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"The Ecstasy of Gold: Jesse James Treasure" - A Legendary Spaghetti Western Epic



The Ecstasy of Gold Official Movie Poster
The Ecstasy of Gold Official Movie Poster

Federico Alotto takes the reins as director in the Legendary Spaghetti Western Epic 'The Ecstasy of Gold: Jesse James Treasure,' Alotto steers the film with a steady hand and a keen eye, setting the stage for an epic showdown of greed, loyalty, and betrayal, infusing the film with rugged authenticity and tension, important characteristic of the spaghetti western genre. The film takes us on a riveting journey through the heart of Travis County Texas in the late 1800s, driven by the anticipation of legendary riches and paced by the deep rooted relationships between its characters.






At the center of the tale is Colt Turner, portrayed by Andrea Zirio, whose return home sets off a chain of events that will alter the course of many lives. Zirio brings depth and authenticity to the role of Turner, capturing the character's inner turmoil as he grapples with the weight of his secret knowledge, and the lives that are affected by their proximity to him. His performance is nuanced and compelling, drawing viewers into Turner's world of growing from moral ambiguity and conflicting loyalties.


Balancing Zirio is Katarina Rigoni as Annie Turner, Colt's beloved partner whose unwavering support is an anchor against the allure of gold and the specter of danger. Rigoni infuses Annie with strength and vulnerability, portraying her as a complex and multifaceted character who must navigate the treacherous waters of love and loyalty in a world where trust is a rare commodity.


However, it's Woody Almazan who truly steals the show as the charismatic and enigmatic antagonist, Jake Johnson. Almazan's portrayal of Johnson is chilling and magnetic, as he effortlessly embodies the character's ruthless ambition and cunning intellect. Almazan's portrayal is nothing short of captivating, as he imbues his character with a palpable sense of menace and charisma, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats with every sinister smirk and steely glare.


"As most of my friends and colleagues know, I improv a lot on set. The line that got the most attention during the trailer, was: 'I can feel the holy spirit wash over me'. I came up with that just off the top of my head and [Alotto] loved it so much he was like 'THAT'S going in the movie!'" - Woody "Eastwood" Almazan, Actor



Actors Woody Almazan and Sarah Jack by Lulu Deadly
Actors Woody Almazan and Sarah Jack by Lulu Deadly


In addition to Almazan's standout performance, Juliette McCawley's writing adds depth and authenticity to the narrative, infusing the story with rich character development and poignant themes. McCawley's voice shines through in the film's nuanced portrayal of identity and power dynamics, adding layers of complexity to the storytelling, elevating it beyond the confines of traditional western tropes.


"My favorite character is Jake, because I hate characters that are all bad for no reason. I wanted to be able to tell his back story, like who he is, contrasting his relationship with his wife, to the relationship Colt has with his wife; to show what lead to his rage, and his crazy a little bit. It was a very fun character to write, and then see come alive, like, these people are really doing this so well." - Juliette McCawley, Writer


Director Federico Alotto and Writer Juliette McCawley by Lulu Deadly
Director Federico Alotto and Writer Juliette McCawley by Lulu Deadly


Together, Alotto's direction, Almazan's acting, and McCawley's writing combine to create a cinematic experience that is both thrilling and thought-provoking. "The Ecstasy of Gold: Jesse James Treasure" is a remarkable testament to the creativity and dedication of its cast and crew.


"Everyone brought balance. I love this cast because they didnt know each other, they met on the first day, and they were just simply, perfect." -Federico Alotto, Diretor



 Cast and Crew of The Ecstacy of Gold, Photo by Lulu Deadly
Cast and Crew of The Ecstacy of Gold, Photo by Lulu Deadly

Crafted within the tight timeframe of just six days, the film captures the essence of the spaghetti western genre with stunning precision. Every aspect, from the breathtaking landscapes of the Central Texas Hill Country to the intricately choreographed action sequences, reflects the passion and commitment of those involved. The result is a testament to the power of collaboration and creativity, proving that with determination and vision, even the most ambitious projects can come to life in record time.


"The Ecstasy of Gold" is a must-see for fans of the genre.


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