Cemetery Without Crosses / Une corde, un Colt... (1969)

4.0 out of 5

Maria (Michèle Mercier), the wife of a farmer, watches powerless as the Rogers gang lynch her husband before her eyes. No longer feeling any emotion she becomes motived by revenge and pays Manuel (Robert Hossein who also wrote and directed this), a friend of her late husband, as a hired gun.

In many respects a similar film to The Big Silence this dark western, as befitting of the subject, is devoid of light relief. Far from being dialogue heavy it is a moody, grimy and visual affair. It also examines the darker side of human emotions with it's eye for an eye approach to justice.

While some versions list Dario Argento as a co-writer Hossein claims that this is not in fact accurate.

Opening with a theme song rendered by 1960s star Scott Walker Cemetery Without Crosses briefly features Ángel Álvarez as a barman in a similar role to the one he played in Django.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics