Still for Rosamund Pike:
Quote: “Nothing can teach you what it’s like to work on a film set, and the best education there can be for an actor is to walk up the street and observe human nature.”
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924, in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century.
His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist, performing paid gigs at parties and other events in Morganstown. He decided to make a stab at a career in show business, moving to New York City after graduating from high school, but he only lasted in the Big Apple for a few weeks. He decided to go to college, enrolling at West Virginia University but, when World War II engulfed America, he enlisted in the army. The 19-year-old soldier was assigned to the Special Services Branch, where he entertained the troops. It was while in the army that Don ditched ventriloquism for straight comedy.
Don returned to West Virginia University after being demobilized. After graduating with a degree in theater in 1948, he married and moved back to New York, where connections he had made while in the Special Services Branch helped him break into show business. In addition to doing stand-up comedy at clubs, he appeared on the radio, eventually playing the character “Windy Wales” on “The Bobby Benson Show”. From 1953 to 1955, he was a regular on the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” (1951). Destiny intervened when he was cast in the small role of the psychiatrist in the Broadway play “No Time For Sergeants”, which starred Andy Griffith, who would play a large part in Don’s future career. Don also appeared in the film adaption of the play with Griffith.
Don’s big break before he hooked up again with Andy Griffith was a regular gig on the “The Steve Allen Plymouth Show” (1956) hosted by Steve Allen, starting in 1956. He became well-known for his “nervous man” shtick in the “Man-on-the-Street” segments that were a staple of Allen’s show. His character in the segments was a very nervous man obviously uptight about being interviewed on camera. He developed this into the fidgety, high-strung persona that he used successfully for the rest of his career.
When “The Tonight Show” moved to Hollywood in 1959 with new host Jack Paar, Don also moved to California as a regular. However, he was soon cast in Andy Griffith’s new TV series about a small-town sheriff, “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960), in the role that would make him a legend. For playing “Deputy Barney Fife”, Don was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor five times from 1961 to 1967, winning each time.
He soon tasted big-screen success, starring in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). Don cut back his appearances on “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960) to concentrate on making movies after signing a five-year contract with Universal Pictures. For Universal, Don appeared in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), The Love God? (1969) and How to Frame a Figg (1971). His mid-’60s popularity as a movie comedian began to wane towards the end of the decade, and the contract was not renewed. Don returned to TV as the star of his own variety show, but it was quickly canceled.
During the 1970s, Don had a spotty career, appearing in regional theater and making guest appearances on other TV shows. He eventually made some slapstick movies with Tim Conway for the Walt Disney Co., but it wasn’t until the end of the decade that he tasted real success again. He was cast as would-be-swinger landlord “Ralph Furley” on the popular TV-sitcom “Three’s Company” (1976) after the original landlords, “The Ropers”, were spun off into their own series. Since the show was canceled in 1984, he appeared as “Barney Fife” for a 1986 reunion of “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960) and in TV guest spots, including a recurring gig as the pesky neighbor “Les Calhoun” on Griffith’s “Matlock” (1986) series until 1992.
He remained busy for the next ten years touring with plays and doing voice-over work for cartoons. In 2005, Don provided the voice of “Mayor Turkey Lurkey” in Disney’s animated film Chicken Little (2005). It turned out to be one of his final films. He died on February 24, 2006. (IMDb)
Add Marcial Edwards to the cast of La noche de enfrente.
I often say that because I am a classical actor. I’ve given myself license to do junk because I have to support my artistic habit.
Stacy Keach (Jr.) was born in Savannah, Georgia on June 2, 1941. His parents tell the story that the night he was born there was a fire at their small house due to the fact that lightning hit the chimney and it caught on fire. Stacy’s parents (who celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary this year) have often referred to that moment as “a sign of someone special coming into the world”. The question is, was this a good sign or a bad sign. Ask Stacy’s folks and they’ll tell you it was good, except for the fact that Dad had to rush back to the house to let the firemen in while Mom was having the baby, and Dad later discovered that his fire insurance didn’t quite cover the damages.
Keach Sr. was teaching Drama at the time at Armstrong Junior College, and was making a modest salary, but he really wanted to try his luck in Hollywood.
Soon afterwards, dad was called out to the Pasadena Playhouse to join the company as both an actor and a director. So, in the early days of 1942, Mary and Stacy Sr. put their young son, Stacy, in the back of their Nash rambler and headed for Pasadena, California.
Stacy Keach, Sr., has been a successful actor, producer, writer and director for over fifty years. He created, produced and directed the legendary “Tales of the Texas Rangers” for NBC Radio in the early 1950’s. The show still airs on KNX 1070 on Thursday nights. The Ranger Show was also included in the Smithsonian Archive Presentation of the most famous Radio Detective shows of the 20th Century. In the world of commercials, Stacy Sr. recently played the crotchety old chairman of the board for Psi.net after his success as the grouchy Mercury patriarch, and was seen as Clarence Birdseye for over five years. Active as a Rotarian and a member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, Stacy Sr. gives back to the community, is a loving husband, father and grandfather, and serves as a great role model for both Stacy Jr. and his brother, James.
In addition to his motion picture and television accomplishments, Stacy is one of America’s most acknowledged Shakespearean actors, also celebrated in England where the Bard is in the blood. A New York Time’s review dubbed him “The Finest American classical actor since John Barrymore.” He’s received a Best Actor Golden Globe, been nominated for Emmy and Tony awards, won three Obie’s, three Vernon Rice awards, the Helen Hayes Award, and the Prestigious Millineum Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the classical theatre. Understandably, his Shakespearean readings (sold on his popular website (www.StacyKeach.com) are among the nation’s best-selling classical CD’s.
In fact, sales skyrocketed after Stacy took his current co-starring role on Fox’s raucous series, Titus, just finishing it’s third season. The actor’s gleeful take on the role of Ken Titus in the hit Titus sitcom, an imposing father from hell, was recently celebrated by Tom Carson in Esquire Magazine.
He started acting in theatre at an early age. He came to prominence on stage in the 1960’s, and entered films in 1968, landing a solid supporting role in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. He appeared in many counterculture-driven films of the early 1970’s, including End of the Road, Brewster McCloud, Doc and John Huston’s Fat City, among them. He contributed a funny cameo to Huston’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. Keach also notably portrayed an LA cop in The New Centurions. Another of his acclaimed film characterizations was the title role in John Osborne’s Luther. He was chilling as an easy-going homicidal sheriff in The Killer Inside Me, a stunning adaptation of Jim Thompson’s novel that went virtually unnoticed until its later release on video. He became a youth audience icon with his comedic portrayal in both Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams. Other top portrayals occurred in The Traveling Executioner, That Championship Season, The Ninth Configuration, Escape From LA, and American History X. Here
The still of “Tris di donne e abiti nuziali”is completely wrong. Here a right one :
Cast: Iaia Forte, Salvatore Cantalupo, Paolo Calabresi, Gigio Morra, Raffaella Rea, Elena Bouryka
Music: Nicola Piovani
Editing: Marco Spoletini
Screenplay: Laura Sabatino
Producers: Umberto Massa, Roberto Cipullo
biography for john alton
quote: There is no doubt in my mind that the most beautiful music is sad, and the most beautiful photography is in a low-key, with rich blacks.
John Alton A.S.C. (October 5, 1901 – June 2, 1996), born Johann Altmann, in Sopron/Ödenburg, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary, was an American cinematographer. Alton won an Academy Award for the cinematography of An American in Paris (1951), becoming the first Hungarian-born person to do so. He photographed some of the most famous film noirs of the classic period. He started out in Los Angeles as a lab technician in the 1920s, later becoming a cameraman within four years. He moved to France with Ernst Lubitsch to film backgrounds for The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) and ended up staying for a few years heading the camera department of Paramount Pictures’s Joinville Studios. In 1932 he moved to Argentina where he shot many Spanish-language films and designed the country’s first sound film studio for Lumiton and Argentina Sono Film.
He returned to Hollywood in the late 1930s, with two dozen film credits, and became one of the most sought after cinematographers in American cinema, working on over 100 films.
Alton was known for unconventional camera angles—especially low camera shots. His style is most notable in the film noirs: He Walked by Night, The Big Combo, The Amazing Mr. X, T-Men, and Raw Deal.
Alton also photographed many color movies including Slightly Scarlet (a color film noir).
Alton wrote Painting with Light (1949), one of the first books written by a working studio cinematographer. The book put forth several controversial theories for the day, such as depth is created by placing the brightest object in the scene furthest from the camera, and that studio lighting must always simulate natural light in texture and direction. It addresses both conventional and unconventional methods of studio motion-picture lighting. —wikipedia
Kim Ha-Neul’s profile needs consolidation:
new stills for the thief and the cobbler
i couldn’t decide…
Jasmine Trinca (born 1981 in Rome, Italy) is an Italian actress.
She began her career in 2001, chosen by Nanni Moretti for his award-winning The Son’s Room, receiving the Guglielmo Biraghi prize as best new talent of the year. In 2004, she won a Nastro d’Argento for The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventù).
Trinca played again with Moretti in the controversial Il caimano (2006) __wikipedia
She has roles in:
La Meglio Gioventù (Marco Tullio Giordana)
Il Caimano (Nanni Moretti)
john brahm – director
John Brahm (August 17, 1893 – October 13, 1982) was a film and television director possibly best known today for directing a dozen of the original Twilight Zone episodes including the now classic “Time Enough at Last”. His films include The Undying Monster (1942), The Lodger (1944), Hangover Square (1945), the film noir The Locket (1946) with Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum, and Brian Aherne, and the Secret Sharer segment of Face to Face. He also directed the 3D horror film The Mad Magician 1954 with Vincent Price and Mary Murphy.
Brahm was born in Hamburg, Germany. He was the son of German actor Ludwig Brahm and the nephew of European theatrical impresario Otto Brahm.
John started his theatre career as a character actor. After World War I, shuttling between Vienna, Berlin and Paris, he became theatre director and was resident director for acting troupes at Deutsches Theater and the Lessing Theater, both in Berlin.
With the rise of Hitler, he first moved to England. After working as a movie production supervisor, he got a chance to direct his first film, a remake of D.W. Griffith’s 1919 silent film, Broken Blossoms in 1936, before moving to America in 1937. The German director started in the U.S. at Columbia Pictures and eventually moved to 20th Century-Fox. He directed the ill fated Let Us Live, the true story of two men who were wrongly convicted for murder and almost executed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which was embarrassed by the incident and put pressure on the studio to cancel the film. The studio made the film nonetheless, but quietly, with a small budget.
In his book, The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929–1968, American film historian and critic Andrew Sarris states that Brahm “hit his stride” in the 1940s with “mood drenched melodramas”, suggesting that Brahm went into artistic decline after this period. Nevertheless, Sarris further notes that Brahm did not lack work, as he made “approximately 150 TV films” during a the 1950s and 1960s, directing numerous episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Brahm’s last full-length film was Hot Rods to Hell. —wikipedia
Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn (born June 10, 1963) is an American film and television actress.
She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Suzanne (née Ferguson) and Tom Tripplehorn, who was once a guitarist with Gary Lewis & the Playboys. When she was two years old her parents were divorced. She graduated from Edison High School in 1981 and spent one semester studying at Tulsa University. Tripplehorn then attended the Juilliard School’s Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990), which also included Laura Linney.
Tripplehorn is best known for her roles starring opposite Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct, Tom Cruise in The Firm, and Kevin Costner in Waterworld. She held a leading role as Barbara Henrickson in the HBO drama Big Love, and is also remembered as Lydia in Sliding Doors.
She has also been on Broadway in Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters opposite Amy Irving and Lili Taylor. Prior to this, she appeared off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s The Big Funk in 1990, then co-starred with Val Kilmer in a 1993 production of John Ford’s 1630s play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore._wikipedia
Karin Proia (born 14 March 1974 in Latina, Lazio) is an Italian actress who began acting since 1994.
Movies she has appeared in include the Italian movies The Crusaders, the comedy Cinque giorni di tempesta and Wasteland.
She has also appeared in television dramas, including Amico mio 2, Avvocato Porta, Shoo Shoo and Lo zio d’America.
Her stage performances include Catherine in A View from the Bridge (Italy, 1995) and Shelby in Steel Magnolias (Italy, 1997).
An actress since 1994, she works in theatre, cinema and television in Italy and abroad. She worked such as leading-actress with directors as Joseph Sargent, Dominique Othenin-Girard, Michele Placido and close to actors such as Joe Mantegna, Emmanuelle Seigner, Valeria Golino, Giancarlo Giannini, Burt Young, Armin Mueller-Stahl.
In 1990 she obtained the “theory, solfeggio and musical dictation” diploma at the Conservatory “L. Refice” in Frosinone. She plays piano and she sings.
In 1991 she obtained the diploma of “Master of Art” at the State Institute of Art “J. Romani” in Velletri (Rome) and in 1993 the diploma of “Applied Art” at the same Institute, specializing in “Art of Ceramics”.
From 1991 to 1994 she attended some seminars: acting, diction, movement, theatral fencing at the “S.A.T (I.A.L.S)” of Rome and a course of mime at the “Perfecta of Latina”.
In 1993 she enrolled at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome in Literature DMS (Study of the performing arts) where she also attended a class of “psichodrama” with prof. Ferruccio Di Cori.
She studied dancing and she trained in skating, archery and competitive swimming.
In 2006 she attended a course of “editing” in Rome. The short film Farfallina is her first film as director__wikipedia
Postilla about Tris di donne e abiti nuziali: Elena Bouryka is part of the cast and not co-director
Still-frame for Neo Tokyo (http://mubi.com/films/neo-tokyo)
Home from the Sea
To Ruby Stevens – I think this visually simple screen-cap was fine enough, no need for a squashed widely available image.
put it back if u like. i just thought it was not very representative of the film. i took those screenshots myself but the one on the film’s page isn’t the one i took obvs. and you’re right, it is squashed
Gary Bond (http://mubi.com/cast_members/65209) should be added to the cast list of Wake in Fright (http://mubi.com/films/wake-in-fright). He plays the main character in the film, John Grant, the teacher who gets stranded in Bundayabba.
Alternate stills for:
And Lucky Star (the current one’s of horrible quality):
Paolo Bonacelli (born February 28, 1939) is an Italian actor.
He is best known for his performance as The Duke de Blangis in Pasolini’s notorious Salò (1975). He can also be seen in Midnight Express (1978) and Caligula (1979), in which he plays the role of Cassius Chaerea.
He also co-starred with Roberto Benigni in the films Johnny Stecchino and Night on Earth, both from 1991__wikipedia
Uschi Digard (born 15 August 1948 in the town of Saltsjö-Duvnäs near Stockholm in Sweden and raised in Scandinavia) is a Swedish former softcore porn star and model known for her roles in Russ Meyer films.
Digard burst into cinema in Sweden where she starred in several erotic films. In 1967, she went to the U.S. where she soon began appearing in numerous sexploitation movies and pornographic magazines.
She was among the best known big bust models in the late-1960s and early-1970s. Digard was cast in Russ Meyer’s Cherry, Harry & Raquel! to provide the dénouement in a final interpretive dance scene symbolizing the death of the antagonist. Digard would go on to appear in three more of Meyer’s films in the 1970s.
She later appeared in several pornographic movies with porn stars such as John Holmes, Candy Samples, and Kitten Natividad. In those years she starred in some “sexy wrestling” short-footage films too, mainly for Triumph Studios and Ron Dvorkin’s Bellstone__wikipedia
Still suggestion for
Luna Rossa (by Antonio Capuano) is 2001 film and not 2009
Still Frame for Sky Blue (http://mubi.com/films/sky-blue)
Still from Forest of the Damned AKA Demonic (Johannes Roberts)
Gigio Morra (Sogni d’oro , Io speriamo che me la cavo) e Gigio Morra (Gomorra, Tris di donne & abiti nuziali) are the same actor/person
Better still for The International; the current one’s pretty bland, and my suggested one is not only subtly symbolic to the film’s plot/arc but also more striking (so much so that it’s stayed with me even two-and-a-half years since I’ve last seen the film):
Kazuya Nakayama is the protagonist of Detective STory
Ren Ôsugi, Ren Ôsugi and Ren Ohsugi are the same actor/person. Please chose one name