Finally had a chance to see this one. Watched it in English (to hear Milian’s performance, plus the guy who dubbed Volonte did a very good job) with the subtitles on so I could catch the parts which were hard to understand.
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For me this film rivals Sollima’s The Big Gundown. Both held my attention every second, were full of surprises, and had some oddball - almost surreal sequences.
I noticed in this thread some felt the film was preachy. I have to respectfully diagree. The professor (Volonte) is inentionally written and played as an out of touch elitist pacifist. And the film seems very anti-pacifist. As he sheds his urban elite manners we find meet his inner fascist.
It similar in a way to The Bounty Killer, where the bounty hunter comes across as a self-righteous moralist at the beginning. Not a villian, but not a sympathetic character. This is done intentionally so the audience, like the residents of the pueblo, can change allegiance during the course of the film.
Neither film is to me ‘preachy’ even if they have characters who initally are pompous and ‘preachy.’
Anyway, so glad I had the opportunity to see this excellent film.