Disc 3 - Per una bara piena di dollari/A
Coffin full of Dollars/Pray to Kill and Return Alive/Für einen
sarg voller dollars
Presented in 4:3 fullscreen a slightly cut ratio from
1.66:1 and also in italian with only German subtitles. No English subs!
But, as this is a bottom of the barrel spaghetti western from the director
called The Ed Wood of Spaghetti Western it's
quite easy to understand the story even without english subs. This film
is BAD ....
but quite enjoyable none the less. It has got the great Klaus Kinski
as the worst gangster boss EVER, a maniac that
shoots his underlings as soon as he's annoyed with something, and annoyed
he gets at any time. The Boss from Hell and
very funny. It also has got nice crisp cinematography from the Legend
Aristide Maccassesi (alias Joe D'Amato).
Gordon Mitchell and Jeff Cameron
I've only seen this one film from the infamous Demofilo
Fidani and it's not at all comparable to Ed Wood films, yes, it's
Bad for sure but if Ed Wood, Jr. made Z grade films Fidano made C grade
ones. The film is made on the cheap and was
filmed just outside of Rome according to the great extra material interview
with this films actress. But, i really looked for
modern houses, telephone wires, cars, TV aerials in the background or
car tracks on the dust-roads and other anomalies,
but didn't find any (and jeep tracks could be seen in Sergio Leone's
Once Upon a Time in the West as a comparison).
So, the photo is great and i actually liked the ultra-cheap settings
with worn down houses, suitable for a deserted village
inhabited only by gangsters. The actors were bad with the possible exception
of Klaus Kinski and his underling Tomayo
played by Jack Betts and all the shot underlings, cannon fodder for
the heroes, are doing stupid pirouettes when shot.
Hagen - The Boss from Hell
A Nightmare for any employee, being an underling
to Klaus Kinski's Hagen
The Super Great Story:
The Criminal Hagen (Klaus Kinski) has murdered the whole
of Mark Hamilton - Nevada Kid's family (Mark is played
stiffly by Goffredo Scarciofolo alias Jeff Cameron). He's returned from
the civil war and will revenge his family.
He meets Joe the bounty hunter (Gordon Mitchell), another sharpshooter,
and they team up and kill the criminals en masse
but also manages to save the kidnapped daughter of the film director,
Monika ..... ? No, sorry, i mean Monika is played
by Simonetta Vitelli alias Simone Blondell, and she's
the daughter of the great Demofilo Fidani and acted in dozens of
his films during the 1960's and 1970's. Lucky for her that her father
was a film director because she's quite a bad actress,
sorry Simonetta, but that's OK as everyone else is bad too in this film
and she's lovely to listen to in the Extras interview.
This epic masterpiece ends very enjoyable with a hysterical Hagen murdering
all his poor and unexplainably loyal underlings
and with Hagen for some absolutely unfathomable reason climbing out
on the wood church's roof to be shot by Nevada Kid.
Maybe he had a death wish or something?
Extra: Memories from the Near West Featurette (20 min
Koch Media interview with Simonetta Vitelli in italian with
german subtitles .... Hey! As a swede you can understand a lot even
if you haven't studied German.
She's just Lovely to listen to and she, a directors child and an actress
during the Italian Golden Years Trash cinema era,
she speaks about the filming and everyone involved with this film ....
and, ha, ha, she has got the same kajal pencil make up
around her eyes just as in the film. I love to listen to stories like
this, told with much love from people unknown to most
I Love You Simonetta!