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The Climber – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

After cutting his teeth on a couple of spaghetti westerns (Django Defies Sartana; Death’s Dealer), director Pasquale Squitieri moved into the popular gangster genre with Gang War in Naples and Blood Brothers, this last film including the all-star cast of Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, and Fabio Testi. He then directed The Climber (1975) , a story about a young, cocky hood who climbs his way up the mafia ladder.

Cult actor Joe Dallesandro stars as the cocky hoodlum, Aldo. Dallesandro had just completed Warhol’s Dracula and Frankenstein films and had decided to stay in Europe. He was riding a crest of popularity and had no trouble finding work. Squitieri was happy to pick him up for this film, alongside co-star Stefania Casini (Warhol’s Dracula, Bertolucci’s 1900, as well as Suspiria).

The film opens with Aldo making off with a load of stolen cigarettes from the docks of Naples.
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The Climber Starring Joe Dallesandro Now Available on Blu-ray From Arrow Video

The Climber (1976) is now available Blu-ray From Arrow Video

After shooting cult favorites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun).

The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge…

Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime
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Franco Nero Announced his next Project is with Quentin Tarantino

Italian actor and one-time spaghetti western star Franco Nero announced his involvement with Quentin Tarantino in his next feature, a spaghetti western no doubt, which will also star Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz. The announcement came from Nero when speaking at the Los Angeles Italia festival where his latest effort, Pasquale Squitieri‘s Father made its world premiere. Nero was quoted saying:

“The film will be called The Angel, The Bad And The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot,” Nero said (via Movieplayer). “We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino , Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.”

There has
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Franco Nero announces he's making a Spaghetti Western with Quentin Tarantino

Updated: word has jut come in from our friends at BadAssDigest that Christoph Waltz will star in the film. They also report that the title mentioned by Nero below is either not correct. A new Quentin Tarantino film looks as though it's in the works. Actor Franco Nero spoke during the Los Angeles Italia festival where his latest effort, Pasquale Squitieri‘s Father made its world premiere. The actor announced that his next project is a spaghetti western boasting some intriguing names including Tarantino who is a huge fan of the genre.

Nero made the following statement:

“The film will be called The Angel, The Bad And The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot. We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino , Keith Carradine,
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Nero & Carradine Do A Tarantino Western?

Appearing at the Los Angeles Italia festival to promote Pasquale Squitieri‘s “Father”, actor Franco Nero revealed that he, Quentin Tarantino, Keith Carradine, Treat Williams and many others are apparently all going to be a part of a new spaghetti western project reports Movie Player (via The Playlist)

“The film will be called ‘The Angel, The Bad And The Wise’ and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot. We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino , Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy” said Nero.

Other details on the project are minimal at this time. Tarantino has always been very keen on Leone's
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