Created by japanese cult director Takashi Miike and co-produced by none other than Quentin Tarantino, "Sukiyaki Western Django" is a Western homage to the classic Samurai film genre... or is it a Samurai loveletter to the Western genre? It's hard to tell, really. Also, there's Shakespeare. Reviewed movie: SukiyakiWestern Django (Japan, 2007)Directed by: Takashi MiikeStarring … Continue reading Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
The 19th century. A hidden treasure from the civil war. A band of outlaws led by a disgraced rebel captain. A taciturn stranger with supreme gunfighting skills. Shootouts, chases on horseback, ambushes and a hanging. This movie checks many key marks of your typical standard western, save one: Instead of the Wild West, it leads us into the Wallachian Wilderness.
The trigger-happy cowboy, honorable yet ill-tempered, jovial and murderous at the same time, is no modern invention. Even people of the contemporary Wild West revered and feared wild tales of roughnecked gunslingers, as this 1881 Wyoming newspaper article demonstrates. I love digging through old newspapers - they are neat timecapsules of an era long gone … Continue reading The Cowboys (Laramie Weekly Sentinel, August 20, 1881)
A typical Western theme is the clash between civilization and wilderness, the friction between lawful order and savage freedom, intellect and education versus feral instict. Normally, these two elements are polar opposites. But what happens when these extremes happen to come together? What happens if they meet... Face to Face? If you are looking … Continue reading Faccia a Faccia (1967)
This blog is dedicated to "unamerican" Western, and what could be more unamerican than a Russo-Cuban movie produced during the apex of the Cold War era? In "Vsadnik nez golovy", based on the novel "The Headless Horseman" by Scots-Irish novelist Thomas Mayne Reid, the Crimea stands in for Texas, Cubans represent Mexicans, and "Western traditions" … Continue reading Всадник без головы (1973)
In December 1962 the movie "Der Schatz im Silbersee", based on a story by german novellist Karl May, was released. It became a smash hit - for the first time, a European production had managed to create a successful Western movie. The "Eurowestern" craze was on, and other german production companies wanted in on that … Continue reading Die Schwarzen Adler von Santa Fe (1965)
The classic spring-loaded moustrap design, first patented in 1884 by one William C. Hooker, is basically the one we still use today. But two years earlier, one Jason Alexander Williams of Fredonia, Texas had a different kind of spring-loaded design in mind... one that heavily relied on the use of a .50 caliber bullet. In … Continue reading A better mousetrap – Texan style
Reviewed Movie: A Pistol for Ringo (Italy, 1965) Original title: Una pistola per Ringo Directed by: Duccio Tessari Starring Giuliamo Gemma (as Montgomery Wood), Fernando Sancho, Nieves Navarro, George Martin When I first started this project, the idea was to showcase the "Unamerican Westerns" I found particularly intriguing in some sort of VLOG- or Video-Review-Format. … Continue reading Una Pistola Per Ringo (1965)