[quote=“Reverend Danite, post:20, topic:610”]I havn’t decided yet - 3 or 4 stars? I watched this last night and pretty much agree with everything said above. I found theleft hand/right hand bit enjoyable and added something different to the story (in a completely different way to the ‘manco/freudian’ bit that I got told off for in a previous thread …with the ‘get a girl’ type-jibe (Manco)- so no problems with thinking too deeply here! Pheww! Mind you - the mirror within a mirror ‘reversed reversal’ bit could give rise to a Lacan-ist ‘alienation in the image corresponds with the ego’ reading … (only joking Scherp)
The barroom brawl was as pathetically unrealistic and more suited to MD’s later film Pistol Packin’ Preacher (1972) which is meant to be slapstick - (I might add here the preview for this was on the disc - I wouldn’t choose to own it!). And then this nonsense is contrasted with the pure evil of the killing, and revenge of "… and this is for Pepe."
When it’s at it’s nastiest this film shows some brilliant and innovative touches - but for me Mark Damon (Medallion Man Mark) is just a bit too cheesy and maybe seems more suited to the lighter roles he went on to do. I havn’t seen ‘Owell Rock’ yet tho’. There are touches when he does shine but he seems so self-conciously macho most of the time (and somebody should tell him red just isn’t his colour, sweetie :-*). There is a dubious relationship with his Mexican sidekick, as Bad Lieutenant says - I also wasn’t keen on this.
Having said all that - it’s made my mind up. Overall - an enjoyable and worthwhile (and early) s.w. - in the absence of a 3 and a bit, I round it down … 3 outa 5.
(Watched Between God, the Devil and a Winchester - between last night, some zzzzzs and this morning - and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a bit ‘walky’ but great fun. Why you had to take loads of people and supplies up a hill, when 3 could easily get down was a bit silly. But no story otherwise. Gilbert Roland was superb - as usual! [/quote]
I hadn’t even thought of this Lacanian mirror identity thing! Brilliant! (my friend the Psy-an lover would be in seventh heaven with this reading). The Mexican side-kick was the b) influence I referred to, you’d expect the character more in Sabata/Sartana movie, and yes, he got a bit on my nerves too. I’m not too keen on Damon either, although I found him more acceptable here than in JOHNNY ORO (Ringo and his golden pistol) I watched a year (or so) ago on TCM.
If possible, I would give the film 3,5 (still in doubt too). This Guerrieri has a fresh directing style I like. He has a very good sense of framing too : I liked his use of mirrors, open windows etc. to create surprising effects. DIECIMILA … was inventively directed too, and had Garko and Camaso as leads.