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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…
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…
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…
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.
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"There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around their neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly AKA The Film That Gave Me Writer's Block.
Look at the date I rewatched this film: June 25th. It has been nearly a month since I've seen this movie and it's been nearly a month since the worst writer's block I've ever experienced on this site came swarming in and clouded my mind.
I watched the first half of TGBU on the day that Eli Wallach died. The film felt different and there were…
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…
The end of Leone's "Dollars" trilogy, preceded by 64's FISTFUL and 65's A FEW DOLLARS MORE. The three of them kicked off the Spaghetti Western subgenre. At almost 3 hours, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY has quite a length to it. The style is immediately loud, even louder than its two predecessors.
I like the horse on which Angel Eyes ("The Bad") rides in, so obviously not a practical animal for distance transport, so high it's stepping, regal. Ha. Excellent. Great mix of landscape wide shots and character close-ups, even in spite of some of those mistakes. There are very funny, chummy, all too pleasant, smart elements too (even in a watchable, action-heavy, pop-ready beast like this): a…
While I can understand the reasons as to why this film is so highly regarded, I’m not sure if I’m in agreement with them.
There’s no denying that The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is an important part of film history. In the 1960s, Sergio Leone reinvented the western genre, introducing a far more violent and stylized version of the old west, and using an assortment of new and unique filmmaking techniques. He brought westerns away from the typical John Wayne film, and created a whole new subgenre: the spaghetti western. A genre characterized by long standoffs and hyper-stylistic gunfights, the spaghetti western was born out of the mind of Leone, and it’s had a huge influence on filmmaking…
I got to see the version I taped off of Korean TV, which is also the version I saw in the theater here. It has the intro titles in English instead of Italian, like the version usually on US TV. It also has a few scenes I never saw before I saw the Korean theater version. One has Tuco bringing a chicken to his former gang colleagues, appealing for their help and promising them $1000 apiece if they help find Blondie. Another has Angel Eyes looking for leads for Ben Carson in a camp of starving rebels making soup out of corn cobs. The cook refuses until Angel Eyes offers some wine in return for info and then gets the…
There's a reason that The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is considered on of the greatest Westerns (and my personal favorite) of all time. Not only was it incredible for its time, but it holds up very well and is a real joy to watch. The acting and characters are all great, and even though the movie is 3 hours long, those hours fly by and it does a good job of keeping your attention for the entire run time. This is partly due to how interesting the characters are (despite the three main characters being essentially condensed down to the three titular adjectives, they are actually much deeper than that and are still very entertaining to watch). In…
Sergio Leone, ti amo. Close ups galore and silly handgun continuity mistakes, but this is still one of the important 29 westerns.
The perfect western in film. Sergio Leone perfects his craft in his all time masterpiece. Beautiful music, acting, cinematography, characters, everything. Much more emotional and character focused than anything previously done by Leone. Classic.
Terceiro filme da "trilogia dos dólares" do Sérgio Leone, mestre absoluto do western spaghetti.
I watched the reconstructed "Director's Cut" (for which there is a great 11 minute documentary about on the blu-ray, and probably DVD).
Western is one of those genres that I always end up enjoying, but just feel woefully inadequate about talking about since I just don't see all that many western films. And this might be one of the best westerns I've seen (right up there with Stagecoach).
It's long, engaging, sharp, and--at times--tender.
The only thing which bothered me is the dubbing. I've done some internet searching to try and figure out how much of the movie was dubbed... and the answers ranged from "all of it" to "the side characters who didn't know English" to a very unbelievable…
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