Confusing, but fun if you're a spaghetti head
, 03 Jun 2007
The spaghetti western is just one of those genres that I can enjoy even if I know deep down that I'm watching a piece of crap. Sartana in the Valley of Death is the perfect example of this. It has it's moments for sure - Sartana's tortuous journey through the titular Valley of Death is a well executed sequence, reminiscent of Clint's walk through the dessert in The Good The Bad & The Ugly - and William Berger's protagonist is fairly charismatic, as are the trio of villians he busts out of jail only to be betrayed by (over some stolen gold, of course), plus it has a very catchy musical score. But there is just so much in the film that makes no sense whatsoever - at one point early on in the film, Sartana is surrounded by over a dozen armed horsemen, so how does he escape? He shoots at the ground infront of them, and the ground EXPLODES, as if his bullets where made of pure nitroglycerin! The film makes even less sense towards the end, with strong indications that it was trimmed heavily for a shorter run time (the film is less than 80 minutes long). So basically, there's some fun to be had here, and I've seen far worse, but can I seriously recommend it to anyone?... only if your love for spaghetti westerns is as blind as mine.
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