All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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 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…
In a span of 3 years, Sergio Leone changed the entire landscape of westerns with his Dollars Trilogy. The change began with A Fistful of Dollars, got accelerated with For A Few Dollars More but it wasn't until Leone unveiled The Good, the Bad & the Ugly that the final nail on the coffin of the traditional westerns was hammered for good. Making major upgrades in all departments, the third chapter not only turns out to be the best of the three but is also one of the greatest & most influential motion pictures ever made.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly is the story of three men racing against each other to find a fortune in gold buried in a distant…
Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-2016
Week 4: September 27th-October 3rd
60's Blockbuster Week
Even though I am not a big fan of westerns, I fairly enjoyed this film. My only objection is about the pace and the length of the movie- things could have happened quicker.
But overall it was a good movie- i liked the characters, the story, the soundtrack.
I watched this movie for week 4 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge. This week was a tough one for me because the movies on the list of '60s blockbusters fell into three main categories- movies I've seen, Bond movies, and Westerns with a couple biker movies and maybe three others thrown in. I decided to use this week as a reason to finally make myself watch a Sergio Leone movie which I had avoided since I don't particularly like Westerns.
This movie is beautiful to look at and the story of three outlaws searching for a cache of hidden, stolen money, and the detours taken along the way, kept me engaged for the entire movie. Clint Eastwood's performance was a…
Possibly one of the best films ever made. A staple film.
"Hay dos tipos de personas en este mundo: los que tienen armas cargadas y los que cavan. Tú cavas." Una de las mejores películas del género y de mis personales favoritas. Sergio Leone puto amo.
A captivating film with great camera work. Eastwood at his coolest.
I love pretty much everything about this film. Clint Eastwood just exudes cool in Leone's westerns. I love all the funny and witty lines throughout the movie, and last twenty minutes or so are some of my favorite of all time. If I had a complaint it was that the civil war sequences with the bridge and the jail slow the film down a little.
I watched this again on blu-ray and it is extremely beautiful. The yellow tint was a bit obnoxious, but not a big deal.
Opening titles! Coolness.
Opening scene. Cutting from close-up to extreme wide POV.
Three-way leapfrog of a plot, gaming each other and angling for advantage, forming and re-forming alliances of convenience to mix up the group dynamics. This is good stuff.
Iconic images in iconic spaces: Staging that 3-way Mexican standoff in that circle of paving stones at the center of the graveyard.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is gritty, intense, and exhilarating perfection. It builds off of incredible performances from its three leads with an amazing level of tension and excitement. Sergio Leone's direction is brilliant, adding a sense of power on an epic scale to everything we see. Just an incredible film.
This film basically epitomizes everything iconic about the old-school Western genre that entertained and captivated audiences for several decades of film making history. Admittedly though, this isn't a typical western film and is more commonly referred to as a Spaghetti Western by most movie critics and fans. One of the reasons I love this movie so much is because it plays on the Western archetypes so strongly and yet it never condemns or spoofs them. The three archetypes are the Good, bad and the ugly. Clint Eastwood's Blondie is clearly the good or the better of the three and despite his quiet, hissing persona he is the only one who is able to sympathize with the victims of the war…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…