Has anybody besides me noticed the similarities between the opening sequences of Romolo Guerrieri’s $10,000 Blood Money and Bergman’s The Seventh Seal?
It makes me think Guerrieri’s is something of a parody of Bergman’s. They both begin with shots of birds. They both have their “heros” (Django & Antonius Block) awaken with a sigh.
There are horses along the beach, rolling surf, and, of course, Death.
$10,000 Blood Money’s sequence is played for a dark laugh and works well (it is one of my favorite opening sequences in a Spaghetti).
I did a search on this site and did not see any mention of The Seventh Seal.
Maybe there is word of this elsewhere.
As far as I know you are the first to notice these similarities
When you watch the first minutes of Bergman’s movie, it’s hard to imagine that Guerrieri did not pay homage to (or parody) it
Like you say, the opening scene of Diecimila dollari … is dark and funny
That are probably not the adjectives you first think about talking about Bergman (although he certainly had some sense of humour) but I guess Guerrieri was impressed by Bergman’s visuals, especially his christian symbolism; grown up in catholic Italy, with christian imagery and symbols around nearly every corner, most spaghetti western directors have developed a powerful visual style, with vivid references to christian iconography
I like his voice which is very creepy and sounds like some horror movie villain. Claudio Camaso is one of my favorite actors of the genre. I don’t know if he dubbed himself but same voice is also used in Vengeance and Vengeance is mine.
Based on Italian track of German DVD. Onscreen credits are in Italian. All names are the same in German track except nicknames.
Gary Hudson as Django
Loredana Nusciak as Mijanou
Claudio Camaso as Manuel Vasquez [size=8pt] : Vasqiez on IMDb, this incorrect, Vasquez on warrant[/size]
Adriana Ambesi as Dolores Mendoza [size=8pt] : Mendossa in English subtitles which seems unlikely spelling[/size]
Pinuccio Ardia as Sette Dollari [size=8pt]: Seven Dollars in English subtitles, Sieben Dollar in German track[/size]
Fidel Gonzales as Fidelio
Franco Lantieri as Juan
Massimo Sarchielli as Cisco
Ermelinda De Felice as Rosita [size=8pt]: LaPola on IMDb, this name does not seem to be mentioned, Sancho does say something but’s it’s definitely not LaPola[/size]
Dada Gallotti as Scarface’s Whore
Aldo Cecconi as Scarface
Nando Poggi as Vasquez Henchman
Mirko Valentin as Vasquez Henchman [size=8pt]: Cisco on IMDb, this is incorrect, Cisco is Massimo Sarchielli[/size]
Fernando Sancho as Manuel’s Father [size=8pt]: at one point the subtitles say “they call me Stardust”. I do hear something like “Polvere di Stelle” in Italian track but I have no idea what the sentence is.[/size]
Rocco Lerro as Joe (uncredited)
Jimmy il Fenomeno as Bartender (uncredited) [size=8pt]: thank god this afwul “actor” doesn’t get any actual screentime, 1 quick shot of his moronic face[/size]
Herman Reynoso as Mendoza (uncredited)