The Devil's Brigade
There are numerous films and actors that are associated with Valvori.
The biggest name is probably William Holden who is said to have been there during filming of The Devils Brigade (1968) in the late 1960's. The film was shot in two main locations,
the first half being shot (probably) in America and the second half of the film, when the heroes were in action against the Germans was shot in and around Sant'Elia...
amazingly they actually call it Sant'Elia in the film. Certainly Holden, who plays Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick in the film, flew over Valvori in the opening scene of the
Italian part of the film where he is seen flying through the mountains in a small reconnaisance plane above a road. That road is the road from Valvori to Vallerotonda,
just outside Valvori. This film has some very memorable action scenes shot around the original World War 2 ruins of Sant'Elia and the scene where they pick off a German
patrol one by one will be so familiar to anyone who has been to the place.
Memorable quote from the film [Upon meeting the rowdy, unkempt American troops for the first time.]
Maj. Alan Crown: God save the King.
Capt. Rose: God save us all.
The Ballad of Kid Divine: The Cockney Cowboy
From Valvori's own talent there is George Rossi who has starred
in various TV adverts and numerous TV shows, the latest being ITV's "The Bill" where he
played DC Duncan Lennox (1998-2003), Taggart (1997), The Singing Detective (1986) and The Monocled Mutineer to name four. He has also starred in
films such as Comfort and Joy (1984), In Love and War (1996) and Roseanna's Grave (1997). Possibly George's most relevant contribution to Valvori
is the film he directed there in the early 1990's. The Ballad of Kid Divine (1992) is a Sergio Leone Pastiche starring the cream of British comedy from film and TV including
Michael Elphick, Neil Morrissey, Jesse Birdsall, Martin Clunes and Vincenzo Nicoli plus many Valvorese "extras" and is shot entirely on location in the countryside around
Valvori where the wild west was faithfully recreated with gunfights, singing, baked beans and endless laughing all going to make this a fantastically entertaining film and an absolute must for anyone from Valvori.
Two memorable quotes from the film
Chico: Its the Kid.
Diablo: You fight like women!