John Cassavetes in Machine Gun McCain

10 Best Italian crime films, 1945 – 1969

October 15, 2017 0

It’s been a couple of years now since I published In the Name of the Law, my book about Italian crime films prior to the poliziotteschi trend, but here’s a little bit of content I wrote for it which never made it into the final cut… my top ten Italian crime films made between 1945 and 1969.

Antoni Pierfederici plays a hack director in Ciak si muore

Ciak… si Moroni

July 6, 2017 0

Mario Moroni made two films during his long career in Italian cinema, both of them are authentic poverty row efforts of little critical or aesthetic value. But as nobody else is deranged enough to waste their time examining his work, it seems like an appropriate job for The WildEye…

Books and magazines

Spanish Cult Cinema, Volume 1, 1960-1964

Out now – Spanish Cult Cinema, volume 1, 1960-1964

June 8, 2021 1

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath… yes, there’s a new WildEye release! This is one I’ve been working on for some time now, intended as the first in a sequence of books looking at cult and genre films made in Spain (a film industry unfairly neglected to date).

  • West Buchanan in Battle of the Worlds

    West Buchanan – a blonde in Italy

    Born in October 1934, West Buchanan made his first listed appearence late, at the age of 31 in the 1975 film C.I.A. Secret Story, directed by the arch provocateur Giuseppe Ferrara.

  • Richard McNamara in Totò nella luna, with Ugo Tognazzi and Jim Dolen

    Richard McNamara

    Richard McNamara was another of the Americans – like John Kitzmiller – who came to Italy as an American soldier during World War 2 and stayed there, working in the burgeoning film industry

  • Franco Citti in Oedipus Rex

    Franco Citti interview

    Here’s an interview with Italian actor Franco Citti – who is famous for his work with Pasolini but also appeared in numerous other films – that I found on the web and have translated into English

  • An artificially aged Janine Hendy in Hercules Against the Moon Men

    Janine Hendy

    Janine Hendy was one of the more prominent black actresses to work in Italian cinema during the early 1960s. Perhaps her best known roles were in the two Taur films directed by Antonio Leonviola in 1963, Taur, il re della forza bruta and more particularly Thor and the Amazon Women, in which she played the antagonist to the titular hero Joe Robinson.