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This is not the dear old west. Or rather is not "just" that. But it is a hypocrite and dusty place, lost in the dust and hallucinations.  And we are matted with dust and we are dealing with a hallucinatory film underestimated, recovered in the nineties and finally honored in the "Festival of Venice" in retrospect "Spaghetti Western".  A great work that escapes from the classic rules putting in a good dose of horror, splatter and visions.

"If You Live Shoot" a 1967 film of Giulio Questi always played the title of "spaghetti westerns"most violent in history, with a blasé approach, a little 'intellectual and without almost positive characters. Questi put also a little bit of strange as a group of gay cowboys and some minor insanity.

Tomas Millian is protagonist of the film,  with an interpretation that perfectly blends well with the environment and especially with the excellent soundtrack.

The beginning is very convincing, crazy, open from Tomas Millian who plays the Chicano Hermano prey to nightmares and visions, "resurrected" after summarily executed.

The story starts here and has as its focus the desperate search for gold. A stolen loot in a classical way by a band made up of Americans and Mexicans with the first  that reneging on agreements made and kill his old comrades. Then the group arrives  in a  bigoted and moralist town. All are killed by citizens, the only one who is spared is the chief that die soon overwhelmed by the greed of people who find a gold bullet in one of his wounds.

And here also comes Hermano miraculously escaped from the execution accompanied by two Indians who believe that he is resurrected. Meanwhile, the bags of gold stolen disappear into thin air and the town erupts in  a fratricidal struggle for the sole purpose of finding and win all the gold.

Protagonists of such desire are three characters. The priest of the city, whose wife is kept confined to the house because mad, a rich gentleman accompanied by trustworthy local gay cowboy, and finally the owner of the saloon. Hermano is the playmaker of the whole story, often changing his "team" and witnessing the destruction of moral and physical  of the little town ruined by the desire for money.

Some scenes push the work towards to the splatter horror as the death of gang leader whose body creep into the hands of the present or the scalp of an Indian. Connotations of horror classic are present in the character of the mad woman

If Questi doesn't place too much plot in searching of gold. But despite this fraying is in effect a great movie.

Giulio Questi apt despite this film hasn't done a brilliant career, stopping at eleven films directed (a couple for TV), producing, writing else. In addition to Tomas Millian we note the presence of a young Ray Lovelock, here in his firts play. He is also the only positive character. We see also Piero Lulli a Tuscan actor with a long resume.

To give a better grip on the audience, the film was marketed outside Italy with the title "Django Kill" which clearly cited "Django" a movie of 1966 with Franco Nero.