Rennted a few years ago (in the 80’s) just to see a cowboy movie, I do remember finding quite odd that the film was spoken in French at the time not expecting that.
This is a Corbucci movie so it deserves a proper review. Choosing Johnny Holliday was somehow a odd choice for the main part but it worked out well in my view, he got the rusted raw (at least with the make-up) look those SW heroes need to have.
Not by the time I rent it, but in the sixties and seventies Holliday was quite popular in Portugal, due to the influence of French culture (before the Anglo-Saxon invasion, nobody spoke English back them), this was even bigger with all the emigrants we had in France and that during summer time brought a little bit of France with them for the holydays. Sure that JH didn’t fit in the revolutionary feeling that was usual in SW (he was no Volonte or Lou Castel that’s for sure) but the times were changing and I think Corbucci must have sense that
What we got here is the usual revenge plot but with some twists, and very well presented through the all film, Corbucci was a more classical filmmaker in the sense of the image itself, but was a very good one the cinematography is fantastic, the plot unfolds in a pretty nice manner the shot-outs are well done the head butting duel it’s innovative to say the least, the soundtrack it’s not a memorable one, but at least it’s well fitted with the film, the only strange thing, it’s the locations, sure you can find that landscape in the US (well similar at least) but not with Mexican bandidos on it, they never went that far North. I’m not an expert in US geography but I doubt it that in the Tex Mex border or near by we can found something similar to the Alps (North California Oregon maybe). Other thing was the medieval steel ring coat from Hud could be good against swords and arrows but I doubt it hat would stop a bullet from a 45, but Ok this is cinema (worst is putting a helicopter stuck to a train inside a tunnel). No complains about the cast the French actress are a nice change to the view, Mario Adorf excels as the maneta Mexican Bandido, Gastone Moschin also very well (I’ve seen those two together in another film recently).
The add of the hippie kids that take up in arms in the end, with a less hippie feeling, seem to me that was a demonstration from Corbucci that the times were changing that the Summer of Love and all the great ideals of peace love that came from it were ending, that a new more dark age was coming, more like an Altamont type of feeling.
I think the all film comes with the usual dark and pessimistic atmosphere normal in Corbucci SW. I’ve stayed with the impression of even a more subtle sadness that goes out through the all film, the loneliness of Sheba house, where the wind never stops to blow, the desperate yearning of the people when faced with the ultimate destruction of their money and end up naked, the way that Bud leaves in the end, in a very sad and poetic way.
Well I liked very much a fantastic and very well done SW
Corbucci’s SW always went well above the usual cynicism typical of most SW (good or bad), and the common parody of the American classical western, he was way above that creating is own type of western
Very good film, by chance it happens to be a SW
I’m a fan of course