[quote=“poggy, post:52, topic:566”]Newbie here, and I might as well jump into the discussion as this is my most recent viewing I really liked Faccia a faccia - I gave it four stars just because five is for “most fabulous of forever and ever” in my scale But I still think this is a good movie. Perhaps it’s because I’m watching a lot of Italian films from the early '70s lately, and the political subtext is everywhere, but this one didn’t seem more heavy handed than the average. That’s just my opinion though; what really stood out for me was the interaction and contrast between Volonté and Milian. I found it very compelling on a psychological level - the old “nature vs. nurture” debate.
I’ll go even further, and say that in some way “the Professor” doesn’t change; it’s more like his education and social status tamed and silenced a side of his character that has always been there. You see it from how his façade of propriety and Victorian sexual repression easily starts to fall off since the very first scene in Texas, where the handmaid comes on on him, then with Belle at the mansion, where he says something along the lines of “I’m still a gentleman, but I’m working on it”, and then of course when he rapes Maria. It’s a level of sexual aggressiveness that Bennet never shows, to the extent that Annie complains to him about it (er, the girl might have wanted to reconsider her “ideal boyfriend” standards there!). He just doesn’t have it in him. He kills because he has been raised in an environment that is very “law of the jungle”, but doesn’t get particular satisfaction from it. He kills to have something to eat and to protect his people. Fletcher never experienced this, and in my opinion that’s why he falls so easily for that feeling of power that a gun can give you.
So, in a nutshell, I see the evolution of the characters as rather consistent, and maybe even less dramatic than at first look, because I think it is more about them revealing their true nature rather than simply throwing away their old moral standards for some new one (or no one at all).[/quote]
Some very interesting thoughts. I also never thought that Volonte’s transition was done too quickly in this film. It’s also my favourite of his SW performances. I do love his characters in the Dollar films but have to admit, the more time goes by, the more i find his character in Bullet For The General very irritating. Nice to have another woman on board too, it’s about time!