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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FACE TO FACE (1967)


I caught this on a spaghetti-western double-bill recently with A PISTOL FOR RINGO and while that movie was a lot of fun this one in comparison seemed like quite a long haul to get through.  Maybe if it was shown first it wouldn't have seemed so unnecessarily lengthy.  The movie is just full of talky-talk scenes and has an underlying socio-political message which isn't necessarily a bad thing but overall I felt it was dragged out here.  The movie comments on fascism as our main character, a professor played by Gian Maria Volonte, is drawn into the brutal world of a bandit after being taken hostage(Tomas Milian with a haircut that makes him sorta look like one of the cannibals from CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST).  I think I just prefer Volontes' role as the bad-ass criminal type in A FISTFULL OF DOLLARS than this more intellectual bit.  Probably the best thing about this film to me was Ennio Morricones score but even there the main title theme is used over and over.  Good thing it's a beautiful piece of music. 

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