Law of the Border ★★★

Not the crown jewel of this set, but after re-settling one's expectations, this story of Turkish smugglers develops an intoxicating magnetism, despite some chopping and confusing moments. (To say nothing of the highly damaged film print - the only surviving one - and the poor quality of the post-sync dubbing, presumably endemic to the original film.) The magnetism can be chalked up in part to Yılmaz Güney, whose quiet strength brings a gravitas to what is otherwise a very mixed cast of performers. But it's also a story that builds to some tense peaks and some interesting directorial moments, including a shoot-out that evokes Leone.

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