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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marisa Mell to star in new film – almost 23 years after her death!

“His Mother’s House” - « La Maison de sa Mère », the new film project by German writer-director André Schneider (who also authored “Die Feuerblume”), will be both, a homage and a vehicle for Marisa Mell. The late actress, who died in 1992, will “play” a key role in this drama about a man’s search for his roots.

“His Mother’s House” follows the journey of Anam Wagner, a man in his thirties. Professionally successful and single, he leads a rather carefree life. He and his younger brother have a very close relationship, and once in a while he visits his embittered father. One day, he receives a phone call informing him that his mother had died. Even though he had hardly seen her in years and thought he had no connection with her whatsoever, Anam feels oddly shaken and drives up to the sea where his mother had owned a beach house. And while he still thinks that he didn’t know his mother at all, he finds traces of her – and his own childhood – everywhere in that old house…

Needless to say who the estranged mother is! “His Mother’s House” is all about a woman who had left her husband and her two sons to pursue a B-movie career and paid a huge prize for her success. Marisa Mell’s photos by Angelo Frontoni will be seen throughout the film as well as scenes from “Senza via d’Uscità”, “Nel Buio del Terrore”, “Pena de Muerte”, “La Encadenada”, and “Una Sull’Altra”. Original scores by Carlo Savina and Riz Ortolani will also be part of this movie.

Pre-production has already begun. As soon as the funding has been successful, cameras will start rolling – hopefully in early 2015, around Marisa Mell’s birthday.

You can be part of this production, since Vivàsvan Pictures is still looking for sponsors and donors. About 8.000 euros are still needed to proceed with the production.

For more information about this great project you can get in contact with André Schneider at Vivàsvan directly:


or make a donation directly to:

Vivasvan Filmproduktion GmbH
IBAN DE26 100 700 240 3694197 00
with reference “HIS MOTHER'S HOUSE”.

Every donor / sponsor will not only receive a film credit (if wanted) but full access to all stages of the production; you can visit the set, be in the editing room. You will be invited to the movie's premiere and will receive a DVD, music CD, set photos, and a movie poster.

Friday, August 1, 2014

"French Dressing at 50" Movie Exhibition in Herne Bay, England

One of my top 3 Marisa Mell movies is the 1964 comedy caper movie "French Dressing" directed by Ken Russell, notorious almost a decade later for his 1971 shocker "The Devils",  with leading men James Booth and Roy Kinnear. The movie had its world première on April 10th 1964. The movie was for the most part shot in Herne Bay, England and shows us a surprisingly comedic side of female star Marisa Mell, that will never be repeated again in her later career and thus making this movie a really stand alone among all her other movies and television work. To commemorate the 50th year since the first showing of this movie, curator Nicholas Sinclair has put together a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of British filmmaker Ken Russell and his first movie "French Dressing". Special attention is given during this exhibition to the history of the making of this movie in Herne Bay and its locals who often participated in the movie as extras. What makes this exihition also very special for Marisa Mell fans is the fact that the curator also had a special eye for the contribution of Marisa Mell in this movie and its success, slowly building into a cult following in the years since. The visitors will see a lot of ultra rare and never before seen material regarding the production of this movie and the contribution of Marisa Mell, belonging to numerous owners, some even related to the production of it. Hence Marisa Mell features heavily througout the displays in stills, behind the scene photos, original and reproduction marketing artwork and even in a recent discovered colour cinefilm in the vault of a cine maker made during the production of French Dressing.
Practical information:

From August 7th 2014 untill September 28th 2014

8 William Street
Herne Bay

Telephone: 01227 367368

The museum is situated 9 miles outside of Canterburry via A28 en A299.

The museum is open from Thursday untill Sunday from 11am untill 4.30 pm.

There is not a catalogue available for the exhibition but there is a free filming location trail map available of Herne Bay, in the film known as Gormleigh-On-Sea, which can be taken away as a souvenir.

To wet you appetite for this exhibition here are some photos in color of the movie which is quite rare because the movie and almost all of the publicity stills and material are mostly in black and white.

As a bonus the opening track of the Georges Delerue soundtrack emphasizing the comedy caper theme of the movie:


Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Gang War in Milan" gets royal Blue Ray treatment!

One of the lesser known Marisa Mell movies is "Gang War in Milan" or better known under its Italian title "Milano Rovente" from 1972 directed by cult director Umberto Lenzi now gets the royal treatment of becoming a Blue Ray DVD. Although Marisa Mell is prominently on the cover of the DVD she has only a minor role in this police movie but as always she is absolutely stunning! The DVD is issued by Raro Video US and available at all major DVD outlets! 

Here are some reviews of this DVD:

and many many many more on the Net! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diary of a Shopaholic!

During the production of her French movie "Objectif: 500 Millions" during the winter of 1965-1966, Marisa Mell stayed in Paris (France), the fashion capital of the world. So it is no wonder that one afternoon she hit the town to do nothing else than untill she dropped accompanied by film stills photographer Emilio Lari! As you can see by these pictures Marisa Mell is clearly in her element, happy, radiant and absolutely beautiful enjoying every bit of the day! So to start off the shopping day we hit the hairdresser's for a new hair style!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marisa - The Girl Who Beat The Taxi Strike!

London was without taxis on Tuesday June 14th 1966. The only person who had no trouble getting one was film actress  Marisa Mell - and she wasn't going anywhere. While almost all the city's 7600 taxis were off the streets in protest at minicab competition 25 year old Marisa had a taxi of her own all day. The cab and driver Julian Gold had been hired for the work in Hampstead on an Italian film. And as she stepped in and out of Mr. Gold's cab, leaders of London's 11.000 taximen were reporting "100 per cent, support"  in their one day stoppage. But to the motorists, taxiless London was like a dream. But for the minicab men  it was not such a said: "This is all-out war. The taxi drivers are out in their private cars,  and when we call at a railway station they block us in so that we can't get out." Police were on guard outside London's Hilton hotel as about 50 taxi drivers jeered and threw coins at a minicab parked outside. The minicab driver said: "I have been send here to pick up a passenger. I am obviously scared." 
The photo was published in the Daily Sun in England on June 21 1966 with different caption then written by the news agency issuing this picture: "The weather is at its brightest in London now, so what better time for 25 year old Austrian actress Marisa Mell to wear her cut-out dress. To be right up to date she teamed the dress with Op-art earrings and Mad stockings."
Trivia: Marisa Mell was in 1966 not 25 but 27 years old. 
Trivia: The movie Marisa Mell was working on at the time was the Italian/English coproduction "Che Notte Ragazzi" from 1966 which had its première in Italy on September 30th 1966 co-starring Philippe Leroy!