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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…
A masterpiece in every way
There's so many layers to this, I don't know where to start but I'm yet ti see another film as simultaneously meticulous and random this one.
"There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around the neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."
Phenomenal filmmaking from start to finish, the cinematography, the score, the morals -or lack of- of the three protagonists, the sadness and back drop of the Confederacy war and the stunning conclusion to a masterful trilogy. For people who say they don't like westerns, show them this. A masterpiece in any genre.
This movie shot me in the gut, but didn't stop there, and proceeded to shoot me with 5 more bullets. What's left of me is in awe of this masterpiece and its gritty, sweaty, men.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is the capstone of Sergio Leone's directorial evolution. We saw the glimpses of it in A Fistful of Dollars. It improved greatly in For a Few Dollars More. In the sequel, his long shots have greater depth, his closeups felt more detailed and his way of creating tension really elevated the action scenes in that film.
The third film in the Dollars Trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly takes all of these elements and turns it up to 100. It is so much improved over its predecessors that it doesn't feel at all like them. It's something different, something better.
The story is simple. Three gunslingers search for stolen cache of…
"Such ingratitude, after all the times I saved your life"
why is this movie 3 hours long
I did not know until I watched this that the whistle tune associated with The Man with No Name was from this movie. More focused on the actions of the Ugly character though.
Easily one of the best Westerns ever made, and one of the finest films of the 60's. Glorious magnificence, from soundtrack, editing, script, acting and direction. It's so good that it still sends tingles down my spine when I watch it.
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All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…