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Dans la Poussiere du Soleil

Alternative title
Lust in the Sun
Synopsis
Feature film spaghetti-Western based on Hamlet. As he lays dying, killed by his brother Joe, Willie Hawk asks his son, Hawk, to revenge his death. Hawk’s meditative nature lead the townsfolk to think him slightly mad. His mother, Gertie, who has an incestuous love for Hawk, is forced into a marriage with Joe to get his money. Maria, the sheriff’s daughter, loves Joe but is rejected. Joe and his gang raid the Swann ranch and Joe and Gertie house the bereaved family. Hawk asks the Goldoni Acting Troupe to stage a play ‘The Death of the King’ about his father’s murder and the gang breaks up in disarray. Hawk accidentally kills the sheriff who is trying to arrest Joe, believing him to be his uncle. In a shoot-out, Hawk, Joe, Ken (Maria’s brother) and Gertie are all killed.
Language
French (Standard)
Country
Spain; France
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1971
Duration
84 mins; 7470 feet

Credits

Director
Richard Balducci
Cinematographer
Tadasu G. Suzuki
Screenplay
Richard Balducci
Music
Francis Lai
Cast
Daniel BerettaHawk Bradford (Hamlet)
Bob CunninghamJoe Bradford (Claudius)
Maria SchellGertie Bradford (Gertrude)
Karin MeierMaria (Ophelia)
Manuel OteroKen (Laertes)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); westerns; Travelling players

Notes

History
A dubbed version was released in the UK 1977.
Reviews
Reviewed by Colin Pahlow in Sight and Sound, vol. 44, April 1977. p. 66. ‘The only new interpretative light which it sheds on the original text is the suggestion that what finally rouses Hamlet/Hawk from his meditative paralysis is his desire to grow orange trees in California’. (Pahlow).

Production Company

Name

Kerfrance Production

Archive

Name

Archives Francaises du Film du Centre National De La Cinematographie (CNC)

Email
AFF@cnc.fr
Web
http://www.cnc/fr External site opens in new window
Phone
+33-1 3014 8000
Address
7bis Rue A, Turpault, F-78395
Bois D’Arcy
France

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