Sergio Corbucci (December 6, 1927 – December 1, 1990) was an Italian film director. He is best known for his very violent yet intelligent spaghetti westerns. He was for a long time considered an exploitation director, but has now attained a vast following and is easily compared to Sam Peckinpah or Sergio Leone.
He is the older brother of screenwriter and film director Bruno Corbucci.
He started his career by directing mostly low-budget sword and sandal movies. His first commercial success was with the cult spaghetti western Django, starring Franco Nero, the leading man in many of his movies. After Django, Corbucci made many other spaghetti westerns, which made him the most successful Italian western director after Sergio Leone and one of Italy’s most productive directors. His most famous of these pictures was The Great Silence, a dark and gruesome western starring a mute action hero and a psychopathic bad guy. The film was banned in some countries… read more
Corbucci steals straight outta Leone's playbook -- familiar-sounding Morricone tune, chaotic neutral drifter, dramatic foreground/background juxtaposing, macho close-ups, hints of psychosexual dysfunction, alternate cooperation & backstabbing as comic relief -- without grasping the elusive Leone coolness. The Tuco/Goldie stand-ins' one-liners lack snap; the escapes lack danger. Jack Palance's bird is a consolation.
Corbucci seems to have a bigger budget here than in his previous westerns and he does not waste it-it is one of the most entertaining Italian westerns partly due to the great cast. Milian steals the film but Nero is also a lot of fun, Fernando rey adds class to the film and Palance is actually quite demented. The theme song by Morricone is in my opinion one of the catchiest themes he ever did. I personally think only The Great Silence is a better Corbucci film.