|A Pistol for Ringo (1965)|
|Writers:||Alfonso Balcázar and Duccio Tessari|
|Starring:||Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, and George Martin|
|The Plot: A Pistol for Ringo tells the story of a young sheriff named Ben (George Martin) who begins his day by arresting a young man named Ringo (Giuliano Gemma), also known as Angel Face, who has killed four men in self defense. This isn’t anything new for Ringo, however, because he has been in front of the judge numerous times for similar incidents. Later, we are introduced to a lunatic bandit known as Sancho (Fernando Sancho) who pulls off an elaborate heist that sees him and his gang robbing the local bank of everything that they have. As Sancho and his crew try to get away, they wind up at the home of a wealthy land-owner who also happens to be the father of Sherriff Ben’s current love interest. Knowing that she will die, along with all of the other innocent hostages, if the Sheriff comes running in to save the day, he concocts another plan. He inevitably promises Ringo 30% of the bank robbery money, and without delay Ringo is undercover inside of the villa where these bandits are hiding out. Will Ringo settle for the 30%, or will he attempt to play for the bad guys in an attempt to get a larger percentage?|
Set right around Christmas, there is a recurring reminder of the oncoming holiday as the movie goes along. This is something that is constantly referenced for the audience, but there is very little within the film that gives the viewer any idea that Christmas is only a day or two away. The weather, which is humid within the desert atmosphere of the movies, is of course far from reflective of the Winter spirit, but there is also relatively little in terms of decoration throughout the movie. Barring a Christmas tree in the home of the aristocratic family, we are never given specific details about the Winter holiday. Instead of presenting a world filled with equality, love, and peace amongst men, the filmmakers instead contrast the brutality of the Old West with the most celebratory tradition within the Christian world. The Italians loved the shading and contrasting of Western ideals with the actual logistics and reality of this very brutal era. A Pistol For Ringo may not be a film that viewers run to for subtext, but it is a fine example of what made the Italian western such a drastically different beast than its American counterpart.