Face to Face

1967

Action / Western

7
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 2155

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Gian Maria Volonté as Professor Brett Fletcher
Gastone Moschin as Man at Puerto del Fuego
Tomas Milian as Solomon 'Beauregard' Bennet
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1hr 51 min
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1hr 51 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

Very Clever

A history professor (Gian Maria Volontè) has a chance meeting with an infamous outlaw and eventually assumes leadership of his gang.

Although in no way historically accurate, I have to appreciate that the writers included the personage of Charlie Siringo (1855-1928). Frankly, I was not aware of his existence, and I am somewhat surprised that anyone in 1967 really knew, either. Though I suppose at that time westerns were still in fashion, so even second-tier outlaws were probably lionized.

Even more interesting, how many Italian-Americans were there in the 1850s? I suspect not many more than a handful, which might explain how he would be known to Italian filmmakers. And, heck, a book called "Charles A. Siringo: A Texas Picaro" was published in 1967...

Reviewed by Bezenby 8 / 10

"Say My Name"

It's Breaking Bad - The Western! Check this out: A teacher, who feels he hasn't made much of a mark in life, is stricken with a chronic lung condition and heads south to the Mexican border, where he is seduced by a life of crime and the power that comes with it. Being an educated man, he thinks he can outsmart everyone and although it works for a while, his greed and egotistical nature lead to his downfall.

That's Breaking Bad, right? (Err...spoilers for those who haven't watched that). Gian Maria Volonte is the mild mannered teacher. Tomas Milian is his reluctant mentor, a screaming, filth covered bandit who for some reason has the haircut of Dave Hill of Slade. Milian's jaded with the life and doesn't want Volonte involved, but Volonte manages to wangle his way into Milian's gang, as does William Berger, who is a cold-eyed Pinkerton man with his eye on the bounty of all these bandits...

This one doesn't play out so much like your typical Western either. There's plenty of gunfights, the best of which is a botched robbery, but it's all about Volonte and Milian (and to a lesser degree, Berger). You'll either love or hate their shouting, foaming at the mouth way of acting I guess. Berger's a bit more laid back here (although he could act nuts too). Plus there's the usual game of 'hey, wasn't that guy in...' that you can play with the extras.

From what I read this was Sollima's favourite film, and I can see why - it's more philosophical than action packed, and was perhaps a parable on the rise of fascism in Italy? Don't know enough about that myself mind you...

Reviewed by Red-Barracuda 8 / 10

Very good quality spaghetti western with strong acting and script

This Italian western is often mentioned as one which is well known for having political undertones, specifically a storyline that is an allegory on the rise of fascism and the then current Vietnam War. While it's certainly true that you could make these interpretations if you look deep enough, you really need to be looking for them and the film works just fine without these readings. It's about a professor who moves from the urban east coast to Texas to retire for health reasons and immediately becomes involved with a bandit who is on the run from the law. As the story progresses their partnership results in a transformation between the two where the good guy's behaviour gets worse and the bad guy develops a conscience.

It was directed by the third Sergio of the spaghetti western genre, Sergio Sollima; the other two being Leone and Corbucci. He directed three well received westerns in total, including the impressive The Big Gundown (1966). Like that one, this one features the talented actor Tomas Milian in another shifty role, in this case as the bandit. He is joined by another two regulars of the genre in William Berger, playing a character based on a real life Pinkerton detective, and Gian Maria Volonté, most famous for his two highly memorable turns in the first two films in Leone's 'Dollars Trilogy'. Volonté is especially good here in a role that shows how good an actor he is. It's his character's transformation from meek intellectual to callous gang-leader that really drives the narrative. His performance, along with Milian's, is very convincing and illustrates how easy it is to cross a line and become immoral. It's this aspect in particular where the fascism allegory comes from, while the massacre of a group of innocents later in the film echoes the events in Vietnam. As well as being a well-acted and directed affair, it has a good script and another impressive score from Il Maestro himself, Ennio Morricone. Needless to say, when you have all these ingredients coming together you are left with a great western, which is certainly enhanced by having more going on under the surface than most.

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