Atire Para Viver e Reze Pelos Mortos (Brazil)
Mata o Vivo E Reza Pelo Morto (Brazil) (cable TV title)
Renegade Gun (Canada) (English title) / (World-wide) (English title)
Reza al muerto, mata al vivo (Spain)
Priez les morts, tuez les vivants (France)
Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (Italy)
Pray to Kill and Return Alive (USA)
Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (USA)
To Kill a Jackal (USA)
Der Mörder des Klans (West Germany)
"Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo" is a 1971 movie directed by Giuseppe Vari with Klaus Kinski starring as Don Hogan, a dangerous bandit who is trying to flee to Mexico with some accomplices and a load of gold. The band is halted at a ranch where they meet a mysterious gunslinger, John Webb, who is there not just by sheer chance…
A movie of suspense and paranoia centered around the interactions between characters that are influenced by tension and shifts of mood throughout the plot. A very peculiar Western, almost noir, it seems to have provided inspiration for "The Hateful Eight," as evidenced by Quentin Tarantino including it in his top 20 favorite Italian Westerns.
The fantastic score by Mario Migliardi brings us inside the psychotic tension that derives from the morbid relationships between the various protagonists. Sounds of obsessive rhythmic tension alternate to gorgeous themes in which the harmonica by Franco De Gemini often plays the melody, surely an inspired performance by the popular Ferrara musician.
In the main titles, the song "Who is That Man" features the whistling of the great Alessandro Alessandroni, also in a particular state of grace here.
Another song of rare beauty closes the CD, "I'm Not Your Pony," where the voice is protagonist together with an enthralling rhythm provided by percussion and guitars.
Now available in its ultimate version, with mastering by Enrico De Gemini, liner notes by Andrea Morandi (Ciak) and graphic layout by Alessio Iannuzzi.
Honestly? You can't miss it.
- Beat Records