Friday, August 29, 2014

Tepepa (aka Blood and Guns/Long Live The Revolution)

An obscure Welles paycheck that not even his presence can enliven. He’s a Mexican colonel with the eponymous firecracker (Milian) in his jail, an ex-revolutionary betrayed by the new ruling class. An English doctor rolls up, with his own reasons for wanting to off the grubby campesino, and flashbacks roll out to a by-the-numbers Morricone score and no great revelation. As an ostensible spaghetti western, its worst crime is that it’s just not that exciting, neither politically nor in the set-pieces; it has almost enough ambition to be surreally bad (almost), but the kindest thing one can say is that it helped pay for Chimes at Midnight.

d Giulio Petroni p Franco Clementi, Alfredo Cuomo, Richard Herland, Nicoloò Pomilia sc Ivan Dell Mea, Franco Solinas ph Francesco Marín ed Eraldo Da Roma pd Guido Josia m Ennio Morricone cast Tomas Milian, Orson Welles, John Steiner, Luciano Casamonica, Angel Ortiz, Annamaria Lanciaprima, José Torres
(1968, It, 136m)

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