No Room to Die (Garrone / 1969)
Dive and Shoot = 2
Rolland Shoot = 2
Slow Eye Reveal = 7
So you will have noticed that I have been recording the roll and shoots etc for each of these Steff outings because they are the tropes and devices I always expect from and attach to his films. You may also have noticed that although they are pretty regular so far they have not been quite as excessive as you might expect. So why do they stick in the memory so much. Well, with 15 under my belt and 10 more to go I am starting to suspect that maybe they became more prevalent as time went on and his films became more and more formulaic and his screen persona got more locked in. We shall see. It could also just be that my expectations of Steff got locked in after watching No Room to Die. Because this baby has all the tropes in Spades and abundance. 2 dive and shoots and 2 roll and shoots (one each for Steff and Berger) are just the tip of the iceberg. We get seven, yes SEVEN, slow eye reveals from under the hat brim. Was this Garrone’s idea? You can only presume so. Was it just because he was now settled into the big hat and wanted to make the most of it? Who knows?
Whatever, this is classic cliched Steff in botox face mode and is consequently both satisfying and slightly disappointing for that. Over the first 15 films I have begun to have much more respect for Steff’s abilities and have come to suspect that a lot of his “Stiffen” performances were as much a result of direction than his ability.
Anyway, I enjoyed this one and on reading back over my old review (see below) obviously more than I did back in 2008. I still find the music jarring but it’s positives far outweigh its negatives and I had a lot of fun with it.