They Call Him Marcado
Released: 25 December 1971
Director: Alberto Mariscal
Stars: Antonio Aguilar, Flor Silvestre, Eric del Castillo
Watched this 1971 Mexi-western this afternoon. Searched the forum but didn’t see a topic, or entry in the DB.
Its a strange film, seemingly influenced by the likes of El Topo and Django Kill with its bizarre elements and characters, gay bad-guy cowboys with last-dinner style table out in the desert and such. I went in wanting to like it and the opening scene seemed promising, but the film was pretty weak for me, focusing on strangeness without any purpose and action which is very poorly shot, almost non-existent. Apart from the weak action, many scenes do look pretty good and with a better print could be more appreciable. The lead character is pretty cool looking and plays the part of black-clad lone gunman very well (El Topo again anyone?). Features maybe the biggest/worst horse dive ever.
Its worth a look and if you like these kinds of weird westerns, you may find a new favorite. For me, it just feels like a weak imitation of previous works without adding anything worthwhile, and I was mostly bored with it. Could possibly be a better viewing in the future when I am not expecting as much.