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  • A Bullet For The General NTSC Region 1 US Anchor Bay DVD - Damiano Damiani is a politically-motivated director and A Bullet For The General (story adapted by Franco Solinas, himself a leftist) started an entire sub-genre, the pro-revolutionary Spaghetti Western movie. Gian Maria Volonte's character full portrayal of "Chuncho" is wonderfully counter balanced by Lou Castel's introverted performance of "Bill Tate" (or "Nino" as "Chuncho" affectionately calls him). Some people hint at the possibility of love interest between the two main characters, I disagree, "Chuncho" is gradually seduced by what "Nino" represents, capitalism. SPOILER WARNING! At the end of the film "Chuncho" is sickened, finding out his friend had orchestrated their first meeting as a way to gain access to the "General". Seeing how the capitalist "Nino" treats his fellow Mexicans, "Chuncho" shuns capitalism, kills his friend and gives away his new found wealth to a peasant, telling him "and don't buy bread with that money hombre, buy dynamite!" SPOILER ENDS! Klaus Kinski also gives a great performance as "Chuncho's" brother and crazed priest "El Santo" ("In the name of the Father..." I throw grenades at you!). The art direction on this movie is fantastic, a great deal of attention has been given to everything from the tiniest prop to the largest set and the result is a visually rich and very stylish film. The music score by Luis Enrique Bacalov under the supervision of Ennio Morricone is a great success, the main theme being particularly memorable. A truly great film and one of my most favourite Spaghetti Westerns of all time.--The Halitosis Kid 11:04, 17 December 2006 (CET)
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