Spanish-Italian co-production about an Indian young facing rivalry among families and a tragic love story
¨Il Piombo e la Carne¨ or ¨El Sendero de Odio¨ is a lot of fun to watch . It's an acceptable story dealing with racial issues, adding a touch of peculiarity, some great characters, an amazing music score and doesn't follows the Sergio Leone wake , but it is proceeded in American models . Chorizo/Spaghetti about a violent feud among two families with an Indian hero named Chata played by Dean Harrison against the McMasters family . The film blends a love story , violence, blood, tension, and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . The Indian starring , Dean Harrison or Bruno Pierginteli falls in love for white woman , Patricia Viterbo (a bit later when shooting a film in Paris , she sadly died at 24 years old by car crash), or Marie Versini as Mabel Masters and they have a lot of problems . Two families , the Masters (formed by the father Nathaniel MacMasters played by veteran Rod Cameron and sons, Ennio Girolami , Manuel Zarzo and Marie Versini) and an Indian family live in eternal facing off . In the beginning of the movie there is a thought-provoking sentence attributed to William Penn . After that, Chata is double-crossed and takes place an ambush . His dog is killed and Chata seeks vendetta . After suffering atrocity , Chata executes a single-handedly revenge , he hits , ravage and kills . The conflict is simple one between an avenger Indian who ultimately takes the law on his own hands and a Baron land with his sons .
It's a Western freely based on famous novel by Shakespeare titled ¨Romeo and Giuletta¨ adding racist touches . An Italian-Spanish co-production full of action , exaggerated characters, gun-play and lots of violence . This is a passable Paella/Spaghetti Western with some moments genuinely entertaining if you can avoid thinking too much . Follows the exploits of a young Indian in SW usual theme, the revenge , in addition the starring attempts to reunite his lover . However , nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and new characters and new layers of complexity begin to emerge until we are enmeshed in a difficult situation among warring family members with the added problem of the original Indian still trying to track down the lady . It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the protagonist Dean Harrison and the enemy ,the Masters family . The picture bears remarkable resemblance to "Man of the Cursed Valley" (1964) by Siro Marcellini , also played by a mixed couple , Ty Hardin , Iran Eory , including the usual racial problems . Dean Harrison is fine, he ravages the screen, he jumps, shoots , hit and run but also receives violent punches . Ennio Girolami , Marino Girolami's son , plays as a cruelly baddie Macmaster ,he is terrific, subsequently he would play similar characters in various oaters and Spaghettis , many of them directed by his brother Enzo G Castellari . Rod Cameron's performance in the movie is a bit wooden for the role of such an interesting character , but the fantastic performance by the always great Piero Lulli acting as a preacher saves the show . Furthermore, appears usual secondary actors from Italian/Spanish Western as Alfredo Mayo ,Julio Peña as a Sheriff , Manuel Zarzo , Ignacio Spalla or Pedro Sanchez , and several others.
The musician Carlo Savina composes a vibrant soundtrack in Morricone style and well conducted . Filmed in Spanish places located on outskirts Madrid and Rome and Poblado Hoyo De Manzanares , replacing Almeria . Hoyo De Manzanares where was built a Western village called 'Golden City' resulted to be the locations in which were shot lots of Western produced and directed by Spanish and Italian and occasionally American people . This motion picture was well photographed by Manuel Berenguer , a good cameraman of super-productions realized in Spain during the 60s and 70s as ¨The thin red line¨ , ¨Krakatoa , East of Java¨ , ¨Savage Pampas¨ , ¨King of kings¨ , ¨A town called Bastard¨ and ¨Son of a gunfighter¨. The film was rightly directed by Marino Girolami , under pseudonym Fred Wilson or Dario Silvestri , he is father of Enzo G. Castellari and Ennio Girolami and brother of Romolo Guerrieri . He was a craftsman working in all kind of genres as Western such as "Badmen of the West" ,"Two Ringos from Texas", "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time" , "God Was in the West, Too, at One Time" and specially , Terror and comedies .
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