Monday 25 October 2021
Friday 22 October 2021
A Fistful of Dollars, Australian re-release Daybill
Whilst we seem to be on a bit of a Dollar trilogy binge at the moment, I thought I’d take this opportunity to post this image which I came across a short time ago. This is an Australian Daybill (typically 13” x 30”) poster promoting A Fistful of Dollars. It’s hard to date this one precisely. But by the clues this poster holds, the main one being the ‘United Artists – Entertainment from Transamerica Corporation’ logo, it’s quite probably a 1970’s re-release. United Artists used this particular logo from 1968 up until 1982. The NRC rating also confirms its Australian origin, and meant that the movie was "not recommended for children". New Zealand's posters were generally the same, but usually carried their own countries rating system.
Tuesday 19 October 2021
A Fistful of Dollars Rare Make-up test shots
I’ve been meaning to post these incredibly rare shots since someone sent me them a couple of months ago. The photos are likely to be test shots or final make-up shots taken in preparation for the incredibly vicious beating inflicted upon ‘Joe’ by the Rojo brothers and in order to extract information.
These scenes were so vicious, that they were majorly trimmed by the censors (the BBFC) here in the UK.
Subsequently, when the film was later shown on British TV networks such as the BBC, the full sequence was also still cut. It wasn’t until much later, and the emergence of Home Video, that this particular sequence began to be seen in a much fuller version. The make-up team on A Fistful of Dollars consisted of Alberto Gutiérrez and Sam Watkins, alongside uncredited assistant makeup artist José Luis Pérez. José María Sánchez served as the overall make-up department head (also uncredited). With these photos, we thought it was about time they deserved to be mentioned.
In the film, Joe of course manages to escape the confines of the Rojo’s and hides out until his wounds are healed and he is strong enough to make a return visit and settle the score.
The beating hasn’t really become any easier on the eye over the years and still delivers a brutal punch, helped naturally with the aid of some pretty convincing make-up.
Below: A Spanish Lobby Card shows Joe left for dead after the Rojo beating
Tuesday 12 October 2021
Original French Clint Eastwood Ad blocks 1964 – 1972
I obtained these from a seller in France a couple of years ago; I’d been meaning to scan them here for the Archive for some time now. There are 15 featured, all are various sizes. The first scan I had to pass twice and join due to its larger size. The films range from; A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, For a Few Dollars More / The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Hang ‘em high, Coogan’s Bluff, Where Eagles Dare, Dirty Harry and Joe Kidd.