ⓘ The Headless Horseman (1972 film)

                                     

ⓘ The Headless Horseman (1972 film)

The Headless Horseman is a 1972 Soviet-Cuban Western film directed by Vladimir Vajnshtok based on the eponymous novel by Thomas Mayne Reid. The film was the first Soviet Western. It was a box office success, 51.7 million tickets were sold and the picture holds the 33rd place in terms of cinema attendance in the Soviet Union.

                                     

1. Plot

The film takes place in 1850, Texas, United States. Louise, daughter of the wealthy plantation owner Poindexter, master of the hacienda Casa del Corvo, falls in love with a poor mustanger Maurice Gerald. The night their secret rendezvous happens, her brother Henry disappears. Suspicion in murder falls on Gerald, who was found covered in blood, with signs of struggle on the body and on Henrys cloak. One more minute, and an angry crowd would have Gerald lynched, but then the mysterious Headless Horseman appears.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Ludmila Savelyeva: Louise Poindexter
  • Rolando Dias Reyes: Major
  • Aleksandr Milokostyj: Henry Poindexter
  • Alejandro Lugo: Woodley Poindexter
  • Aarne Ukskula: Cassius Calhoun
  • Oleg Vidov: Maurice Gerald
  • Enriques Santiesteban: El Coyote
  • Ivan Ivanovich Petrov: Zeb Stump
  • Platon Leslie: Pluton
  • Eslinda Nuñez: Isidora Covarubio
                                     

3. Production

The picture was filmed in Crimea; Yalta, Bilohirsk served as the locations. The manes and tails of horses were painted with silver. Cotton fields were created by decorators scattering ordinary cotton around and the cacti were plastic. The slaves were played by black medical students from Simferopol. Many actors spoke Spanish and the mouth movements do not always match the Russian dubbing.