Moviedrome Mondays: A Bullet for the General (1966)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Damiano Damiani’s 1966 political spaghetti western. masterpiece A Bullet for the General. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 2, 1990 (read here). I absolutely agree with everything Cox says about this film and as with The Great Silence (last week’s Moviedrome Monday entry), it ranks as one of (If not) the greatest spaghetti westerns ever made. If any of you have read Cox’s 2009 book on spaghetti westerns (10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western), in his entry for A Bullet for the General, he mentions that it may have served as an influence for director Sam Peckinpah’s masterful western The Wild Bunch from three years later in 1969 (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to A Bullet for the General

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original U.S. theatrical trailer


4 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: A Bullet for the General (1966)

  1. It may well have influenced The Wild Bunch, but Peckinpah’s film as far superior, in every way imaginable. (Just my opinion of course)
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Moviedrome certainly was a goldmine for lovers of Italian westerns. It was my introduction to this film, Django, Big Silence and Requiescant.

  3. Though I love them both, I too would rank The Wild Bunch higher in my list of great films and westerns. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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