Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Barbara Bouchet


     Born 71 years ago on this day in Germany, her family emigrated to the United States after WWII and settled in San Francisco where she become a regular on the KPIX Dance Party as teenager and later become actress.She started out in television with small roles and moved into movies such as IN HARMS WAY (1965) and CASINO ROYALE (1967) where she played Miss Moneypenny.
    In 1970 she moved to Italy and made a name for herself appearing in the exploding Italian exploitation market including BLACK BETTY OF THE TARANTULA (1971), the sleazy & delirious AMUCK (1972) with Rosalba Neri and THE LADY IN RED KILLS SEVEN TIMES (1972). In 2002 she had a small role in Martin Scorsese's GANGS OF NEW YORK. Here she is in Fernando Di Leo's excellent 1972 crime drama CALIBER 9 where she's plays the belly dancing girlfriend of a recently paroled convict who's at the center of a cache of missing mob money. Its one of the best examples of the Italian poliziotteschi genre (in addition Barbara looks stunning in it) and was just released in a spiffy new region B blu-ray from Arrow.

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