Spaghetti Westerns, Part 7

Face To Face (Faccia a Faccia) (1967)

I’ve been watching these films much faster than I can write the reviews. I thought I was still on top of it, but just realised it has been a few weeks since the last spaghetti western mention. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to another spaghetti western.

Face To Face is probably Sergio Sollima’s best western, although The Big Gundown comes a very close second. It has all the features you would expect from your average Italian western, but this is more ambitious, thought-provoking effort than most. The theme of the film is violence, its causes and effects.

Gian Maria Volonte plays a timid history professor forced to travel south due to ill health. There he falls in with Beauregard Bennet, a ruthless bandit, played by the versatile but ever-charistmatic Tomas Milian. As their odd relationship develops, the two men are forced to make difficult personal decisions about the direction of their lives.

Volonte and Milian’s performances are so filled intensity that they set the screen ablaze. The acting in Face To Face is of an extremely high quality, with the two incredible leads supported by a fantastic cast, which includes the brilliant William Berger as a wily Pinkerton agent.

This is a personal favourite of mine, a relentlessly exciting film which will keep you breathless with anticipation. The driving pace is underscored by what is in my opinon one of Ennio Morricone’s finest soundtracks. This is a real gem of a film, and the sort of spaghetti western which gets people hooked on the genre.

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