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The Belle Star Story (1968)

Il mio corpo per un poker (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 15 March 1968 (Italy)
Abused and dominated by men in her youth, Belle Starr now out-rides, out-smokes, out-shoots, and out-gambles them as she makes her way around the Old West, usually wearing male garb. One ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Belle Starr
... Cole Harvey
... Larry Blackie
Francesca Righini ... Jessica
Bruno Piergentili ... Pedro (as Dan Harrison)
... Agente della Pinkerton
Vladimir Medar ... John Shelley
Eugene Walter ... Dita di Velluto
Remo De Angelis ... Butch
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Abused and dominated by men in her youth, Belle Starr now out-rides, out-smokes, out-shoots, and out-gambles them as she makes her way around the Old West, usually wearing male garb. One man who's her equal is Larry Blackie with whom she has an on-again, off-again relationship which is often argumentative and sometimes violent. Together they become involved in a robbery which goes awry. Belle has to rescue Larry and though he's grateful, he now wants to go his own way. However, he expresses the hope that someday they'll once more cross paths and then ... who knows? Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A lot of men AND women smoked cigars then. It has been documented the women smoked openly without hiding and no one thought any think about it. However no one at all smoked plastic tipped cigars since they did not come out until the 1950's. See more »

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Pinkerton Man: You think you're a brave man, don't you. Resisting all this pain, all this torture. I hope you haven't got to the stage when you don't feel it. It doesn't usually happen so quickly, but we can wait until you get your strength back again, Larry, so you get the most out of this experience. We don't want you to miss anything, do we. It would be a pity, don't you agree? Ready for more?
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No Time for Love
Music by Charles Dumont
Lyrics by André Salvet and Norman Newell
Performed by Elsa Martinelli
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An Oddity in the Spaghetti Western Genre.
27 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The Belle Starr Story" (1968) is, to my knowledge, the only Spaghetti Western ever directed by a woman, Lina Wertmüller (who was the first female to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction, for "Seven Beauties" [1976]). This fact somewhat overshadows this frankly bizarre movie that should probably be seen by fans so they can say at least "I've seen it!".

The screenplay by Piero Cristofani is merely passable: Belle Starr (Elsa Martinelli) meets Larry Blackie (a fine George Eastman) during a card game, commencing a love/hate relationship coming to a head when both try and steal a diamond shipment from right underneath the noses of the Pinkertons.

The middle of the film is taken up by long flashbacks to Belle Starr's past (which feature the ever reliable Robert Woods. He was originally going to have more screen time than he does, but he fell out with Wertmüller and thus his role was shortened); these are good scenes, but they rather unbalance the film and put the pacing off. The acting is mostly good, with Bruno Corazzari doing wonders in his small role. The direction is, like the cinematography and editing, solid but not inspired. Over all, an interesting oddity in the harsh desert of Spaghetti Westerns that aficionado's will want to watch.


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