The reason for this is writer Franco Solinas, probably the best political Italian screenwriter of the decade, involved in many political spaghetti westerns and art house movies as well
In London Phil and I had a conversation about Sollima; we were both a bit puzzled by the fact that the rest of his work (his non-westerns that is) is so mediocre. I must say that I love The Big Gundown and Face to Face a lot, but (maybe) in the first place for the interesting sories and ideas. The Big gundown is a fabulous movie, once you've seen it, your ideas about the genre have changed. But is Sollima's direction that brilliant?
I don't know.
Last time I watched it, about twelve months ago I'd say, I found several scenes very well directed, others less so