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Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)

Une corde, un colt... (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 25 January 1969 (France)
A melancholic, fetishistic gunfighter is drawn into a vengeful and tragic kidnapping plot by his widowed ex-lover.

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Robert Hossein

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Robert Hossein (scenario), Claude Desailly (scenario) | 7 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Michèle Mercier ... Maria Caine (as Michele Mercier)
Robert Hossein ... Manuel
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Thomas Caine (as Lee Burton)
Daniele Vargas ... Will Rogers (as Daniel Vargas)
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Larry Rogers
Pierre Hatet Pierre Hatet ... Frank Rogers
Philippe Baronnet Philippe Baronnet ... Bud Rogers
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Sheriff Ben
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Vallee Brother
Béatrice Altariba ... Saloon Woman (as Beatrice Altariba)
Michel Lemoine ... Eli Caine
Anne-Marie Balin Anne-Marie Balin ... Diana Rogers
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Storyline

The Rogers family are rich and powerful cattle and land owners. The Caine brothers - Ben, Thomas and Eli - rebel against them and steal a shipment of gold coins. The Rogers are used to settling their affairs personally and kill Ben, while the other two manage to escape, although their house is burned down. Maria, Ben's wife, has only one wish: to avenge her husband's death. Only one person will help her to achieve this end: Manuel, a lonely gunfighter who accepts to help her due to his past relationship with Maria and Ben. Manuel decides to kidnap Diana, the Rogers' beloved daughter, and Maria obliges her father and his three sons to humble themselves on Ben's grave and ask for forgiveness. However, both the Rogers and the Caines' plans for each other go awry... with tragic and deadly results. Written by tanglefreak98 and Movietime SRL

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You believe in revenge but I don't... it never ends See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

25 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cemetery Without Crosses See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening and epilogue)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Hossein intended the film to both a tribute to Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy - A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - and a starring vehicle for himself and his friend Michèle Mercier, who was wanting to break away from being typecast as a result of her performance as the title character from Angélique, marquise des anges (1964). See more »

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Robert Hossein dedicates this film to our friend Sergio Leone See more »

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The Rope and The Colt
Composed by André Hossein (as A. Hossein)
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Scott Walker
Produced by Norbert Saada
Published by La Compagnie
Conducted by André Lafosse (as Andre Lafosse)
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The Black Glove Man.
30 March 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Une corde, un Colt (AKA: Cemetery Without Crosses) is directed by Robert Hossein, who also stars and co-writes the screenplay with Dario Argento and Claude Desailly. Starring alongside Hossein are Michèle Mercier, Anne-Marie Balin, Daniele Vargas, Guido Lollobrigida and Serge Marquand. Music is by Andre Hossein and cinematography by Henri Persin.

After being forced to watch the lynching of her husband by the ruthless Rogers family, Maria Caine (Mercier) asks her inept brothers-in-law for help in retribution. Getting no joy from the pair, she seeks outside help in the form of fast gun Manuel (Hossein), a loner living in solitude out at a ghost town...

It's dedicated to Sergio Leone, who directs one of the best scenes in the film, contains the Argento factor, so it's not really a shock to proclaim that Leone's influence is all over Hossein's movie.

It's a Pasta Western that operates in the void between the real and the spirit world, deliberately ethereal in tone, even sprinkling dashes of the surreal onto the hearty portion. Dialogue is used sparingly, but not to the detriment of film's quality, and Hossein the director dallies in black and white staging, slow zooms and excellent usage of sound effects.

Much like the dialogue, the violence is pared down, there's no Blunderbuss infused blood laden approach to the evil that men do here, it's all very controlled and in keeping with the tonal flows that Hossein favours. The cliché's of the sub-genre are adhered to throughout, thankfully so, while the finale is suitably melancholic.

Thoughtful, sombre and ripe with blurry ambiguity, Cemetery Without Crosses is comfortably recommended to the Euro Western fan. 8/10


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