This is the 2nd one of Giuliano Carnimeo’s Sartana films, and it’s his best, nearly on par with Parolini’s If You Meet Sartana.
It’s the usual Sartana story with many double crosses and lots of dubious characters (including Sartana himself, who’s motivation is doubtful and get’s a nice twist near the end), all of them of course only interested in money.
This is one of the few films which weren’t written/co-written by Carnimeos’s prefered screenplay writer Tito Carpi, but by Giovanni Simonelli, a similar prolific author of the 2nd ranks, whose stories are more logical structured.
So here the plot is more thoughtful developed, the characters are more colourful developed, the solutions are more satisfying than in Carnimeo’s other Spags. There are no simple “surprises”, which aren’t a surprise for every slightly experienced viewer, instead we know early who’s responsible for the murders, but we have to learn why they were done, we have several more shady characters, whose shadyness is without doubt, but we don’t know how they are involved in the cheat, and who is at the moment cheating whom.
There are nevertheless enough surprises, but they are not that foreseeable, and they are presented in a satisfying way.
Garko is good as ever, but his domination is balanced by the roles of George Wang and Daniela Giordano, who adds a welcome erotic element to the Sartana formula. Both enrich Have a Good Funeral a lot.
This is also (together with My Name Is Halleluja) Carnimeo’s most inspired work as director, his most disciplined, not so much made in his usual anything goes style.
And this film brings back my favoured Sartana image, when he stands there black claded with the rifle over his shoulders. Also the slightly mystical effect of his appearences similar to the 1st Sartana is reintroduced here.
Strangely Have a Good Funeral, Sartana Will Pay seems to be the least popular of the 4 Sartana’s, as in both our forum’s - and the Fatmandan list, he is only the #4.
On the other hand there seems to be no doubt that it is the one with the best score (by Bruno Nicolai).