Sergio Corbucci


(flynnparadox) #61

Yes, but that’s just an opinion. I think Companeros is his masterpiece but I understand that most people love Great Silence or Mercenary. The thing is that there’s a fan for every film, no matter bad it is. Hell, there are major fans out there of Corbucci’s horrible comedies from the 80s. One of my buddies loves Superfuzz, for example. I can only shake my head…

Flynn


(Stanton) #62

Yeah Superfuzz is very boring, nothing to laugh in it, badly directed also.

Companeros … I love this film, contains some of the most brillant SW scenes, but there are also some flawed scenes in it. Some needless jokes, some sloppy sequences. Alas! Could be a better film.

Despite many brillant moments Companeros marks the beginning of Corbucci’s decline.


(flynnparadox) #63

[quote=“stanton, post:62, topic:140”]Yeah Superfuzz is very boring, nothing to laugh in it, badly directed also.

Companeros … I love this film, contains some of the most brillant SW scenes, but there are also some flawed scenes in it. Some needless jokes, some sloppy sequences. Alas! Could be a better film.

Despite many brillant moments Companeros marks the beginning of Corbucci’s decline.[/quote]

Well, that’s what’s great about the world: different opinions. I agree with you totally about Superfuzz but I think Companeros is Corbucci’s best film as well as probably my second favorite of all Spaghetti Westerns (right after Once Upon a Time in the West.) For me, the oddball scenes add to an overall “messy” kind of masterpiece. It all adds to the enjoyment of the film, in my opinion. But, again, that’s what great about the people on this board, we all have our own favorites…


(Stanton) #64

Yep, as I said … I love Companeros too.

I would prefer this film even to Django, which is maybe the better film, imo.

And I always liked Corbucci, maybe because all of his shortcomings.


(flynnparadox) #65

[quote=“stanton, post:64, topic:140”]Yep, as I said … I love Companeros too.

I would prefer this film even to Django, which is maybe the better film, imo.

And I always liked Corbucci, maybe because all of his shortcomings.[/quote]

Yeah. Like I said in another thread, I just watched Navajo Joe last night (it had been YEARS since I had last seen it) and found it very enjoyable. Not a masterpiece but quite entertaining…


(Silvanito) #66

We have of course discussed many of this directors films already, but I don’t think we have a thread on the man himself.

His career spanned the whole SW era and he was involved both in pre-Fistful westerns and the the last stages of the genre with comedy SWs.

He was also one of the most prolific Italian western directors, making over 10 films.

He was responsible for some true classics, but many don’t seem to like his last films at all.

His best serious films are all well handled, tightly edited and he was especially good at filming action sequences.

Opinions?


(Bill san Antonio) #67

But we have:

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/forum/index.php/topic,131.0.html


(Silvanito) #68

Oh, sorry

Feel free to delete this thread (no irony)


(Earl McGraw) #69

I’ve seen three of his spaghetti’s now and like especially Django and Navajo Joe. Don’t think The Great Silence is so very good though…


(Hud) #70

I like all of Corbucci’s westerns, they all have their flaws but strenghts, too - even MASSACRE AT GRAND CANYON and JOHNNY ORO which seem rather workmanlike and SONNY & JED with Milian out of control, as products of their time they’re not bad.

When I started watching Corbucci I was a teenage Sergio Leone enthusiast who was initially disappointed by DJANGO, THE GREAT SILENCE and COMPANEROS - NAVAJO JOE fared better because it seemed technically smoother and the music was tremendous. Key moments from all these films stuck with me and I grew really fond of them on second viewings. Watching all of the Corbucci westerns and some peplums made me really appreciate him as a filmmaker with ability to create characters you care for even if they border on caricature, and a certain “against the grain” unwillingness to please the audience. Corbucci was there in many phases of the SW genre as he was always moving onward and creating new styles, of the most famous SW filmmakers he’s the one who never did a sequel to his successful westerns.

For me, there is a short decline with SONNY & JED but he comes back with THE WHITE, THE YELLOW, THE BLACK which is big fun and one of the most remarkable comedy SWs with a dream team cast - also a commercial success, I consider it an exit with style if not with seriousness. What I most like is that it’s definitely more Corbucci than Enzo Barboni, which I can’t say of his later action comedies - the final part of his career looks like Corbucci emulating his former DP movie after movie, probably getting bigger local box office than he ever did with his more personal stuff… :frowning:


(Bad Lieutenant) #71

I’m rather fond of Sonny & Jed. I like the vibe that comes from that movie. A pretty laidback spaghetti western with a great Milian.


(ENNIOO) #72

Me to…so offbeat :).


(Hud) #73

Watching J & S as a tragicomic love story I kind of like it, as an action adventure it’s lacking something, at least a stronger finale you usually get from Corbucci. Savalas is great, if he had had more scenes he could have been a real genre icon… 8)


(ENNIOO) #74

Yes…love it when he shouts to Jed…‘Punk’…


(Silvanito) #75

Yes I also like this 1974 SW S & J :slight_smile:

Once again a nice Morricone score as well Sonny Sonny :slight_smile:


(Bad Lieutenant) #76

I immediately loved it. Milian’s scene with the pig is comedy at its best.


(davidf) #77

not seen " massacre at grand canyon" or " navajo joe" yet, but my top 3 corbucci SW’s are 1. the hellbenders.2.the great silence. 3. django.


(LankyFellow) #78
  1. Django
  2. Vamos a matar,companeros
  3. Il grande silenzio
  4. Il mercenario
  5. Navajo Joe
  6. I crudeli
  7. Johnny Oro
  8. Il bianco, il giallo, il nero
  9. Minnesota Clay
  10. Massacro al grande canyon
  11. Che c’entriamo noi con la rivoluzione
  12. Gli specialisti
  13. Banda J.S.: Cronaca criminale del Far West

(korano) #79

Why is Specialists not in the poll? I’d say it’s my favorite Corbucci. Even though Companeros is my second fav Spaghetti.


(ION BRITTON) #80

In order of preferance:

  1. The great silence 10/10
  2. Django 9.5/10
  3. Companeros 9/10
  4. Johnny Oro 9/10
  5. Navajo Joe 9/10
  6. The specialists 8.5/10
  7. Hellbenders 8/10
  8. The mercenary 8/10
  9. Minnesota Clay 7.5/10

Haven’t seen the others yet.