Moviedrome Mondays: Face to Face (1967)

Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Sergio Sollima’s 1967 spaghetti western Face to Face, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 29, 1993 (read here). While 1966’s The Big Gundown still ranks as my number one favorite of Sollima’s spaghetti westerns, Face to Face, not to mention Run, Man, Run! made the following year, prove to be every bit as electrifying. Speaking of which, it has been alleged that Sollima considered Face to Face to be his personal favorite of the bunch (read here). If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Sergio Sollima films (read here).

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

Here is an Amazon link to learn more about Alex Cox’s take on the spaghetti western in his 2009 book 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western

16 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Face to Face (1967)

  1. I think Face To Face is a good Italian western. It has excellent direction by Sergio Sollima, a great Ennio Morricone score, a good script and, most of all, two truly great actors on fine form. Tomas Milian and Gian Maria Volonte. I love Tomas and it’s great that he was part of Alex Cox’s Moviedrome.

  2. I agree with everything you say about Face to Face Steve 🙂 And yes, two great Italian actors at their peak – Tomas Milian and Gian Maria Volonte 🙂 Sollima may not be as well-known as Corbucci and Leone, but when it comes to spaghetti westerns, he is every bit as masterful as those two 🙂

  3. Filmbar70’s fan montage video of Tomas Milian is perfect and at the 0:20 mark of it, Milian looks a little bit like Alain Delon 🙂 The music fits the mood too 🙂 If Steve McQueen was often nicknamed “The King of Cool”, then Tomas Milian deserves to be nicknamed “The International King of Cool” 🙂

    That short interview video was great too 🙂 I was a little surprised to hear that Milian was not as big in America as he was elsewhere. Then again, he seems to have more of a cult status here in the US as opposed to the wider acclaim he receives elsewhere. Interestingly enough, this interview (though you probably know this already) was conducted in 2016, one year before his death.

  4. As brief as it is, it is still awesome to see these young people in the video getting the opportunity to talk to the great Tomas Milian – I love all of that memorabilia at what I believe is Milian’s house 🙂

  5. You are welcome Paul 🙂 If you love spaghetti westerns, this one is bound to appeal to you as well 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. My bad for the double post of those vids. Pity. That was a mistake. I think they are great vids though.

    There’s a great and lengthy interview with Tomas on youtube where he talks about his life and career. I recommend that interview. Tomas was actually Cuban but also had American and Italian citizenship.

    I’ll tell you a bit more about Tomas’ films. He had two popular characters in Italy, Er Monezza and Nico Giraldi. I recommend all the films I’ll mention here.

    Er Monezza first appeared in the film Il Trucido e lo sbirro or Tough Cop (1976). It was directed by Umberto Lenzi and also featured Henry Silva. That is a great film and one of the best Poliziotteschis. I highly recommend that film. It’s getting a UK Blu release this year which I’m very pleased about.

    The first sequel was Destruction Force or La Banda Del Trucido. That was an excellent film. It’s on youtube.

    The next film was Brothers Til We Die or La Banda Del Gobbo. That was directed by Umberto Lenzi and is also excellent. This film is interesting because Tomas plays two characters in it – Er Monezza and The Hunchback. These characters are brothers so the film is very Dead Ringers. This film got a UK Blu release last year by 88 Films which I own. The Hunchback character was in another film Rome Armed To The Teeth (Roma a Mano Armata) also directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Maurizio Merli (a Franco Nero lookalike. He became the definitive icon of the Polizotteschi genre). That’s a good film too.

    Tomas also had a series of 11 films as the character Nico Giraldi, a Serpico-like cop. This character was basically Er Monezza but they had to change the name for copyright reasons as a different company made the Nico Giraldi films.

    The Nico Giraldi films were directed and written by Bruno Corbucci, brother of Sergio Corbucci. He was the co-screenwriter of Django. He’s a good director and writer.
    The Nico Giraldi films have lot of action. They started out as serious Polizotteschis but became outright comedies as they went on. Some of the films were filmed in Miami, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

    The first film in the series was The Cop In Blue Jeans or Squadra Antiscippo. That’s an excellent film. Jack Palance is the villian in it. It’s on youtube in English.

    Here’s the list of the 10 sequels.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075260/movieconnections/?tab=mc&ref_=tt_trv_cnn

    The only film in this series I didn’t like was Delitto al ristorante cinese. Otherwise I liked all the films in this series. They’re a lot of fun.Most of these films are on youtube. I’d like to see all of these films get UK or US releases. One of the Nico Giraldi films was on Italian TV when I was in Italy last summer. It was cool to see that he lives on in the country where he was a superstar.

    He did get to work in Hollywood movies and TV later in his career which was good. I thought he was great as an anti Castro Cuban conspirator in JFK.

    I know I’ve gone on a bit but I think it was necessary. Tomas lived in Italy for 25 years and South Beach in Miami in his later years so he lived in great places. It’s sad that he’s passed away but he had a great life. May he rest in peace.

  7. No need to apologize at all Steve 🙂 The links you give me are always great 🙂

    I think I found the lengthy Tomas Milian interview that goes under the title “Master of Cinema – Tomas Milian” 🙂 I do not know If that is the one, but I am more than happy to give it a watch 🙂

    Tough Cop and it’s two sequels sound great 🙂 I love your reference to David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers with that third film 🙂 Coincidentally, as you probably know, Alex Cox introduced that film on Moviedrome as well 🙂 I bet you are excited about Tough Cop’s UK Blu-Ray/DVD release? I just searched it on Amazon (under the title “The Tough Ones) and the company that released on Blu-Ray/DVD here was Grindhouse Releasing – so I may buy that one 🙂

    I also need to see those Nico Giraldi films – The Eurocrime documentary I think implied that as that series got more comedic, the poliziotteschi genre’s popularity began declining.

    What a coincidence that you got to watch one of the Nico Giraldi films when you were vacationing in Italy during the summer – this had to have been before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

    I too knew that Tomas Milian appeared in some Hollywood films and yes, he was great as the anti-Castro Cuban in Oliver Stone’s JFK from 1991 🙂

    Please do not apologize for all of the interesting details you are telling me because you are always fascinating to read and listen to 🙂 Wow, 25 years in Italy and South Beach in Miami for the later years are some pretty awesome places to live 🙂 I too wish that Tomas Milian was still living and it is kind of a shame that Quentin Tarantino never got to cast him in a cameo or something in one of his homages to westerns. 🙂

  8. Getting to watch Milian and Volonte in the same film is one of the joys of Face to Face. I also agree with Cox regarding the outlandish haircuts and character names. Solomon ‘Beauregard’ Bennet in particular is a doozy!

  9. I hear you about Gian Maria Volonte and Tomas Milian 🙂 Same applies to your thoughts on Face to Face in general 🙂 I too agree with with you and Cox about the haircuts and names of the characters 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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