Copied from the
Spagvemberfest 2023 thread:
By 1972, the Italians were seemingly engaged in the questionable pursuit of churning out the most absurdly banal comedies at the highest rate possible and Secchi’s effort is an exemplification of that trend. The film’s biggest drawback undoubtedly dwells in its mind-numbing monotony and want of original ideas. Truth be told, the first fifteen minutes or so furnish the appealing introduction, ushering in its central characters in a predominantly decent fashion. The issue consists in that once our main heros are tasked with consigning the shipment of gold to a Confederate general and finally hit the road, the script utterly disintegrates and proceeds to plumb the depths of the bromidic cloaca all spaghetti western comedies of the era would grace their audiences with.
The narrative leisurely careens from one vignette to another, from one double-crossing to another, endlessly rehashing the same threadbare jokes over and over again whilst supplying nothing along the lines of a passable structure; the storyline lacks anything approximating a proper crisis section which in turn effects the aforesaid monotony and hazy focus. Even when contrasted with the rest of the field, the film has nothing going for it: neither is it particularly dignified nor is it especially vulgar. The flick exhibits a very tame, bland disposition which, alongside its sluggish pacing, comes to exacerbate the scripting issues. Long story short, this is one of those flicks you have to force yourself to stay focused on, otherwise your mind inevitably starts wandering so as to dull the pain of being exposed to it. Perhaps not quite the bottom of the barrel, but pretty darn close to it.
Pretty awful, though to be fair, it has more or less an integral storyline which cannot be said about every film of this sort.
E alla fine lo chiamarono Jerusalem l’implacabile was the third and definitive Italian title: as such, it can be understood as And at the End They Called Him Jerusalem the Implacable but also ironically as And Finally They Called It Jerusalem the Implacable.