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« on: October 23, 2006, 10:50:55 AM »

You don't really want me to talk about this, uh? But I want to, sorry. Well, there's a lot to say, so I'll keep to essentials. It's about a town which is held in thrall by a ferocious invidual dubbed as El Diablo. A group of female saloon "artists" headed by Lola (Falana) comes to town because one of them has malary. Lola persuades the reluctant citizens to rally up and challenge El Diablo, who dies during the battle. Lola gets the local "doctor" (andl beau) who joins the "artists" in their vagabond life.
Now, the movie is crappy, not a single element can redeem it. Only  a pair of violent images could maybe remotely attract the SW fan.
But that's not the point. How many among you know who Lola Falana is? I seem to remember she acquired a certain notoriety in USA in the '70's and '80's. I don't know to which extent, though. But she was famous over here at the time the movie was made because she performed as dancer and singer in a saturday night show hosted by Mina. So she was given the part which, in pre-blaxploitation times (and maybe even after) would have sounded incredible. A black woman leader of a group  of actresses, who turns into a leader of a remote western town? Wonder what the faces of the few (if any) american viewers  of this looked like in the theatre.
She sings and dances 3 numbers in saloon girl's dress (the costume has no gown though): the first is a straight (and good) original r&b number with electric bass, drums and tenor sax. Then third number is "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" which she sings towards the end wearing the regular long white gown usually seen in those pentecostal (or baptist?) church rituals, with all the saloon people clapping hands, including the local (catholic) father. When the number is over she drops the the gown and is in saloon dress, showing naked legs.  I don't remember anything like this in "Blazing Saddles".
Just to explain ho things stood in Italy 40 years ago, just consider that during the flashback in which Lola as a child watches her parents being sadistically murdered her part is interpreted by a white girl. And her parents are white too!
Can you then wonder that the local beau at the end leaves the blonde girl (Erna Schurer) to go with Lola?



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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2006, 11:24:19 AM »

Nice poster.

EDIT: good find Marmota. Mine was too long, it was screwing up the size of the thread.


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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2006, 11:27:43 AM »

I found this one too. If you want shorter URL, here it is:
(No offense, Firecracker.)


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