Opening today in North America, “Ong Bak 2” is the latest extravaganza starring Thai martial arts actor Tony Jaa. Co-directed by Jaa and long-time Thai director and stunt coordinator Panna Rittikrai, the film was infamously embroiled in production disputes during its making.
Jim Schembri of The Age in Melbourne discovers that the Aboriginal-language drama “Samson and Delilah makes tilt at Oscar.”
Carla Gugino, Adrianne Palicki, and Connie Britton are amongst the extensive cast appearing in Sebastian Gutierrez’s “Women in Trouble,” which debuts on November 13th in the States.
Tim Robey of The Telegraph chronicles “Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca: rows, rivalries and a movie classic.”
One Film Wonder: A U.S. Army soldier from Battle Creek, Michigan, who assisted in the liberation of Italy during World War II, John Kitzmiller remained in the country after the war and started acting in Italian films. He appeared in 45 European movies during his career. Kitzmiller was bestowed with the Best Actor accolade at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Sgt. Jim in the Slovenian war film, “Valley of Peace.” He was the first black actor to receive the award. (Incidentally, Paul Newman would win it the next year for “The Long, Hot Summer,” Forest Whitaker in 1988 for “Bird.”)
Kitzmiller appeared in only two English-language films: 1958’s “The Naked Earth” and the first James Bond film, 1962’s “Dr. No.” Credited as John Kitzmuller, he portrayed Quarrel, the Cayman Islander fisherman and CIA associate who assists Bond in his investigation of Dr. No’s island, Crab Key. Kitzmiller died in Rome in 1965 at the age of 51.