Friday, November 24, 2017

50th Anniversary of the premier of Face to Face

Face to Face (Faccia a faccia (Italian), Cara a cara (Spanish) was released today in Rome, Italy 50 years ago. The film was co-written and directed by Sergio Sollima and stars Gian Maria Volontè, Tomas Milian and William Berger, with a score by Ennio Morricone. It is the second of Sollima's three Westerns, following “The Big Gundown” and predating “Run, Man, Run”, a sequel to the former. Milian stars in a lead role in all three films. A major success at the European box office, “Face to Face” continues to receive praise from critics and scholars of the Spaghetti Western genre for its story and acting, although some criticism has been leveled at the execution of Fletcher's character. Sollima considered it to be one of the best and most personal of the films he directed.

Faccia a faccia - Italian title
Cara a cara - Spanish title
Лице в лице – Bulgarian title
Quando os Brutos se Defrontam – Brazilian title
Kasvokkain – Finnish title
Il était une fois en Arizona – French title
Le dernier face à face – French title
Von Angesicht zu Angesicht - German title
Halleluja, der Teufel lässt euch grüßen - German title
Zwei für ein Halleluja – German title
Zwei links, zwei rechts und Halleluja – German title
Aima gia aima – Greek title
Chi to no Jango – Japanese title
Cara... a cara - Mexican title
Face to Face – Norwegian title
Cara a Cara - Portuguese title
Лицом к лицу – Russian title
Dise Dis - Turkish title
Face to Face – U.K. title
High Plains Killer – U.K. title
Licem u lice – Yugoslavian title
Face to Face - English title

A 1967 Italian, Spanish co-production [PEA (Rome), Arturo Gonzaliz P.C. (Madrid)]
Producer: Alberto Grimaldi
Director: Sergio Sollima
Story: Sergio Sollima
Screenplay: Sergio Donati, Sergio Sollima
Cinematography: Rafael Pacheco (Rafael du Usa), Emilio Foriscot (Emilio Mallat)
     [Technicolor, Techniscope]
Music: Ennio Morricone
Running time: 110 minutes

Story: A New England university professor, Brad Fletcher, is sent to Texas to convalesce by his doctor but he winds up being taken hostage by a wanted outlaw, Solomon 'Beauregard' Bennet who has been wounded in a stagecoach hold-up. Fletcher nurses Bennet back to health and the two men strike up an uneasy friendship. Instead of continuing his journey, Fletcher decides to join Bennet’s reassembled outlaw gang, Bennet's Raiders. But while Fletcher's influence results in Bennet rethinking his previously easy-going attitude towards violence and bloodshed, a desire to prove himself worthy of a place in Bennet's Raiders sees Fletcher wilfully breaking his own moral codes. Now doubting the validity of the powers of intuition that have ensured his survival thus far, Bennet allows an undercover Pinkerton man, Charley Siringo, to bluff his way into the gang while Fletcher uses his intellect and his oratory skills to usurp Bennet and become the gang's leader. All ends in tragedy when the three face each other and a posse of lawmen ordered to bring no one back alive.

Professor Brad Fletcher - Gian Maria Volonte
Solomon ‘Beauregard’ Bennett - Tomás Milian (Tomás Rodríguez)
Charlie Siringo - William Berger (Wilhelm Berger)
Maximilian de Winton - Ángel del Pozo (Ángel Merino)
Zachary Scott/Shawn - Aldo Sambrell (Alfredo Brell)
Maria - Jolanda Modio
Cattle Annie - Carole André (Carole Smith)
Williams - Gianni Rizzo
Belle de Winton - Lidia Alfonsi (Alexia Vasilou)
Harold/Aaron Chase - José Torres
Vance - Nello Pazzafini (Giovanni Pazzafini)
Jason - Frank Braña (Francisco Pérez)
Wallace - Lorenzo Robledo
Rusty Rogers - Francisco Sanz
Sam Taylor – John Stacy
University Dean - John Karlsen
Sheriff of Purgatory City - Rick Boyd (Federico Boido)
Deputy of Purgatory City - Freddy Unger (Goffredo Unger)
Mayor of Silvertown - Gérard Tichy
Sheriff of Willow Creek - Calisto Calisti
Sheriff - Alfonso Rojas (Alfonso González),
Sheriff at Winton Estate Guy Heron (Guy Heroni),
Deputis at way station Guglielmo Spoletini, Joaquin Parra
Sheriff Carson of Silvertown - Antonio Gradoli
Way station innkeeper - José Zalde
Gunsmith - Juan Cazalilla
Willow Creek blacksmith - Osiride Pevarello
Willow Creek Bank customer - Fulvio Mingozzi
Gunmen - Gastone Moschin (Gastone Maschone), Guillermo Mendez
Wild Bunch leader - Antonio Casas (Antonio Barros)
Cathy - Linda Veras (Sieglinde Veras)
Sbarro - Ivan Scratuglia
Taylor gang member - Remo Capitani
Sally - Rossella D'Aquino
Mrs. Lee - Vera Drudi
Dolly Wilkins - Rosella D’Aquino
Elizabeth Wilkins - Antonella Della Porta
Gang members - Rinaldo Zamperla, Andrea Fantasia

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