Jean-François Rauger on ” The Salvation “: the ghosts of John Ford and Sergio Leone”

Courtesy of Google Translate:

Presented in a special session at the latest edition of the Cannes Film Festival, The Salvation is a cinematic anachronism , a fun and frivolous subject , but with no particular need rather amusing.

Emigrated from Denmark for seven years , a farmer ( Mads Mikkelsen ), his wife and son in the West brought . Just arrived , his family is killed by off – the-law . The revenge of the man then drives a series of violent events in a small town under the control of a band of mercenaries in the service of an oil company wanting to get their hands cheaply , on the land of the settlers.


Unless a resurrection myths ( operation that cinema now out of print) , The Salvation is a catalog of situations fed by both Hollywood and the carnivalesque vision of the Italian western. The ghosts of John Ford and Sergio Leone are either summoned here . We can find such a nice project whose originality lies perhaps in its absolute lack of originality, except perhaps female character played by Eva Green, cynical and dumb princess West .


This article brought to things to mind. First, it was cool that the author recognized the Italian western is a carnivalesque genre . . . I have written about this on this blog before. Soon, I will complete a podcast on the topic.

Second, it is great to see another Eurowestern in the classic style being released. Here is the synopsis from IMDB:

In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family’s murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.

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I am looking forward to this film. There have only been a fistful of Danish westerns including the comedies Tough Guys of the Prairie (1970) and Gold for the Tough Guys of the Prairie (1971).

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