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: Trinity Plus the Clown and a Guitar (Prima ti suono e poi ti sparo) (1975)  ( 2648 )
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« : May 21, 2007, 04:22:15 AM »

This is a minor Hilton, though Hilton's performance is top-notch. The problem lies with the story, unbalanced between the slapstick and the dramatic (see Fux's torture of Hilton).  The plot revolves around a town where El Moro's gang try to induce the citizenry to abandon it because he believes there's a gold mine under it. Now, you have El Moro dressed up like a Fidani's masked gang-leader, but it is easy to deduct who El Moro is from the very first scene in town. So why all the mystery? I probably never saw Hilton play better than here but the problem is that they put beside him (for co-production reasons) a very popular grade-b buffoon like Rinaldo Talamonti  who, even if you happen to like him (I don't) is superfluous and obnoxious with his grade-z jokes. Fux and Lulli's performances are good, in spite of their unresolved characters, lost between serious and facetious. But they make little sense here. One way to put interest in the movie could have been to put some t&a injection. You had some material to work with (one or two girls are pretty) and Antel (assuming he really directed the movie) had all the experience to make it worth watching: instead they preferred to use the female graces for acrobatics which, as they have no grade of credibility, result in a  bothersome presence. You also have a black girl whom everybody, to her resentment, call Mamie: she's inroduced singing "Ol' Man River": historical veracity is not the primary aim of this flick.
De Angelis Bros. score (all in a country and western vein) is pleasing to the ear, but not memorable.

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