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One of the best Westerns ever made and a fantastic allegory for the rise of fascism. Jean Maria Volonte's best work.
There was Sergio Leonne, Sergio Corbucci, and Sergio Sollima. All three directed Italian Westerns (Spaghetti Westerns). Sollima directed this film that has some political undertones. Tubercular history Professor Brad Fletcher (Gian Maria Volonte) head to the American Southwest (played by the Alameria desert in Spain) and encounters notorious outlaw Solomon Bennett AKA Beauregard. The two men eventually become friends and Fletcher joins Beauregard's gang. A funny thing happens, Fletcher becomes more violent and less civilized while Beauregard begins to question his violent ways. William Berger, the sole Yank in the cast, plays Charley Siringo, an undercover Pinkerton's man who infiltrates the gang. Once Beauregard is captured, the smarter and now totally amoral Fletcher takes over the "Hole-in-the-Wall" type refuge and imposes an almost fascistic rule over the dropouts and misfits their while he dreams of changing history with a an army of outlaws. Its a very entertaining example of the Spaghetti E=Western at the height of the genre's creative peak and the performances are excellent and the film is well shot, capturing the dust and grime of the desert. Ennio Morricone did the soundtrack.
Due to health reasons a sick professor moves to the west and becomes involved with a gang of outlaws.
Dopplegangers, fate, the seductive nature of power & violence--All Star Spaghetti!!
A powerful political and moral allegory presented as a solid slice of spaghetti western "artertainment," Sollima's "FaF" rivals the best of the other two Sergios' work (Corbucci and Leone).
Sollima's following film after his outstanding The Big Gundown is this gripping Western that features Milian and Volonté as two very different men who start to become like each other - even though Volonté's character seems to change too fast and not in a very convincing way.
I think there was a good film in there somewhere, but the version I saw was quite washed out in colour, the audio was very muffled and mumbly (what with the dubbing too!) and after about half an hour, I was quite fed up with it. I saw it through to the end, but I have no idea what it was about and even Morricone was having a bit of a goal drought with this soundtrack. Would probably be pretty good with digital remastering, but as it is 6.5/10
Muy buena historia! Uno de los mejores SPAGHETTI WESTERNS que he visto...
The Greatest Italowestern and maybhe the best Movie ever made this is a Pure Exploitation Grenade with breathtaking Atmosphere, Directions, Camera Work, Story, Acting, Music everything is perfect with this one and it is extremly socio-critic the Villigants Comitee are the exact same as the Hord there were some real Great Lines in this Movie just like Dozens of Epic Scenes this Director is a Real Maestro