Massimo Dallamano – Bandidos (1967)


Renowned gunman Richard Martin is traveling on a train, held up by Billy Kane, a former student of Martin’s. Kane spares Martin, but only after shooting his hands. Years later, Martin meets an escaped convict, wrongly convicted for the train robbery. Martin trains his new student and both men seek out Billy Kane. Continue reading

Vasilis Georgiadis – To homa vaftike kokkino aka Blood on the Land (1966)


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In 1907, in the parts of Greece that are liberated, not all Greeks feel free and the biggest ranges of the Thessalian valley are owned by a few big landowners. The farmers who are forced to work like slaves find in Marinos, a well educated young man, their ideal
representative. Odysseus, son of one of the big landowners, supports Marinos and conflicts with his father and brother, a conflict with a tragic end. Continue reading

Nikita Mikhalkov – Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh AKA At Home Among Strangers, A Stranger Among His Own (1974)


Description: An unenviable lot fell to the Red Army soldier Shilov: he is being suspected of stealing gold. In the hungry 1920s, the young Soviet Republic’s government searches for gold all over the country, to buy for it bread from abroad. And now, the collected valuables disappeared from the armored and well-guarded train car on their way to Moscow. Shilov learns that the valuables have been stolen by the bandits. To restore his good reputation, Shilov has to infiltrate the band. To find out where the stolen gold is kept, he must be at home among the strangers.
A debut of the world-famous director Nikita Mikhalkov, this film is an excellent model of a “western”, having a very ingenious plot, and, most importantly, being a hymn to men’s true friendship.
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Terence Young – Soleil rouge aka Red Sun (1971)


In what was billed as “The First East-Meets-West Western,” Toshiro Mifune plays Kuroda, a samurai warrior who accompanies a Japanese diplomat to the United States. The diplomat has brought with him a golden, jewel-encrusted sword to present as a token of good will to the president, but as they travel by train through the west, they’re ambushed by a pair of outlaws, Gauche (Alain Delon) and Link (Charles Bronson). Gauche and Link steal the sword, but Link leans the hard way about his partner’s trustworthiness when Gauche double-crosses him and makes off with the booty. Since both Kuroda and Link have a grudge against Gauche, they warily join forces to track him down and return the sword to its rightful owner. Along the way, they have to deal with cultural conflict, Indian attacks, and encounters with beautiful women (played by Capucine and Ursula Andress). Given its cast and theme, Red Sun was predictably enough a major box-office success in Europe and Japan, but it passed through with little notice in the United States. Continue reading

Edgardo Cozarinsky – Guerriers et captives AKA Guerreros y cautivas (1990)

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Dos caras de una misma moneda. Uno viene de lo salvaje hacia la civilización; la otra, desde la civilización hacia la barbarie. Se realiza un cambio de identidad. El guerrero queda impresionado con la civilización romana, y siente que pertenece a aquella. La abuela de Borges quiere rescatar a la india, pero ella la rechaza. Se espanta, no puede creerlo; pero cuando su marido muere, ella se siente identificada. Cuando la india toma la sangre caliente del caballo que acababa de degollar, es cuando termina de demostrar que nunca dejará de ser india, más allá de su lugar de nacimiento. Continue reading

Ali Khamrayev – Sedmaya pulya aka The Seventh Bullet (1974)


Classic movie….
2 July 2009 | by drakon_ultra (Israel)

Classic post Russian civil war movie. The movie is based on the conflict between the new atheistic communist government that ruled in Uzbekistan after the 1917 revolution in Russia and the traditional laws of Islam that Uzbek people believing for thousand years. The main character is communist officer Maksumov that organized an local communist squad for fighting with anti-government Islamic elements powered by international aid lead by England. The main anti hero is Hairulla the leader of this elements… The movie starts when Maksumov back from an capital and finding that all his squad abandon the post and moved for Hairula forces, Maksumov starting to get out a plan for backing his squad to explain them that Islamic way of life is past and the Soviet rules are much better for them… Continue reading