Lee Van Cleef speaking Italian (as opposed to being dubbed into Italian) is some uncanny valley shit.
This video claims to be from 1968 and Van Cleef notes he’d just made Commandos and Beyond the Law, but he is wearing his wardrobe from Sabata, which was released in Italy in September 1969 and there is no way they were shooting that in even December of 1968.
And in case you’re wondering, Van Cleef has the saloon destroyed because they don’t have any lemonade for him.
Totally delightful. His Italian was fractured, but comprehensible. He honestly admitted that in the US his name had been quite small, but after his time doing Italian Westerns his name had grown quite a bit. He looked genuinely frightened at first (“Italian, very difficult language”) but answered the question whether Hollywood or Italian Westerns were better intelligently (“In Italian Westerns characters are types, like [ancient] masks.”)
Loved the (self-referential????) Line about wanting lemonade and orange drinks instead of whisky and gin – the fact that he was a heavy drinker was well-known in Italy since Few Dollars More.