Euro Cult Movie Forum => Books & Magazines => Topic started by: Johan Melle on 19 Jan 2008 - 14:32

Title: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 19 Jan 2008 - 14:32
Has anyone heard of these great books? If not, they are coprehensive casting books full of pictures and contact information on actors in the Italian film industry. They started publishing these books in the early 70s and I believe a new one is published each year.

I recently won the 1977-78 volume on eBay and finally got it in the mail. All i can say is WOW! This book is a like an encyclopedia! It's HUGE: 850 pages chock-full of pictures of actors who were active in the Italian film industry in 1977.

There are the big international stars like Gina Lollobrigida, Silvana Mangano, Mariangla Melato etc as well as popular favorites like Edwige Fenech, Barbara Bouchet, Maurizio Merli, Ray Lovelock, Susan Scott, Lilli Carati, William Berger, George Eastman, Ajita Wilson etc and, oddly enough, occasional Hollywood names too - even people like Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand are in here!!!

But more interestingly, somewhat lesser-known but equally cool genre actors like Lino Capolicchio, Daniela Doria, Jane Avril, Jessica Dublin, Franco Diogene, Rosemarie Lindt, Don Powell, Haydèe Politoff, Paola Montenero etc are there too. As are such downright obscure actors like Selan Karay (the male lead in HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD), a couple of C.S.C. actors, Eva Axen (the first victim in SUSPIRIA), Patrizia Melega (from Sergio Garrone's two SS films and pretty much nothing else) and various other one-film wonders. For people like myself who find it rewarding to identify even the most obscure of the Italian actors, this book is like a dream come true! Now I just need to hunt down more volumes of these books. Unfortunately, they are not easy to find and if you do find them, they're likely to cost a small fortune. It's worth it, though!  :'(

Anyway, I thought I'd do a few scans to give you all an idea of the what can be found in these things:


Here's Mark Shanon - listed under his real name and without his trademark moustache:

(http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/1374/annuariomarkshanonwz0.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


Michele Soavi - going for a James Dean-look it seems  ::)

(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8898/annuariomichelesoaviwr5.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


This one's for Stephen since I know he can't get enough of this beauty  ;D

(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1808/annuariofrancascagnettiim0.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


Love how Franca Gonella from Polselli's REVELATIONS OF A PSYCHIATRIST and VIOLENCE FOR KICKS gets away with this kind of picture:

(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8667/annuariofrancagonellavx0.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


Another Polselli starlet:

(http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/6687/annuarioritacalderonihf7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


Ciro Ippolito, who later became a director and made ALIEN 2 - ON EARTH (1980):

(http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/3346/annuariociroippolitokd2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


I don't know what the deal with this silly pseudonym is because, clearly, this is Brad Harris:

(http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/8863/annuariobradharriseo1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


I've always considered Annie Belle to be an extremely sexy lady but really now... that hairdo she has on the picture to the right really doesn't do much to enhance her looks:

(http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/8939/annuarioanniebelleyf5.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 19 Jan 2008 - 14:51
Very interesting, any pics of Lilli Carati or Ornella Muti in there?
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 19 Jan 2008 - 15:39
Great find Johan.
Mark Shannon looks totally different to how he looked a few years later in his films,mind you he's aged quite well judging by some recent photos.
What can i say about Franca....................... 8) :-\
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 19 Jan 2008 - 15:59
Yeah, I know! Mark Shanon without the moustache just isn't the same. I'm guessing he didn't have much success as a legitimate actor so he decided to grow a moustache and get into the hardcore scene. And voila; he became a star - or... kind of...  :-\

Yeah, Lilli and Ornella are in there. Most of the sexy 70s starlets are there. The only one whose absense immediately struck me was Marisa Mell. I'll try to do a couple more pics later  :-X
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Mart85 on 20 Jan 2008 - 09:07
Wow amazing find Johan.  ::)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: K August on 27 Jan 2008 - 19:33
Very nice find Johan.

Any chance of seeing the Ray Lovelock entry? 8)

Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 01 Feb 2008 - 19:07
Sure! I'll try to do some more scans as soon as I can. Unfortunately, I had a little accident while I was in Oslo on a date. I managed to fall on the ice and fracture my shoulder so now I'm wearing my right arm in a sling, which kinda sucks!  ???
With only a left arm, I'm not able to do any scans from a big book of 850+ pages but I will as soon as I can takes this damn sling off. Hopefully, that will be soon. I'm getting tired of typing with my left hand...
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Andrew Monroe on 01 Feb 2008 - 19:34
Holy shit, hope you`re not in too much pain, Johan! Thanks for the Rita Calderoni scan, that looks like an absolutely amazing book.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 01 Feb 2008 - 19:45
Those Calderoni pictures look like they were taken around the time she starred in Polselli's TORINO CENTRALE DI VIZIO,she looks a bit older though still very good looking.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 01 Feb 2008 - 19:50
Holy shit, hope you`re not in too much pain, Johan! Thanks for the Rita Calderoni scan, that looks like an absolutely amazing book.

Thank you, Andrew. No, it's not too bad really. The doctor said I was lucky so I hope to be able to lose the sling sometime next week. The real chore is actually not having a right arm. Everything goes sooo much slower but you'll learn to be creative.

Yeah, Rita was great, wasn't she? Never had the pleasure of watching TORINO but I keep living in the hope that we'll get a DVD someday.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Andrew Monroe on 01 Feb 2008 - 20:05

Yeah, Rita was great, wasn't she? Never had the pleasure of watching TORINO but I keep living in the hope that we'll get a DVD someday.

Never seen that particular one either, so I too keep my fingers crossed for a dvd. Rita Calderoni is the "It Girl" for me as far as European actresses go...I`d watch her read the phone book. There are some gorgeous pictures of her from various cineromanzi in the Glittering Images 1970s Italian Sexy Horror and Horror All'Italiana books.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:03
I've got Rita in one of the Japanese Macaroni boxes, it is the only one i haven't got round to watching that has Engliss sub or dub on it.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:05
I've got Rita in one of the Japanese Macaroni boxes
You want to let her out mate before she suffocates in there  :-\

Sorry!
What film is it?
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Jonny on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:07

You want to let her out mate before she suffocates in there  :-\

Sorry!
What film is it?

Hahaha! I was thinking exactly the same thing!  ::)

What's the film Tanzi?
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:14
Sorry,

it's LITTLE RITA OF THE WEST, i meant to quote but i accidently used the reply instead ???

As it's a musical i always put it off, should get round to watching it really as it would be interesting to see if Terence Hill starts belting out songs! :-\
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Jonny on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:32
Sorry,

it's LITTLE RITA OF THE WEST, i meant to quote but i accidently used the reply instead ???

What's that got to do with Rita Calderoni?

You nutter! You've got your wires crossed haven't you?  :-*
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:33
You nutter! You've got your wires crossed haven't you?  :-*
LMAO  ::)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Jonny on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:38
Maybe he meant Rita off Coronation Street?

(http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/3918/ritasullivan2007vb1.jpg)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 01 Feb 2008 - 21:42
You nutter! You've got your wires crossed haven't you?  :-*
LMAO  ::)

my fault, didn't read it properly ???

I am quite fucked tonight though, not that that's a valid excuse.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: K August on 03 Feb 2008 - 01:05
Holy shit, hope you`re not in too much pain, Johan! Thanks for the Rita Calderoni scan, that looks like an absolutely amazing book.

Thank you, Andrew. No, it's not too bad really. The doctor said I was lucky so I hope to be able to lose the sling sometime next week. The real chore is actually not having a right arm. Everything goes sooo much slower but you'll learn to be creative.

Yeah, Rita was great, wasn't she? Never had the pleasure of watching TORINO but I keep living in the hope that we'll get a DVD someday.

Glad you're okay.  I had problems using my left (dominant) hand the other week, I can sympathize with your creativity Johan.

Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 10 Feb 2008 - 14:32
Well, now that my arm is back to normal (pretty much, anyway) here are some more scans from this big book - as promised:

(http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/5550/annuarioraylovelockca4.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/7247/annuarioornellamutibf5.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/1453/annuariofrancastoppipm5.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
 
(http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/6263/annuariogeorgeeastmanis1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/8209/annuariodarianicolodiir9.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 10 Feb 2008 - 14:36
And more:

(http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/6074/annuariocapucinelillicate8.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/2228/annuariohaydeepolitoffuw8.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/724/annuariojaneavrilevaaxepm7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


It's also kinda funny how pretty much all of William Berger's kids are here. There are of course his three daughters Carin, Debra and Katja:

(http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/2544/annuariocarinbergervy2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

(http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/9227/annuariodebrakatjabergeyd7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)


But that's not all! Even his son Kasimir (who was about 3 years old at the time) is here - pictured on the same page as another famous Berger:

(http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/9503/annuariohelmutbergerkassy8.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Mart85 on 10 Feb 2008 - 15:54
Great stuff, Johan.  Thanks again for posting.  ::)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: K August on 11 Feb 2008 - 17:18
Johan,

thanks for the Ray Lovelock and George Eastman scans. Wow, Eastman looks amazing sans beard.   8)

Neat to know that William Morris maintained operations in Italy.

Brilliant. :)


Glad your arm is back to normal.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 12 Feb 2008 - 15:08
(http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/5821/lilli1865fd1.jpg)

Check this picture of Lilli Carati from a rare Italian tv interview back in 1994.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Jonny on 12 Feb 2008 - 15:15
Her teeth look lovely  :-*
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 12 Feb 2008 - 15:23
Was quite surprised to find out that she did 5 months in an Italian prison for possession of drugs back in 1988 where she tried to commit suicide for the second time by cutting her wrists,apparently she had a massive 5 grams a day heroin habit by the time she entered rehab a year later and weighed only 40 kilos!
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Johan Melle on 13 Feb 2008 - 21:15
Poor Lilli. She was a bit tired-looking even when she did the hardcore stuff in the late 1980s. The drugs really messed her up, which is a shame for such a beautiful and enjoyable actress. Well, at least she got into rehab and didn't end up as badly as Karin Schubert and Paola Senatore, the two other mainstream actresses who crossed over into hardcore.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 13 Feb 2008 - 21:31
From what i read over at the massive CGHV and Nocturno forum threads about her she now works with her family who are traders/merchants of some sort as well as helping heroin users/addicts,she talked of writing a book of her life but that looks to have been shelved.Going by some of the posts over at those 2 forums she certainly seems to have had a very hard life during those years made even worse by the fact she was in the public eye,sad she had to resort to some desperate measures just to get by.

Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 30 Jul 2008 - 16:43
Here's Lilli making a rare tv appearance only 2 weeks ago:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QY_l8cd9Lck&feature=related (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QY_l8cd9Lck&feature=related)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Mart85 on 30 Jul 2008 - 18:00
Thanks for posting that Stephen.   :'(

Do you know what she was saying?
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Jonny on 30 Jul 2008 - 18:11
Wasn't she talking about her successful acting career, her drug use and subsequent porn stints?

That's what I picked up from the scrolling title that kept rolling across the bottom of the screen anyway. 
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 30 Jul 2008 - 18:15
Btw someone else has put up the Stracult documentary on her from a few years back which has lots of clips and interviews including Michele Massimo Tarantini,also features her (in)famous 1981 appearance on a chat show where she was sweating,nodding off etc on heroin.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pA2YsC3mrac&feature=related (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pA2YsC3mrac&feature=related)
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Mart85 on 30 Jul 2008 - 18:32
Btw someone else has put up the Stracult documentary on her from a few years back which has lots of clips and interviews including Michele Massimo Tarantini,also features her famous 1981 appearance on a chat show where she was sweating,nodding off etc on heroin.

[url]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pA2YsC3mrac&feature=related[/url] ([url]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=pA2YsC3mrac&feature=related[/url])


Thanks again Stephen.  Interesting stuff.  just wish I couold understand Italian.

Is it me or does the host on the 1981 clip look like an Italian Terry Wogan?
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Jonny on 30 Jul 2008 - 18:46
Cheers for the vid. I'm actually glad it didn't show her nodding off in that clip, sad to see people down so low being paraded around on youtube.

Good to see she's managed to sort herself out these days though.
Title: Re: Annuario Degli Attori - European Players' Directory
Post by: Mart85 on 30 Jul 2008 - 18:58
Yep she looked well on the recent clip.  :'(