Comanche Station (Budd Boetticher, USA, 1958): Boetticher's final movie in the Ranown Scott cycle begins with a tense exchange: for a blanket full of trinkets and a rifle, Scott frees a captive woman (Nancy Lowe) from the Comanches and starts to take her home. Along...

(Damiano Damiani, Italy, 1967): The grizzled proletarian dynamo Gian Maria Volonte might have been most influentially deployed by Sergio Leone in the two Dollars movies, but it was most brilliantly exploited (so t0 speak) by Damiano Damiani in the politically hard-partying Mexican Revolution saga A...

(Budd Boetticher, USA, 1958): When he rides back across the Mexican border into the town of Agry, Randolph Scott's Tom Buchanan wears a grin that establishes a couple of things pronto. First, that he's probably not the revenge-driven cowboy he customarily is when he rides in...

 (1916-2001): Cecil B. DeMille might have worn the jodhpurs, but it was Budd Boetticher who really rode the horses, and you can feel the hardness of the saddle -- and of the animals, and of the land beneath -- in his movies. His west feels...

(Massimo Dallamano, Italy, 1967): The only western directed by Sergio Leone's former cameraman is an underseen delight: a taut, angry little tale of revenge, futility and letting go, and all played out as a moving crap game in which everybody cheats but nobody wins. Like...