Watched this one this afternoon, an Italian western that looks somewhat like a TV movie at times.
Doc (Leonardo Pieraccioni) lives with his wife, an Indian squaw (Sandrine Holt) and young son in a small town.
His father is a famous gunfighter, Johnny Lowen (Harvey Keitel) who returns home to live out his days in peace.
Then Jack Sikora (David Bowie) and his gang show up in town...
Its an odd little film but I quite enjoyed it. The first half is fairly sentimental but nice enough. When Bowie and his gang turns up it definitely takes a turn for the surreal. DB with his outfit, ear rings and shades and his gang which consist of an albino, a rastafarian and his own personal photographer who is dressed in leather!
Reminded me of Bowie's band during the Earhling tour.
It keeps momentum up until the inevitable gunfight (straight to home rental in the US known as 'Gunslinger's Revenge').
Pieraccioni is likeable as the lead (apparently known more for his comedy films in Italy - Claude may know more) and badly dubbed in the usual Italian way, Holt is beautiful and Keitel is... Keitel.
Not a bad diversion from the norm.
* DB also gets to sing an out of tune version of 'John Brown's body' before smashing someone over the head with his guitar
Italian films are notorious for being shot with each actor in their own language and then dubbed for different territories. In the copy I have Keitel and Bowie speak their own lines but the main actor (Pieraccioni) is Italian and dubbed into English.
My copy is titled 'Gunslinger's Revenge' and there are no subtitles.
Mt Obvious (Login Dr.Ink) BW Member 188.8.131.52
Re: Il Mio West (1998)
June 16 2012, 2:44 AM
I found this in my Favorite record store
this week for the paltry price of pocket change.
It was pristine & and in the box. I threw my taco
(with sour cream) to the gutter in haste to goes home and watch
this notoriously maligned Mo'Foe picture show!
This is a gem of a picture in that good is real good and nice. And
the elements that are bad are nihilistic-evil-psychopathic... removed
from good, and well otherwise "bad people"
That this was a Euro Picture with the bulk of the talent behind the Camera
being Italiano is something that has to be appreciated. The scenery reminded me
of the bucolic parts of "The Sound of Music" ... All nice pretty Mountains
and Valleys.... I wonder where was fillumed.
The town was carpentered together in an explicit attempt to encapsulate New Western
American... or even Canadiana if you can imagine the movie without gun toters
all over the place.
I won't go into the characters except to say that 'Good Guy" in the picture
looks somewhat like "Ray Ramono" from "Everyone Loves Raymond."
.... Tat HIS tongue alone moved different than his speech was amusing....
I knew something was up - then I read the IMBD that informed that the Italian Talent
spoke their language whilst the Anglos responded in English.
MARY, The Bar wench - is spell binding !
Thanks for your time.
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Ive got this film.
watched it once or twice through the years.
its part of my Bowie collection of DVD`s.
He`s not a good actor in any way unless it`s a part made for him. (not often enough)
And he`s not convincing as a baddy in his films. Everyone loves sunshine.springs to mind too.
He has made more bad films than i can actually think of.
and one really good one in the 70`s.(the man who fell to earth).
he should have left his acting career back then and not carried on with it.
Give me Bowie the singer any day to Bowie the actor.
He just cant act!.