The Belle Starr Story
|The Belle Starr Story|
|Directed by||Lina Wertmüller
Piero Cristofani (as Nathan Wich)
|Produced by||Oscar Righini|
|Written by||Lina Wertmüller
|Music by||Charles Dumont|
|Editing by||Renato Cinquini|
|Release dates||May 1968|
|Running time||103 minutes|
The Belle Starr Story/Il mio corpo per un poker is a 1968 Italian made episodic Bonnie and Clyde type spaghetti western co-written and co-directed by Lina Wertmüller and starring Elsa Martinelli who also sings the title song. It is the only spaghetti western directed by a woman and one of the few which stars a woman in the title role. Wertmüller replaced after a few days Piero Cristofani, who was at his directorial debut.
A successful gambling woman named Belle Starr (Elsa Martinelli with red hair, freckles, and chain smoking Tiparillos) attracts the interest of fellow gambler Larry Blackie (George Eastman) who proceeds to take all her money, eventually both winning Belle's ring and her charms in a hotel bedroom. Belle relates how she acquired her name, her abuse by an uncle who murdered her parents, and how she earned a $15,000 price on her head.
Blackie and Belle team up with a gang to steal a fortune in diamonds.
Elsa Martinelli ... Belle Starr
Robert Woods ... Cole Harvey
George Eastman ... Larry Blackie
Francesca Righini ... Jessica
Bruno Piergentili/Dan Harrison ... Pedro
Bruno Corazzari ... Pinkerton Man
Vladimir Medar ... John Shelley
Eugene Walter ... Velvet Fingers
Remo De Angelis ... Gang Member
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