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina in the film version of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel The Feast of the Goat. Milian was found dead from a stroke at his home in Miami on 22 March 2017. On October 11, 2017 he received the Leone in Memoriam award at the 7º Almería Western Film Festival, it was picked up by his friend Luis Santeiro. Giorgio Navarro, Fabio Zanello, Tomas Milian. Er cubbano de Roma, Molino, 1999. Max Serio, Tomas Milian: The Tough Bandit, the Rough Cop and the Filthy Rat in Italian Cinema, Mediane, 2009. Gordiano Lupi, Tomas Milian, il trucido e lo sbirro, Profondo Rosso Editore, 2011. Tomás Milián official site Tomás Milián on IMDb Tomás Milián interview Tomas Milian in The Designated Victim – TCM's Movie Morloc