Faccia a Faccia (1967) | Sergio Sollima’s gripping cult worthy Western saga
Director Sergio Sollima’s Western saga Faccia a Faccia (1967) casts Gian Maria Volonté as a tubercular Boston history professor who unexpectedly falls in with a Texan bandit gang led by Tomas Milian‘s outlaw. Volonté later usurps Milian as leader, but the cruel violence that accompanies Volonté’s transformation into a cold-blooded fascist dictator ultimately causes Milian to take up arms against the once-timid professor.
Faccia a Faccia (aka Face to Face) has garnered a bit of a cult following thanks to its inspired narrative. Though full of brutality, it’s an accomplished morality tale about the power of violence and a gripping parable about the rise of fascism. The film also benefits from the stellar performances of Volonté (For A Few Dollars More) and Milian (he appeared in the violent Django Kill! the same year); being produced by Sergio Leone’s Clint Eastwood trilogy partner Alberto Grimaldi and production designer Carlo Simi, and having a memorable score by the incomparable Ennio Morricone. This is definitely one for your cult film collection.
Posted on August 18, 2015, in Cult classic, Cult Film News, Western, World Cinema and tagged 1960s Italian western, Ennio Morricone, Eureka Entertainment, Gian Maria Volonté, Italian spaghetti western, Kino Lorber, Sergio Sollima, Tomas Milian, Western. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.