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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Friday, May 25, 2012

BRUNO SAMMARTINO: STRONGMAN (1974)


By the time I started watching pro wrestling, as a little fellow, Bruno Sammartino was just an announcer who would occasionally get back in the ring when someone pissed him off enough but I knew from all the magazines that he was the former world champ and a big deal throughout most of the 70's. This documentary, which was an episode of a TV sports series called THE WINNERS, is a pretty cool look at the old days of wrasslin' before it was just a silly TV show and it at least pretended to be a real sporting event and a look at the guy who represented that mentality of staying true to the act no matter what. Besides being a neat look at old school WWWF it's also interesting that this was directed by George Romero and I've never noticed it listed anywhere in any of his biographies before. I guess everyone just lumps it in with all the stuff he shot for TV in the early part of his career. Also interviewed here is Bill Cardille who was the news reporter in Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Neat time capsule deal here.

 

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