This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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…
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…
"Watched the extended 3 hours cut"
While The Good, the Bad and the Ugly excels in a lot...but its slow pace and how long it drags didn't keep me interested in some parts...
The Cinematography and the use of close ups are top notch, this is the first Sergio Leone film I've watched in my life and I already love his style! The minimal to no dialogue in some scenes add to the effect of the film and gives the scenes some kind of a power that I can't really describe in words but you've to see it to know. I loved how the frames are used, you can only see what your character can see and it adds to…
4 / 5
My favorite film score. Compelling story. Excellent performances.
A music score and a movie that will live in infamy
That scene in the graveyard where Blondie surprises Tuco and there are those multiple close-up shots of Tuco's hand travelling across his crotch area towards his gun and then it cuts to Clint Eastwood's face watching Tuco's hand move across his crotch toward his gun and everything is super tense.....I can't stop thinking about how homoerotic that whole scene is,,,,like okay, Sergio, damn.
Also every time someone called Clint Eastwood "Blondie", "Heart of Glass" by Blondie started playing in my head.
Watched as part of "November in the West"
And here we go. The greatest film Serigio Leone or Clint Eastwood have ever made in every respect. Clint does what he does best and masters that shit right there and then. This is Blondie at his best and his most ruthless but also his most subtly compassionate. Ironically enough this film acts as a prequel to the two predecessors so it's interesting to see him go from a ruthless hard ass to someone who's still tough as nails but has a little compassion. Someone who goes from helping himself to helping others. Honestly that scene where he meets the dying soldier kinda gets at me. Lee Van Cleef is just as much a bad ass as Angel Eyes, mowing…
I love these movie
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is certainly the most grand film of Sergio Leone's trilogy. It's got some really amazing moments, carried by three very distinct, very fun personalities. Their race for the gold is one fierce competition, full of thrilling little twists and turns. However, I felt as if the parts of the film prominently featuring the Civil War somewhat detracted from their compelling adventure. What a brilliant payoff, though, with the perfect accompaniment of Ennio Morricone's score. The scene preceding the final showdown gave me chills.
Now it's a tossup between this and A Fistful of Dollars for being my favorite of the trilogy, although I rate all three films similarly for different reasons.
The scale of the Italian-made Western THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is what most differentiates it from American-made Westerns. My guess is that everything is made vast because Europeans love the wide-open spaces in our Westerns and because Sergio Leone, the director, wanted to outdo the scenic effects in American Westerns. If a man crosses a street in Leone’s Santa Fe, the street looks half a mile wide; a farmer’s hut has rooms opening into rooms into the distance, like the Metropolitan Museum; the hotel in a cowtown has a plush lobby big enough for a political convention. The movie is like HIGH NOON and THE OX-BOW INCIDENT and a dozen others all scrambled together and playing in…
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All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…