Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Jack Is Dead!

Last week Jack Palance died. He was one of the best American actors. Before his career in the movies he was a professional heavyweight boxer, and a WWII hero. He was a B24 bomber pilot, and during a training he was trapped in his plane destroyed by fire. His face, severely burned, was rebuilt with plastic surgery and became unique. He was the perfect villain. Moviemaker Elia Kazan said that "only his mother could love his face." One of his rare friends was Lee Marvin, former Marine and WWII hero, too. Here I offer you this splendid cover from a French photonovel (a "ciné-roman", see my previous post about Star Ciné Cosmos). It’s taken from the film ATTACK, a masterpiece of Robert Aldrich. Aldrich, one of the most famous Hollywood’s mavericks, made stories about pure violence and survival. In ATTACK, Jack Palance plays Lt. Costa, a strong soldier fighting the German Army during the Battle of the Bulge. Betrayed and abandoned, he will be crushed alive by German Panzers.



Blogger Jerry Frissen said...

A bazooka, that's what I call a man's gun! RIP Jack.

5:53 PM  
Blogger luvyatoo said...

I love too that Jack is smiling whilst weilding the mighty bazooka. Or, is that a grimmace? Anyway, shockingly similar idea as the "Rambo: First Blood Part II" one-sheet.

Anyways, yes. RIP Mr. Palance.

9:58 PM  
Blogger jimmy pantera said...

I think that Jack was not smiling with his bazooka, because he was in front of a huge German panzer. Yes, it's the same graphic idea as Rambo II, but Robert Aldrich was a far better movie maker than George Pan Cosmatos (who did also "Cobra" with Stallone).

12:11 AM  
Blogger elsebasto said...

actor... and a singer with a deep baryton voice crossing in a country way J.Cash & L.Hazlewood. His unique lp (1969) was reissued 3 years ago on cd and it seems to be still available in good records shops. I particurally recommend "The meanest guy that ever lived", nothing could be add to these great lyrics. Hasta la vista caballeros!

5:34 AM  
Blogger jimmy pantera said...

"The meanest guy that ever lived"... What a GREAT title. I will chase it! Many thanks!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Jerry Frissen said...

I want it to!

11:32 AM  
Blogger luvyatoo said...

I'll have to check out som Robert Aldrich flicks. As far as Cosmatos goes - yeah, he's total PopCorn.

3:26 PM  
Blogger jimmy pantera said...

OK, Cosmatos means total PopCorn for sure, but he did ONE good movie, it was TOMBSTONE (1993) with an interesting Val Kilmer, as "Doc" Holliday. And his first movie (THE CASSANDRA CROSSING - 1977), was not so bad.
The work of Robert Aldrich is totally different because he was a real artist, not only a money maker. Don't miss APACHE (1954), WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962), THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967, with Mighty Lee Marvin!), and ULZANA'S RAID (1972).

4:51 AM  
Blogger Jerry Frissen said...

Don't forget Kiss Me Deadly!

8:39 AM  

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