Franco Nero is at his game once again. This is one of the few melancholic spaghetti westerns I've seen in a while, I really love the big battle between Keoma along his father & George against his brothers & the henchmen. It's so epic from start to finish! However, there were some scenes that were all right during the first hour but got better later on. It's become one of my new favorites in the genre. "KEOMA!"
A very uncool soundtrack whines about Keoma's motivations to return to his hometown, ravaged by a plague (a Bergmanesque plot element). Castellari doesn't seem much concerned with the story itself but wouldn't give up on inserting its traumatic 'antefatti' (flashbacks). In contrast to the 'lyrics' heard, lots of cool ideas do show up here and there. Some hammy acting too! But the cinematography is always terrific
Almost seems to be a spiritual godfather to "The Proposition," if it'd been directed by Peckinpah. Beautifully constructed flashback sequences resonate and bursts of balletic action interrupt the desolate, dying landscape. Melancholy doesn't so much describe as define both the character of Keoma, and his violence. A singular experience and certainly the high point of Franco Nero's career.
Castellari deserves so much praise and respect for attempting such a strange spin on the spaghetti western genre when it seemed moribund. While he stole elements from countless other westerns and non-westerns from Bergman to McCabe and Mrs Miller they all combine to form one of the most unique films in the genre. Franco Nero in interviews always seems to regard this as one of the best films he did and rightly so