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Title: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:09
A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL 1967- QUIEN SABE? *SPOILERS AHEAD*

Gian Maria Volonte, Lou Castel, Klaus Kinski, Martine Beswicke

Damiano Damiani’s classic political western about a young American secretly hired by the Mexican government to assassinate a powerful Mexican bandit leader.

Stage actor Gian Maria Volonte portrays the rude but likeably filthy bandit chief Chuncho who wants at first to help his people by providing them with arms but then is seduced by Nino’s ideals for wealth and power. He becomes an unknowing participant in the General’s death as well as his somewhat unhinged brother Santo (Klaus Kinski) among other events. He gains redemption during the final moments when he finally sees the rich American influence treading over the poor and harmless Mexican peasants that he was blinded to all along. Anti American sentiment runs throughout as well as the notion that all those with money are evil and must be killed. Some have written about the supposed homo erotic nature of the relationship between Chuncho and Nino although I don’t see it. Chuncho is merely bewitched by Nino’s fast talk and get rich schemes that permeates the other members of his band eventually leading to many of their deaths.

Volonte is superb here as the absolutely filthy and ill mannered Chuncho. Although he is essentially a bad guy at the start, he is really in fact a good guy. Volonte, who hated doing the Leone movies because after appearing in them, those were the only roles he was given. He then vowed to only do films that meant something. He's probably the most memorable aspect of the film outside of the supporting role of Kinski who plays his brother.

Castel is wooden as usual but it suits the role here considering he must keep his cool and be as deceptive as possible to get close to the General in order to put a bullet in his head.

Kinski is of course, memorable more or less playing himself as Chuncho's psychotic brother Santo the priest. Santo is not above murdering in the name of God either and one scene has him reciting a prayer as he lobs grenades at soldiers inside a fort.

Martine Beswicke (Adalita) also stars in this must see classic. She doesn't get much to do aside from be alluring and drag her husband Pepito around like a puppy dog. There is some allusion that Nino and Adalita may hook up but this angle is never fleshed out. Beswicke leaves the gang to start on her own after her husband is killed. She gets wise to what Nino is really all about decides to split while she still can.

Chuncho and Nino remain and head on to complete the mission although Nino distorts Chuncho's intentions by seducing his ideals with "sound advice" and promises of wealth. It's only at the end that Chuncho realizes what he has done and reverts back to his original self declaring to the many Mexican peasants to "buy dynamite", not bread in dealing with the invading American influence. 

Luis Bacalov provides the great score some of which was recycled from DJANGO. A highly recommended western that even though at near two hours long, holds up admirably to repeat viewings.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: LANZETTA on 08 Jul 2007 - 15:24
Yes definitely one of the classics which provided the blueprint for the many political/mercenary sw's that followed in its wake.Arguably the best of its type,but personally i prefer the more light hearted THE MERCENARY or LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH. :)
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: The Hunchback on 08 Jul 2007 - 21:48
Great spaghetti western.

The shock ending leaves so much to the imagination that I'm surprised it isn't talked about more often amongst fans.


Banjo: Yes, "Long live your Death" is a class act!
Plays off like a Corbucci Zapata western.
Yet another Classic from Tessari.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: LANZETTA on 09 Jul 2007 - 11:46
Banjo: Yes, "Long live your Death" is a class act!
And long overdue the decent dvd treatment! :D
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: The Hunchback on 09 Jul 2007 - 11:48
Banjo: Yes, "Long live your Death" is a class act!
And long overdue the decent dvd treatment! :D


according to another member from "the other place" an pristine dvd was released with a monthly magazine. Only in Italian sadly.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: LANZETTA on 09 Jul 2007 - 22:56
Banjo: Yes, "Long live your Death" is a class act!
And long overdue the decent dvd treatment! :D


according to another member from "the other place" an pristine dvd was released with a monthly magazine. Only in Italian sadly.
Was that the contrary Italian member? :)

Anyway still wouldn't mind seeing the dvd. :-*
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: The Hunchback on 09 Jul 2007 - 22:58
Banjo: Yes, "Long live your Death" is a class act!
And long overdue the decent dvd treatment! :D


according to another member from "the other place" an pristine dvd was released with a monthly magazine. Only in Italian sadly.
Was that the contrary Italian member? :)




That would be him. Good luck on asking for a copy. He's hard to deal with.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: LANZETTA on 09 Jul 2007 - 23:03
It appears so at present. :)

With a dvd recorder one could always dub over an English audio.I'll have to get in his good books. :-*
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: IL COMMISSARIO on 09 Nov 2007 - 03:16
Here's something interesting about an alternate English dub making its premier on this DVD...

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/bullet-general-koch-media-region-release-p-13060.html
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 09 Nov 2007 - 09:19
Here's something interesting about an alternate English dub making its premier on this DVD...

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/bullet-general-koch-media-region-release-p-13060.html
i'm intrigued, wonder what the other dub is like.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: Mart85 on 09 Nov 2007 - 09:36
From what I've read it's supposed to be a lot better.  I'm gonna have to order the Koch DVD when I get some spare cash.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General/Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani 1967)
Post by: The Hunchback on 14 Nov 2007 - 18:44
From what I've read it's supposed to be a lot better.  I'm gonna have to order the Koch DVD when I get some spare cash.


I've already ordered it ::)
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: gnorthcott on 10 Oct 2010 - 12:27

Im trying to pick up a copy of this from the koch rainbow collection.does anybody  know any where that is still selling these at reasonable prices.amazon.de only have private sellers selling new copies from 40euros upwards :)
Iv checked the usual places ,dtm,kult,ebay,amazon.de and cant find it. Any help would be appreciated,im hoping sombody may have picked one up recently.
I know theres other disc options available but i would rather keep filling the gaps in my rainbow collection.thanks
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: djvaso on 10 Oct 2010 - 14:29

Im trying to pick up a copy of this from the koch rainbow collection.does anybody  know any where that is still selling these at reasonable prices.amazon.de only have private sellers selling new copies from 40euros upwards :)
Iv checked the usual places ,dtm,kult,ebay,amazon.de and cant find it. Any help would be appreciated,im hoping sombody may have picked one up recently.
I know theres other disc options available but i would rather keep filling the gaps in my rainbow collection.thanks

You aren't looking for carefully  ??? .
KultVideo: Quien sabe? for EUR 13,90 (http://www.kultvideo.com/articles/ArticleSheet.aspx?__langG=en-GB&aid=7385)
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: gnorthcott on 10 Oct 2010 - 14:33

Im trying to pick up a copy of this from the koch rainbow collection.does anybody  know any where that is still selling these at reasonable prices.amazon.de only have private sellers selling new copies from 40euros upwards :)
Iv checked the usual places ,dtm,kult,ebay,amazon.de and cant find it. Any help would be appreciated,im hoping sombody may have picked one up recently.
I know theres other disc options available but i would rather keep filling the gaps in my rainbow collection.thanks

You aren't looking for carefully  ??? .
KultVideo: Quien sabe? for EUR 13,90 (http://www.kultvideo.com/articles/ArticleSheet.aspx?__langG=en-GB&aid=7385)
Haha.what a tit i am,cheers for the heads up though

Title: Re: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: Garbage Can on 29 Oct 2010 - 23:57
Good movie, but the guitar noodling immortalized in the climax of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly loses its effect when it's played a dozen times. By the way, was Bacalov the one who played on that one?  It sounds like Ennio gave him his single track tape and allowed him to replay it. It reminds me that I was watching The Mercenary the other day and the opposite happened in the film: some musical cues were stripped down orchestral pieces sounding like they were lifted off the 16-track to Ennio's soundtrack. Anyhow, I like Lou Castel. He definitely has his moments. "So, do you like Mexico so far?"..."No. Not really."
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 30 Oct 2010 - 08:36
Good movie, but the guitar noodling immortalized in the climax of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly loses its effect when it's played a dozen times. By the way, was Bacalov the one who played on that one?  It sounds like Ennio gave him his single track tape and allowed him to replay it. It reminds me that I was watching The Mercenary the other day and the opposite happened in the film: some musical cues were stripped down orchestral pieces sounding like they were lifted off the 16-track to Ennio's soundtrack. Anyhow, I like Lou Castel. He definitely has his moments. "So, do you like Mexico so far?"..."No. Not really."
I don't know if it's true but I read somewhere that some of the Morricone score in some/or one Corbucci films were ones that were originally turned down by Leone.
Title: Re: A Bullet For the General / Quien sabe? (Damiano Damiani, 1967)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 Jan 2013 - 23:35

Haven't seen it for quite a few years and recently picked up the Blue-Underground Blu Ray. It looks really nice, especially the outdoor scenes.


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