Faccia a Faccia (1967) | Sergio Sollima’s gripping cult worthy Western saga

Faccia a Faccia (1967)

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.

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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.

Faccia a Faccia is out on Blu-ray and DVD in the US from Kino Lorber from 18 August 2015, and was released in the UK from Eureka! Entertainment in 2011

About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on August 18, 2015, in Cult classic, Cult Film News, Western, World Cinema and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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