Saturday, September 4, 2010

Picture perfect moment

Above we see we a crucified Keoma being shown his father's dead body, one of the great ironic images that make up the same titled movie. “God is dead” is a recurring message throughout the Italian western cycle, one doubtlessly rooted in Italian’s strict catholic upbringing, but no other movie made as unashamed, nor stylistically as brilliant, a use of this as Enzo G. Castellari‘s Keoma. Essentially the whole movie seems to have been made with the one idea in mind to capture the essential myths that make up this particular genre in a row of iconic sequences so loosely connected by story that it needs a commenting narrative as movie score.
Castellari would later go and restage various parts of this famous movie for another of his ventures*, for example the iconic crucifixion, but he never again achieved the same cinematographic perfection we find in Keoma.

*Jonathan degli orsi (Jonathan of the bears)

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