Vintage Movie Wallpaper of the Day
Thursday, February 19, 2009
If you’re a fan of great tracking shots and creative inter-scene movement of the camera in cinema… then you really should check out many Tonino Valerii films! He is one of those rare filmmakers I can feel perfectly his footprint in the flow of how a film is cut, the camera moves and the free flowing yet precise ways he guides his actors/actresses through their marks and character arcs. He’s a Leone disciple done proud. I’m not just saying that because you would also find filmmaker Richard Linklater damn near mirroring my sentiments but because I truly marvel and feel the same way about Valerii.
Here in Day of Anger (I Giorni dell’ira) if it weren’t for Lee Van Cleef getting some of the best dialogue of his career to say, you could almost turn the audio off save for the score by Riz Ortolani, you could experience it as a beautiful silent spaghetti western. The fusion of style, collaboration, energy and resourcefulness of the production designer, Enzo Serafin, Franco Fraticelli and Tonino Valerii make this one of my all-time favorite spaghetti westerns. This one is a real unsung treat that deserves to have a much wider following.
This re-release Japanese poster for the film is a great montage of imagery from the film and the symmetry Giuliano Gemma and Van Cleef share in it really elevates it even more. The only thing in my opinion it’s missing that would really put it over the top are some fiery flames. Regardless this is a stunning spaghetti western poster featuring a really inspired montage and sweaty crackling colors.
Many of the various home video releases of this film have been atrocious to say the least. Most save for the Wild East are too washed out, too cropped and riddled with audio imperfections to really grade it definitively. My recommendation would be to track down a copy of the Wild East DVD release (info) whenever it pops up on eBay. Outside of that I can say seeing this on film is hands down the best way to experience it. I’ve seen it once projected on the big screen and it’s that experience that makes it stand out so much.
::: Japanese Poster Celebration Month – January 2009
Official artwork that was used in the original Japanese poster for the film.
::: IMDb Profile