YOU BELIEVE IN REVENGE BUT I DON’T… IT NEVER ENDS
Inspired by the international success of the Dollars trilogy, and dedicated to director Sergio Leone, Cemetery Without Crosses offers a Gallic spin on the Spaghetti Western formula thanks to its star and creator, Robert Hossein (best-known to English-speaking audiences for his role in Jules Dassin’s Rififi).
After her husband is lynched by bandits, Michèle Mercier (Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath) seeks revenge and turns to an old friend, played by Hossein, for help. A solitary figure who lives in a ghost town and dons a single black glove before each gunfight, Hossein is initially reluctant but soon infiltrates the widow’s enemies to force a showdown.
Cemetery Without Crosses is a darker breed of Western, bleak and melancholy in tone amid the explosive set pieces. It also boasts an outstanding score by composer André Hossein (father of Robert) and the catchiest of themes, sung by cult figure Scott Walker.
Reviews"Cemetery Without Crosses so utterly defied my expectations that I'm not sure if I can even adequately review it with a single viewing. Honestly, that's thrilling to me as a writer and as someone who profoundly loves cinema, and it's a further example of what a remarkable library Arrow Films has amassed in their very short time on these shores. Recommended."
- Adam Tyner, DVD Talk
"Worth a look, whether you're a western fan, or simply looking to enjoy a unique slice of European cinema that jams a stake in the ground of some pretty familiar territory. It eschews those conventions for something incredibly artsy, almost nourish."
- Matt Serafini, Dread Central
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Remembering Sergio – an all-new interview with star and director Robert Hossein, filmed exclusively for this release
French television news report on the film’s making, containing interviews with Hossein, and actors Michèle Mercier and Serge Marquand
Archive interview with Hossein
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by Ginette Vincendeau and Rob Young