Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Original Title: Faccia a faccia
Year of Release: 1967
Director: Sergio Sollima
Writers: Sergio Sollima, Sergio Donati
Main Cast: Tomás Milián, Gian Maria Volonté, Jolanda Modio, Gianni Rizzo, William Berger, Carole André
Directed by the father of the Sicario: Day of the Soldado director, Faccia a Faccia is a quite surprising spaghetti western. Already from the opening it feels different, as a history teacher is taken hostage by a feared outlaw. Their captor-captive relationship slowly turns into a partnership, and the line between good and evil and right and wrong starts to blend. The story itself becomes a metaphor for the rise of fascism, how something seemingly good and benevolent is an insidious danger for the population.
Solid action scenes and two really good lead performances by Milian and Volonté are what settle this as a truly underrated piece of western extravaganza, and a film fare deeper than what it looks at first glance. Oh, and Morricone's score is great as always (albeit slightly less memorable and much more gloomy in tone).
Visual Effects: 7.5
Violence & Gore: 6
Sex & Nudity: 4
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 4