Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Adiós, Sabata (1970)

Michael and Pax check out the sequel to 1969's Sabata (which they covered three years ago; how time does fly). Lee Van Cleef's character is played by Yul Brynner this time, so the fellas talk about that and other changes between the films, and attempt to reconcile the two.

Also, Michael watches Errol Flynn play General Custer in They Died With Their Boots On.

1 comment:

  1. A couple of comments on the Sabata films:
    a. The third one is much more "circus".
    b. Gianni Rizzo (who played Folgen) is in a number of spaghetti westerns and generally plays a "boss" who has underlings doing the dirty work. A fairly common trope variant in spaghetti westerns. He is in the third Sabata film as well.
    c. There is a sort of Ballentine equivalent in the 3rd, but he is a bit more hapless I'd say and obvious as a comic relief foil to some degree.
    d. That the main villains were Austrians was sort of interesting. Emperor Maximilian was actually Austrian (younger brother of Franz Joseph). But I don't think Austrian troops were involved in the occupation of Mexico (or stayed long if they were) as compared to French military forces as often portrayed in various movies. ("Two Mules for Sister Sara", "Vera Cruz", etc.)

    Regarding Custer; _Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Big Horn_ might be worth finding. There might be more modern scholarship, but this was a very good read in my opinion.

    And "Vera Cruz" should be added to the list. Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, and a bunch of good people in early career supporting roles (Bronson, Borgnine, Cesar Romero, Jack Elam.)