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Title: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Poggle on January 21, 2006, 01:59:59 PM
I really want to see this film but there's so much negativity about it. There's also a lot of negativity about Django yet Django is one of my most favorite SW's behind the Leone's.

What is so terrible about this film? I would figure that Morricone, Hill, and Kinski would be enough to make the film enjoyable somehow ;D


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: titoli on January 21, 2006, 02:39:29 PM
I said in another topic that I really enjoyed it. Best Hill comedy western with the exception of the 2 trinity and MNIN. And anyway I think that in the end it is you who must decide what is good and what not as opinions are at variance even on absolute masterpieces.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on January 22, 2006, 07:33:46 AM
Nobody The Greatest is fab and it gets played in my household more often than some of the more recognised classics of the sw genre.Especially if you're a big Terence Hill fan, Poggle, i say its worth the risk!


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Sandman_USMC on January 24, 2006, 07:58:21 AM
Just bought it.  If you like Terrance Hill/Nobody...it's worth it.  Unfortunately Henry Fonda is not in it, and in my opinion it doesn't have the same depth as My Name is Nobody.  However, there is a sweet looking blonde & other humorous characters.

If you salute the work of Nobody/Trinity...you won't rest until you get it.  So get it man!

Note:  I bought the german/english import in PAL format.  You'll need a universal DVD player that can play it (e.g. a $39 Cyberhome DVD 300 works nice).

Cheers,


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Leone Admirer on January 25, 2006, 04:47:12 PM
I didn't like it (please don't hurt me banjo...  ;D ). I didn't find it any where near as entertaining as My Name Is Nobody   and I didn't find the characters anywhere near as endearing (and the female lead, whose name escapes me at present annoyed me a lot.)


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: titoli on January 25, 2006, 05:22:01 PM
This was Kinsky's last SW. 

I was reading Leonard Maltin mini-biography on IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001428/bio

and was wondering what and whom is it meant for. I mean, if you don't know who Kinsky is, is useless, as it doesn't even try to define (I know, it is difficult to do that in a few lines) Kinsky's screen personality and achievements. If you know already, it is superficial at best. Of course it isn't meant for fans. The only thing resembling a critical assessment is this physical description:

Quote
An irascible-looking actor with pale skin, intense eyes, thick lips, and a seemingly stone-chiseled visage,


Now you say: what do you care about what he writes? Right. Still I feel like puking, can you explain why? 
 


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on January 26, 2006, 06:34:20 AM
I didn't like it (please don't hurt me banjo...  ;D ).
No i'll just give you the silent treatment for awhile!
Titoli-like the new drawing!!


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Leone Admirer on January 26, 2006, 10:48:34 AM
Your going to hunt me down because I am an evil bounty hunter?  ;)


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: whenthechimesend.. on April 21, 2006, 09:49:22 AM
I've never seen this movie. Anyone who has could give me a hint if this is worth watching, or a review, or tell me where I could find it?

Thanks in advance.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: indio on April 21, 2006, 10:10:50 AM
don't buy it. if you can get hold of a copy to watch fine, but to be honest its not worth the money.
not a great film...not a patch on my name is nobody of which its supposed to be a sequel.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 21, 2006, 09:59:12 PM
If you are really interested you should pick up the german 4 disc set of MY NAME IS NOBODY and NOBODY'S THE GREATESTaka GENIUS, PARTNER & DUPE). The movie has a couple of bright spots(Kinski steals the show during his bit at the opening) but the second disc for this film has a 60 minute documentary on the making of the film and the many troubles and scandals that went on during the making of it. The doc is WAY better than the actual film as more was going on behind the camera than in front of it.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on April 22, 2006, 02:42:28 AM
Shame the price hasn't come down yet on German amazon!


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: whenthechimesend.. on July 07, 2006, 07:39:59 PM
Just seen the movie.

Fairly enjoyable.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 08, 2006, 12:02:31 PM
I want to see this movie ( mostly for Patrick McGoohan and Klaus Kinski ) but I can't find it anywhere.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Arizona Colt on July 08, 2006, 03:36:19 PM
Try xploitedcinema.com. They have several different releases.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 08, 2006, 05:32:39 PM
Try xploitedcinema.com. They have several different releases.

I checked there and couldn't find it.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Arizona Colt on July 09, 2006, 09:35:50 PM
They have I believe a brit dvd under that name and also a four disc set from germany under the name NOBODYS THE GREATEST paired with MY NAME IS NOBODY. It's there you may have to look through all the spags to find it.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on December 29, 2006, 12:38:28 PM
I don't care how many people disliked this movie, I loved it!  :P   It's not as good as My Name is Nobody, but it's still good.

I liked the assortment of characters, they ranged from cool to just plain annoying. I didn't find Lucy annoying, just the person who dubbed her voice. Klaus Kinski's cameo was very bizarre, and even though he's in the movie for a brief period of time he really stands out.

I'm a big Patrick McGoohan fan, and I wasn't disappointed. He did an excellent job as Major Cabot, but I was surprised that he dubbed his own voice. At first I thought it was somebody trying to imitate his voice. Cabot, Steam Engine Bill, Klaus Kinski, and Jelly Roll were my favorite characters.

The beginning was directed by Sergio himself and like everyone else says, you can tell. The beginning was probably the best part of the movie. Damiano Damiani directed the rest and he just can't keep up with Leone.


I really liked the film. Not as good as My Name is Nobody, but very good none the less.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Arizona Colt on December 29, 2006, 04:01:06 PM
Damiani is a good director in his own right. The TRINITY style is not his style however. Behind the scenes on the movie was very chaotic and probably added to the unevenness of the picture.

Damiani is more political whereas Leone took a  more comic book approach to his films.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on December 29, 2006, 04:32:28 PM
Damiani is more political whereas Leone took a  more comic book approach to his films.

I agree. Damiano did a fantastic job with Quien Sabe? but the slapstick westerns were not his cup of tea.

What's great about Leone is that he can do both, serious political films ( he proved that with DYS ) and silly comedy ( like in GBU ).

Can you imagine if Leone directed the whole movie.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The Firecracker on December 30, 2006, 12:40:44 AM
and silly comedy ( like in GBU ).



I wouldn't say GBU is a silly comedy. A comedy perhaps but there is no slapstick or sight gags.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: cigar joe on December 30, 2006, 04:24:38 AM
Correct, GBU is a serious film that has humorous sections, but its not a comedy in the least.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on December 30, 2006, 04:39:00 AM
I don't care how many people disliked this movie, I loved it!  :P   It's not as good as My Name is Nobody, but it's still good.
I totally agree Peacemaker.A definate feel good movie with its partly ecological theme and its one of those ones that grow on you with repeated viewing.Morricone is pretty much on par with his efforts for My Name Is Nobody including a wonderfully catchy title theme.
Very,very underated!


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The Peacemaker on December 30, 2006, 07:43:59 AM
I wouldn't say GBU is a silly comedy. A comedy perhaps but there is no slapstick or sight gags.

There are moments of silly comedy. Like in the beginning when Tuco jumps through the window and freezes to see a cartoonish title " The Ugly " appear. That's an example.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Silenzio on December 30, 2006, 09:31:26 AM
There are moments of silly comedy. Like in the beginning when Tuco jumps through the window and freezes to see a cartoonish title " The Ugly " appear. That's an example.

Yes, and what a lovely expression he has.

I heard that they had the idea to write in those slides of "The Ugly" and such in post-production. Is that true? Because, if they didn't have that in mind while they were shooting the film, Eli Wallach made that expression naturally while he was jumping through the window.  ;D


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: pixelated on February 09, 2007, 02:49:13 AM
not sure why this one gets such a bad rap.. just finished it and i thoroughly enjoyed it



Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on February 09, 2007, 07:00:56 AM
I'm sure i read somewhere that the mafia stole the film reels in an attempt to blackmail the filmakers so instead Leone and co patched together a movie made out of outtakes! :o
Still pretty good all the same O0


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 09, 2007, 03:00:56 PM
Yes, that is discussed on the even more enjoyable near 90 minute doc on the making of it. They never mention the mafia but the reels were stolen and the film had to be finished using footage from different film stock; among other problems. Leone was hands off this time around only shooting the opening segment which is at odds with the remainder of the film.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: pixelated on February 09, 2007, 05:54:16 PM
very interesting.. wish i had access to the bonus documentary

the disc i have is swedish/finnish(i believe).. looks like its part of a bud spencer/terrence hill set or something, because i have several of these discs that all have the same kind of dvd menu with a fist that punches at the screen and has bud spencer and terrance hill as selectable options for the country.. annnyway...

the opening scene is definitely leone...

i guess i was expecting this movie to be a lot worse, considering all the bashing... i thought it was directed pretty well, lots of good shots and great scenery.. nothing to complain about the sets and costumes... the voice overs were not good, but we should all be used to that by now.. the kinski voice over had to be one of the worst i've heard..

the explosion at the end was nice

i've always been pretty turned off by the idea of comedy westerns, and i've avoided most, until lately.. but so far, i've liked both of the 'nobody' films quite a bit


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Ringo on May 05, 2007, 11:03:58 PM
Just watched it...

The rather patronizing documentary on the DVD describes the troubles this movie went through, and you can tell. The editing is sometimes choppy, the film stock changes from shot to shot, ect. The main problem is the story, which is basically a slapstick Sartana film. For the life of me, I could not figure out Joe's plans, his motivations, or how he was able to pull off what he did.

The main strength is the cast. Hill, McGoohan, and Kinski (even if he was dubbed by an old redneck woman) need no introduction, but I really liked Robert Charlebois as Bill. Having a bumbling, unlikable partner was a nice surprise, and he pulled it off well. Wonder how they got the idea to cast him.

Morricone's score isn't one of his best, but that title theme is darn catchy. In fact, I'm humming it right now. Hopefully it will go away by the morning.

The humor aspect is pulled off more successfully than in the first Nobody (and yes, I do consider this a sequel. Terence Hill has the same clothes, and that was enough for the Dollars films to interconnect) and I get the feeling this one will grow on me.

Finally (long review!), does anyone know the original ending? I had read that it ended differently, but that the production troubles forced a new one.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on May 07, 2007, 05:55:14 AM
Yes in some respects this movie is as confusing as a Sartana film with similar twists and turns but is still a great film even with its troubled history,i'd like to know more so i'm tempted by the German dvd of both this and My Name Is Nobody.Like many of the best movies A Genius... is a definate grower with an added feel good factor.

I love the soundtrack.The main theme is even catchier than My Name Is Nobody and the way that scat-like vocalising goes up the major scale is truly wonderful. :)

Who does the commentary Ringo?


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Ringo on May 07, 2007, 03:04:46 PM
Who does the commentary Ringo?

You mean the documentary? It's a half hour long, narrated by a random German guy, and Terence Hill is interviewed briefly. It doesn't have a commentary. Apparently, the SPO release has an interview with Damiani, its not on the German DVD though.

If you like both movies, its certainly worth your money, as the picture quality is as good as its gonna get, even if, as someone else recently wrote, the documentaries are a little snotty.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2007, 06:11:46 AM
Thanks Ringo,i've been keeping an eye on German Amazon in the hope that the Nobody discs will freefall in price either singularly or as the one box set. :)


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: titoli on May 09, 2007, 03:53:12 PM
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Terence Hill is interviewed briefly

Is he talking in german?


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Ringo on May 09, 2007, 05:10:14 PM
Is he talking in german?

English, and rather well.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on May 25, 2007, 04:51:31 AM
Leone Admirer's review from his SW Virgins Guide:-

Nobody Is The Greatest

What a disapointment. I did not enjoy much of this film. I found it convoluted, not funny and in some ways very sad. It's a shame that the last film of this years spaghetti season that I am reviewing is also the last western that Leone involved himself with and it is the most disapointing.
    The film follows the adventures of  Joe Thanks (Terence Hill) and his reluctant partner in crime Bill Locomotiva (Robert Charlebois) and an attractive lady with feelings towards Joe, Lucy (Miou-Miou) as they try to get three hundred thousand dollars. On their way they encounter Major Cabot (Patrick McGoohan) who threatens to destory their plan.
    The film is needlessly over plotted. The convoluted storyline creates huge plot holes and generally leaves the audience confused. Damiano Damini, whose excellent direction created the excellent A Bullet For The General really fails to catch much humor especially compared to My Name Is Nobody. There isn't any real drama to speak of to keep the audience occupied, and this is where the film, for me at any rate, suffers again.
   The opening directed by Leone is the best section of the film. It promises a much more exciting, action packed and darkly humerous film and it shows Leone to be the Il Maestro that we all know and love. the fact that the opening, I believe anyway, has little or nothing to do with the rest of the film shows how much of a mess the script must have been before shooting started. The biggest misforturne that fell apon the film was the fact that the negative was stolen and the film had to be be patched together from other material which despite TLE Films sterling restoration work can still be seen. How much the dissaperance of the negative hindered or even helped the film will never be known.
    Even having such great stars as Terence Hill and Patrick McGoohan doesn't help it. The documentary included on the DVD has a brief snippet of an interview with Terence Hill also shot for this DVD release in whcih he appears unwilling to discuss the film. Despite Hill's likeability as a person, he is swallowed by the terrible slap stick he has to do. The worse for me is when he is in a duel with Kalus Kinski, in a sequence in the film that is one of the few highlights of the film and even then its spoilt, when he fires his gun, though we never see it and what we do see is the gun leaping back into his holster.
    McGooham seems a little uncomfortable playing the major but he does create a good villain. Robert Charlebois is fine, though it seems a little overwhelmed as the role of the seemingly treacherous and bad tempered thief Locomotiva. Miou-Miou as Lucy looks beautiful and acts OK as the cute love interest but her dubbing is awful and the high pitched voice, which I doubt was Miou-Miou's, really grates.
    This is sadly one of the worst Morricone scores I have heard and it doesn't have any characteristic memorable themes that I usually associate with the great composer.
      This DVD was bought as part of a boxset released the the German division of Paramount home entertainment and features the two films My Name Is Nobody (Mein Name Ist Nobody) and Nobody Is The Greatest (Nobody Ist Der Grosse) which are made up of brand new restored transfers and extras created by TLE Films and which more infomation about the DVD and their other releases and functions can be found at www.TLE-Films.com
     As said before the print is made up of a lot of dupe elements because of the missing negative but TLE films have managed to do a good job cleaning it up. Whislt no near as good looking as My Name Is Nobody it still looks quite nice despite the odd print defect and weak colors. All this is mentioned in the enclosing documentary. The titles for the film are in German as this DVD was taken from Germany. The audio is presented in both English and German mono 2.0. The English mono is of a good quality. Bringing across music dialogue and sound effects quite well. I remember reading that there are some scenes missing from this release. It may be worth checking the rest of this board to find out but I thought I should give you a warning.
     On the second disc is the documentary Nobody Does It Half As Good As You which is 30 minutes long and is a much better doco then the one for My Name Is Nobody. Here we learn about the troubled history of the film and why it is so villified. Also included is a 10 minute interview with Terence Hill which has been seen in little bits during the other documentarys. It is interesting to hear the man speak and give out infomation on working for Sergio and on the two films. Also included is Wanted: Nobody Ist Der Grösste which is an extensive Gallery with collectables such
as Posters, Lobbycards & more from around the world. This is show with Morricone's score over the top, Nobody In The News which is an extensive stills gallery with the entire press book from Germany as well as Nobody On 8mm which is a  rare 8mm excerpt from the German versionand finally a DVD promotional trailer for TLE films release of the resoted Fistful Of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More.
    It such a shame that film wasn't very good. I did not know much about if before viewing it and I left feeling very dissapointed. I would not recomend it to new and old spaghetti fans and the only people I would recomed it to are Leone fans who could see it as a curiosity.



Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: mt_klaric on June 04, 2007, 11:55:33 AM
I posted the opening scene of this film on youtube. Its personaly directed by Sergio Leone. I watched the film and being a Leone admirer It immediatly rang bells like, these shots are so Leone, stylish and resembleing the killing of the McBain family in OUATITW. And when I researched about the movie I found out that indeed Leone directed the opening scene!!I didnt know it before seeing the movie...

I mean, it has a totaly equal shot from OUATITW: the travelling when McBain is running to help his daughter and in this film, the same travelling of a bandit running to his house.

Also the amplified sounds are also noticeable, especially when we cut from the outside with the sound of opening the window in the house. And the sound of those summer insects, I dont know whats their name in english...grr.

Here s the clip and also below I posted the Revolution speech of Rod Steiger from A fistful of dynamite. Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT0ro1oUoT8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-cZWVChgYk



Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: The clint on July 10, 2007, 09:08:04 AM
I just saw this film, and it is terrible! It seems like four different films were patched together at random, and until the last 20 minutes it was boring as hell. I admit it starts to get better with the chase scenes at the end but then I'd already spent almost an hour and a half getting to it. Such a shame, it could have been a lot better.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Banjo on July 11, 2007, 07:57:02 AM
Like OUATITW it rewards repeated viewing. O0

As regards the "four different films" comment,i'd say it's much more consistent in style and tone than MY NAME IS NOBODY .In fact out of the two i've probably watched Damiani's movie more times. :)


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: mezcal on July 15, 2007, 06:22:09 AM
You guys ARE my SW database.
The great thing about all the reviews that have been posted is that you get a variety of opinions which obviously may not agree. i then take the leap and buy what i can. Given the 2 trinity movies and 'my name is nobody', the expectations for 'genius' were high. After watching the german paramount release, i understand why 'genius' is hardly talked about. The story is confused, the actors wasted - Macgoohan doesn't appear until an hour, Kinski has a 5 minute cameo, and half the movie has b-grade film used which jars, especially given the amazing scenery. BUT the reason for the movies failure for me, has been pointed out in an earlier post, while Damiani did the excellent 'a bullet for the general', he can't do comedy.
While it may get better with repeat viewings, for me it will never happen, AND even trying to compare this to 'nobody'.... sorry banjo, "Nobody' is a classic.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Dust Devil on August 22, 2009, 06:34:34 AM
I (also) don't understand why so many people hate it. Sure, it's not comparable to Il mio nome č Nessuno or the (real) Trinity movies, but all in all it's a decent silly little time waster. Liked it much as a kid and still like it. Though I never understood why Doc Foster (Klaus Kinski) didn't come back... That's the only inexcusable flaw as far as I'm concerned.


7.2/10


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 02, 2013, 03:58:01 AM
According to Amazon, the dvd's aspect ratio is 1.33:1 http://www.amazon.com/Genius-Two-Partners-Dupe/dp/B000GIXCCY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1357124229&sr=1-1&keywords=a+genius%2C+two+partners%2C+and+a+dupe

can anyone confirm this? No way am I gonna watch this if it's a pan and scan


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Groggy on February 09, 2013, 06:55:23 AM
I found this on Youtube last night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY3C6zIwd-A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY3C6zIwd-A)

I got through about an hour and found it a chore. I may or may not finish it later today.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Groggy on February 09, 2013, 06:24:52 PM
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After the success of My Name is Nobody (1973), producer Sergio Leone rejoined Terence Hill for another Western spoof. A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975) isn't as bad as its reputation suggests, but neither is it especially good.

Joe Thanks (Terence Hill) is a gunslinger-conman roaming the American West. Along with sometime partners Steam Engine Bill (Robert Charlebois) and Lucy (Miou-Miou), Joe stumbles onto Major Cabot's (Patrick McGoohan) evil scheme. Cabot discovers a gold mine on Navajo Indian land, and hopes to procure it by provoking a war with the Indians. Joe, Bill and Lucy stage an elaborate con with Bill impersonating a Cavalry Colonel (Jean Martin) to swindle Cabot and save the Navajo.

Genius started as a Western riff on Going Places (1974), a French sex farce also featuring Miou-Miou. Though packaged as a Nobody sequel (an alternate title is Nobody's the Greatest) Genius has no connection to Tonino Valeri's movie. Like the earlier film, it's full of nods to classic American Westerns and Leone's own work. But there's even more emphasis on Hill's slapstick and athletic prowess, more closely recalling his Trinity films. At first it's fun watching Joe outwit opponents with card tricks and climbing skills, but eventually it gets old.

Directed by Damiano Damiani, best-known for the politically charged Bullet for the General, Genius has several inspired scenes. Leone himself directed the opening, a darkly humorous riff on Once Upon a Time in the West's family massacre. Another highlight has Joe stage a phony duel with a glowering Klaus Kinski, complete with self-firing Colt! Damiani helms elaborate action scenes, including a chase where one character recreates Yakima Canutt's legendary Stagecoach stunt. The gorgeous Monument Valley scenery ensures a pleasant-looking film, with Ennio Morricone providing a boisterous comedy score.

Genius provides plenty of laughs but ultimately bogs down in plot. The gang's elaborate con plays like a second-rate The Sting, a convoluted series of double-crosses with a lame payoff. Bill and Lucy prove annoying sidekicks, while the villains are silly featherweights. Marxist as he is, Damiani insists on inserting political commentary ("We're not ordinary people - we're Americans!") that feels singularly inappropriate. The movie ends with a literal bang but still feels empty, with a cheesy moral out of an after-school special.

Terence Hill provides his usual amiability: few stars are so effortlessly likeable. Co-stars Robert Charlebois and Miou-Miou don't fare so well: Charlebois's grumpy griping gets old fast, while Miou-Miou's sunk by a hideous dubbing job. Patrick McGoohan seems as surprised as viewers that he's slumming in a Spaghetti Western. Pietro Vida plays a shifty go-between, playing Cabot and Joe against each other. Klaus Kinski gets a show-stealing cameo before an ignoble exit.

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe won't be high on too many Spaghetti fans' lists. It's amusing but disposable, a fairly routine parody Western. 6/10

http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-genius-two-partners-and-dupe.html (http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-genius-two-partners-and-dupe.html)


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: stanton on February 10, 2013, 02:32:21 AM
Damiani'd directing is not bad, but he has no sense for comedy. Unfunny and boring. 3/10


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: noodles_leone on February 10, 2013, 03:49:21 AM
On the other hand, you're judging a movie edited with left overs, since the original cut of the film was stolen during the editing process, if I'm not wrong... And they had no back up.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Dust Devil on February 10, 2013, 12:49:16 PM
On the other hand, you're judging a movie edited with left overs, since the original cut of the film was stolen during the editing process, if I'm not wrong... And they had no back up.

Your point being?

The man is judging from what he saw.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Groggy on February 10, 2013, 01:44:10 PM
On the other hand, you're judging a movie edited with left overs, since the original cut of the film was stolen during the editing process, if I'm not wrong... And they had no back up.

If you have access to the original print I'd love to see it.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: Groggy on February 10, 2013, 03:50:26 PM
An IMDB friend claims that an alternate video title for this film is Nobody Eats Pizza in Tombstone. Any chance he's telling the truth?


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: noodles_leone on February 11, 2013, 03:46:30 AM
My point beeing:

"Damiani'd directing is not bad, but he has no sense for comedy."
=> not sure we can assert that from the finished product. The movie has no sense for comedy, probably. Damiani, no idea. But you may have seen his other works, I didn't.

So I was defending the man not the movie. Still wasn't stating anything overly important.


Title: Re: Un genio, due compari, un pollo aka A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975)
Post by: stanton on February 11, 2013, 05:54:37 AM
Damiani was at best with films about the Italian society, often about the Mafia. His films are often political, but more popular made than those from Francesco Rosi. He used the genres to present his message. His only other western Quien sabe? (1966) is not really a western (some kind of western though), but a film set in the Mexican revolution which is in fact a parable about illegal CIA activities in South America.