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Friday, July 6, 2007

Dead Man

Dead Man is the story of a young man's journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named "Nobody," who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody's help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side. Written by Anonymous

William Blake has just lost his parents. Nothing left to lose he makes his way from Cleveland to Machin, a small town far in the west where the railroad ends. In his pockets are just some dollars and a letter promising a job as an accountant. When William arrives in Machin he must realize that he is one month too late. Dickinsons steel-works already have a new accountant. There really could be no other man more wrong in place in the wild west than William. What to do? Surprisingly William seems to make his career as a real westerner. As he shoots a man in self-defense, he needs to flee into the wilderness: westward. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

Heading towards a metalworks factory at the edge of the known universe, a pristine, young accountant named William Blake steps into the ungodly, mechanical hell that is the town of Machine. And so begins this man's descent into the wrong place, at a point where time itself is nonexistent. Blake arrives in Machine after a demented, tireless train ride through what may be his own self. Spanning the beauty of epic horizons and dense forests, yet ending in the bleak misery of the barren desert, we meet this out-of-place traveler in a tiring, strange situation. His frailty is evident: alone, without a living heir, struggling to make his way amidst the freaks and grim destination that awaits. As expected, the town itself begs no welcome, as the malevolent rumors prove true, and leave Blake face to face with the dusty spines of inexorable destiny. In more ways than one, the Wild West awaits... From this point on, Blake embarks on his surrealistic journey into nothingness, as he becomes a marked man running from nearly everyone and everything. Trusting in a Native friend (appropriately named 'Nobody'), the descent into Blake's rejection is juxtaposed with the realities of a truly inescapable destiny. As such, the notions of ill fate and bad luck are separately defined alongside each other. Soon enough, however, Blake learns to cope with the road to ruin, and from his relationship with Nobody, he begins to transform into the gunslinging poet he never was. Written by rik {}

Cast of Dead Man

Johnny Depp ... William Blake

Gary Farmer ... Nobody

Crispin Glover ... Train Fireman

Lance Henriksen ... Cole Wilson

Michael Wincott ... Conway Twill

Eugene Byrd ... Johnny 'The Kid' Pickett

John Hurt ... John Scholfield

Robert Mitchum ... John Dickinson
Iggy Pop ... Salvatore 'Sally' Jenko

Gabriel Byrne ... Charlie Dickinson

Jared Harris ... Benmont Tench

Mili Avital ... Thel Russell
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Marvin, Older Marshal
Mark Bringleson ... Lee, Younger Marshal (as Mark Bringelson)

John North ... Mr. Olafsen

The Shootist

John Bernard Books, a gunfighter approaching his 58th birthday, finds that he has rectal cancer and two months to live. He takes a room with Bond Rogers and her son, Gillom, to wait until death comes. Of course, his very presence starts off events in the town. The Marshal comes, prepared to die in a shootout, Gillom tries to idolize him, Bond first is disgusted and then pities him. Then, realizing that he will die in great pain, he comes up with an idea to go out with a bang. Written by John Vogel {}

Cast of The Shootist

John Wayne ... John Bernard Books

Lauren Bacall ... Bond Rogers

Ron Howard ... Gillom Rogers

James Stewart ... Dr. E.W. Hostetler

Richard Boone ... Mike Sweeney
Hugh O'Brian ... Jack Pulford (faro dealer at Metropole Saloon)
Bill McKinney ... Jay Cobb (owner, Cob's Creamery)
Harry Morgan ... Carson City Marshal Walter Thibido
John Carradine ... Hezekiah Beckum (undertaker)
Sheree North ... Serepta (Books' ex-girlfriend)
Rick Lenz ... Dan Dobkins (reporter, 'Morning Appeal') (as Richard Lenz)
Scatman Crothers ... Moses Brown (liveryman)
Gregg Palmer ... Burly man
Alfred Dennis ... Dearden (barber)
Dick Winslow ... Streetcar driver

Giù la testa

In Mexico at the time of the Revolution, Juan, the leader of a bandit family, meets John Mallory, an IRA explosives expert on the run from the British. Seeing John's skill with explosives, Juan decides to persuade him to join the bandits in a raid on the great bank of Mesa Verde. John in the meantime has made contact with the revolutionaries, and intends to use his dynamite in their service. Written by Anonymous

Cast of Giù la testa

James Coburn ... John H. Mallory

Rod Steiger ... Juan Miranda
Maria Monti ... Adelita, woman in stagecoach
Rik Battaglia ... Santerna (as Rick Battaglia)
Franco Graziosi ... General Huerta
Romolo Valli ... Dr. Villega
Antoine Saint-John ... Gutierez/Col. Günther Reza (as Jean-Michel Antoine)
Vivienne Chandler ... John's girlfriend (flashback)
David Warbeck ... John's friend Sean Nolan (flashback)
Giulio Battiferri ... Miguel
Poldo Bendandi ... Executed Revolutionary
Omar Bonaro

Roy Bosier ... Landowner
John Frederick ... American
Amato Garbini

Fort Apache

In John Ford's sombre exploration mythologising of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates. Written by Bernard Keane {}

Cast of Fort Apache

John Wayne ... Capt. Kirby York

Henry Fonda ... Lt. Col. Owen Thursday

Shirley Temple ... Philadelphia Thursday
Pedro Armendáriz ... Sgt. Beaufort (as Pedro Armendariz)
Ward Bond ... Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
George O'Brien ... Capt. Sam Collingwood
Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. Festus Mulcahy
Anna Lee ... Mrs. Emily Collingwood
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Mary O'Rourke
Dick Foran ... Sgt. Quincannon
Guy Kibbee ... Capt. Dr. Wilkens
Grant Withers ... Silas Meacham
Jack Pennick ... Sgt. Daniel Schattuck
Ray Hyke ... Lt. Gates (Adjutant)
Movita ... Guadalupe (Col. Thursday's cook)

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