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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For three men the Civil War wasn't hell. It was practice.
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
The death of the western came with a bang. The gunshot fired by Italian hack Sergio Leone. One shot wasn't enough for Leone though, he emptied five shots into the body of the once great genre, and of those shots, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was the most fatal.
Whereas revisionist westerns around this time were brave, bold, and fresh coming from true auteurs like Sam Peckinpah and Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leone was stuck in the past, and a past he frankly couldn't understand. To him, Westerns were not about a new frontier. They were not about heroes looking for a fresh start, succeeding or failing for various reasons. They even lack the ability to subtly subvert roles and…
Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy is a meditation on three interrelated symbolic points: money, labor, and bodies. Although the characters across the three movies are technically different (they have different names), the Clint Eastwood character in particular and the Lee Van Cleef character to a slightly lesser extent develop during the series, and as a whole the films follow a tangible thematic arc.
This begins in A Fistful of Dollars, where The Man with No Name sells both his work (he offers his violent services to both families) and his body (he puts his life on the line), as well as the bodies of others (he kills people). He exchanges both body and labor for money. This is the trilogy's approximation…
Dirty Harry stars in Sergio Leone's meaty spaghetti western. A badass with Angel eyes. An ugly-ass bandit with a long name. Doing the job you were paid to do. Playing a game of shoot Tuco's noose. Enjoying a smoke. Punching a priest. Taking a piss off a train. A long walk in the desert. A one-eyed solider with an important name. A mini Johnny Reb. Andersonville's cousin. You don't fuck with a man while he is taking a bubble bath. Hijacking a stretcher to blow up a bridge. Showdown in the big-ass cemetery. The ultimate 3-way duel. Blondie has a name and he sure as fuck can shoot.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a gritty, textured tale steeped in the tragedy of war and a character-driven sense of humor. The grit and sly, subtle humor make Leone's epic fully engrossing and widely entertaining.
The film's premise is a streamlined thing of Western genre beauty: three men are on the trail of a treasure trove of gold buried in a cemetery. With the American Civil War being fought around them, the men attempt to make their way to the fortune. The narrative bursts with allegiances, schemes, and vendettas, linking the men together and tearing them apart. At its core, it is…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is easily the best western I've seen so far. I must say I haven't explored many films from this genre, but I had the opportunity to watch a few classics such as Unforgiven and Once Upon A Time in the West in theaters a year ago. There is so much to like here I don't even know where to begin. We have plenty of humorous moments that work remarkably well thanks to a great comedic timing by the actors and how they provide their lines just effortlessly. The shootout scenes are always thrilling and very stylish to see, making the journey thoroughly entertaining. The iconic score by Ennio Morricone is simply amazing and…
"The way I figure, there's really not too much future with a sawed-off runt like you." - Blondie
Wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW! Why did I wait so long to watch this movie, WHY???!!!??
Again, I am embarrassed with myself, and yet I am also very happy and lucky that I got to watch a gem like this for the first time. I realize now that I need to stop being so stubborn and resistant to watching movies from certain genres and time periods.
There are some Westerns and classics that I have enjoyed in the past, but in particular, classic westerns have been something…
Sergio Leones Western “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”, im Originaltitel „Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo“ oder zu Deutsch: “Zwei glorreiche Halunken”, ist definitiv ein Klassiker des Westerngenres und Clint Eastwoods erster großer Erfolg, der ihm unter anderem zum Durchbruch in Hollywood verhalf. Der 1966 erschienene Film unterscheidet sich in Stil und Gestaltung maßgeblich von den übrigen damals produzierten Western, was ihn zurecht mehr als ein halbes Jahrhundert, nach dem er auch immer noch vor allem von vielen berühmten Persönlichkeiten Hollywoods, wie z.B. Quentin Tarantino, Jeff Bridges oder dem Filmkritiker Roger Ebert, hochgeschätzt wird, überdauern gelassen hat.
Um die Handlung dieses Italowesterns kurz zu beleuchten: Drei Männer, der Gute oder „der Blonde“ (Clint Eastwood), der ohne Namensnennung bleibt, der…
"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
"There are two kinds of people in this world: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
What a fantastic end to a great trilogy! While the films got off to a somewhat shaky start with the not-as-good-as-the-original A Fistful of Dollars, the final two films more than made up for that one's short comings. While I probably prefer For a Few Dollars More just a bit (partly because this one is a tad too long), they're both great films.
This is by far the funniest entry, with Eli Wallach providing plenty of comedy along the way. Thematically, this is also an intriguing film given that (a) it's a prequel (b) Eastwood's character is rich at the end…
The greatest Western that's not a true Western. Brilliant and multifaceted characters, witty character relationships, a catchy and memorable score, beautiful cinematography, and an endlessly entertaining story make this seemingly humble Spaghetti Western one of the greatest and most enjoyable films of all time. The climatic, seat-gripping confrontation and conclusion to this epic masterpiece can never be topped.
I really don't have the words to describe this yet. Maybe I'll write an actual review next time, but for now all I can say is that this is "epic" in the truest sense of the word, not the watered-down way the word is used now. It's fascinating how such a small, contained story can be given such massive scope and scale. Yeah, you have the Civil War battles and everything, but the parts that are really jaw-dropping are the intimate gunfights and character interactions. I can't wait to see this again.
A wonderfully shot western, and the culmination of Leone's "man with no name trilogy", the film focuses on a race for treasure between three characters. Full of memorable moments, and a focus on character, the film is eminently lovable, and holds a place in many peoples hearts. That circle shootout though.
Full of memorable moments, great style and a fantastic performance by Eli Wallach. One of the best westerns ever made.
A masterpiece of an epic. The intros for the three characters are brilliant, and the simple narrative keeps you engaged with no filler for almost 3 hours. And that standoff at the end... amazingly intense.
Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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