Watched this one last night, thanks to a forum member who made me a DVDr (fullscreen, but good image quality)
Good film, although it often felt more Greek than Roman
I leave the review to Phil, therefore only a few notes:
I do agree with the Rev that Ireland looked a bit old for the part. He was believable as a desillusioned priest turned drifter, but not very convincing as a ladies man. In the barroom brawl he was doubled, if i’m not mistaken. Look closely when ‘he’ is filmed from behind: that definitely is a younger man.
Otherwise: fine film, fine story, fine conclusion (Ireland riding off although the Annabella’ll have him: probably a reference to the final scene of Once Upon a Time in the West, with Harmonica walking away, saying he might come back … some day).
Although it was a coproduction with Spain, it was entirely filmed in Tuscanny (near Pisa), on not more than a handful of locations.
There has been quite some discussion on who actually directed the movie. According to Woods (talking to Giusti) Klimovski was responsible for framing etc. but didn’t talk much with the actors; Ireland and Woods actually ‘directed’ most dramatic scenes.
There’s a lot of christian symbolism involving fish. Remember that the fish is a symbol of Chist. furthermore Ireland’s character is an ex-priest and calls himself Jonas, Greek for the herbrew Jonah, who lived inside the whale for some time.