Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The most amazing thing, to me, in this movie involves a long tracking pan-shot across a train littered with dead bodies after a massacre has taken place. It's a pretty amazing artistic moment and might be one of the most iconic shots in spaghetti-westerns. The director here, Massimo Dallamano, was cinematographer on a few of the Leone westerns so this isn't very surprising. He would go on to make the cool giallo WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE? before unfortunately being killed in a car crash.
The story itself here is not all that intricate. It concerns a master gunslinger who has his hands destroyed by a former friend and vows revenge. His vehicle for this revenge is his student who has his own dark secrets. This idea of the pupil getting revenge for his crippled master is one that I've seen in countless kung fu movies, and a few spag's, that came after this so maybe that's why it doesn't seem all that fresh to me. It is done really well here though and the sweet soundtrack helps out a lot. AKA YOU DIE...BUT I LIVE
BANDIDOS (Massimo Dallamano, 1967) from Vimeo.