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Saturday, January 19, 2019

RIP, CYNTHIA ZAMORA, 80

50s actress Cynthia Zamora (b.April 8, 1938) passed away last January 16 (2019) in Las Vegas, NV. According to her sister, Florma Moore, Ms. Zamora died of lymphoma or cancer of the lymph nodes. She was 80 years old. 

Ms. Zamora started her acting career in 1955 as a contract star of Premiere Productions. She was introduced in "Unang Halik"(1955) and from then on,  did a number of movies, pairing her with cinema greats and legends, Rogelio dela Rosa, Leopoldo Salcedo, Jose Padilla, Jr., Cesar Ramirez, Zaldy Zshornack, among others. She was best remembered in the 1960's Gerardo de Leon's controversial masterpiece, "Huwag Mo Akong Limutin" (1960).




Cynthia Zamora gracing the cover of Song-Movie Magazine, February 1956



"Unang Halik" (1955)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date September 2-11, 1955/ Dalisay
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Artemio Marquez
Cast Corazon Rivas, Jose Romulo, Lopito, Boy Francisco, Baby Zobel, Neonita Bona, Belen Velasco, Oscar Roncal, Baby Carmelita, Boy Planas/ Introducing Cynthia Zamora




"Magia Blanca"" (1955)
Larry Santiago Productions
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date October 12-21, 1955
Direction Nemesio E. Caravana
Cast Leopoldo Salcedo, Anita Linda, Eduardo del Mar, Ramon D'Salva, Cynthia Zamora

"Dakilang Hudas" (1955)
People's Pictures
Release Date November 21-30, 1955/ Dalisay
Story Ruben Yandoc
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Teodorico C. Santos
Cast Jose Padilla, Jr., Arsenia Francisco, Jose Romulo, Carol Varga, Ruben Rustia, Cynthia Zamora, Nello Nayo, Lito Anzures, Oscar Roncal,Renato Robles, Belen Velasco, Bruno Punzalan, Max Alvarado


"El Conde De Monte Carlo" (1956)
People's Pictures
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date February 19-28, 1956
Direction Cesar Gallardo
Cast Rogelio de la Rosa, Corazon Rivas, Jose Romulo, Cynthia Zamora, Lauro Delgado, Ruben Rustia, Marissa Ibanez



"Heneral Paua" (1956)
Larry Santiago Productions
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date May 9-18, 1956/ Dalisay
Direction Felix Villar
Cast Danilo Montes, Cynthia Zamora, Ramon D'Salva/ Guests- Reynaldo Danye, Teody Belarmino, Ben Perez, Rodolfo Ruiz


"Prinsipe Villarba" (1956)
People's Pictures
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date June 23- July 2, 1956/ Life
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine and over DZRM
Story and Direction Nemmesio E. Carvana
Cast Efren Reyes, Olivia Cenizal, Jose Romulo, Cynthia Zamora, Lauro Delgado, Ramon D'Salva/ Introducing Melita De Leon/ with Jose Garcia, Abraham Cruz, Abelardo Cortez, Paquito Salcedo, Sonia Reyes, Max Alvarado


"Ambrocia" (1956)
Larry Santiago Productions
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date March 5-14, 1956/ Life
Story Jose Miranda Cruz
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine and over DZBC
Direction Larry Santiago
Cast Anita Linda, Jose Padilla, Jr., Norma Blancaflor, Cynthia Zamora, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Amelita Sol, Abraham Cruz, Baby Zobel, Jose Garcia, Abelardo Cruz, Francisco Cruz, Francisco Salcedo, Max Alvarado, Tony Palomer, Boy Soriano

"ExZur" (1956)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date October 31- November 9, 1956/ Life
Story Nemesio Caravana
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Direction Teodorico C. Santos
Cast Danilo Montes, Edna Luna, Jose Romulo, Cynthia Zamora, Lauro Delgado, Patria Plata, Belen Velasco and Introducing Jose Velez (in the title role)/ with Ligaya Lopez, Joe Garcia, Renato Robles, Max Alvarado, Cielito Legaspi, Boy Soriano, Oscar Roncal, Dadang Ortega, Fernando Santiago, Francisco Cruz, Maria Marquez, Linda del Rosario, Tony Palomer



"Kim" (1957)
Cirio H. Santiago Film Organization
Release Date January 19-28, 1957/ Life
Direction Ramon A. Estella
Cast Efren Reyes, Eduardo 'Eddie' del Mar, Cynthia Zamora, Gigi marriete, Renato Robles, Oscar Roncal, Ric Bustamante, Jesus (Jess) Lapid



 "Kalibre .45" (1957)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date September 1-10, 1957/ Dalisay
Story and Screenplay Augusto Buenaventura
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Cesar Gallardo
Cast Efren Reyes, Danilo Montes, Edna Luna, Cynthia Zamora, Amado Cortes, Quiel Segovia, Leonor Vergara, Nello Nayo, Oscar Roncal, Boy Francisco, Max Alvarado



"5 Hermanas" (1956)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date December 10- 19, 1956/ Life 
Music Tony Maiquez
Story and Direction Artemio Marquez
Cast Arsenia Francisco, Edna Luna, Cynthia Zamora, Carol Varga, Marissa Ibanez and Danilo Montes/ with Marcial Glorioso, Fernando Santiago, Paquito Salcedo, Resty Sandel, Felisa Salcedo, Domingo del Valle, Erlinda Cuya, Rubi Rojas


 "Barumbado" (1957)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Released thru Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date February 28- March 9, 1957
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Artemio Marquez
Cast Jose Romulo, Cynthia Zamora, Marissa Ibañez and Zaldy Zshornack (in his first starring role)



"Pusakal" (1957)
People's Pictures
Release Date October 26- November 4, 1957/ Life
Story Francisco V. Coching
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Cirio H. Santiago
Cast Zaldy Zshornack, Cynthia Zamora, Lauro Delgado, Leonor Vergara, Oscar Roncal, Jose Garcia, Max Alvarado, Larry Ramos



"Korona at Pag-ibig" (1958)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date December 1-10, 1958/ Life
Story Nemesio E. Caravana
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Music Tony Maiquez
Screenplay and Direction Teodorico C. Santos
Cast Efren Reyes, Johnny Monteiro, Cynthia Zamora, Lopito, Melita de Leon, Nello Nayo, Jose Garcia, Abraham Cruz, Max Alvarado, Rogelio Moreno, Ruby Rojas, Mario Escudero, Guillermo Carls, Resty Sandel, Carpi Asturias, Luz del Fierro, Nina Bonita, Linda Ibanez, Jesus Lapid, Henry Rivera, Dencio Padilla, Bino Garcia and the SOS Boys/ Featuring Lita Cristobal, Belcy Martinez, Lilia Duran




"Mabilis Pa Sa Lintik" (1959)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date June 13-23, 1959/ Dalisay
Story and Screenplay Alex M. Sunga
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Efren Reyes, Cynthia Zamora, Bob Soler, Ruben Rustia, Abelardo Cortez, Jose Garcia, Mary Walter, Abraham Cruz, Marietta Sanz, Francisco Cruz, Jesus Lapid, Max Alvarado, Denny Padilla, Paquito Salcedo, Belcy Martinez, Resty Sandel, Rosie Acosta, Diana Coral


"Ang Matapang Lamang" (1959)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date October 17-26, 1959/ Life
Story Cirio H. Santiago
Screenplay Augusto Buenaventura and Bert Duenas
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Cesar Gallardo
Cast Leopoldo Salcedo, Efren Reyes, Cesar Ramirez, Edna Luna, Johnny Monteiro, Cynthia Zamora, Bob Soler/ Co-starring Lito Anzures, Max Alvarado, Francisco Cruz, Aida Villegas/ with Bino Garcia, Jesus Lapid, Poleng Mendoza



Huwag Mo Akong Limutin" (1960)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date June 8, 1960/ Dalisay
Story Jose F. Sibal
Screenplay Jose F. Sibal and Gerardo de Leon
Music Tito Arevalo
Photography Ricardo Marcelino
Direction Gerardo de Leon
Cast Cesar Ramirez, Cynthia Zamora, Aura Aurea and Arsenia Francisco/ with Oscar Keesee, Ramon D'Salva, Nello Nayo, Danilo Jurado, Max Alvarado, Dadang Ortega, Dina Morales, Jesus Lapid, Domeng del Valle/ Introducing Robert Arevalo


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1160: CHARITO SOLIS, PHILLIP SALAVADOR AND RIO LOCSIN, WITH LEROY SALVADOR, JOHNNY DELGADO, LAURICE GUILLEN IN LINO BROCKA'S "INIT" (1979)


"Init" (1978)
Showbiz Incorporated
Release Date February 2, 1979
Screenplay Tony Perez
Cinematography Conrado Baltazar
Editing Augusto Salvador
Music Ernani Cuenco
Direction Lino Brocka
Cast Charito Solis, Phillip Salvador and Rio Locsin/ Also Starring Johnny Delgado, Laurice Guillen and Leroy Salvador


Synopsis: Osa (Charito Solis) is a sex-starved woman who has run away to a remote island with her daughter, Bayang (Rio Locsin). Now sixteen years old, she is the product of Osa’s sad past in the city. Emil Santos (Phillip Salvador), a mysterious stranger drifts by accident into the island. He proceeds to satisfy the mother’s long-felt need and initiates the daughter into sex. Leroy Salvador plays Juan, the spurned childhood admirer of Osa who adamantly refuses to touch his wife, Idad (Laurice Guillen), because of her inability to sire him a child after fourteen years of marriage. Johnny Delgado plays the black fisherman who is always there when Idad needs him.

(Source: Lino Brocka: The Artist and His Times)

"After some suspense and several screenings, the controversial movie, "Init" has finally been re-approved, but some juicy parts have to be cut. The permit for the movie was recalled when sex scenes supposed to have been cut were reportedly restored during the premiere showing held at the Circle theater last June 16. For the re-approval, the whole membership of the interim board of censors have to sit en banc twice. Also, a controversial item about "Init" is its advertisement, said to be not in consonance with existing guidelines of the censors. The movie shot in Currimao, Ilocos Norte topbills Charito Solis, Leroy Salvador, Phillip Salvador and Rio Locsin."

(from Crispina Martinez- Belen's Celebrity World)

Monday, January 14, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1159: VILMA SANTOS, JAY ILAGAN, WITH CELIA RODRIGUEZ, ALLAN VALENZUELA, ROMEO ENRIQUEZ, ROMEO RIVERA IN "COED" (1979)


"Coed" (1979)
Bancom Audiovision Co, Inc.
A V.S. Films Picture
Release Date January 25, 1979
Story and Screenplay Allan Jayme Rabaya
Film Editor Abelardo Hulleza
Director of Photography Mike Accion
Music George Canseco
Direction Emmanuel H. Borlaza
Cast Vilma Santos, Jay Ilagan, Celia Rodriguez, Allan Valenzuela, Romeo Enriquez, Romeo Rivera/ Also Starring Jun Soler, Angge, Jojo Santiago, Cora Tanada, Larry Leviste, Marilyn Villaruz, Rosemarie Sarita

Saturday, January 12, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1158: ROLLY QUIZON, RONALD CORVEAU AND INTRODUCING RIO LOCSIN IN ELWOOD PEREZ'S "DISGRASYADA" (1979)


"Disgrasyada" (1979)
Regal Films, Inc.
Release Date January 12, 1979
Story and Screenplay Toto Belano
Cinematography Johnny Araojo
Film Editor Rogelio Salvador
Music Ernani Cuenco
Direction Elwood Perez
Cast Rolly Quizon, Ronald Corveau and Introducing Rio Locsin (in her first starring role)/ Also Starring Subas Herrero, Johnny Wilson



(photo credit: PelikulaATBP/ James dela Rosa)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1157: RUDY FERNANDEZ (IN THE TITLE ROLE), GEORGE ESTREGAN, TRIXIA GOMEZ, RUEL VERNAL, RAUL ARAGON, DENCIO PADILLA, AMY AUSTRIA, VERONICA JONES IN "SALONGA" (1978)



"Salonga" (1978)
MBM Productions
For its 9th Anniversary Offering
Release Date December 25, 1978
The 4th Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Based on the true-to-life story of Nicasio 'Asiong' Salonga of Tondo
Story Amado S. Pagsanjan
Screenplay Humilde 'Meek' Roxas
Cinematography J. Q. Monteloyola
Music Rudy Rivero
Produced by ACM
Direction Romy Suzara
Cast Rudy Fernandez (in the title role), George Estregan, Trixia Gomez, Ruel Vernal, Raul Aragon, Dencio Padilla, Amy Austria, Veronica Jones/ Also Starring Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Jose Romulo, Golay, Renato del Prado, Arturo Moran, Baldo Marro, Ven Medina, Rey Tomenes/ Introducing Becky Porcuna

Monday, January 7, 2019

GOLDEN GLOBE'S BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS (1949- 2018) UPDATED



2018 - ROMA (Mexico)
2017 - IN THE FADE (Germany)
2016 - ELLE (France)
2015 - SON OF SAUL (Hungary)
2014 - LEVIATHAN (Russia)
2013 - THE GREAT BEAUTY (Italy)
2012 - AMOUR (Austria)
2011 - A SEPARATION (Iran)
2010 - IN A BETTER WORLD (Denmark)
2009 - THE WHITE RIBBON (Austria)
2008 - WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Israel)
2007 - THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (France/USA)
2006 - THE LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (Japan/ USA)
2005 - PARADISE NOW (Palestine)
2004 - THE SEA INSIDE (France/Italy/Spain)
2003 - OSAMA (Afghanistan)
2002 - TALK TO HER (Spain)
2001 - NO MAN’S LAND (Bosnia/Herzegovina)
2000 - CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON(Taiwan)
1999 - ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (Spain)
1998 - CENTRAL STATION (Brazil)
1997 - MA VIE EN ROSE (Belgium)
1996 - KOLYA (Czech Republic)
1995 - LES MISERABLES (France)
1994 - FARINELLI (Belgium)
1993 - FAREWELL, MY CONCUBINE (Hong Kong)
1992 - INDOCHINE (France)
1991 - EUROPA, EUROPA (Germany)
1990 - CYRANO de BERGERAC (France)
1989 - CINEMA PARADISO (Italy)
1988 - PELLE THE CONQUEROR (Denmark)
1987 - MY LIFE AS A DOG (Sweden)
1986 - THE ASSAULT (Netherlands)
1985 - THE OFFICIAL STORY (Argentina)
1984 - A PASSAGE TO INDIA (U.K.)
1983 - FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Sweden)
1982 - GANDHI (U.K./India)
1981 - CHARIOTS OF FIRE (U.K.)
1980 - TESS (U.K.)
1979 - LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (France/Italy)
1978 - AUTUMN SONATA (Sweden)
1977 - A SPECIAL DAY (Italy)
1976 - FACE TO FACE (Sweden)
1975 - LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME (Canada)
1974 - SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (Sweden)
1973 - THE PEDESTRIAN (Germany)
1972 - THE EMIGRANTS - Part 1/ 
THE NEW LAND - Part 2 (Sweden)
1971 - THE POLICEMAN (Israel)
1970 - RIDER IN THE RAIN (France)
1969 - Z (Algeria/France)
1968 - WAR AND PEACE (Russia)
1967 - LIVE FOR LIFE (France) 
1966 - A MAN AND A WOMAN (France)
1965 - JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (Italy)
1964 - THE GIRL WITH THE GREEN EYES (England)
- MARRIAGE, ITALIAN STYLE (Italy)
- SALLAH (Israel)
1963 - ANY NUMBER CAN WIN (France)
1962 - BEST OF ENEMIES (Italy)
- DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE (Italy)
1961 - TWO WOMEN (Italy)
1960 - THE MAN WITH THE GREEN CARNATION 
- LA VERITE (France) (English Language)
- THE VIRGIN SPRING (Sweden)
1959 - AREN’T WE WONDERFUL (Germany)
- BLACK ORPHEUS (France)
- THE BRIDGE (Germany)
- ODD OBESSION (Japan)
- WILD STRAWBERRIES (Sweden) 
1958 - THE GIRL AND THE RIVER (France)
- THE GIRL ROSEMARIE (Germany)
- A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (English Language)
- THE ROAD A YEAR LONG (Yugoslavia)
1957 - THE CONFESSIONS OF FELIX KRULL (Germany)
- TIZOC (Mexico)
- WOMAN IN A DRESSING GOWN (English Language)
- YELLOW CROW (Japan)
1956 - BEFORE SUNDOWN (Germany)
- THE GIRLS IN BLACK (Greece)
- RICHARD III (English Language)
- ROSES ON THE ARM (Japan)
- WAR AND PEACE (Italy)
- THE WHITE REINDEER (Finland)
1955 - DANGEROUS CURVES (England)
- EYES OF CHILDREN (Japan)
- ORDET (Denmark)
- SONS, MOTHERS AND A GENERAL (Germany)
- STELLA (Greece)
1954 - GENEVIEVE (England)
- LA MUJER DE LAS CAMELIAS (Argentina)
- NO WAY BACK (Germany)
- TWENTY-FOUR EYES (Japan)
1953/ 1952/ 1951/ 1950 - N/A
1949 -THE BICYCLE THIEF














THE SEVENTIES # 1156: ROBERT AREVALO, DAISY ROMUALDEZ, ORESTES OJEDA, JANET BORDON, VIC SILAYAN AND LORNA TOLENTINO IN "KATAWANG ALABOK" (1978)


"Katawang Alabok" (1978)
Agrix Films Production, Inc.
Release Date December 25, 1978
The 4th Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Story Pablo S. Gomez, Mil Acabar
Screenplay Allan Jayme Rabaya
Choreography Nards Apuhin
Cinematography Totoy Jacinto
Art Direction/ Production Design Robert L. Lee, Peter Perlas
Music George Canseco
Direction Emmanuel H. Borlaza
Cast Robert Arevalo, Daisy Romualdez, Orested Ojeda, Janet Bordon, Vic Silayan and Lorna Tolentino/ Also Starring Manny Luna, Anita Linda, Lucita Soriano, Mervin Samson,Angie Ferro, Mia Montemayor/ Featuring Ramon Recto

Sunday, January 6, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1155: LITO LAPID (IN THE TITLE ROLE), GEORGE ESTREGAN, TRIXIA GOMEZ, TINA MONASTERIO AND BETH BAUTISTA IN "THE JESS LAPID STORY" (1978)

From his humble beginning as a stuntman, Lito Lapid rose to become one of the country's top action movie stars. His first big movie was in 1978 when he was tapped to do the true-to-life story of the 60s top action star, Jess Lapid, his uncle. The movie, The Jess Lapid Story, was Mirick Films’entry in that year’s 4th Metro Manila Film Festival. It was an instant hit and paved the way for Lapid’s phenomenal rise to stardom. 


"The Jess Lapid Story" (1978)
Mirick Films International
Release Date December 25, 1978
The 4th Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Story Mrs. Bella Vda. de Lapid
Screenplay Tony Mortel and Diego Cagahastian
Cinematography Rey Lapid
Direction Jun Gallardo
Cast Lito Lapid (in the title role), George Estregan, Trixia Gomez, Tina Monasterio and Beth Bautista/ Featuring Romnick (Sarmenta)/ Also Starring Dencio Padilla, Ruben Rustia, Jonee Gamboa, Mitos del Mundo

Thursday, January 3, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1154: BEMBOL ROCO (IN THE TITLE ROLE), GEORGE ESTREGAN, TRIXIA GOMEZ AND JEAN SABURIT IN "KID KALIWETE" (1978)


"Kid Kaliwete" (1978)
Associated Entertainment Corporation
Release Date December 25, 1978
The 4th Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Screenplay Jose F. Sibal
Cinematography Jose Batac, Jr.
Music George Canseco
Direction Manuel Cinco
Cast Bembol Roco (in the title role), George Estregan, Trixia Gomez and Jean Saburit/ Also Starring Joonee Gamboa, Cynthia Gonzales, Val Iglesias, Nonoy de Guzman, Roy Caoile, Belo Borja, Eddie Nicart, Lauro Flores, Avel Morado/ Special Participation- Ven Medina, Yolanda Luna, Roma Roces and Iking Osorio/ Guest stars- Nona Herrera, Bong Buendia

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

THE SEVENTIES # 1153: CHRISTOPHER DE LEON (IN THE TITLE ROLE), MARIANNE DELA RIVA, DRANREB, JOHNNY DELGADO IN "GARROTE, JAI-ALAI KING" (1978)


"Garrote, Jai-Alai King" (1978)
VP Pictures
Release Date December 25, 1978
The 4th Metro Manila Film Festival Entry
Story and Screenplay Manuel Cinco and Gigo Bartolome
Cinematography Edmund Cupcupin
Film Editor Augusto Salvador
Music Ryan Cayabyab
Direction Manuel 'Fyke' Cinco
Cast Christopher de Leon (in the title role), Marianne dela Riva, Dranreb, Johnny Delgado/ Also Starring Amy Austria, Cynthia Gonzales, Allan Valenzuela, Manny Luna Ross Rival/ Introducing Mia Montemayor

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