by Gianfranco Parolini
1968, 95 min, 35mm
(SE INCONTRI SARTANA PREGA PER LA TUA MORTE)
With Gianni Garko.
This enormously successful spaghetti western launched a series of official and unofficial sequels (of a quantity surpassed only by the “Django” films) and helped nudge the genre in the direction of comic parody. Deliriously convoluted, it concerns a strongbox of gold that inspires a vortex of scheming and double-crossing among a motley crew of outlaws, bandits, and town officials, with Gianni Garko’s angel of death, Sartana, materializing to dole out bloody vigilante justice. In typically puzzling spaghetti-western-style, Kinski, who appears here as gangleader Morgan, would return in the next installment (I AM SARTANA YOUR ANGEL OF DEATH) but in an entirely different role.