Monday, 14 June 2021

1967, Film: Le Samouraï

The French-Italian film "Le Samouraï" was released on 25 October 1967. The film was directed and written by Jean-Pierre Melville, based on the novel "The Ronin" by Joan McLeod. Main stars are Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon and Cathy Rosier. The music was composed by François de Roubaix. Director Meville wrote the film for Alain Delon. The film is often considered as one of the best crime films ever. "Le Samouraï" inspired "The Killer" (John Woo, 1989), "The Driver" (Walter Hill, 1978), "Reservoir Dogs" (Quentin Tarantino, 1992) and "Ghost Dog" (Jim Jarmusch, 1999).

Le Samouraï poster

Alain Delon as Jef Costello

Nathalie Delon as Jane Lagrange and Alain Delon as Jef Costello

Synopsis
Jef Costello (Alain Delon) is a Paris hitman working under contract. He is hired to kill the owner of a night club and afterwards he becomes the prime suspect...

Alain Delon as Jef Costello
Nathalie Delon as Jane Lagrange
François Périer as the Superintendent and Caty Rosier as Valérie, the pianist

Main cast

  • Alain Delon as Jef Costello
  • François Périer as the Superintendent
  • Nathalie Delon as Jane Lagrange
  • Caty Rosier as Valérie, the pianist
  • Jacques Leroy as the man in the passageway
  • Michel Boisrond as Wiener
  • Robert Favart as the bartender
  • Jean-Pierre Posier as Olivier Rey
  • Catherine Jourdan as the hatcheck girl
  • Roger Fradet as police inspector
  • Carlo Nell as police inspector
  • Robert Rondo as police inspector

Nathalie Delon as Jane Lagrange
Alain Delon as Jef Costello
Nathalie Delon as Jane Lagrange and François Périer as the Superintendent


Trailer


Friday, 11 June 2021

1966, Belgian Comics: “Suske en Wiske”, "De vliegende aap"

In 1966 the reissued "Suske en Wiske" (UK: "Bob & Bobette" or "Spike and Suzy", US: "Willy and Wanda") album "De vliegende aap" ("The flying monkey") was published. The series “Suske en Wiske” was created by Willy Vandersteen in 1945.

No 65: "De vliegende aap"
No 2: "De vliegende aap", original cover from 1948

No 65: “De vliegende aap”
- two-coloured
- first published in 1948 in blue and brown
- never published in English
- story and drawings by Willy Vandersteen
- published in French ("Bob et Bobette") as "Le singe volant"
- the album was completely redrawn

Arthur (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)
Banana and Suske (Spike) (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)
Boumbala (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)

The story was pre-published in the newspaper "De Nieuwe Standaard" from 28 September 1946 until 12 February 1947. The main characters are Suske (Spike), Wiske (Suzy), aunt Sidonia, Lambik (Ambrose), Arthur, Putifar the donkey, Boumbala, Serpentos, Banana, and Kanga the snake. The locations for this story are Belgium, and Dongo (parody of Congo). The album was reedited in 1968 as No 87 in the coloured series.

Kanga and Lambik (Ambrose) (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)
Lambik (Ambrose) and Putifar (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)
Lambik (Ambrose) and Wiske (Suzy) (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)

Synopsis
When Lambik (Ambrose) is reading the newspaper he becomes suddenly very excited about a photograph of a strange creature at the top of a tree in the forests of Dongo. It's a photograph of his brother Arthur who knows the secret of flying...

Kanga and Serpentos (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)
Aunt Sidonia (left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)
Suske (Spike), Lambik (Ambrose) and Wiske (Suzy)
(left 1948 original, right 1966 redraw)

 

Saturday, 5 June 2021

1965, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes II

Ogle Triplex Scimitar GTS
- Designed and produced at Ogle, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK, 1965
- Based on the Reliant Scimitar GT (SE4) with the same 2,994 cc Ford Essex V6
engine
-
Commissioned by the “Triplex Glass Company” to demonstrate their use of laminated sundym glass
-
Showed at the London Motor-show in 1965

Ogle Triplex Scimitar GTS
Ogle Triplex Scimitar GTS
Ogle Triplex Scimitar GTS

NSU Autonova FAM
- Designed by Henner Werner, Pio Manzù and Michael Conrad
- P
roduced by NSU, Neckarsulm, West Germany, 1965
- Based on the
NSU Prinz 1000 with a 1281 cc four cylinder engine by Glas
- Showed at Frankfurt Motor-show in 1965

NSU Autonova FAM
NSU Autonova FAM
NSU Autonova FAM

Polaroid Swinger
- Designed by Henry Dreyfuss, USA, 1965
- Manufactured by
the Polaroid Corporation, USA, 1965 - 1970
-
The first inexpensive instant camera

Polaroid Swinger
Polaroid Swinger

Braun Citruspress MPZ 1
- Designed by Robert Oberheim and Reinhold Weiss, West Germany, 1965
- Manufactured by
Braun, West Germany, 1965

Polaroid Swinger
Polaroid Swinger

Djinn bench
- Designed by Olivier Mourgue, France, 1965
- Manufactured by Airborne International, France, 19
65 - 1975

Djinn bench
Djinn bench

Triumph adverts, 1965

Triumph 1200 (Herald) (USA/Canada)
Triumph 1300 (UK)
Triumph Spitfire (West Germany)
Triumph Spitfire (Danmark)
Triumph Spitfire Mk 2 (USA/Canada)
Triumph TR-4A (USA/Canada)


Sunday, 23 May 2021

1964, Film: La Tulipe noire

The French-Italian-Spanish film "La Tulipe noire" ("The Black Tulip") was released on 28 February 1964. The film was directed by Christian-Jaque and written by Henri Jeanson slightly based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Main stars are Alain Delon, Virna Lisi and Dawn Addams. The music was composed by Alain Goraguer.

"La Tulipe noire" poster

Synopsis
In 1789 aristocrat Guillaume de Saint Preux leads a double life as the masked bandit the Black Tulip. During a robbery the Tulip's face is scared and afterwards Guillaume asks his twin brother Julien to impersonate him...

Alain Delon as Julien de Saint Preux aka The Black Tulip
Alain Delon as Julien de Saint Preux and
Virna Lisi as Caroline Plantin
Main cast

  • Alain Delon as Julien de Saint Preux / Guillaume de Saint Preux
  • Virna Lisi as Caroline Plantin
  • Adolfo Marsillach as Baron La Mouche
  • Dawn Addams as Marquise Catherine de Vigogne
  • Akim Tamiroff as Marquis de Vigogne
  • Laura Valenzuela as Lisette
  • George Rigaud as Polizeichef
  • Francis Blanche as Plantin
  • José Jaspe as Brignon
  • Robert Manuel as Prince Alexandre de Grassillac de Morvan-Le-Breau

Virna Lisi as Caroline Plantin
Alain Delon and Dawn Addams at the filming set

Trivia

  • Alain Delon made this film after seeing the success of Jean-Paul Belmondo in “Cartouche” (1962).


"La Tulipe noire" trailer


Thursday, 13 May 2021

1963, Car Spotting: Rivierenlaan (now President Kennedylaan), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Left to right

First row bottom to top
Citroën ID/DS, Citroën 2CV,
Ford Taunus 17M (P3, "Bath-tub Taunus"), Volkswagen Transporter T1 (Type 2), unidentified car, Fiat 500, Austin A60 Cambridge or Morris Oxford Series VI, the rest is not very clear except the Citroën ID/DS en the Fiat 600.

Second row bottom to top
Simca 1000, Ford Taunus 17M Turnier (P3, "Bath-tub Taunus"), Opel (Olympia) Rekord (P1), BMW 700 (E107), Citroën ID/DS, DAF 750 or DAF Daffodil, Citroën 2CV, Fiat 600, Fiat 500, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Renault 4, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Citroën 2CV, Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120/W121), the rest is not very clear.

Third row bottom to top
Mercedes-Benz Ponton
(W120/W121), Fiat 1100, Renault Dauphine, Borgward Isabella Station Wagon, Fiat 1300, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Mercedes-Benz W110, Opel (Olympia) Rekord (P1), Fiat 1300 or 1500, Ford Anglia or Prefect (100E), unidentified car probably Opel, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Opel Kapitän (P2), DKW Junior, unidentified car, Peugeot 403, unidentified car, Renault Caravelle/Floride, the rest is not very clear.

Fourth row bottom to top
Unidentified American car,
Borgward Isabella, Lloyd LT 500/600, Opel Olympia, Opel Kapitän, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Opel Rekord (P2), Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Chevrolet Biscayne, Opel (Olympia) Rekord (P1), Opel Kapitän (P2), Fiat 1300/1500, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Mercedes-Benz W110, Renault 4, Ford Anglia (105E), Ford Anglia (105E), NSU Prinz 4, unidentified car, Renault 8, Ford Taunus 17M (P2, "Baroque Taunus" or "Flying carpet"), unidentified car probably Fiat, Ford Taunus 17M (P3, "Bath-tub Taunus"), Citroën Ami 6, unidentified car, Fiat 1300/1500, Austin A60 Cambridge or Morris Oxford Series VI, DKW Sonderklasse (3=6), Opel Rekord (P2), the rest is not very clear.

Fifth row bottom to top
Peugeot 403, Fiat 1100,
Borgward Isabella Station Wagon, Ford Taunus 17M (P3, "Bath-tub Taunus"), Ford Anglia (E494A), Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120/W121), Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Austin/Morris Mini, the rest is not very clear.

Sixth row bottom to top
Volkswagen Transporter T1 (Type 2),
DKW Junior, Ford Taunus 17M (P3, "Bath-tub Taunus"), Chevrolet Corvair, Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120/W121), Ford Fairlane, Renault Dauphine, Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120/W121), two unidentified cars, Porsche 356, Volkswagen Transporter T1 (Type 2), unidentified car probably Simca Aronde, Renault Estafette, unidentified car, Peugeot 403, Peugeot 404, the rest is not very clear.

Seventh row bottom to top
Unidentified car,
Borgward Isabella, Volkswagen 1500 squareback (Type 3), Simca Ariane, unidentified car probably American, Jaguar Mark 2, unidentified car, Renault Dauphine, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120/W121), Fiat 1100, Ford Taunus 17M Turnier (P3, "Bath-tub Taunus"), Citroën 2CV, the rest is not very clear.

Eighth row bottom to top
Ford Taunus 17M (P3,
"Bath-tub Taunus"), Mercedes-Benz Ponton (W120/W121), Peugeot 203, Volkswagen Transporter T1 (Type 2), DKW Junior, unidentified car probably Simca, Opel Kapitän, DKW Sonderklasse (3=6), Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Opel Kapitän, Fiat 1100, unidentified American car probably Ford, Volkswagen Transporter T1 (Type 2), Citroën Ami 6, unidentified break probably Opel Rekord, unidentified break, Borgward Isabella Station Wagon, the rest is not very clear.

Tenth row bottom to top
Peugeot 404, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Lloyd / Borgward Arabella, Mercedes-Benz W187, Renault Dauphine, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Ford Consul (EOTA), Ford Prefect 107E, Opel 1200 (P1), Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), unidentified car probably Ford, Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Citroën 2CV, Ford Anglia (100E), Renault Dauphine, Ford Zephyr / Zodiac Mark II (206E), the rest is not very clear.

Eleventh row bottom to top
Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1), Volkswagen 1100/1200 (Beetle, Type 1),
Simca 1000, Renault Dauphine, unidentified car.


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

1960’s / 1970's, Cars: Simca, the French (little) bird

Cars produced by Simca (Société Industrielle de Mécanique et Carrosserie Automobile).

Simca 5

- 1936 - 1948
- L4, 570 cc
- FR layout
- 2-door coupé / cabriolet
- production: 65.451 units

Simca 5

Simca 8

- 1937 - 1951
-
L4, 1090 cc (1937 - 1949) / L4, 1221 cc (1949 - 1951)
- FR layout
- 2/4 door saloon, 2 door coupé, 2 door cabriolet, 3 door estate
- production: 112.390 units

Simca 8

Simca 6

- 1947 - 1950
-
L4, 570 cc
- FR layout
- 2 door coupé / 3 door van
- production: 16.512 units

Simca 6

Simca 9 Aronde

- 1951 - 1955
-
L4, 1221 cc
- FR layout
- 4-door saloon, 2 door coupé, 2 door convertible, 3 door estate, 2 door pickup, 2 door van
- production: 1.425.329 units
(all Aronde’s!)

Simca 9 Aronde

 Simca 90A Aronde

- 1955 - 1958
-
L4, 1290 cc
- FR layout
- 4-door saloon, 2 door coupé, 2 door convertible, 3 door estate, 2 door pickup, 2 door van
- production: 1.425.329 units
(all Aronde’s!)

Simca 90A Aronde

Simca Aronde P60

- 1958 - 1964
-
L4, 1090 cc or L4, 1290 cc
- FR layout
- 4-door saloon, 2 door coupé, 2 door convertible, 3 door estate, 2 door pickup, 2 door van, 5 door station wagon
- production: 1.425.329 units
(all Aronde’s!)

Simca Aronde P60

Simca Vedette (Mk I)

- aka Simca Trianon, Simca Versailles, Simca Régence, Simca Marly
- 1954 - 1957
- V8, 2351 cc
- FR layout
- 4 door saloon, 5 door estate, 2/4 door convertible
- production: 105.150 units

Simca Vedette Mk I

Simca Vedette (Mk II)

- aka Simca Beaulieu, Simca Chambord, Simca Présidence, Simca Marly
- 1958 - 1961
- V8, 2351 cc
- FR layout
- 4 door saloon, 5 door estate, 2/4 door convertible
- production: 61.835 units

Simca Vedette Mk II

Simca Ariane

- aka Simca Beaulieu, Simca Chambord, Simca Présidence, Simca Marly
- 1957 - 1963
-
L4, 1290cc (1957 – 1963) / V8, 2351 cc (1958 - 1961)
- FR layout
- 4 door saloon
- production: 159.418 units

Simca Ariane

Simca 1000

- 1961 - 1978
- design: Mario Boano
- L4, 777 cc / L4, 944 cc / L4, 1118 cc / L4, 1294 cc
-
RR layout
- 4 door saloon
- production: 1.949.407 units

Simca 1000 1961 - 1968
Simca 1000 1968 - 1978

Simca 1000 Coupé / Simca 1200 S

- 1961 - 1978
- design: Giorgetto Giugiaro
at Studio Bertone
-
L4, 944 cc (Simca 1000 Coupé) / L4, 1204 cc (Simca 1200S)
-
RR layout
- 2 door
coupé
- production: 25.000 units

Simca 1000 Coupé
Simca 1200 S

Simca 1300/1500

- 1963 - 1966
-
L4, 1290 cc (Simca 1300) / L4, 1475 cc (Simca 1500)
-
FR layout
- 4 door saloon, 5 door estate
- production: 712.239 units

Simca 1300
Simca 1500

Simca 1301/1501

- 1966 - 1976
-
L4, 1290 cc (Simca 1301) / L4, 1475 cc (Simca 1501)
-
FR layout
- 4 door saloon, 5 door estate
- production: ? Units

Simca 1301 / 1501

Simca 1100

- aka Talbot 1100 / Dodge 1100
- 19
67 - 1981
-
L4, 944 cc / L4, 1118 cc / L4, 1204 cc / L4, 1294 cc
-
FF layout
- 3/
5 door hatchback, 5 door estate, 2 door pickup, 3 door van
- production: 2.139.008 Units

Simca 1100

Simca-Chrysler 160/180/2 litres

- aka Talbot 160/180/2 litres
- 19
70 - 1980
-
design: Roy Axe, Curt Gwinn
-
L4, 1.6 litre / L4, 1.8 litre / L4, 2.0 litre
-
FR layout
- 4 door saloon
- production: 275.000 Units

Simca-Chrysler 2 litres

Matra-Simca Bagheera

- aka Talbot-Matra Bagheera
- 19
73 - 1980
-
design: Jean Toprieux, Jacques Nochet, Antonis Volanis
-
L4, 1294 cc / L4, 1442 cc
-
MR layout
- 3 door
coupé
- production: 47.796 Units

Matra-Simca Bagheera

Simca 1307

- aka Simca 1308/1309/1508/1609, Chrysler Alpine, Talbot 1510/150/Alpine
- 19
75 - 1986
-
design: Roy Axe
-
L4, 1294 cc / L4, 1442 cc / L4, 1592 cc
-
FF layout
-
5 door hatchback
- production: ? Units

Simca 1307

Matra-Simca Rancho

- aka Talbot Matra Rancho
- 19
77 - 1983
-
design: Antonis Volanis
-
L4, 1442 cc
-
FF layout
-
3 door estate
- production: 56.457 Units

Matra-Simca Rancho

Simca Horizon

- aka Chrysler Horizon (UK) / Talbot Horizon / Dodge Omni (USA) / Plymouth Horizon (USA)
- 19
77 - 1987
-
design: Roy Axe
-
L4, 1118 cc / L4, 1294 cc / L4, 1442 cc / L4, 1905 cc (diesel)
-
FF layout
-
5 door hatchback
- production: ? Units

Simca Horizon