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AUGURI DAL MONDO
Dear Mr. Gastaldi: So many of your films are a part of my life that
wishing you a most happy birthday comes easily from the heart. Thank you
for your invaluable contribution to cine fantastique and bizarre.
Buon compleanno e grazie per tutti, Signor Gastaldi!
You have written every other film I love! Folks like Wilder, Hecht,
Nugent wrote the rest: great achievers all, but none of them were quite in
your league for nonstop, unstinting, entertaining screen activity (only
Ben H. comes close). I thought you must be well over a hundred by now
given sheer quantity of credits, but it appears you are just a ragazzo. I
can't wait for your "old master" phase to kick in a decade or so
down the road. Thanks so much for so much good work, and, most of all, for
being the very embodiment of a fertile imagination and ceaseless, cheerful
creativity. Your wisdom and good humor set a great example for us all.
Modified by James Cheney at Thu, Sep 09, 2004, 21:05:41
One of my first "do it yourself video projects"...
...was reconstructing THE STRANGE VICE OF SIGNORA WARD from VHS tapes
of the various, incomplete prints available in the states back during the
begining of the home video revolution. I rented both NEXT VICTIM and BLADE
OF THE RIPPER and edited them together with my camcorder. I still love the
film, and in fact love every Gastaldi scripted film I've ever seen.
The shelves of video stores, in the late 80's, were full of hidden
treasures - just shelf-filler for video store clerks who didn't know
better and wanted to take up space until the next 30 copies of BACK TO THE
FUTURE III were delivered. I used to pick up the boxes and stare at them,
wanting to take the plunge, but not quite ready to leave familiar terrain.
Once I finally gave in, my whole perception of cinema changed. Gastaldi,
whether his name appeared anywhere on the print of the film or not, was
responsible for so many of these gems and it was through Italian
horror/gialli cinema that my passion for films became reinvigorated. More
than simply initiating me into a new genre, viewing gialli has made me
appreciate every film genre (yes, including the occasional Hollywood crap)
a little bit more. Watching BULWORTH, a few years ago, I leaned forward in
my seat when I saw the mysterious, black-gloved assassin's hands loading a
gun to the sounds of an Ennio Morricone score. Watch a few gialli before
renting the latest Hollywood thriller or arthouse favorite. The duplicity
and sexual behavior that takes center stage in the giallo and Gastaldi's
scripts, start becoming more apparent even in lesser works. In short, once
you've seen enough films scripted by Gastaldi, you'll never look at cinema
the same way again.
Gastaldi's scripts always add a level of complexity to what would
otherwise be a standard exploitation film. Take a look at WEREWOLF IN A
GIRL'S DORMITORY; honestly, what more do you expect with a title like that
then a marauding werewolf terrorizing a bunch of coeds? But Gastaldi laces
the proceedings with subplots and secret agendas. To enjoy a Gastaldi
film, you can't just sit back and rest waiting for the next gruesome
killing, you have to actually *think* about what you're watching. I'm sure
a lot of people thought that was too much work to put into a grainy,
incomplete, panned-n-scanned, dubbed, EP mode video tape. Their loss.
Anyway, Happy Birthday, Ernesto. I'll bet you never suspected that
several decades later, so many people on our side of the pond would
appreciate your work that much.
Enough celebrating now go to work writing one more Spaghetti Western.
Thank you for so many hours of enjoyment and entertainment over the years.
Your work is truly appreciated by those of us on this board.
Have a wonderful day and many, many more.
Best Wishes and Many Happy Returns...
Hope you are having a most Happy Birthday, Ernesto. You have my
unqualifiied admiration and sincere appreciation for the many, many hours
of entertainment you have given with your wonderful scripts and films.
Your work is always unique, unpredicatable and rewarding of multiple
Best wishes to you on your birthday!
Thank you Signor Gastaldi for the gift of your imagination, and all of
the entertainment you've given us! Many happy returns, and may good health
always be yours!
Modified by Robert Richardson at Fri, Sep 10, 2004,
Happy birthday, Ernesto!
Why Those Strange Crumbs of Birthday Cake on the Whiskers of Ernesto?
Buon compleanno, signore!
Happy Birthday! And thank you so much...
...for the many, many hours of brilliant entertainment I was (and still
am!) able to enjoy through your work.
Ernesto is God! Happy Birthday Giallo-father!
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