It also contains a terrific main theme sung by Scott Walker, which we shamelessly (but proudly) appropriated for the third trailer made in support of THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 3.
Some people who'd seen UN CORDE UN COLT (it is more readily available in the USA than many of Hossein's other films) and saw LA MORT D'UN TUEUR felt that it was a kind of transplanted precursor for the later film--both exhibiting a strong "spaghetti western" vibe, done Hossein-style. Richard's text begins below...
I was knocked out by this western noir when I first saw it about seven years ago. It ain't perfect, but it is very impressive. In a genre characterized by garbage, Hossein invests this spaghetti western with dramatic sophistication and a distinctly French noir sensibility. It opens on the downbeat and keeps going down. There isn't much dialog, but the film sustains our keen interest. This reviewer gets it:
In addition to being an occasional film director, Hossein was a leading director in live theater in France. His work was very controversial. I don't fully understand the whys and wherefores, but the more I learn about his theatrical career the more I see how his films come out of the controversy.
A hi-def scan has finally been released in the USA. Buy It Now: