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La Belva dalle Calda Pelle

Dirty Seven
Emanuelle, Queen of the Desert

Italy 1982
produced by
Aldo Maglietti, Ferdinando Caputo (executive) for Cinema 13, Consul International
directed by Bruno Fontana
starring Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Angelo Infanti, Giovanni Brusadori, Salvatore Lago, Vassili Karis, Pany Herod, Maximilian Wolters, Finny Anderson, Timolis, Betsy Monterey
screenplay by Bruno Fontana, based on his novel The Time of the Wild Beasts

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The desert: At an oasis, a mercenary (Pany Herod) sees a beautiful woman, Sheila (Laura Gemser) bathing, almost in the nude. When he approaches her, she seems quite willing to give herself to him, until all of a sudden she runs off, and teases him to catch her. Going after her frustrates him so much, that eventually he pulls his knife and threatens her .. but she makes him fall down a ravine and into his own knife - dead.

Soon enough, the mercenary's friends - the mercenaries Falk (Angelo Infanti), Marcus (Giovanni Brusadori) and Marcel (Vassili Karis) and the civilian Bony (Gabriele Tinti) - come looking for him and only find his dead body, and Sheila, who offers herself as a guide. Somehow none of the mercenaries think that Sheila could have killed him, instead they start to suspect each other.

Before long, Sheila uses her charms on each of the mercenaries, who soon each want to claim her for himself, and eventually the situation culminates when Falk stabs Marcel to death. Sheila, seizing the opportunity, makes a getaway.

Falk, Marcus and Bony move on to the next willage, to steal some food, but Sheila is already waiting for them, shotgun in hand, and plans to bump them off, sniper style.Her plan is only spoiled when Falk takes a young boy hostage, to use him as human shield.

Soon though, when the trio has left the village with the boy, Falk and Marcus, who never could stand one another, start a fight, and Marcus shoots Falk in the leg, while the boy can make a clean getaway. The trio moves on, but Falk is in immense pain, so they are only moving very slowly, and eventually Marcus even sends Bony off to fetch some water - which is where Sheila picks Bony up. But Bony can keep Sheila from shooting right away, and recounts the story of the mercenaries and how he hooked up with them: Initially, the mercenaries were paid to shoot the head of whichever-state-they're-in, which they did, but then their employers betrayed them and even wounded their Captain (Maximilian Wolters), so the (then still larger) group of mercenaries were on the run ever since. Eventually they bumped into Bony and forced him to be their guide. But the Captain's fitness was rapidly declining, so they decided to send Bony away with him and get him into a hospital. Meanwhile they were putting up camp at a farmhouse, where they shot the owner and raped and killed his little daughter ... Sheila's father and sister, which is why she is now after the mercenaries.

Sheila now sees that Bony is innocent, and he even agrees to help her - while elsewhere Marcus and Falk pick up their old feud again, and soon enough, Falk injures Marcus so severely that - upon finding Marcus - Sheila shoots him to put him oput of his misery. Then she and Bony track down Falk and ultimately shoot him as well. But the mission accomplished only leaves a feeling of emptiness in Sheila ...

 

The plot of this film is really interesting, far above the usual mercenary-B-fare you would get in the early 1980's. Unfortunately though, an uninspired, bland direction and an indifferent soundtrack prevent the film from unfolding its full potential. What remains is a very average B-actioner with a good script and of course Laura Gemser, who has several (if brief) nude scenes, and has to act more than usual, which she does quite well.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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