Some recently seen films

Title: Ramon il Messicano

Director: Maurizio Pradeaux

Year: 1966

This spaghetti western doesn’t have much going for it apart from a good score by Felice Di Stefano. The basic story is a band of Mexicans terrorising some white folks;—killing them and raping their women. Pretty much the opposite of the way things really were I would imagine.

The star of the show is Robert Hundar, who plays Ramon. After raping a woman he says: “And you will one day want to marry me. But you will have to get down on your knees and beg. This is the word of Ramon!” (My purposefully inept translation from the Italian).

The entire budget for Ramon il Messicano seems to have consisted of the price to rent a few horses and ten or twelve sombreros.

Strictly for spaghetti western completists.

Title: Camorra

Director: Pasquale Squitieri

Year: 1972

This one is pretty good. Well, at least it is not bad. Starring the charismatic Fabio Testi as a young Neapolitan who gets dragged into a life of crime (specifically dealing with the organised crime surrounding meat!).

It is all pretty standard stuff, but there are a few outstanding scenes, such as a knife fight and a final shootout on Vesuvius. Probably the most interesting aspect of the film though, is the location shots of Naples and the faces of the extras—who are clearly the people of the city.

Title: Le Grand Voyage

Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi

Year: 2004

A really nice film about a young man who has to drive his father from Paris to Mecca for a pilgrimage. It basically follows the usual road movie structure, but we are treated to some very nice scenery—particularly of Turkey and the middle east.

Highly recommended.


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