I kick-started my revisiting spags with this. No real reason, just grabbed a radom selection from my rhinestone-encrusted cases and after trying a couple of others that wouldn’t play correctly (my dvd player - not the discs) settled on this.
I’d seen it before but due to old-age and/or cider combination couldn’t remember much - which was the idea of having a break after all.
I’d imagine everything has been said about this film in 5 pages of opinion, and with Brothers Phil and Scherpy’s excellent reviews (which I read after watching).
I haven’t seen or read the Shakespeare original so I could only judge it in spag terms really, although I thought I could pick up the vibe of Beardy Bill in the atmosphere of the thing.
So a bit overly atmospheric and dramatic in parts, with some very Italian artiness - but beautifully shot, directed, and set in fabulously suitably attired scenery, and all backed by a magnificent De Masi score.
Overly long fisticuffs jarred a bit… but other spaghettiness in the ol’ shooting the mirror trick and some dramatic Vera Cruzy Burt Lancastery-stylee gun spinning and holstering before dropping down dead cheered me up.
Besides there being condenders for the ‘favourite rock’ thread, there’s also a wonderfully stylish hat with a bullety-hatband as worn by the ginger bad bastard Spalla that should make the ‘best hat’ thread, should one come into existence in times to come.
I was let down by the Ophelia death and floaty bit. There wasn’t much of a develepment betwixt her and Johnny but that arty superimposed body in the water bit was, well a bit crap - especially for a fellah that has seen the Millais inspiration for it, and the moody, spooky Arthur Hughes versions in the flesh.
(On a side note, I wondered whether any of the many names on the gravestones had any Shakespearean in-jokiness - but other than Batsford being coincidentally both a village in Shakespeare land and also the publishing company of a book called ‘Shakespeare’s Country’ - nowt sprung up.)
Despite my few negative comments, this was a highly enjoyable romp with some great acting from the leads, and the Koch media disc was a pleasure to watch (I watched it in Italian with subs, and the Castellari interview made for an interesting addition as well).
4 stars from me, but I’ll be looking for something less worthy for my next spag - more Four Dollars for Vengeance that Forgotten Pistolero maybe…