Well never much of a fan from this previous Dollars Django euro westerns, and never Knew those Winnetou films existed until I found these site, and this film could be more near a Winnetou film than a spag.
But no very classic american western calvary and Indians stuff, the problems with copies is that they tend to be worst than the original, and well yes not a great “western spaghetti” no bounty hunter, no revenge plot no federales only a man on a mission by the president himself, how many good Samaritans were in real pure blooded western spaghetti, not many.
So a waste of time, actually not all bad, good production values (it seems they still had money back in 1963 or 1964 for this stuff), and the photography work is pretty good (didn’t watch a widescreen copy). The problem is the story a bit boring, and that is what makes the difference in these films. Reading Scherp’s review,I can understand Costa frustration towards Leone, the was doing films for years and then this young guy comes out of nowhere takes an idea from a Japanese film only French critics had seen and makes a real good SW, something he never did.
So why did I’ve seen this one, with still so many good and relevant spags to see, well because of Catherine Ribeiro, she’s a French folk singer very relevant in the sixties and seventies (often compared with Nico cause of her voice), I have a few records from her, solo and with the Alpes (the band she played with in late sixties), she’s of course from Portuguese origin (Ribeiro a regular name here, means small creek), her parents immigrated to France after WWII, in a time that immigration to France was not yet very common. Her folk music was very avant-guard for the time, a mix of folk with and prog with old rural music.
She made only a few films, one with Godard “Les Carabinieri”, so I was surprise t see her here, maybe cause of her looks, she could be a lookalike native american or Squaw.
Her music is far much better than her acting, so stick with her records