Part of the appeal of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST has always been the presence of Claudia Cardinale. Not just her presence, but the character she plays is worth spending time with. On the screen, I mean. I’ve always thought Cardinale had the best role for women in spaghetti westerns until I saw Michele Mercier in CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES. She plays a woman so overwhelmed with grief she no longer cares who she hurts or whether or not she survives. After becoming accustomed to her light and frivolous performances as the adventuress Angelique in the Angelique series, Mercier surprised me with her emotional range and depth of feeling. There is a serious actress underneath, and she gives Cardinale a run for her money as the best female lead in a spaghetti western, which is a genre not generally conducive to female lead stories.
¿ Any other spaghetti westerns with good leading roles for women ?
These are the only two I can think of, but there must be more.
¿ Any care to nominate another title with a strong female lead ?