Navajo Joe

Corbucci knows the Western, and films it to advantage. Scalphunters take over the saloon (staffed with Venetian showgirls), the banjo player crawls out in a fast one-second handheld POV shot.

Navajo Joe leaps down to unhorse a man, a camera on its side picks him up on the ground, both rise together (another one-second handheld shot).

A long shot represents him as a genius loci.

Gone too far, the villains are dismissed. The man from Esperanza clues them in to a government grant.

Joe steals the train from them, commandeers a sheriff’s badge and defends the unarmed town.

The conclusion, in which the scalphunters are done down every one, varmints all, presents a source of wealth to the nation.