SARTANA’S HERE…TRADE YOUR PISTOL FOR A COFFIN

Giuliano Carnimeo, Italy, 1970, Arrow Films, Action

“Like James Bond, Sartana is unflappable, the type to adjust their tie while surrounded by enemies. An anti-hero, he’s an opportunist crusading to acquire more wealth; shooting bad guys and helping innocent victims just happens to be a by-product. Although it’s implied he has supernatural powers, it’s more due to his Houdini-like illusionist prowess.” (Len Liu, A Fistful of Pasta)

“Director Carnimeo had always supported a more parodist approach to the Sartanas. His plans were always obstructed by original star Gianni Garko, who felt the daring mix of comedy and extreme violence would only work tongue-in-cheek, and would become ridiculous if too farcical. On this fifth movie, Carnimeo discovered new star George Hilton fit his ideas better As a result, the movie shows a strong tendency towards the absurd. A good example: the opening scene with Sartana preventing an explosion by throwing his canteen above the burning fuse and shooting a hole in it so the water can extinguish the flame! Note also that he was at least 30 yards away from the incident.” (The Spaghetti Western Database)

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  • 93 min.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

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  • DCP

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