A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) Reviews
Packed with plenty of action to satisfy western fans, A Fistful of Dollars helped western films along with its great directing and acting.
The Japanese family values presented in 'Yojimbo' are easily translated into Italian values in 'A Fistful of Dollars'. The film is rife with subtle religious symbolism, from the Rojos' party resembling Da Vinci's Last Supper, to Marisol and her family fleeing to their own Egypt, to Joe, a morally ambiguous 'Christ' figure, being resurrected.
While Clint Eastwood's performance isn't as brassy and confident as Toshiro Mifune's, he has an easygoing slyness about him.
Gian Maria Volonte is the film's Unosuke, Ramon Rojo, and he is having a blast, figuratively and literally.
The thing about this movie is that it's quaint. The cinematography is cleaner than in 'Django', but not as splashy as the photography in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'Once Upon a Time in the West' or 'Duck, You Sucker!' (all of which are courtesy of Tonino Delli Colli). It's small scale, but very pretty to look at.
The dubbing is hit and miss. The actor or actress picked to dub the little boy, Jesus, is absolutely terrible. However, the rest of the voice actors are fine.
All in all, give it a whirl. You'll find plenty to enjoy.