Monday, January 14, 2013

Obit: Mariangela Melato, R.I.P.

More sad news: Italian actress Mariangela Melato, who so memorably portrayed General Kala, Klytus' right-hand woman and head of Mongo's secret police in director Mike Hodges' 1980 film, Flash Gordon, passed away from pancreatic cancer last Friday, January 11. She was 71 years old.

Popular in Europe, Melato starred in a variety of roles in over 60 films and television productions, but is probably best known for her role in 1974's Swept Away.

Rest in peace, Mariangela.


  1. Awww, she was amazing in a movie filled with memorable characters. "We are going to empty your mind the same way we may empty your pockets."

    "OPEN FIRE!"
    "On War Rocket Ajax!"
    "I'll take full responsibility! OPEN FIRE!"

  2. Best line of all time:

    "What do you mean, 'Flash Gordon approaching'!?"

  3. Oh wow, I just ordered the Blu-ray of the movie today.

    genjipress has it right about that line, though of all time might be stretching it a wee bit. Her delivery was impeccable.

    RIP indeed.

  4. Storm the Klingon BroadJanuary 15, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Good thing you looked at her obituary more closely; I've no idea how I got her age as *81* in that earlier post. (hands over her Agonizer)

    The Burn Unit Flash Gordon Watching Party shall be in full effect on Saturday; we'll be eating Italian food and swilling Amaretto in her honour.

    Your Pal,


  5. She was also in the 1977 movie Casotto... ...which is a bit sci-fi too because it has Jodie Foster playing a pregnant teen and parents who try finding her a husband...