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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed attempt., 2 April 2011
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This review is from: My Name Is Nobody [DVD] (DVD)
I've finally come to accept that Sergio Leone won't be making any more westerns, and anyway Clint Eastwood is probably past his best for appearing in them; so I thought I'd give some other spaghetti westerns a try. "My Name Is Nobody" seems to get high ratings, so here I am a couple of days after having started with that.

Frankly, I was disappointed. I'd give it 3.5 stars if Amazon allowed. Yes there are some amusing moments, but I generally dislike slapstick, and in any case hadn't realized that this was intended to be a comedy or a spoof. I thought Terence Hill was way too pretty to be believable as a drifter, and his superhuman skills so over the top that he shot down all my attempts to suspend disbelief. In any case I believe I'm right that he never actually shoots anybody in the movie... which is a bit odd for the hero of a spaghetti western! Finally there was the interminable mopey voiceover by Fonda at the end of the movie: whatever happened to that spaghetti western mantra: that when it comes to dialog, less is more?!

Things I did like: that first scene with Fonda in the barbershop is vintage Leone - loved it! The score was good in places, a bit spotty overall perhaps. I'm impressed that they got Henry Fonda signed on. I assume he only did it because Sergio Leone was linked to the project (I calculate that this film came about five years after Fonda played Frank in "Once Upon a Time In The West"). Fonda may have believed that Leone was going to direct, but as it is I'll bet that Leone only directed Fonda's scenes.

Video and audio quality was good, special features include an interesting interview with pretty boy himself, Terence Hill. He avoids giving controversial information, like who directed what, but he does give some insight into Italian/French comedic sensibilities that fail to translate for anglos like me.
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