What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? / Che c’entriamo noi con la rivoluzione? (Sergio Corbucci, 1972)


(Novecento) #21

Well I’d certainly rank them in quality according to their time of production: 1. The Mercenary; 2. Companeros; 3. What am I doing in the Middle of the Revolution. However, I still really like the third one and think that most of it is very well made indeed with good production values.

As for the bull and the car scene, it is so weirdly filmed that I wonder if Corbucci did it for comedic effect rather than laziness.

I also really love the way Corbucci weaves real historical figures into his trilogy. This one has Herrero, Carrasco and even features Giuseppe “Peppino” Garibaldi flying all over the place in a biplane.


(ENNIOO) #22

Did miss the missing footage in the Spanish print.


(scherpschutter) #23

The review of this movie has finally arrived
Took some time because it wasn’t an easy film to review:

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/What_am_I_doing_in_the_Middle_of_the_Revolution%3F_Review_(Scherpschutter)


(Novecento) #24

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:23, topic:1031”]The review of this movie has finally arrived
Took some time because it wasn’t an easy film to review[/quote]

I’m glad you took your time - I’d say that’s one of your best reviews Scherp!


(I love you M.E. Kay) #25

Great review, thanks for all of your detailed analysis on Corbucci’s films, scherpschutter!


(Paco Roman) #26

[quote=“scherpschutter, post:23, topic:1031”]The review of this movie has finally arrived
Took some time because it wasn’t an easy film to review:

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/What_am_I_doing_in_the_Middle_of_the_Revolution%3F_Review_(Scherpschutter)[/quote]
Excellent review of a rather mediocre movie.


(Phil H) #27

Like some have said above, I expected this one to be worse than it actually is based on previous reports. Having said that it is pale in comparison with The Mercenary or Companeros and does include some unfortunate comedy elements which are misplaced, even in a light hearted episodic story like this.

I thought both lead actors were perfectly fine in their parts and the fact that neither seemed at home in the western setting fitted their characters in truth. They are outsiders and it is fitting that they seem so out of place. I did feel that the pace of the film was too constantly hectic though and this, of course, is down to Corbucci. The most inconsistent of the 3 Sergios. It’s a comedy for the most part for sure but it still needed to have some light and shade, some moments of calm to break up the action and constant jabbering of the panicking protagonists. As is stands it becomes exhausting and some good scenes lose their impact.

So, not Corbucci’s worst by a long shot but far from his great works and in many ways the least ‘western’ of all his westerns.


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(The Man With a Name) #28

Excellent film with brilliant actors (not sure why some didn’t think so). The only thing I found frustrating was the abrupt ending. Other than that, the film has to be one of the best spaghetti comedies.


(Novecento) #29

My feeling is that this is one of the films that for some reason is somewhat elusive in a few markets. As a result, it is often unfairly dismissed as something probably not worth viewing since no-one cares to release a decent version of it.