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Westerns, of course, were not only made in the USA. So, what comes next, a feature on Spaghetti Westerns? Later perhaps, but here is a strange Soviet/ Cuban collaboration from 1972.
Всадник без головы (The Headless Horseman)was based on a novel by the Irish-American adventure writer”Captain”Thomas Mayne Reid (1818 – 1883). The novel was an adaptation of a South Texas folk tale.

The movie was filmed in Cuba- local actors (dubbed from Spanish) playing the Hispanic carachters and the black slaves. The Caucasians and Native Americans are played by Soviet actors. Leading man (and Soviet heartthrob) Oleg Borisovich Vidov was born in Moscow in 1943. In 1985, he defected to the U.S. You’d have to go a long way to find a more handsome cowboy.

Tom playing live- great song, great performers, great arrangement…

I make no secret of the fact that, second to Mrs Kartoshka, I consider Mlle. Hardy to be the paradigm of female beauty.
Here she is on the cover of a Brazilian magazine from September 1964:

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And here, from 1968, is Françoise with Comment Te Dire Adieu.

Here, in two instalments, is V.I Pudovkin’s 1925 classic Chess Fever.
World champion José Raúl Capablanca makes an appearance, and scenes were shot at the Moscow International tournament of 1925, featuring other leading players of the day.