Shango / Shango, la pistola infallibile (Edoardo Mulargia, 1970)


(Tegh48) #1

Just saw this movie on Luminous and I was wondering if it was worth getting.


(Sebastian) #2

hm

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Shango%2C_la_pistola_infallibile

we don’t have much info on this movie yet I’m afraid, I hope somebody can help you out


(Stanton) #3

If you like other SWs by Edoardo Mulargia like Cjamango or W Django, you can try this one too.

Nothing special, typical SW for the year of it’s release.

It wasn’t released theatrically in Germany, but was recently dubbed for TV showings. Twice shown on Tele 5 since 2005, at least.


(Raph_Alv) #4

Well, really don´t like it when Steffen does a funny guy, but if is a serious on just like “Django bastard”, must see for spaghetti westerns fans.


(Tegh48) #5

Guess what guys! Franco Cleef released the movie and from what I hear, it looks and sounds amazing. I for one am gunning for Shango!


(Silver) #6

Thanks for the info! I’ve been wanting to see this one for ages, so that’s added to the (ever growing) list!


(Tegh48) #7

I finally got Shango. First off, the DVD is good, the picture and audio are great, and it has a trailer! The movie itself is something spectacular, for after watching Django the Bastard, I never thought that I would see Steffen play sort of role that he did in Shango. In the movie, he is not the typical, laconic, avenging gunslinger, but a humane, reluctant, and helpless Texas Ranger armed with a sense of duty to stop the remnants of the Confederacy and a marauding band of Mexican bandits who wreak havoc on a border town. Don’t be put off by the pansy way I’m talking about Shango, for when he gets pushed, people die, usually in groups of 3-5 people. The action is good, but the story is not so well-defined, for the two villains who tear apart this village in the hopes of finding gold do not show what role the gold plays along with the relationship between the Major and Martinez. The beginning’s a little bizarre too, but I guess we are in the same boat with Shango, since he too seems to not know which way the movie is going to begin, but the story staightens itself out soon after. All in all, the action is awesome and Steffen’s portrayal of Shango as a man of conflicting ideals made the film all the more enjoyable.


(Silence) #8

I think it was a good movie. I only have an old Greek VHS version of it, but I enjoyed it anyways.


(autephex) #9

Shango’s one of my top SW’s… if you want to upgrade, you should get ahold of the Franco Cleef version- looks great


(ENNIOO) #10

Like the opening scene.


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #11

The movie is worth getting. Just don’t get it from Luminous. The people who run that “business” are pricks.

Shango is just average, but its got good atmosphere. You might like it.


(Squonkamatic) #12

Well I for one think this is an amazing movie, probably my favorite Anthony Steffen role (though Apocalypse Joe and Stranger’s Gundown are hard to top – maybe a 3 way tie?) and one of my favorite overlooked spaghetti western music scores. The gunfights are amazing, choreographed perfectly and some great atmospheric moments.

Steffen reminds me of a Navy SEAL unleashed, some sort of special ops soldier sent behind enemy lines to stir up trouble along the border with a totally unhinged Eduardo Fajardo’s Confederate stormtrooper pistoleros. One of the things I like about the way the film develops is that you truly do get the feeling that Steffen is the only person in the world who has any chance of stopping Fajardo from slaughtering the entire civilized world. Their grudge match quickly becomes personal and Fajardo is downright frightening in his homicidal psychosis, willing to literally kill anybody.

He may not be as smooth as Eastwood’s anti-hero but he’s a more dynamic and even acrobatic gunfighter whom I think is saddened by all the carnage around him, including that which he himself wreaks. He takes no joy in the killings and even seems to regard his invincibility as a curse, or at least a mantle he must bear as a soldier on a mission that for anyone else would be suicidal. It is a physically demanding role, it looks like Steffen did most of his stuntwork himself, and he demonstrates a range of acting (dubbed as it is) going from a sullen, withdrawn mute to his usual unflappable self. He actually acts in addition to shooting people, and nobody looked better as a shabby unkempt slob.

It’s also a film that must be seen widescreened, I have a fullframe Greek tape and the film is suffocated by the pan/scan screen reduction. I have not seen Luminous’ copy but I have Franco Cleef’s restored widescreen English print and it is glorious. The action literally spills across the canvas of the picture frame along with the summersaulting, diving Steffen as he effortlessly blows away about fifty guys in the course of 86 minutes or so. Some of the locations used also look unique or at least unfamiliar and I wonder where some of the outdoor scenes were filmed – it’s not the usual boulder strewn hillsides & walled in hacienda with the arched gateway.

I also come back to the musical score by a little known composer named Gianfranco Di Stefano (BROTHER OUTLAW and SHERIFF OF RED SPRINGS are his other two big spaghetti scores), mixing traditional American martial flavored choral themes with folk rock sounds in a manner that is also pretty unique, and demonstrates once again that quite often it’s the musical score that really gives a film it’s edge. In this instance it lends the film an air of authenticity: it’s not just really cool music, but the only music possible for the subject matter. A twanging guffawing Morricone/Niccola score would have been totally out of place here.

In any event I can’t recommend the film enough, Stranger’s Gundown is probably Steffen’s most important spaghetti but this may be his most dynamic. Totally worth the $17 or so to acquire a copy, but it really should be properly restored by it’s rights holder immediately or I will PUNCH THEM IN THE NOSE!!@

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(alk0) #13

It was ok for me, but nothing special. I found it funny that Steffen’s character seemed to have ‘fifteen-shooters’ instead of six-shooters. The behavior of Fajardo’s character was stupid and made no sense at all, that ending was the worst part of the movie. Nice autumnal landscapes anyway


(autephex) #14

Well he appears to be Schizophrenic… the behavior of Schizophrenics tends to not make much sense (SD possibly?). I have a close friend who’s had some issues with this, including a complete breakdown and actually Fajardo’s behavior in the ending reminded me of this quite a bit

I’m with Squonkamatic, top 20 material for me. Excellent review Squonkamatic

I think I noticed this last time around also :smiley:


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #15

I think most SW’s have this problem. Does Django’s machine gun ever run out of bullets? The clip belt never even moves LOL


(ENNIOO) #16

I suppose he saves a bit of cash on bullets :smiley: .


(Silence) #17

When Django and the mexicans are robbing Fort Sheriba it does run out of bullets. :wink:


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #18

When Django is escaping it runs out of bullets, after it has already spent about 50 Trillion rounds. Maybe he got a refill or something LOL


(Starblack) #19

Finally seen this as it was meant to be seen thanks to Franco Cleef’s DVD (farewell, faded old fullscreen VHS copy).

It doesn’t fundamentally improve the movie, which remains a largely routine Steffen vehicle (though I accept his character shows more emotion and scruples here than elsewhere), but at least the most impressive scenes - the disorientating opening; the women buried up to their necks between burning trenches; the colourful fiesta that turns into a massacre - now have greater force.

Gotta laugh at the brazen stupidity of Steffen’s limitless supply of bullets (granted, not exactly unusual for the genre) and the convenience of Fajardo hallucinating just when Steffen is stricken, allowing the latter to gun him down.


(p.pereira) #20

Recently I’ve been seeing some of Mulargia work, and at the moment this one stands as my favorite. I guess it is less confusing than others directed by him.
Above all I liked the Fajardo performance!