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« on: April 03, 2006, 12:43:32 AM »

I know I've said this beforen other threads, but this director is an enigma, he really needs an SW book devoted to his body of work.

Now either Leone is a phenom, or just very lucky in his career arc since it seems to me that every Western film of his pretty much followed a path of getting progressively better and better from AFOD through the project that he took over, DYS. As budgets increased so did the spectacle.

Solllima to a slightly lesser extent followed suit, Corbucci however seems to be all over the map. Of the ones (SW's) I've seen:

Django 1966 (ok),  Navajo Joe 1966 (eh), The Mercenary 1968 (excellent), The Great Silence 1968 (good), The  Specialist 1969 (WTF?), Companero's  1970 (great)

So how do the following fit in for those of you that have seen them. 

Massacre At Grand Canyon 1965, Minnesota Clay 1965, Ringo And His Golden Pistol 1966, The Helbenders 1967, Sony & Jed 1972, What Am I Doing In The Middle of A Revolution 1973, The White The Yellow And The Black 1975.

I know some like, The Hellbenders and Sonny & Jed, so please add the comments to the above and what you know about Corbucci.

And then what about his post SW career? How did that go? I'm dying to know. Cool

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006, 04:06:32 AM »

Honest, I find amazing that one like you, so imbibed with Old West lore  and caring so much about particulars, may like Corbucci at all.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2006, 07:14:25 AM »

The film of his that is top notch is The Mercenary, not much fault to find there, the others though, do have a range of from little to large problems with historical plausability.

So what titoli is the story with Corbucci? You may be able to uncover more than most of us.  Cool

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2006, 10:25:41 AM »

I know I've said this beforen other threads, but this director is an enigma, he really needs an SW book devoted to his body of work.
So much has already been written about Leone and increasingly we don't really get to hear anything about him we don't already know,so it is about time a book was written about Corbucci especially considering the much vaster volume of his work-the good and the bad-and also because much of his better work is equal in terms of innovation and pure enjoyment to Leone.
    From what i've seen i rate Corbucci's sw's as follows:-
Django(great),Johnny Oro(average),Navajo Joe(above average),Hellbenders(very good),Great Silence(great),Mercenary(great),Companeros(great) and What Am I Doing In The Middle Of  A Revolution(very good)
     From his later work when he partly delved into comedies with Terence Hill(Bud Spencer in 2) i'd say Odds And Evens is very good,Who Finds A Friend Finds A Treasure only average and Superfuzz good,so theres definately a drop in innovation and quality in his later work-well the comedie anyway!
      C'mon Frayling or Hughes we wanna hear about the other guys now!!!

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2006, 05:57:41 AM »

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and also because much of his better work is equal in terms of innovation and pure enjoyment to Leone.

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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2006, 06:00:50 AM »

Personally speaking yes,but we're all different i suppose.Maybe GBU and OUATITW are out there on their own but Corbucci's best are as good as FOD,FAFDM and DYS!

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2006, 06:24:36 AM »

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but Corbucci's best are as good as FOD,FAFDM and DYS!

Yea, but his best are just confined to The Mercenary, Companero's,  and to a lesser extent The Great Silence.

Corbucci's work may have been more dependent on those around him than Leone. I'd like to know.

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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2006, 09:56:52 AM »

Me too!

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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2006, 12:14:20 PM »

although leone was certainly the better director, I do find corbucci's films just as, if not more enjoyable than leone's... Leone's films may be more masterful but you can't deny the entertainment value corbucci brings to the table... as for his post spaghetti stuff... I can vouch for superfuzz... it's a pretty good movie and it reminds me of Django in terms of it's comicbook-ish quality yet still being pretty dark, not as dark as django but still.

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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2006, 04:17:06 PM »

I've only seen four Corbucci's and I love them all, but no matter what you think of the movies themselves you have to admit that he's had some great music in his films and worked with some really great actors in interesting roles:

Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Jack Palance, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski.

The music to The Great Silence, Mercenary and Companeros is classic Morricone, friend, especially The Great Silence. Morricone's score on that one is equal to his Leones I do say, friend.

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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2006, 04:52:52 PM »

Personally speaking yes,but we're all different i suppose.Maybe GBU and OUATITW are out there on their own but Corbucci's best are as good as FOD,FAFDM and DYS!

i really dont see that.

Though Corbucci has done better than "A fistful of Dollars" I'll give him that much.


and I am pretty sure he has done better than "Colussus of Rhodes" Grin (havent seen it though).

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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2006, 10:41:50 PM »

  I think TGS ranks up there with that first tier of spaghettis, Leone or not, and The Mercenary and Companeros are equals with FOD, FAFDM, and DYS.

  As for his other ones, I've always enjoyed Navajo Joe and while Django is good, I don't consider it a classic.

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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2006, 12:00:41 PM »

Django is good, I don't consider it a classic.

Why does everybody say that? when was Django considered a classic? The only time I have heard the word "classic" and "Django" together in the same sentence is on the blue underground dvd that reads "an immortal classic".
Is that what everybody goes by?

personally Django is as spaghetti as a spaghetti western can get. That film brought forth all the new innovations and style to the genre.

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