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Mario Merola Interview
« on: 18 Aug 2008 - 08:21 »

There's an interesting interview with Italian actor Mario Merola (NAPOLI... SERENATA CALIBRO 9, FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN, THE NEW GODFATHERS etc) on the main site.

Thanks to Johan for the scans of the interview and DjangoLi for the translation.  :'(

Mario Merola interview - English translation

Mario Merola interview - Original Italian version
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Stephen Grimes

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Re: Mario Merola Interview
« Reply #1 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 09:10 »

Superb,thanks to everyone involved for doing such a top job on this :P
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Re: Mario Merola Interview
« Reply #2 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 13:09 »

Yeah nice one fellas.  :P
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Re: Mario Merola Interview
« Reply #3 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 13:54 »

Waaay cool, guys.

I've always wondered: Did Merola start making movies before or after he started putting out records?
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Stephen Grimes

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« Reply #4 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 14:23 »

I've always wondered: Did Merola start making movies before or after he started putting out records?
He was making records first,he then became a huge star thanks to the films he made with Alfonso Brescia in the mid to late 70's.
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Re: Mario Merola Interview
« Reply #5 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 14:37 »

...he then became a huge star thanks to the films he made with Alfonso Brescia in the mid to late 70's.

All throughout Italy, or mainly just in Naples? I think someone told me that Merola was a huge star in Naples, but much less so in the rest of the country...

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« Reply #6 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 15:06 »

Thanks to Johan for the scans of the interview and DjangoLi for the translation.  :'(

Nice work guys!  :P

I just saw my first Mario Merola film about a week ago, NAPOLI... SERENATA CALIBRO 9, and its tone, amusing, reminded me of Terence Hill's and Bud Spencer's films.

I'm gonna have to check out more of 'em.  :-X
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Re: Mario Merola Interview
« Reply #7 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 16:13 »

All throughout Italy, or mainly just in Naples?
Roberto Curti's excellent article says a little about it:
"Onore e guapparia was a remarkable success in the local Neapolitan market, leading producer Ciro Ippolito to write and produce L’ultimo guappo (The Last Gangster, 1978), starring Merola and directed by Alfonso Brescia, a Roman-based director who had just finished shooting no less than five Star Wars rip-offs. L’ultimo guappo became an unexpected hit: made on a shoestring (110 million liras) and destined to regional distribution in Southern Italy, it did well even in Northern cinemas. Merola became a sort of mass phenomenon, starring in seventeen films in the following five years: many of them were directed by Brescia, and all made considerable profits at the box office, even though mainly in the South."
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« Reply #8 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 16:27 »

Fantastic work, guys!!! ::) Many many thanks to all involved!!  ;)
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« Reply #9 on: 19 Aug 2008 - 03:12 »

This is fortuitous.  A few nights ago I had a dream about Mario Merola.

He and entourage were eating dinner at a restaurant in the small Canadian town (pop. 40,000) where I grew up.  He was very gracious and said he was acting in regional theatre nearby

I asked him one question in the dream.  Guess what it was:

"What was it like to work with Maurizio Merli?"
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« Reply #10 on: 19 Aug 2008 - 12:26 »

Classic Merola in his first film SGARRO ALLA CAMORRA from 1974  ;)

**This clip includes spoilers**
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wiK_B80cClk
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« Reply #11 on: 18 Sep 2008 - 10:01 »

I warmly suggest everybody to read Mario Merola's autobiography (written by Mario himself and journalist Geo Nocchetti).
I don't think it has been translated in English but it really worths to be read.
It's full of great Mario Merola anedoctes and there's also a bunch of very interesting pictures.


 
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« Reply #12 on: 21 Sep 2008 - 16:06 »

Been meaning to get the 'NAPOLI..SERENATA CALIBRO 9.STORIA E IMMAGINI DELLA CAMORRA TRA CINEMA,SCENEGGIATA E NEOMELODICI' book for ages,any idea if this is worth buying Federico?
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« Reply #13 on: 22 Sep 2008 - 09:36 »

Been meaning to get the 'NAPOLI..SERENATA CALIBRO 9.STORIA E IMMAGINI DELLA CAMORRA TRA CINEMA,SCENEGGIATA E NEOMELODICI' book for ages,any idea if this is worth buying Federico?
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I'm sorry but I didn't read that book...

By the way, a friend recently suggested me to read this book which is a pretty interesting essay about the "guappi" in history, art and folklore. It's very informative.
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« Reply #14 on: 24 Sep 2008 - 17:26 »

Thanks for the recomendation Federico,hopefully Nocturno will decide to do a dossier on this genre sometime in the future as well.
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