[quote=“Stanton, post:75, topic:578”]But Corbucci wasn’t able to handle big action scenes before The Mercenary.
The small ones, like in the beginning of Johnny Oro or Django, are very, very good, but they are similar to the way Leone did them.
The mass shootouts at the end of Johnny Oro, in Django (3 long scenes) or the train assault in Navajo Joe are all rather stiff and awkward. Especially such a fine film like Django is hurt by these shortcomings. Some of these scenes are wrong by the way they were constructed, some others would probably work if they were cut like later shootouts in The Mercenary and in Companeros.
When Django confronts the clansmen in the muddy street, this should be an absolute highpoint of the film, but surprisingly it looks rather lame. It’s still not a bad scene because of its powerful basic idea, but, shit, this could be much better.
But Leone wasn’t better with big action scenes, maybe his only major fault. The river ambush and the cemetery shootout are the weakest scenes in FoD. And the bridge ambush and the finale of DYS don’t work either.
Otherwise Leone was brillant in conceiving and directing action scenes.
And Castellari, well, according to his westerns, viewed as an action director, forget him.
Nothing special when he succeeds, but often his action scenes make only a helples impression to me.
But I will try to see a few of his non-westerns in the near future.[/quote]
Corbucci didn’t have big budgets to work with on his early movies either. Leone didn’t direct the big action or effects scenes in his movies. Other directors did. Guys like Margheriti and Giancarlo Santi.