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Viva Maria!

In a recent Creamguide (Films) straw poll of saucy Mexican IRA comedy westerns, this came fairly near the top. Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau are blonde circus performers in turn-of-the-century Mexico who accidentally invent the Bucks Fizz skirt routine before hooking up with communist revolutionary George Hamilton. It’s a heady brew and no mistake! Kenny Everett-style sight gags, Good Old Days-style musical numbers and a light dusting of knockabout sixties satire from the usually far from daffy Louis Malle.



  1. THX 1139

    April 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I dunno, Louis did make Zazie dans le Metro, which is like wacky overload. This is a hell of a lot better than Les Petroleuses, where Jeanne was swapped with Claudia Cardinale. It is very “explosions are hilarious” – see also a lot of 1970s comedy films.

  2. George White

    October 1, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Mexican IRA comedy westerns – well, there’s Duck You Sucker and the extraordinary Wrath of God, where old west bank robber-turned-priest Robert Mitchum, Cockney ex-Black and Tan arms smuggler Victor Buono and IRA man Ken “Murphy’s Mob” Hutchison go to a No Communities harmed revolutionary era Mexico to kill John “Baltar” Colicos. Frank Langella and in her last film, Rita Hayworth costar.

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