Saturday, September 16, 2017

RIP Frank Capp

Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2017

It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Frank W. Capp. Frank was born in Worcester, MA and was a graduate of Boston University's School of Music. His success in the music business, and particularly the jazz world that he loved so much, has been chronicled by many over the years. He has left us a legacy of recorded music that will continue to let us feel his presence each time we turn up the volume. Nobody could swing a big band the way he could and the music world has lost a true treasure. He leaves a loving daughter, son-in-law and grandson as well as a niece, three nephews and a large extended family. We grieve his passing and will miss his constant love, mischievous smile, gentle spirit and endless good humor.

CAPP, Frank (Francis Cappuccio)
Born: 8/20/1931, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 9/12/2017, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

Frank Capp’s westerns – music supervisor, coordinator:
Texas (TV) – 1994 [music supervisor]
Gunfighters Moon – 1995 [music coordinator]

Friday, September 15, 2017

RIP Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

By Carmel Dagan
September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.

In 1984, when he turned 58, he not only starred in the Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” — his first role ever as leading man — but in Alex Cox’s popular cult film “Repo Man.” (That year he also had a small role in John Milius’ “Red Dawn,” shouting “Avenge me! Avenge me!” to his sons, played by Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze, after being captured by Soviet troops invading America.)

“Paris, Texas,” penned by Sam Shepard, was the darling of the Cannes Film Festival, capturing not only the Palme d’Or, but other juried awards as well. Stanton played Travis, who reconnects with his brother, played by Dean Stockwell, after being lost for four years. Stanton’s performance in the film was not so much powerful as it was intriguingly, sometimes hauntingly, absent.

Roger Ebert said, “Stanton has long inhabited the darker corners of American noir, with his lean face and hungry eyes, and here he creates a sad poetry.”

In the cheerfully bizarre “Repo Man,” he played the boozy repo-biz veteran who takes young punk Emilio Estevez under his wing but provides at-best nebulous guidance: “The life of a repo man is always intense.”

In 1986, Stanton hit the mainstream when he played Molly Ringwald’s unemployed father in “Pretty in Pink.” Later in the 1980s he played a fiery Paul/Saul in Martin Scorsese’s controversial 1988 effort “The Last Temptation of Christ,” but the actor was among those in the film criticized by many as miscast.

Later film roles included a pair of David Lynch films in the early 1990s, “Wild at Heart” and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”; Bob Rafelson’s “Man Trouble,” with Jack Nicholson; “The Mighty,” with Gena Rowlands and Sharon Stone; “The Green Mile”; Sean Penn’s “The Pledge”; Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog”; and Lynch’s “Inland Empire.”

Stanton was close friends with Nicholson — Stanton was best man at Nicholson’s 1962 wedding, and they lived together for more than two years after Nicholson’s divorce — and the character actor’s first step in emerging from obscurity was a part written by Nicholson for him in the 1966 Western “Ride the Whirlwind.” Stanton played the leader of an outlaw gang; Nicholson told him to “let the wardrobe do the acting and just play yourself.” “After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up,” Stanton told Entertainment Weekly.

In the early ’70s Stanton appeared in films including “Kelly’s Heroes” and “Two Lane Blacktop”; he also had a small role in “The Godfather: Part II.”

On the shoot for 1976’s “The Missouri Breaks,” starring Marlon Brando and Nicholson, Stanton made a long-term friend in Brando when he courageously dissuaded the increasingly eccentric actor from making a foolish choice in his performance.

The actor played one of the doomed crewmen in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and a crooked preacher in John Huston’s “Wise Blood,” and he had a fairly significant role in John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” as Brain, who keeps the machines running in the high-security prison Manhattan has become.

In 1983, Shepard got to talking with Stanton at a bar in Sante Fe, N.M., and later offered him the lead role in “Paris, Texas.” “I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing,” Stanton told the New York Times. “I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity. I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie.” He also worked with Shepard in the 1985 “Fool for Love.”

In a 2011 review of Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place,” Variety said, “Like all great directors who make a road movie, Sorrentino captures the physical location as well as the inner transformation, and in keeping with the genre, he also knows Harry Dean Stanton has to be included.”

Stanton did voice work for the Johnny Depp animated film “Rango” in 2011. In a 2010 episode of NBC’s “Chuck,” Stanton reprised his “Repo Man” character.

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Ky. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he attended the University of Kentucky, studying journalism and radio, and performing in “Pygmalion.” He then pursued an interest in acting by heading to California to study at the Pasadena Playhouse.

He made his small-screen debut in 1954 in an episode of the NBC show “Inner Sanctum.” In another early TV role, he was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in an episode of “Suspicion” called “Four O’Clock.” (The actor was credited as Dean Stanton in most of his early roles to avoid confusion with the actor Harry Stanton, who died in 1978.)

On the big screen, Stanton’s earliest, mostly uncredited work was in Westerns and war pics, debuting in 1957’s “Tomahawk Trail” and appearing in 1959 Gregory Peck-starrer “Pork Chop Hill.” (He also guested on many TV Westerns, including “The Rifleman,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” and “Gunsmoke”).

Stanton also led his own band, first known as Harry Dean Stanton and the Repo Men and later simply as the Harry Dean Stanton Band, and would play pickup gigs in L.A. area clubs. Bob Dylan, with whom he worked on Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” was a friend. Another friend was Hunter S. Thompson, and Stanton sang at his funeral.

The character actor was the subject of two documentaries: 2011’s “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” and Sophie Huber’s 2013 “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” which featured interviews with Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and Lynch.

He never married, though he has said he has “one or two children.”

STANTON, Harry Dean
Born: 7/14/1926, West Irvine, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 9/15/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Harry Dean Stanton’s westerns – actor, narrator:
Revolt a Fort Laramie – 1956 (Rinty)
Tomahawk Trail – 1957 (Private Miller)
The Proud Rebel – 1958 (Jeb Burleigh)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1958 (Clint Dirkson)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968  Alvie, Harley, Leroy Parker, Nate, young man, Rainey Carp, Hodge
The Texan (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Frank Kaler, Chad Bisbee)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958, 1960, 1961 (Robert MacPherson, Toby, Private Brock, Fletcher)
A Dog’s Best Friend – 1959 (Roy Jenney)
The Jayhawkers! – 1959 (Deputy Smallwood)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Jim Simms)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1959, 1962 (Stoneman, Slim Wilder)
Laramie (TV) – 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 (Vern Cowan, Virgil, Amos Kerrigon, Moss
Rawhide (TV) – 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965 (Bartlow, Jess Hobson, Dexter, Joe Spanish)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959 (Clemmie Martin)
U.S. Marshall (TV) – 1959 (Robby Crane)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – 1960 (slave catcher)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Frank Brogger)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) – 1960 (Sonny Blakey)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1963, (Billy, Stiles)
Gunslinger (TV) – 1961 (Stacey)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962 (Dell Tindall)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Nick Crider)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1964, 1969 (Jeb Girty, Crane)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1965 (Quince Logan)
Ride in the Whirlwind – 1966 (Blind Dick)
The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones (TV) – 1966 (Jelly)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 (Swain)
A Time for Killing – 1967 (Sergeant Dan Way)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Luther Happ)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967 (J.J. Kates)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Lucius Brand)
Day of the Evil Gun – 1968 (Sergeant Parker)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1968 (Johnny Faro)
The Virginian (TV) – 1968 (Clint Daggert)
The Intruders (TV) – 1970 (Whit Dykstra)
Cry for Me, Billy – 1972 (Lake Todd)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – 1973 (Luke)
Zandy’s Bride – 1974 (Songer)
Rancho Deluxe – 1975 (Curt)
The Missouri Breaks – 1976 (Calvin)
A Fistful of Dollars (TV) - 1977 (warden)
Young Maverick (TV) – 1979, 1980 (Pokey, Tindal)
Dead Man’s Walk – 1996 (Shadrach)
Rango – 2011 (voice of Balthazar)
Fishtail – 2014 [narrator]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

RIP Fernanda Borsatti

Actress Fernanda Borsatti has died

The 86-year-old actress joined the cast of the D. Maria II National Theater between 1978 and 2001 and did several work in film and television.

September 14, 2017

Portuguese actress Fernanda Borsatti died Thursday morning, at the age of 86, at the CUF Hospital in Lisbon, Casa do Artista announced.

Born in Évora on September 1, 1931, Fernanda Borsatti interpreted the most diverse theatrical genres, from comedy skits to dramatic plays.

Throughout her artistic career, she went through more than ten theater companies, among them the Maria Vitória Theater, the Laura Alves Company, the Raul Solnado Company, the Maria Matos Theater and the Casa da Comédia.

The actress joined the cast of the D. Maria II National Theater between 1978 and 2001 and worked with directors such as Henrique Campos, José Fonseca e Costa, Luís Galvão Teles, Artur Semedo, António de Macedo, Jean-Louis Benoît and João Botelho.

Galvão Teles, who directed the actress in A Vida É Bela ?!  , 1982 film, and before that worked with her in the theater, explained to the PUBLIC that Fernanda Borsatti "was the life".  As for the film he did with her, he recalls: "She performed absolutely amazingly, bringing life with her into the picture."  The news of her death was a surprise: "I am deeply shocked, sad, it is a great loss of a generation that has marked the theater, magazine theater and cinema in an extraordinary way. Life goes on, time passes, but memory and the memory of Fernanda will always be with her laughter and with her taste of playing with life. "

At the Teatro D. Maria II, she participated in the plays O Bicho , O Tempo Feminino , O Fidalgo Aprendiz (with Ruy de Carvalho), Pass for Me in Rossio , The Furies , The Crime of the Old Village and Say Nothing , among others.

 Among the feature films he made in the movies are Blood Toureiro , Pão, Amor ... and Totobol a , Sunday Afternoon , The Devil Was Another , The Thief Who Talks , The Woman Next , The Beloved Lilacs and The Northern Court .

In the television he integrated series, sitcoms and telenovelas, like the Private Life of Salazar , Sweet Fugitive , Inspector Max , Residencial Tejo , There in Casa Tudo Bem , Fine People Is Another Thing , I Show Nico or The Lady of Camellias .  He also participated in    Zip-Zip, with Raul Solnado.

In 2007, Fernanda Borsatti received the Municipal Merit Medal, in her Grau Ouro, from the Lisbon City Hall.

In a message shared on the website of the Presidency of the Republic , Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa presents condolences to the family of the actress and refers to him as "versatile actress" and "face familiar to all Portuguese", underlining the "active presence in the heroic times of the theater filmed in RTP "and" the diversified television career "that he maintained" throughout the decades ", and emphasizing cinematographic works like Sunday afternoon , The Woman of the Near one and the Court of the North , as well as the passage by the Company Laura Alves, the National Theater D. Maria II, Maria Vitória and the Casa da Comédia.  "His artistic personality, empathetic, affirmative, effervescent, is in our memory," he concludes.

BORSATTI, Fernanda (Fernanda Borsatti da Fonseca)
Born: 9/1/1931, Évora, Portugal
Died: 9/14/2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Fernanda Borsatti’s western – actress:
Deguello – 1966 (Danger City woman) [as Eve Neill]

RIP Károly Makk

Award-winning Hungarian director whose best films demonstrate how state oppression damages love and fidelity but cannot kill the human spirit

The Guardian
By Ronald Bergen
September 6, 2017

The glory days of the Hungarian cinema from the mid-1960s to the mid-70s came about mainly because of the relative liberalisation of the communist regime under the Soviet loyalist János Kádár. Károly Makk, who has died aged 91, was among leading Hungarian directors such as Miklós Jancsó, Márta Mészáros, István Szabó, Zoltán Fábri and István Gaál whose films were beginning to be shown and acclaimed more and more in the west.

Because of problems with censorship under the previous, Stalinist puppet regime, Makk, who had been making films since 1955, had to wait until 1971 to gain international recognition with his simply titled masterpiece, Love. “I asked every year for six years for permission to make it. The political elite finally gave in because it was part of a rejection of the Stalin years.”

Love tells the story of Luca (Mari Törőcsik), a young Hungarian woman whose husband is in jail after being arrested by Stalin’s secret police on a trumped up political charge. Left to take care of her old and dying mother-in-law (the celebrated stage actor Lili Darvas), she writes letters purporting to come from America telling of the son’s glittering success as a Hollywood film producer and reads them to the old lady. Whether the mother-in-law believes the letters is left deliberately ambiguous, as is the truth of her extravagant memories of a Viennese girlhood.

An exquisitely wrought film about love, falsehood (political and personal) and illusion, it won the jury prize at Cannes, gained special mentions for the performances of Darvas and Törőcsik and led to Makk’s eclectic career in Hungary and abroad, including a best foreign film Oscar nomination for Cat’s Play (1974). However, his 1982 film about a lesbian romance, Another Way, was initially nominated by Hungary for the Oscar but was later withdrawn on orders from Kádár.

Makk was born in the town of Berettyóújfalu, in eastern Hungary, where his father, Kálmán, owned a cinema, which gave his son the chance to watch many movies. His parents, who like many Hungarians had lost their business after the country came under Soviet rule, initially intended him to become an engineer, a common profession on his mother’s side of the family. Instead, he entered the nationalised film industry, working his way up from assistant to screenwriter and director.

His eventual success with Love enabled him to make Cat’s Play. It tells of an elderly widowed music teacher (Margit Dajka), living in Budapest, who focuses her life on her wealthy but paralysed sister in Germany, with whom she communicates by letter and telephone, and on her old flame, a retired opera singer, who comes to dine every Thursday evening. When a woman from the past appears, the balance and security of her existence are badly disturbed. As in Love, Makk concentrates on the survival mechanisms of the old. Poignant and unsentimental, beautifully photographed by János Tóth, it effectively utilises flashbacks (as in the previous film) to summon up the heroine’s memories of youth.

A Very Moral Night (1977) is set in a small Hungarian town early in the 20th century, where a young student frequents the local brothel. He eventually moves in, and shares a chaste bed with one of the young women. When his puritanical mother turns up to visit him, the madame and the young women encourage her assumption that the brothel is a boarding house. Though rather old-fashioned and missing some of the comic potential, it is nevertheless beautifully shot, again by Töth, and acted.

Looking at parts of Makk’s filmography, it seems that he was comfortable inhabiting the bittersweet romantic world of Hungary’s most famous playwright, Ferenc Molnár. His connection with Molnár extended to Darvas, the playwright’s widow, who had the co-lead in Love. Makk also adapted Molnár’s previously filmed The Guardsman, a Hungarian-US co-production he retitled Lily in Love (1984), starring Christopher Plummer and Maggie Smith. Other international productions Makk directed were Deadly Game (Die Jäger, 1982) in German, starring Helmut Berger and Barbara Sukova; and The Gambler (1997), adapted from Dostoevsky, in English, with Michael Gambon, Jodhi May and Luise Rainer, making a comeback at 86, in her last film.

Most of these commercial productions received mixed reviews, but Makk’s reputation was sustained by Another Way – about a lesbian love affair between two journalists following the 1956 Hungarian uprising, with the attempted murder of one by her husband and the death of the other.

Based on the semi-autobiographical bestseller by Makk’s co-scriptwriter Erzsébet Galgóczi, the film is politically courageous and a touching and intelligent plea for tolerance. The two Polish leads (Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak and Grażyna Szapołowska), as the doomed lovers, give remarkably perceptive performances, with the former winning the best actress award at Cannes.

Makk’s best films demonstrate how living under state oppression affects fidelity, love and faith, and how traces of humanity persist in such difficult circumstances.

Makk married three times, and is survived by his daughter, Lily.

MAKK, Károly
Born: 12/22/1925, Berettyóújfalu, Hungary
Died: 8/30/2017, Budapest, Hungary

Károly Makk’s western – actor:
The Proud Rebel - 1958

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

RIP Saby Kamalich

Premiere actress Saby Kamalich died at age 78

September 13, 2017

It was in 2011 when the star actress of Peruvian origin, Saby Kamalich remained in serious condition and in a induced coma after having had a surgical operation on the spine.

This afternoon it transpired that Kamalich lost her life. Her daughter the actress, Luigina Tuccio, said that around 23 hours on September 12 was taken to a hospital in Mexico City, because she had an infection. Already at the hospital he stopped breathing and did not suffer any longer.

The first actress was internationally recognized for melodramas like 'La Colmena', 'Doña Bárbara', 'Simply María', 'When the Children Leave', 'Amor en Silencio', 'I Do Not Believe in Men', inside Televisa.

Her last telenovelas were broadcast on TV Azteca, where she emigrated from 1997, among them 'Loves, Want with Treachery', 'Secrets of the Soul' and 'The Other Side of the Soul'.

She was also seen on Telemundo with 'Corazón Partido' and 'Madre Luna'. And to her resume are added film projects.

She was married to Carlos Tuccio and fathered four children.

KAMALICH, Saby (Sabina Fantoni Kamalich)
Born: 5/13/1939, Lima, Peru
Died: 9/13/2017, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico