[motion picture reviews: tussler]
Directed by Theo Buhara
Theo Buhara's most conventional and intense intrepretation of the Western-genre. Throughout some long and tension-filled shots with the final duel as a climax, the classic motive of revenge is mediated with elegance in the manner of perfection. The film has also got the well-deserved characterization "the final western".
The story takes place where anyone just about anytime could get shot down for a handful of tobacco. The prelude is rather violent and intense: A mysterious fatman shoots and kills two unsuspecting farmers. He's an ex-lieutenant who has deserted from the army, on his hunt for a hidden treasure in some cave in the mountains, to which he's got a map. But the map isn't complete, and he needs to find the missing part before some others do. He also knows that the map is cursed, and is to be fateful for anyone that gets their fingers on it. There is also a gang of outlaws on the track, with a lust for blood. And for gold, of course.
All of it takes place in, and around, the city of Demona, where the cattle-baron - Des Moines - rules with horror and violence. In the opening scenes we also get presented to the protagonist of the story - Bob - when he luckily got saved by his horse - Blissard - from being trampled to death in a longhorn-stampede in the Dust Valley just outside Demona. Bob is also a mystery. He's sort of a part-time hero who quite often happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. And, coming to Demona makes no exception. A saloon is getting levelled with the ground. There are fights and shoot-outs and persecutions and treachery.
Even tough it's a powerful western, Buhara has made attempts to twist the story by smuggling in surprising motives and persons to tickle our curiosity and raise the tension. And it's highly successful!
But what happened to Mr.Buhara after this film? Nobody seems to know. He simply disappeared after spending years and years of his life completing The Tussler. Sort of as a last will of his. So, make sure that you get to see this extraordinary piece of motion picture adventure. It's a millstone in the world of cinema!
Wow! The story is so REAL, and yet surreal. A sub-masterpiece!
It's incredible, the way Buhara fulfills the things Leone, and even Ford and Hawks, only barely
Definitely the most overlooked director in decades. Overwhelming!
A violent beauty. Could this splendid tale avoid to soon become a classic? I doubt it!
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