Saturday, March 28, 2015

Death Rides a Horse A.K.A. Da uomo a uomo, As Man to Man (1967)

An Italian spaghetti western directed by Giulio Petroni, starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law.
When his home is attacked by harriers, a boy is the only survivor. The harrier who showed up late to the attack gets out of jail for an unrelated matter and meets up with the boy who is now a man. They compete to see who will get revenge first.
You can always tell which movies Quentin Tarantino likes because he copies from them mercilessly. In this case, it was Ennio Morricone's soundtrack that was used in Kill Bill 1. The two main characters were memorable, but everyone else was extras. The plot was a little vague in some areas, but could be followed. The camera-work was hit and miss, with some scenes being amazingly better than the rest. I really liked the pan of faces in one scene. The soundtrack was indeed awesome and I can see why Tarantino would like it. Most of the film seemed a little rushed in pacing and mostly shoddy in style. I'm rating this o.k. because it had good elements, but was mostly crappy.

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