RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN. SHARON STONE. DOGHMI LARBE. PINA MORETTI. KING SOLOMON'S MINES. JOHN CLEESE. PINA MORETTI'S PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. ARTICLE INC: PHOTOS, PINA WITH OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN,  
                                      
                                            
                                                                                               
THE MAKING OF KING SOLOMON'S MINES. ZIMBABWE.  THIS STORY WILL BE EXTENDED / UPDATED. PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF PINA MORETTI. DESIGNER, COSTUMIER, WARDROBE, 3 MONTHS ON LOCATION IN ZIMBABWE.
KING SOLOMON'S MINES. RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN. SHARON STONE. DOGHMI LARBI.  HENRY SILVA.  DOGHMA LARBI  ( Richard Chamberlain's wardrobe by Pina Moretti.) 
   

 

PINA ON FILM SHOOT         


 

My wife, Pina, became extremely successful in South Africa as a Theatrical Costumier/designer, and she worked on many Movies and TV productions.  In 1986 she went to Zimbabwe to do the movie "King Solomon's Mines - The Lost City of Gold" with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone. All  of Richard's costumes that you see in that movie were created by Pina on a little "Elna" sewing machine, again in the middle of the Jungle, the electricity being supplied by a generator. She also had to create 1,000 Zulu costumes for the extras. All that stuff you see in the movie, Pina put that toether. Amazing.  One night after the the Day's shooting was over, Pina got a call asking her to go to Sharon Stone's room. Now Sharon was just starting out on her career at that time but she was very "Uppity" even then. When Pina got there, Miss Stone started on her. " How come my costumes don't fit as well as Richard's, I'm not happy with them, and I'm not happy with You, and I hear your going to be fired, and seeing as how my costumes fit so badly I'm completely in agreement, you should be fired". Miss Stone was lying on her bed at the time, and Pina used the old psychological trick of standing over her, looking down from her advantage point.  " First of all " said Pina " I'm only responsible for Richard's costumes, you demanded that your costumes be made in Johannesburg by a "Professional" costume maker, which is insulting enough. Secondly, are you aware of the fact that I was Head of Wardrobe at "Sun City" ? I've dressed Cher, Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers,{ all perfectly true} and more people than you've had hot dinners. Also my girl, I'm old enough to put you across my knee and smack your Ass for the manner in which you're talking to me !"  Sharon's jaw dropped, and just then her Husband entered the room. " Darling, darling" she said "Did you know that Pina worked with Sinatra,Cher, etc, and she mustn't be fired". "Who said she was being fired ?" He asked " From what I hear Richard is knocked out with his costumes. He says He's never had such well fitting clothes. If you'd gone to Pina in the first place, we wouldn't be having this stupid conversation"    You know, it's amazing what dropping a few names will do. The movie was completed without any more shit from Miss Stone. A word of warning to anyone who might be tempted to mess with my Missus - She can kill a man at fifty paces with one blow of her tongue ! (c) joemoretti-chapter one records. 


 

*Doghma Larbi is that incredible actor who played "OOTAH" in "THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING" with Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Pina and Doghmi became great friends while making King Solomon's Mines.


 

                                                       

Pina with Olivia Newton John. Sun City 1980


Here's a little story about  John Cleese of "Monty Python" Fame.  

 

The main starsPina and I were in Birmingham about 100 miles from London, doing a TV show one lunch time. I was nuts about John Cleese, He is a great hero of mine and I had always wanted to meet him. Now in those big tv studios there are miles and miles of corridors, and it's very easy to get lost, looking for dressing rooms, the right studio etc.  So Pina and I are wandering from corridor to corridor and suddenly we see John Cleese coming towards us, obviously lost himself.  Now it's not the done thing to say " Hey, You're John Cleese, I've always been a fan of yours " and all that shit, anyway I was late for my call, so on we went. Five minutes later, still lost, we turn a corner and there's Mr Cleese still wandering around. No shit, this went on for about 20 minutes. Everytime we turned a corner there he was. It was very crazy and rather unnerving, and he kept doing that crazy little jump. Yes, it was Basil alright. Even while I was on set Pina kept bumping into him. I think he was still looking for his dressing room. So we finished the show and returned to London. The following day Pina and I were driving to Swiss Cottage, North London, to do some shopping.  Pina parked the car in a side street, I opened the car door and got out, not really watching what I was doing. Suddenly someone bumped into me. I looked up. It was John Cleese !!  Again !!  We both screamed, he hurried on past and Pina helped pull me out of the bushes into which I had hurled myself.  I never did get a chance to speak to him.     

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