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You know what I said about beliefs, alet alone what Dirty Harry said about opinions ...
The film always had a high reputation in Italy, much higher than abroad
This is what David Grieco has to say about it, in Giù la testa, il cinema di Sergio Leone (quoted by Camasio):
<< Giù la Testa is and will always be one of the greatest and most spectacular films in Italian cinema history. The absolute brilliant direction probably makes this Leone's best movie, because here Leone proves that he is one of the few directors in the world who can direct both, and often at the same time, impressive masses and individual actors, lifting intimite or incisive details out of much larger and wider scenes, alternating panoramic and close-up scenes with unparalelled virtuosity >>