Euro Westerns

  • Ferdinando Baldi – Texas, addio AKA Goodbye Texas (1966)

    1961-1970ActionEuro WesternsFerdinando BaldiItalyWestern

    The tough gun-man Burt Sullivan (Franco Nero) leaves his job as a town sheriff to go to Mexico to find the man, Cisco, who killed his father many years ago. He and his younger brother arrive in a small town where everybody is afraid of Cisco who has become the local landowner. But there is a secret. It turns out that Cisco is the father of Burt’s younger brother and Cisco are craving for respect from his “son”. Burt Sullivan joins forces with the local townspeople to stop and bring Cisco back to his punishment in Texas…Read More »

  • Luc Moullet – Une aventure de Billy le Kid aka A girl is a gun (1971)

    1971-1980Euro WesternsFranceLuc MoulletWestern

    “Reminiscent of the finale of Duel in the Sun, but pushed to the level of excruciating lunatic farce, with a touch of Fuller’s madness.”
    — Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Despite most Cahiers du cinéma critics admired many western authors, when they themselves became filmmakers few dared to overtly revisit that genre. One year after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El topo and as Sergio Leone premiered A Fistful of Dollars, Moullet charges full steam ahead with a wild western starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, taking this genre and one of its key characters to unexpected territory.Read More »

  • Roberto Mauri – …E lo Chiamarono Spirito Santo (1971)

    1971-1980Euro WesternsItalyRoberto MauriWestern

    The owner of a ranch commissioned Holy Ghost to carry out the robbery of a cargo of gold transported by a train. Holy Ghost hires some men, and makes the criminal enterprise that generates even death of Consuelo. The contracting party accuses Holy Ghost who killed her.Read More »

  • Joris Ivens – De wigwam AKA The Tipi (1911)

    1911-1920Euro WesternsJoris IvensNetherlandsSilentWestern

    At the age of 13 Joris Ivens was fond of Cowboys and Indians stories, so he decided to invent one himself. He made a script and used a camera from his father’s shop. This became his first film Wigwam, with his own family as cast. Black Eagle, a bad indian, kidnaps the daughter of a farmer’s family. Flaming Arrow, played by the young Joris Ivens, saves the child from the kidnapper and brings it back to her family. No better conclusion than smoking a peace pipe.Read More »

  • Hugo Fregonese – Savage Pampas (1966)

    1961-1970AdventureEuro WesternsHugo FregoneseSpanish cinema under FrancoWestern

    In the late 1800s, an army captain tries to tame the open plains of Argentina, which are dominated by Indians and bandits. To help do this, the captain brings in a party of women to keep his soldiers happy.Read More »

  • Giuliano Carnimeo – Il momento di uccidere AKA The Moment To Kill (1968)

    1961-1970ActionEuro WesternsGiuliano CarnimeoItalyWestern

    Lord and Bull are two adventurers recruited by Judge Warren for a mysterious mission. On reaching the village to know the details of the mission they don’t find the judge and discover that many people want them dead.Read More »

  • Monte Hellman – Amore, piombo e furore AKA China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

    Monte Hellman1971-1980Euro WesternsItalyRomanceWestern

    China 9, Liberty 37 falls halfway between the Hollywood backlot-western school and the Italian “spaghetti” western genre, borrowing the best elements from both. Fabio Testi plays a gunfighter who is saved at the last moment from a hangman’s noose. His liberators are a cartel of railroad men who want Testi to kill farmer (and former hired gun) Warren Oates, who has refused all entreaties to sell his land. As part of the scheme, Testi befriends Oates; on his own volition, he sleeps with Oates’ wife Jenny Agutter. When the railroad barons insist that Testi go through with his mission, he refuses, and helps the farmer fight off the train moguls’ hired thugs. Also known as Gunfire, China 9 Liberty 37 features a cameo by director Monte Hellman’s role model, Sam Peckinpah, who plays a bombastic Ned Buntline-style novelist. And the significance of the title? It’s the location of Warren Oates’ spread: Nine miles from the town of China, 37 miles from the town of Liberty.Read More »

  • Sergio Corbucci – Il grande silenzio AKA The Great Silence (1968)

    Sergio Corbucci1961-1970Euro WesternsItalyWestern

    On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren’t always clear and good doesn’t always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci’s bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.Read More »

  • Giorgio Capitani – Ognuno per sé AKA The Ruthless Four (1968)

    1961-1970CultEuro WesternsGiorgio CapitaniItalyWestern

    Sam Cooper (Heflin) finds gold and then is double-crossed by his partner. He survives and calls on the only person he can trust, Manolo (Hilton), who is soon joined by Brent (Kinski), who has a strong hold over him. Sam is warned that something is wrong with the young man and his friend, so he asks an old acquaintance, Mason (Roland), to join the group. But their preparations for the journey to retrieve the gold have attracted the attention of the vermin hanging about in the prospecting town.Read More »

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