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Other Films / I quattro pistoleri di Santa Trinita' (1971)
« on: May 19, 2024, 11:42:21 PM »
I didn't concentrate to understand what the plot was all about: a waste of time. There are some documents about the ownership of a mine and some baddies want to get them after having massacred Daniela Giordano's family. Raho is the gang leader and during a night in a posada all the characters try to get the documents and the weapons to be sold to the Indians. Another Baddie is Vargas (both he and Raho sport relevant wigs). Some snowy landascapes, Some pretty females (Antonella Murgia and Valeria Fabrizi) but boredom is constant. Pregadio's score is very effective: but for a polizziottesco.3-4/10

This ought to be the twin companion to Il ritorno di Clint il solitario (I thought I had watched it but apparently didn't. So I'll have to). Not bad, it proceeds at a fast pace and though it is far from original (there are some elements blatantly taken from GBU) it never bores you, even thanks to the Tuco-like Sancho's character (a pity though I watched the movie in spanish: when he's dubbed in italian by Romano - like Wallach was - he's much more funny). The story is about two gringos (George Martin and Richelmy) going after a loot stolen by Daniel Martin's gang and that Sancho has hidden in a tomb, Rosalba Neri is her usual sexy but doesn't show her just as usual nudity. Piccioni's score is negligible. 6/10

Other Films / Al este del oeste (1984)
« on: May 12, 2024, 08:02:39 AM »
Giusti, who hasn't watched it but, as Garfield, writes as he did, affirms that this is a spoof of SW (yeah, at a point Esteso briefly whistles the GBU theme). It isn't. Or, if we want to consider it a spoof, then it is not centered on SW but on  western generally. Of course Giusti has seen in the credits the names of two SW stalwarts like Sancho and Jose Manuel Martin and deducted wrongly the SW relation. But the final scene, with Esteso (another comedian malgre' lui) dressed all in white and shouting: "Hi Silver" to his white horse reflects a different parentage. the simple truth is that the director Ozores specialized in sexy comedies, with some display of T&A, and this came out. And I can't say this is so bad, not much because of the scarcely apparent comic gifts of Esteso, but of other actors like Ozores (a relative of the director?) and especially Navarro (even though just looking at Sancho makes me smile). Some good visual comic scenes like the whisky glass thrown at each other by Esteso and Ozores or the tricks at the end with the disguised weapons under a plastered arm or leg and the nudes make me give it a 5-6/10.

Other Films / Aqui llega Condemor, el pecador de la pradera (1996)
« on: May 11, 2024, 07:57:59 AM »
This is a would-be farce (with musical numbers) that never makes you smile, let alone laugh. Based on the worn out cliche of the idiot noble  with a dumber servant, it is about searching for a boy's father and the gold mine he discovered. In between are a gang of mexicans and the Apaches. Sambrell here is credited as Sanblell (!?). They must have spent money on this: great colors (not the monochrome of recent american movies) ad great costumes (not leftovers from the '60s).  4/10

So an army gold truck gets lost and the bad guys want to beat the Union to recover  it: sounds familiar? But no, there ends the similarity. Here W and S are aiding the daughter of the official who hid the gold to find it and save his father's honor. I wonder why the Croatis's  landscapes impress me more than the american ones: better location spotters? So even though  this is quite repetitive (the bandits manage regularly to kidnap an hostage and force the will of the good ones, though in the end always failing thanks to some trick) this one never bores, it has good pacing and, as said, it is a pleasure to watch. The score is annoying as hell, though. 6-7/10

Italian title: L'uomo dal lungo fucile

Other Films / The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
« on: April 29, 2024, 05:25:03 AM »
Garfield rates it mediocre because not true to facts or legend. I disagree (and anyway: who cares? You want facts or legend you read a book). This first Gordon Douglas western is very entertaining, well paced and with Scott playing unusually an outlaw who tries vainly to redeem himself. Beery is just as good but all the cast, even the female, is up to the  task. 6-7/10

Other Films / Il mio nome e Shangai Joe (1973)
« on: April 28, 2024, 11:35:33 AM »
I didn't expect much from it and instead this is quite entertaining. A chinese master of martial arts wants to become a cowboy and arrives in California. He becomes a paladin of peones against ferocious landlords headed by Piero Lulli who engage a series of killers to get rid of him. The pace is fast, the fights are imbibed with sadism and the girl is pretty though she doesn't show skin. The score by Nicolai was heard somewhere already. 6-7/10

Other Films / Hardcase (1972)
« on: April 27, 2024, 01:26:31 AM »
Clint Walker in Zapataland? Yes and no. The action is set in revolutionary Mexico but the plot  is far from the usual good peones v. bad federales. Walker is looking for his wife who - thinking he was dead - fled to Mexico with a revolution leader. She also sold his hubby's farm and Walker wants to retrieve the $ 5.000 as the wife has no intention of going back to USA and to him. I especially like the finale, far from the usual. But the action, apart from the initial ambush with remarkable special effects (the explosions in the middle of the federales cavalry are impressive) is quite lacking in tension. Thank God, the running lenght is just 75' so I give it 6-7/10. On YT. 

Other Films / Trinita e Sartana figli di... (1972)
« on: April 21, 2024, 09:06:22 AM »
This is the twin of Alleluja e Sartana figli di...Dio, i.e. the germans put the money and got one movie and Siciliano made two. And this is slightly better than the first one, with a British black actor playing Trinity (rightly, as he says he was born in Trinidad!). No Ron Ely and Beatrice Pellegrino instead of Uschi Glas: not as pretty, but good looking; plus Daniela Giordano ()how came she to make so many movies?). I would give this a 5-6/10, but the trick of the cage descending to protect the piano player from the brawl in the saloon, so anticipating the analogue one in the Blues Brothers, makes me give it 6/10.

Other Films / Alleluja e Sartana figli di... Dio (1972)
« on: April 20, 2024, 10:41:49 AM »
A italo-german co-production of a Trinity clone. The usual villain gang tries to dispossess the land owners by terrorizing them disguising as ghosts. I've seen worse than this one which, if I have to believe Giusti's book, was a hit in Germany. Uschi Glas is VERY pretty. The two male leads (one is Tarzan Ron Ely) cannot compete with Spencer-Hill but Dell'Acqua has got acrobatic skills maybe even greater than Hill's. There's a pie-throwing scene and, remarkably (and if my eyes do not deceive me), what could be the first appearance of a tiramisu' cake in a movie. 5/10

Other Films / The Tall Stranger (1957)
« on: April 19, 2024, 12:22:32 AM »
"Not too bad, but predictable". (Garfield) It has a measure of originality and some good scenes: the initial shooting at McCrea, the fistfight, the confrontation ending with the murder of the woman. Notable the use of squib with a lot of blood: can't remember another western of the '50's with so much blood. Also, the composition of some scenes is quite original for a western of the time, with use of the depth of field.  Based on a L'Amour novel, it gets a 6-7/10.
On YT.

Other Films / Arrivano Django e Sartana... E' la fine (1970)
« on: April 18, 2024, 06:30:38 AM »
Mitchell's gang kidnaps Fidani's daughter to make it safely to Mexico with the loot of a robbery. But the bounty hunters Sartana and Django are on their tracks. This is the last Fidani I have to watch. Or at least I hope so.  Mitchell and Gori's score leave the only traces of professionalism in the movie (though the Californian has to play a demented gang boss playing poker with himself in front of a mirror). Also, in the near Rome landscape, it is notable the presence of some wooden cactus trees (or is it some unknown to me species?). No rating.   

Other Films / The Shadow Riders (1982)
« on: April 15, 2024, 02:10:26 AM »
I give ususally a 6/10 to this high romp, sometime childish TV movie, but the stellar cast (for western genre) solid story (a L'Amour novel) and good production values makes me raise it to 6-7/10. On youtube

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