SHOOTIN’, SINGIN’, AND RECONSTRUCTION
What with the DARK VAULT blowin’ up and all last week, UNCLE PETE and the Clones could use a little music to get them going. And that’s what we have this week, along with some ridin’ and shootin’ and fightin’ and drinkin’ and smokin’ and all like that there. Tune in to THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN Saturday as UNCLE PETE brings you the little seen spaghetti western/musical/romance/comedy Little Rita Of The West. It stars Rita Pavone, well-known Italian pop star, as Little Rita – a straight shootin’ buckskin clad babe ridin’ through the Old West righting wrongs. Rita wants to wipe out bad stuff and she believes that gold is at the heart of a lot of this bad type stuff.
So, along with her friends Francis (Lucio Dalla) and Sitting Bison (well-known peplum star Gordon Scott aka Gordon Mitchell, she sets out to blow up all the gold around. And there’s a big old pile of it that she knows about. But so do a bunch of no-accounts. And they want to get the gold before Rita blows it up real good.
Rita manages to subdue a couple of bad guys before head bandit Sancho (Fernando Sancho) captures her. Along the way, Rita has several encounters with the apple of her eye Black Star (Terence Hill). But he has eyes more for the gold than Rita…or does he?
Little Rita Of The West (aka Rita Nel West) was originally released in Italian, but when released to English speaking (and French too), all the songs were cut. We here at the DARK VAULT have dug up a rather rare print of this film that not only has the English dialog, but also has all of the original songs included and in Italian Yet another DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN exclusive (or there abouts).
With cinematography from Enzo Barboni, a great score from Robby Poitevin and direction from Ferdinando Baldi, from 1967, it’s one of the more unique spaghetti westerns.
And it’s re-construction day at the VAULT! The El Vato and Rojo Gato are hard at work doing their version of rebuilding the recently destroyed VAULT. UNCLE PETE, just back from a trip, after unsuccessfully searching for a snack, pitches in and has time to dig up a couple of musical adventures from the old Scopiatones section of the Cinema Graveyard before having an unfortunate power tool incident.
So join UNCLE PETE and the Clones this Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10PM on channel 4 for Little Rita Of The West. It’s our feature presentation on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!