Belle Starr (1979)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Spaghetti Western  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Elsa Martinelli plays the title outlaw in the made-for-Italian-TV Belle Starr. Though ostensibly based on historical fact, the film's chronology and character relationships are somewhat juggled with by director Lina Wertmuller. What emerges is a typically Wertmullerian "battle of the sexes" endeavor, with anachronistic emphasis on the story's political ramifications. Also, the American West is depicted in near-surrealistic fashion, not quite as zany as in a Mel Brooks picture, but not very far from it. For reasons of her own, Wertmuller used the psedonym Nathan Wich in the film's credits.

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chronicle, lawlessness, outlaw [Western], sexual, wild [undomesticated], Wild-West