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« on: March 30, 2009, 03:11:59 PM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062915/

http://www.spaghettiwestern.altervista.org/vari-west51.htm

This is a top 50 entry, in spite of featuring Sabato. The plot is simple and unoriginal (Sabato wakes up in the open wounded and with his memory gone and find himself bound to a killing contract, the slated victim neing Kinski(!) ) but very well treated. I didn't expect as much from Cicero. Kinski is not up to his best level (I mean, he's perfect but from him I expect more), but his character is good. Score (partly by Pregadio) is negligible. there are some minor inconsistencies in the plot (that I won't give away not to create spoilers, though one can easily imagine what the plot gist is) but in spite of that 7\10 is a conservative evaluation.

This is a public domain title, I presume is somewhere online. In case it isn't it's here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014CKCCY/ref=s9_sims_c1_s1_p74_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0R3SBTGYENG04D6WBR1X&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938131&pf_rd_i=507846 

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2017, 11:01:35 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062915/

http://www.spaghettiwestern.altervista.org/vari-west51.htm

This is a top 50 entry, in spite of featuring Sabato. The plot is simple and unoriginal (Sabato wakes up in the open wounded and with his memory gone and find himself bound to a killing contract, the slated victim neing Kinski(!) ) but very well treated. I didn't expect as much from Cicero. Kinski is not up to his best level (I mean, he's perfect but from him I expect more), but his character is good. Score (partly by Pregadio) is negligible. there are some minor inconsistencies in the plot (that I won't give away not to create spoilers, though one can easily imagine what the plot gist is) but in spite of that 7\10 is a conservative evaluation.

This is a public domain title, I presume is somewhere online. In case it isn't it's here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014CKCCY/ref=s9_sims_c1_s1_p74_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0R3SBTGYENG04D6WBR1X&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938131&pf_rd_i=507846 

It's now doing the rounds on UK cable. I have recorded it and I'm looking forward to it.

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 08:19:14 AM »

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Due volte Giuda (Twice a Judas/Shoot Twice/They Were Called Graveyard) is directed by Nndo Cicero and written by Jaime Jesús Balcázar. It stars Antonio Sabāto, Klaus Kinski, Pepe Calvo and Franco Leo. Music is by Carlo Pes and cinematography by Francisco Marin.

An amnesiac wakes up in parched land next to a dead body, he must now find out what has (is) happening and who the hell he is?!

It has something of a mixed reputation among Spaghetti Western fans, and for sure it's a tricky one to recommend with great confidence, so really you have to roll the dice and take your chance. Personally I'm glad I did.

The amnesia angle is most interesting seen in the spag-western sphere, whilst ensuring as it does that there's a huge mystery element to the narrative. For two thirds of the pic it's slow going, with a story cross stitched in near complex terms so as to ask the viewer to follow closely. Trickily there are some threads that don't really make sense since they serve no evident purpose to the story as a whole, which is frustrating even if it adds to the dreamy feel of the plot.

Once the character dynamics are set up - well sort of - film kicks on a pace, unfurling the flags of double crosses, greed, mistrust and machismo fuelled behaviour. Kinski (splendidly edgy and unsympathetic) Sabāto (likable performance blending cool and confused) leading the way as pic plays its hands. The action is well staged, with barn yard and canyon shoot-outs most appealing, while the addition of an awesome canine and the use of some sort of ball-bearing blunderbuss take the final third up another notch. Pat on the back as well to the stunt men, nifty work on show chaps.

Photography and musical score are safe enough, with the print I viewed on British cable in very good order. It asks for patience and forgiveness for its silly sins, but all told it's a rather good pasta piece worthy of viewing. 7/10

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