This is another film not on this blog, so it has been at least eight years since I last watched this, which is far too long.
Right from the opening title shots, and the opening titles themselves, this is pure spaghetti western gold. It starred Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood, and had one of the best villains in all of filmdom in the form of El Indio played by an Italian actor named Gian Maria Volontè. Klaus Kinski played one of El Indio’s henchmen, although I think he was playing himself basically… a bit unhinged.
The story was simple yet there were plenty of spaghetti twists, turns, and back-story to keep it thoroughly entertaining. The photography and music score were also absolute superbness.
The entire film was filmed silent, with the dialogue and sound effects added in later, and it is kind of obvious. But even so, the sound was well done. From Wikipedia:
The music is notable for its blend of diegetic and non-diegetic moments through a recurring motif that originates from the identical pocket watches belonging to El Indio and Colonel Mortimer.
Apart from the watch there were other sound moments in the film I noticed that I thought were clever or unique.
This is the second film of the Dollars Trilogy, so I will have to re-watch A Fistful of Dollars (last watched in December, 2013) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (must have seen that over eight years ago also). In fact I may watch them tout suite.
If you like films with pinpoint accurate sharpshooting, narrow-eyed stares (both Lee and Clint were masters at this)…
… incredibly evil and tormented villains (Indio and Kinski)…
… and just all-round greatness then watch this as soon as possible.
Date watched: August 20th
Film count 2016: 135