like placing Dracula in WWII instead of 1897. It would've been
placed around 41-42 when the Nazis were winning. People would
turn to any saviour - even if, ultimately, that entity were a 1000
times worse than the Nazis. The movie is about power - power
over people, in varying degrees and forms. Hollywood likes visible
villians-hence the guy in the demon suit. It would have suffered
less if a Euro director had done it. Good points: cinematography,
lighting,some of the miniture work, some of the music,the
atmosphere. Bad Points: the acting by just about everyone. the
jerky editing, the muddy dialogue in places. All in all though, not a
bad effort and better than having no movie like this at all. 7 out of
From film to film he improved on this. Like most artists, I don't think he was too concerned with the financial gains that might or might not be realized.(This was probably his downfall). That these little films can impress all you younger fans so much says a lot about good taste and the sad lack of it in American films of recent times.
Great directors, like Leone, don't come along every day and it saddens me greatly to know he died before he was recognised for the genius he surely was. Morricone must be 75 now, soon we will loose him too. I am a successful composer in Australia and can tell you, without bias, that Morricone is in the top five best ever film composers just from these four films alone, if not one of the best composers in general (yes, this includes Stravinsky, Bartok, Debussy and Schoenberg.) of the 20th century. Eastwood is also reaching the end of his life and although I'm not a huge fan of his recent work, he is one of the last living greats. Without the inspirations put forth by these men, I might not still be writing and recording my music these days. Plenty of times I could have stopped when things got tough but all I had to do was revisit these gems of modern art to realise that greatness does still exhist , all you have to have is the love and desire and guts to make your visions a reality. Leone, Morricone and Eastwood: I salute you.