Monday, June 6, 2016

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe A.K.A. Un genio, due compari, un pollo, Nobody's the Greatest (1975)

An Italian French West German spaghetti  western comedy directed by Damiano Damiani and Sergio Leone, starring Terence Hill, Miou-Miou and Klaus Kinski.
A conman is joined by a woman and a half-indian on a seemingly disastrous adventure. The ultimate goal is to steal money from a Major in the cavalry and prevent him from stealing Indian land.
This is pretty much what I expected. The combination of Sergio Leone, Terence Hill and Ennio Morricone makes for a great film all around. The plot seemed unguided, but ended up working in the end. The main character was really good and was accompanied by some other unique folks. The humor in this was so cool. It starts with a trick in which Terence ties a string to a man's gun, manipulates cards in the game being played and then disarms the man from across the room. The video was standard of Leone's style, with lots of extreme close-ups of eyes and rising crane shots. The soundtrack was as expected as well: positively jubilant. Now I've said everything was as expected, but that is a positive trait here. It's like ordering food at your favorite restaurant and being totally unsurprised when it tastes good. Overall, a classic spaghetti western by the best team who made them. I rate it awesome.

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