Saturday, January 9, 2016

And God Said to Cain (1970)

Original title: E Dio Disse a Caino...

Director: Antonio Margheriti

Writers: Giovanni Addessi, Antonio Margheriti

Composer: Carlo Savina

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Peter Carsten, Marcella Michelangeli, Guido Lollobrigida, Antonio Cantafora, Giuliano Raffaelli, Luciano Pigozzi

More info: IMDb

Plot:  Gary Hamilton (Kinski), innocently sentenced to ten years in prison, is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

Here's a Spaghetti Western that's unusual in that nearly the entire film takes place over the course of one night.  The picture opens with Hamilton (Kinski) getting released from prison.  It doesn't take long for him to gather up a horse and a gun and he's headed to town kill Acombar (Carsten) and his wife who betrayed him ten years earlier.  Acombar is rich and has lots of bullet catchers on his payroll.  Hamilton spends the night picking these no accounts off one by one.  There's a pretty good amount of time spent with the church bell ringing and it's really effective hearing it in the background as the action continues.  It's like a pulse of death and I really dug it.  It's strange seeing Kinski but hearing someone else's voice.  I was really surprised at how well the film works considering it's almost entirely filmed at night and it's just a matter of time when Hamilton will make his way to the last man to kill.  The ending is very satisfying with some innocents who get snuffed by all the wrong people.  I realize this is the wrong way to look at it but I've seen most of the good Spags and since there were over 500 made in 15 years, most of the others I've seen are OK at best and I really don't have high hopes for any I haven't seen at this point.  But then I also get surprised and pleased when a good one crops up.    

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