Al oeste de rio grande a.k.a. West of rio grande is a most interesting movie made by the late Jose Maria Zabalza.I watched the film four times as part of a spaghetti western study of those made in Spain and Italy.Al oeste de rio grande tells the real story of the wild west and in fact is a mix between the classic American style and that of the Spaghetti.Explaned in a simple way,so that even children understand part of that history.The editing may not be a real masterpiece and,can be quite confusing at times,one has to understand the Zabalza philosophy.Hightlights: You must love those scenes between Sydney Ling and Aldo Sambrell,they are really fighting here,rough,tough and the hardway.The actions scenes here are quite unique.Its amazing to see the energetic Sydney Ling taking on a great quantity of gringos and indians.The headhunters couple played by John Holland and Julie La Rousse is also quite amusing.The most amazing scene of this film,is at the end when actors,Aldo Sambrell,John Holland and Julie La Rousse are hanging Sydney Ling onto a funeralcoach which is pulled by four horses and are pulling Sydney Ling over some very rough roads.All this is real,without any stand-inn and without any real tricking(this has never been done before,its really artisanal)So,yes its an interesting piece of work from Zabalza.
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