(318) GARTER COLT (1968) Nicoletta Machiavelli Spaghetti Western
Italian title GIARRETTIERA COLT [Garter Colt]
starring: Nicoletta Machiavelli · Claudio Camaso · Marisa
Solinas · Yorgo Voyagis · Walter Barnes
A female gambler named Lulu successfully defends herself from
a bandit's sexual assault. Lulu later falls in love with a young French
settler who asks her to give up the gambling and start a quiet life with
him. But when he is killed by the bandit, Lulu is determined to seek revenge.
The movie is set against the backdrop of a violent and unstable Mexico.
The country has been invaded by France [a army under supervision by Napoleon
III] and the resulting confusion allows numerous bad guys to freely conduct
their shady businesses undisturbed. Into this flux comes Lulu, a gambler
hoping to score but inadvertent finding romance, only to tragically lose
fireworks often delayed the shoot as Nicoletta Machiavelli constantly
fought with her womanizing boyfriend producer Brandino Rangoni [they would
break up before the movie was finished]. This was one of the first Spaghetti
Westerns to feature a strong woman in the starring role but director Gian
Rocco was so agitated by the dysfunctional drama around him that - simply
- he lost control of his movie. At one point, Gian recruited his friend
Pier Paolo Pasolini to join him on the set for advice [Pasolini had written
Gian Rocco's previous film Milano Nera] but, by that point,
the damage had already been done. Pasolini refused to get involved. Rocco
eventually delivered a 102 minute movie to the studio but it was quickly
edited down to 86 minutes for general release. Neither Gian Rocco nor
Brandino Rangoni would work for a major Italian studio again.
Machiavelli, however, would continue to flourish as a leading lady for
the next 20 years. Just previous to this film she starred in Spaghetti
HILLS RUN RED and NAVAJO
JOE) and the quirky Invisible Man James Bond spoof MATCHLESS.
Another 30+ movies followed, including CANDYandNO
ROOM TO DIE. In 1985, Miss Machiavelli moved to the United States,
settling in Seattle, where she taught at the University of Washington.
She passed away at age 71, November 2015 in Seattle.
Italian Film in English language; widescreen,
uncut (104 min.),
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
Recommended For Mature Audiences