Texas, Adios / Texas, addio (Ferdinando Baldi, 1966)

(scherpschutter) #62

[quote=“Stanton, post:52, topic:152”]Scherp, you wrote about the first scene:

"It’s a rather odd, almost surreal scene that, at first glance, seems to bear only little relation to the rest of the film, but will turn out to be a key scene, establishing the protagonist’s character. "

Odd it is indeed, but surreal? And a key scene for the film?[/quote]

Surreal in the sense that these characters seem to appear from nowhere (what the hell is this??), not in reference to surrealism (Dali, etc.)

It is a key scene as it establishes, once and for all, Nero’s character. He is as obsessed and determined as any other spaghetti western character, but he’s not determined to kill his father’s murderer, but to bring him to justice. Without this opening scene, in which he appears and disarms a bounty killer, his character would be puzzling. We would say: Hey, what is this, an avenger who want to bring his nemesis back to Texas? If it didn’t have this special function, it would be a rather ridiculous scene (it still feels a little ridiculous, but in a good sense, to me it’s one of those nice oddities the genre has to offer)

(JonathanCorbett) #63

It is true that the rather unconvincing introductory sequence is almost surreal: from far away we see two men on horseback arrive in a completely deserted town, which once the shooting ends suddenly became repopulated, complete with the passage of a stagecoach!

Initially also the eternally laughing grotesque character played by Livio Lorenzon is rather perplexing, but fortunately there are also very positive elements to balance everything and there is no doubt that Franco Nero, even thanks to a more appropriate look, is much more incisive here than in the contemporary Le colt cantarono la morte e fu… tempo di massacro/Massacre Time.

(YourPallbearer) #64

Too right! I think the only time he was acceptable was in the sleazy Lee Van Cleef Eurocrime vehicle THE PERFECT KILLER. In fact, as the young upstart, he was really good in that.

(Escobar) #65

I search quotes in italian from scene when Miguel gives gun to Burt.

(scherpschutter) #66

At what point in the movie does this happen? I’ve got the French disc, which has Italian audio (if I’m not mistaken), so I could check it out tomorrow (I’m not at home at the moment)

(Escobar) #67

After Fernandez met Miguel when he moved Burt to Texas. Next Miguel refused chance to join lawyer’s force and leaved on foot. Then Burt come up to Miguel and demanded his gun. I need theirs conversation in text in italiano, because in internet(for example in http://www.mymovies.it) I not found it.

(JonathanCorbett) #68

M: Cosa vuoi?
B: Quella.
M: A che ti serve?
B: Hai sentito l’Avvocato?
M: Io ho sentito che Cisco ha preso tuo fratello. Non è così?
Fai bene ad aiutare l’Avvocato. E’ gente brava e onesta. A loro almeno è rimasto ancora il coraggio di morire e soprattutto un po’ di dignità. Addio, straniero.

(Escobar) #69

Grazie mille.

(carlos) #70

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(Reverend Danite) #71

I watched this version today (not in the database) - nice print, but burnt in Greek subs. Didn’t notice anything missing (but it’s a long time since I saw my other version - the extra disc that came with Keoma).
This time I wondered why they changed $200 in coin into 1000 Mexican peso notes (whilst a Mexican banker smiled wryly) and then still only paid for everything in dollars ??? :)…
No matter what version - I’ve still got that fuckin’ song wrapped around my brain :stuck_out_tongue:

(JonathanCorbett) #72

Crazy poster with Terence Hill in place of Franco Nero! :o


(morgan) #73

Thought it real poor on first viewing, better on second. Good cast, good cinematography, some hardcore scenes, and a nice trumpet theme. Average, three stars.

(Stanton) #74

[quote=“Reverend Danite, post:58, topic:152”]

I watched this version today (not in the database) -[/quote]

… and with John Wayne on the cover.

(scherpschutter) #75

Don’t know if it’s John Wayne, but it’s certainly not a screenshot from the movie

(Stanton) #76

I’m sure it is inspired from Red River.

(scherpschutter) #77

Could be, but in that case it’s rather Montgomery Clift

(scherpschutter) #78

He wears similar buckskin in the movie:

(Stanton) #79

No, I’m sure it’s Wayne in the early scenes of the film. There he wears buckskin too, and there are also covered wagons.

(scherpschutter) #80

Then I’ll have to rewatch the movie, don’t remeber that (haven’t seen it in more than 20 years)

(Bill san Antonio) #81

I wonder why they chose dell’Acqua for the role of the kid brother. It doesn’t look believable that a mexican would have a kid with blond hair. (text spoiler colored)