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Title: Violent Professional - The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 10 Aug 2007 - 15:28
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I received my copy of this great book and am very happy with it. Rossi is a face you won't forget but not many actually knew him by his name. Finally, somebody decided to shed some light on him by writing a book! I could hardly believe it when I first heard the news! I was a fan of Rossi and wanted to learn more about him so this book was a small revelation to me. The biography is particularly interesting and there are even pictures of Rossi's house and grave. In the interviews, nobody seems to have anything negative to say about Luciano- besides a special actor he was also a great person. Its a shame he didn't live long enough to see this book. The Italian exploitation community needs more publications like this!
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Paul on 10 Aug 2007 - 15:49
I've got this and have only skimmed through it really but I was impressed too. It's very cheap, considering it's a specialist title. a real winner.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Aug 2007 - 16:43
Superb book and a bargain price too, I think I bought mine for £5 from Harvey at the Exploitation USA fest in London a few months ago.

Read it cover to cover on the train home and didn't realise how many films I'd actually seen with Rossi in them!
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 10 Aug 2007 - 16:59
Superb book and a bargain price too, I think I bought mine for £5 from Harvey at the Exploitation USA fest in London a few months ago.

Did you manage to get your copy signed in the end? I did!  ::)
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Aug 2007 - 17:03
Did you manage to get your copy signed in the end? I did!  ::)

Nope, I gave up then went to get drunk. Tanzi had a talk with her (Kier) just after that as regards the ratings system she put in the book asking what it all meant and she told him the ratings weren't to do with how good she thought the film was but how good looking Luciano was in the film.  ???
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 Aug 2007 - 17:04
Superb book and a bargain price too, I think I bought mine for £5 from Harvey at the Exploitation USA fest in London a few months ago.

Did you manage to get your copy signed in the end? I did!  ::)
me too
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Fray G on 10 Aug 2007 - 22:52
It's a great little book, i love the design of it as well. Really liked the poster for Prostituzione/Red Light Girls in it. It ticks all the boxes for a cool poster. Can't find an image of it at the moment.
The bio is good, and quite touching where it tells of his native village showing one of his films on the village green in tribute after his passing.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 11 Aug 2007 - 01:42
The bio is good, and quite touching where it tells of his native village showing one of his films on the village green in tribute after his passing.


There are a lot of touching things in the book such as the picture of his house and grave, the parts about him being a really nice person and loving cats (guess he had forgotten about his death scene in DEATH SMILES AT MURDER). I loved these details. Plus the books contains information on him that would otherwise be hidden forever.

Rossi's demise in DEATH SMILES AT MURDER by Joe D'Amato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpGso9-XV5g
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 11 Aug 2007 - 22:58
Superb book and a bargain price too, I think I bought mine for £5 from Harvey at the Exploitation USA fest in London a few months ago.

Read it cover to cover on the train home and didn't realise how many films I'd actually seen with Rossi in them!

I felt this way as well. Numerous spaghetti westerns in the book I realized I had but didn't notice him in them. Possibly because his appearance is different from a handful of the films.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 14 Aug 2007 - 21:55

There are a lot of touching things in the book such as the picture of his house and grave, the parts about him being a really nice person and loving cats (guess he had forgotten about his death scene in DEATH SMILES AT MURDER)
::)
Nice one Lefteris.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 14 Aug 2007 - 22:12
Ha, that is an unbelievable scene isn't Stephen?
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 14 Aug 2007 - 22:16
Ha, that is an unbelievable scene isn't Stephen?
I love it,the cats screams and cries are something else.
The ending in the cemetary is also very creepy,spooked me abit when i first saw it.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 14 Aug 2007 - 22:27
I can't remember the ending- it was a really long time since I last watched this one and I don't even have it on DVD, I should get it!
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 14 Aug 2007 - 22:40
I can't remember the ending- it was a really long time since I last watched this one and I don't even have it on DVD, I should get it!
It's out on the Dutch label Italian Shock,nice looking print but the English track is a bit rough-very crackly and hissy.
I'll sort something in our next trade mate. :P
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Jay on 16 Aug 2007 - 20:02
Kier-La is a sweatheart. I met her recently and last year in Austin at Fantastic Fest. She contributed an essay to my new book on Ms.45 where she related to rape/revenge movies and her experiences as a young girl with Barbie and Ken dolls. I laughed and laughed when she mailed it to me!

Excerpt from this damned fine essay:

"The scenario was always the same: Barbie and friends would head out in the Barbie dream camper for a picnic in the country. Barbie would have to go to the bathroom, and since there aren’t any toilet facilities in Barbie’s Dream World (sinks, showers, bathtubs, yes – toilets no), Barbie would excuse herself to go urinate behind a bush. With Barbie in this vulnerable state, Jimmy would lunge out from behind an adjacent bush and ravage her."

Bless her.

Jay
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Paul on 16 Aug 2007 - 22:59
That's quality, Jay - could you imagine a rape/revenge flick acted-out by dolls a la Todd Haynes' Karen Carpenter biopic? I reckon we could be on to something here  ::)
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Jonny on 16 Aug 2007 - 23:04
That's quality, Jay - could you imagine a rape/revenge flick acted-out by dolls a la Todd Haynes' Karen Carpenter biopic? I reckon we could be on to something here  ::)

I've had the Karen Carpenter biopic 'Superstar' for years now and never watched it, had no idea it was all acted out by dolls!

I'm on it!
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Paul on 16 Aug 2007 - 23:07
That's quality, Jay - could you imagine a rape/revenge flick acted-out by dolls a la Todd Haynes' Karen Carpenter biopic? I reckon we could be on to something here  ::)

I've had the Karen Carpenter biopic 'Superstar' for years now and never watched it, had no idea it was all acted out by dolls!

I'm on it!

I've never seen it, though it's supposed to be well funny, mate.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: bloodvamp on 04 Oct 2007 - 20:46
Jonny! thanks for the link. much appreciated! ::)
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Johan Melle on 17 Nov 2007 - 20:27
Another book I'll have to get! I have always liked Luciano Rossi and his wonderful sleazy, scumbag performances. I had a great time watching THE SWORD OF THE BARBARIANS (1982), which features Luciano in a rear good guy role! Has anyone ever seen him in any other sympathetic roles?

Also, does this book shed any light on the scene where he gets a blowjob (non-simulated) in HOTEL PARADISE? My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw that and the thought of him doing that scene still boggles the mind! lol!  :-\
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Nov 2007 - 20:39
Has anyone ever seen him in any other sympathetic roles?

Only Luigi Zampa's wonderful BISTURI:LA MAFIA BIANCA (Hospital:The White Mafia) where he plays the son of an old man on his way to an operation,he's only on-screen for a very short time but with zero violence or threatening behaviour from him :-\  Great film btw from Zampa with Gabriele Ferzetti in an amazing role as the very dodgy head surgeon of a private hospital,well worth checking out and totally different than what you'd expect.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 17 Nov 2007 - 21:55
Has anyone ever seen him in any other sympathetic roles?

Only Luigi Zampa's wonderful BISTURI:LA MAFIA BIANCA(Hospital:The White Mafia) where he plays the son of an old man on his way to an operation,he's only on-screen for a very short time but with zero violence or threatening behaviour from him :-\  Great film btw from Zampa with Gabriele Ferzetti in an amazing role as the very dodgy head surgeon of a private hospital,well worth checking out and totally different than what you'd expect.

He plays a sympathetic role in the classic operatic spaghetti western THE FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO. He has some decent screen time as well and creates much sympathy for his character who deeply loves his wife only she doesn't feel the same about him.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 17 Nov 2007 - 22:21

Also, does this book shed any light on the scene where he gets a blowjob (non-simulated) in HOTEL PARADISE? My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw that and the thought of him doing that scene still boggles the mind! lol!  :-\
I saw/had a Greek tape of this but without the hardcore,quite surprised he ended up doing something like that.
There's only 2 lines about the scene in the book with the author saying she spent 2 days recovering after seeing it  :-\
Reminds me of Kieran Canter from Beyond the Darkness who was supposed to have gone on to do h/c films in Italian/Europe,also read he was Irish but this could be someone thinking it because of his name.Any idea Johan?
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: vigilanteforce on 17 Nov 2007 - 22:34
Anybody has the hardcore version of HOTEL PARADISE? Have heard a lot about the film but never had it or seen it. If anybody wants to trade a copy, please get in touch!
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Johan Melle on 18 Nov 2007 - 00:51
The Danish vhs version contains all the hardcore scenes. Most of them consist of pretty obvious body doubles for Cristina Lay and Gota Gobert but there's a scene of Ajita Wilson fingering herself that I'm sure was done by Ajita herself (hardly a surprise as she did do her fair share of hardcore porn) and the scene where Luciano is getting a blowjob by Guia Lauri Filzi, who was a busy hardcore diva during the early hardcore scene in Italy. I used to think that she scene with Luciano and Guia was shot specifically for the hardcore market since Guia doesn't appear in any of the other scenes. However, their scene also pops up in the atrocious-looking Hong Kong dvd release but minus the hardcore shots.

The only porno film I've seen Kieran Canter in is THE DEVIL IN MR. HOLMES (1986), which is one of the two porno films John Holmes made in Italy. Kieran plays the devil but doesn't actually appear in any sex scenes. It's a pretty interesting film, though, and it also stars Karin Schubert and Marina Frajese. The US dvd from Paradise Visuals is quite good-looking and well worth picking up.

Anyway, I know IMDb also lists Canter as being in Moana Pozzi's hardcore debut EROTIC FLASH (1981) and another porno called EROTICOBLUES (1981) but I haven't seen any of them. However, I've heard several times that he did porno so I've no reason to doubt it. There are lots and lots of legitimate actors in Italian films who ended up doing hardcore porn and I must say the topic fascinates me quite a bit. As for Kieran, he also appears to have done a lot of uncredited work. I found him in a small role in Sirpa Lane's final film THE SECRET NIGHTS OF LUCREZIA BORGIA (1982) for example, and I know he also did some acting under the name Mack Kiran. Rather mysterious bloke I say!
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: crunchermcnut on 28 Nov 2007 - 16:58
I'm attending the "Official Canadian Release" for A Violent Professional tomorrow at a local arthouse theatre. The author will be there signing copies plus they're screening Violent Naples!  :P
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Nov 2007 - 17:01
I'm attending the "Official Canadian Release" for A Violent Professional tomorrow at a local arthouse theatre. The author will be there signing copies plus they're screening Violent Naples!  :P
Sounds great! I met here when she was over in London a few months back.

You'll have to keep us informed of what print of VIOLENT NAPLES they screen.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: Kevin Coed on 28 Nov 2007 - 17:37

Sounds great! I met here when she was over in London a few months back.



She was trying to take to me about Luciano Rossi but I was so drunk I was just confused.
Title: Re: Violent Professional- The Films of Luciano Rossi (Kier-La Janisse, 2007)
Post by: crunchermcnut on 30 Nov 2007 - 15:53
Sounds great! I met here when she was over in London a few months back.

You'll have to keep us informed of what print of VIOLENT NAPLES they screen.
I went to the signing/screening with my pal Franco Cleef. We both bought the book and got it signed, then went into the theatre to await the screening. That's when we got the bad news, they were projecting the DVD, not a 35mm print. Anyway, it was still cool to see the movie on the big screen with an audience. The crowd enjoyed it and thankfully there wasn't too much ironic laughter. Kier-La also showed us a "top-secret" trailer for a forthcoming documentary she's involved with. If it gets completed, poliziesco fans should be in for a treat.