Summer Love (Dead Man's Bounty)
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Director Piotr Uklanski breaks new ground in the realm of Polish cinema with this symbolic Western that can be viewed as either contemporary art or simple entertainment. The first Polish Western in the history of cinema, Summer Love opens as the nameless stranger (Karel Roden) gallops into town toting the corpse of a wanted man (Val Kilmer). Subsequently entering into an affair with the local barmaid (Katarzyna Figura), the stranger soon becomes embroiled in a sordid love triangle between the pretty drink slinger and the booze-guzzling sheriff (Boguslaw Linda).

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"Summer Love is fraught with feverish moods, bold imagination and a devilishly complicated exploration of the genre's iconography. It is also maddeningly paced, often like watching paint dry, albeit paint that's the garish tones of buckets of blood."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"By eschewing any attempt at storytelling or character development, a film with all of the Western's fecund imagery and putrid fumes still ends up feeling as flat and distant as a gallery wall."
‑ Sam Sweet, L.A. Weekly
"In attempting to create a shock effect of the new within the old, the baby is tossed out with the bathwater. The core pleasures of genre still have to be respected."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
"Though unevenly paced, the film is a lot of fun to watch as it tries to skew and at the same time re-create the typical archetypes of the western genre."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"Uklanski distances himself from the material at every turn, until it's difficult to distinguish the ironist's wit from the cynic's smirk."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"This pierogi western disassembles the genre mechanics of the gunslinger movie and makes a Dada collage of its gears and springs."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's an odd, disjointed, but curiously appealing effort that could attain cult status if only for the fact that it's so incredibly strange."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Summer Love feels more like a haphazard assembly of loose-knit components, jumbled together with obvious affinity for all varieties of a distinctly American genre."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Summer Love has been called the first Polish western and the first Polish spaghetti western, though the truer description might be the first deconstructed art western."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The debut feature of artist Piotr Uklanski alleges to be the first Polish western ... There's no doubt that Uklanski has an eye: the film is full of beautifully composed shots. But that's about the end of its virtues."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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