This film blog aims to discuss and promote new DVD and soundtrack releases, books, magazines, websites and anything else that might interest the discerning filmgoer. I’ll kick off with the new DVD edition of Sergio Sollima’s Faccia a Faccia – aka Face to Face – an Italian-Spanish co-production originally released in 1967. This highly-regarded political western from Sollima finds Gian Maria Volonté, Tomas Milian and William Berger – three of the most popular stars of Italian ‘spaghetti’ westerns – on top form. It was produced by Alberto Grimaldi (who also produced Sergio Leone’s For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and has a score composed by Ennio Morricone.
Faccia a Faccia (EKA40324) has been released by Eureka Entertainment Ltd in the UK in its original aspect ratio (2.35:1 Techniscope) at 107 minutes. This is the full, uncut version of the film, in the original Italian language, with newly-translated English subtitles. Those only familiar with the English language release of the film, or the cut version of the movie released on UK home video by AKTIV in the early 1990s, will find plenty new here. As Faccia a Faccia was shot in Italian, this is the best way to view the film – it is the version that is closest to Sollima’s intent. There are also differences in the musical score for this Italian release. For instance, the arrival of Berger’s character, Pinkerton agent Siringo, is much more effective with the addition of Morricone’s ominous cue ‘Mistererioso e ostinato’ on the soundtrack. Eureka’s release also includes two trailers for the film (which feature alternative takes and shots not used in the final cut), an insightful 16-minute interview with director Sollima, where he discussed the story’s themes and the film’s making, and a 16-page full-colour collectors’ booklet, written by me, which gives background to the film’s making and release.
Faccia a Faccia is also discussed in detail in Chapter 14: ‘All Men Must Die in Time’ of Once Upon a Time in the Italian West: The Filmgoers’ Guide to Spaghetti Westerns, published by I.B. Tauris
Ennio Morricone’s Faccia a Faccia OST: