Thursday, September 13, 2018

Spaghetti Western Locations ~ Balsicas de Alfaro

Balsicas de Alfaro is a pleasant place at the foot of the southern side of Mount Alfara, accessible through Rambla Indalecio, north of the village of Rioja. A kind of natural terrace dominates the ramble and was used in several films, including “Gunfight at High Noon” (1963), “Seven from Texas” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) (in the sequence after the bank of El Paso is robbed and Groggy / Luigi Pistilli shoots the insulators of the telegraph wires). A few hundred meters up the hill a small building in an isolated place was used as a set and almost always appears as a Mexican mission, near a larger complex (which included stables) is located under the mountain in the movies “For the Taste of Killing” ( 1966); “Vengeance is Mine (1967); “I Want Him Dead” (1968) (the building that is usually used as a mission here instead is presented as a night shelter for the gang): “Blood and Guns” (1969); “Adios, Sabata” (1970); “The Deserter” (1970); “Chato's Land” (1971) (the buildings of the stables represent the ranch of the settler who refuses to join the group chasing Chato); “The Hunting Party” (1971); “Shanghai Joe” (1973). The buildings do not appear in the film “Companeros” (1970).

The adjoining buildings was a one time a large ranch building and stables, like the small out building which was used as a chapel the ranch building was also seen in several films including “The Deserter” (1970) and “Chato’s Land” (1971).

Films shot at Balsicas de Alfaro
“Gunfight at High Noon” (1963)

“Seven from Texas” (1964)

“For a Few Dollars More” (1965)

“For a Taste of Killing (1966)

“God Forgives, I Don’t” (1967)

“$10,000 for a Masscre” (1967)
“Vengeance is Mine (1967)

“And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars” (1968)

“I Want Him Dead” (1968)

“Kidnapping” (1968)
“Blood and Guns” (1969)


“Night of the Serpent” (1969)

“Adios, Sabata” (1970)

“Companeros” (1970)

 “The Deserter” (1971)

“Chato’s Land (1971)

“The Hunting Party” (1971)

“Shanghai Joe” (1973)


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