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Other Films / Re: LIGHT THE FUSE ... SARTANA IS COMING(1971)
« on: December 08, 2021, 10:32:41 PM »
Can anybody tell me how Alfie figured out where the gold was hidden?
We see him looking at three casino markers and he  goes " Aha!" before he is shot dead.
How was the round marker the clue as to the safe?
Did he build the safe in the casino roof?

Good Sartana flick on the whole with the usual confusing double crosses.

Second film in the great Arrow Releasing " " Vengeance Classics".
The main thing that stands out in this formulaic film is the magnificent bosom of Nina!

BTW Is the end credit image lifted from the opening of FAFDM?


Above average Italian Western.
Well directed action sequences, played straight and surprisingly explicit violence.
Excellent score and song. Two good leads.
Like many post- FISTFUL films, it lifts elements from the Eastwood films.. But, the script is also unpredictable which is a nice surprise.


Btw the Arrow bluray has an extensive interview with Nero.
He reveals that he , Volonte and other contemporaries didn't dub their own parts, even I n the Italian language versions!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Burke's Law (1963 - 1965)
« on: November 16, 2021, 11:03:19 PM »
I watched this on DVD a few years ago.
Not a classic by any measure.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: ACTOR DEAN STOCKWELL (1936-2021)
« on: November 12, 2021, 02:47:15 AM »
I always got him confused with Bradford Dillman.
Was good in COLUMBO.


Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: 'West' blu ray May 31
« on: November 09, 2021, 01:55:16 AM »
I put the CD in another machine and when the end music starts I switch audio from DVD to CD until the end.
As, there is no dialogue it works!

Other Films / Re: Face of a Fugitive (1959)
« on: November 07, 2021, 11:29:26 AM »
Not bad.
In fact it's good.
It has Some I unique elements in the script that raise it up above standard westerns of the era.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: 'West' blu ray May 31
« on: November 03, 2021, 03:59:07 PM »
 :-\Oh jeez!
Didn't Scorcese work on this?

No reason to upgrade then

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: 'West' blu ray May 31
« on: November 02, 2021, 12:34:14 AM »
Has anybody watched the US bluray?
Did this version have the correct music for the climax I.e. Jill's Theme playing until the last.shot, without the Cheyenne theme intruding?


I've never been clear in Curly's motivations.
In the beginning he saves Polack because he wants to find out why he is in town. Why kill the dealer and the bankers?
Was he planning in.stealing the silver?
I guess he.joined the army.for personal revenge for his humiliation but even that wad confusing

Moorman got me curious so I just watched the Kino Lorber DVD of The Mercenary, its listed as 110 minutes but its missing a few scenes, the sequence where The Pollack has Curly strip naked after he shoots his gang is not there, and the sequence where The Pollack and Paco are discussing the revolution over the naked woman's ass as she lies in bed. There may be other things missing but those two were memorable.

That said the film is not holding up to my previous estimation, I'm rating it about 7/10 now, the Morricone score is still excellent but after just previously watching A Bullet For The General I found The Mercenary a bit too corny and a bit too contrived in spots in comparison. It does have some great sequences but overall A Bullet For The General is the more serious film. It's still better than 2/3rds of Companeros, but Milian I enjoy more than Musante.

Both scenes are in.the KLbluray!

Just watched the bluray. Second viewing after the Japanese dvd.
I think this is one of the more enjoyable Italian westerns. Good story, actors and , of course, great musical score.
Much prefer this to Corbucci's other films (I do like NAVAJO JOE)
While Leone obviously influenced this film, a good case could be made that MERCENARIO influenced Giu La Testa.

THE MERCENARY - especially the showdown- proves once more and beyond a shadow of a doubt; the true auteur of Italian westerns is Ennio Morricone


Other Films / Re: THE VALDEZ HORSES( Chino) ?
« on: October 28, 2021, 10:10:11 PM »
Neither I think.

Tricky, yes, but for me an US western shot in Spain, despite being an European production. But the director and the style belong to the USA, and it fits more well alongside other US westerns of the 70s dealing with the genocide of the Indians.

The credit reads Italian, Spain, Universal France coproduction

Other Films / Re: THE VALDEZ HORSES( Chino) ?
« on: October 28, 2021, 10:07:33 PM »
Film buffs have a weird nostalgia for Early to mid- Seventies films
 like this: depressing and downbeat. The bad guys always win and the good guys get killed.

SPOILER ALERT: the hero lives but loses everything.

This is yet another western where the brother of the girlfriend has a pathological hatred of all her boyfriends( incestuous?)
Like almost all Italian westerns, it has an obligatory torture scene - which always strike me as  having homo- erotic, sadomochistic sexual

Bronson is great as always.
Ireland has never looked more beautiful
Not much action.

Good have been so much better if it had avoided the cynicism that affects so many films of the era.

Never saw that title used for the film


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