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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…
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.
"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…
Film #31 of Eighty-Eight Favorites
"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…
Although the first 90 minutes are middlingly OK, and there are a few strong scenes scattered throughout The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, it has far too weak a story and characters to sustain its epic running time. There's an extremely long and pointless hour leading up to the finale. Each character is shallowly defined within their first scenes and never deepen or develop for the rest of the film. Acting-wise, Eastwood and Van Cleef are fine, but their excessive squinting imbues neither of them with a compelling inner-life. Eli Wallach is insufferably muppety.
However, the final 25 minutes of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly are very well done in a truly memorable setting — even Wallach's…
If your town plays the 4K reconstruction, you have to see it. The crisp picture adds so much to the world to every grain of sand and the flies that keep popping into frame. Something I really got this time was how the world operated outside of these three men. There's a rich world filled people clamoring for justice, peace and God but we follow three men led by greed and revenge. And usually it's greed towards nothing because they're all obsessed with this money but there's only one scene where anybody in this world actually pays for anything. The money will never be satisfying. With this world, you can never stop the fighting--you can only get rid of the bridge. Amazing film.
The final film in the Dollars Trilogy and arguably the best, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a much grander film. Not only is it the first of the three to have a 1 million dollar budget, this movie also covers a lot more ground. From small towns to battlefields and rivers, this one is much larger in scale. The plot is simple. A man dies telling the Good where his money stash is. The Ugly teams up with the Good to find it and the 2 of them get into all sorts of trouble all the while being tracked by the Bad. This is truly a classic film with an amazing score that does a great job…
A film that does not earn its 2 hour and 40 minute runtime. It's too interested in its detours and distractions to actually sustain its genuinely fun and interesting concept. Somewhere in here is a GREAT 90 minute movie.
The continuous redeeming factor is Eli Wallach, who is incredibly watchable and saves the movie time and time again from being utterly dull.
Random aside: Clint Eastwood used to be so hot.
This was my third time seeing this (I hadn't seen it in roughly a decade, and this was my first time seeing it in a theater, which isn't necessarily negligible context), and even though it's an undisputed classic, it still has just never truly resonated with me. The good parts are great (the climax is perfection), and it's chock-full of gorgeous compositions and iconic music. But man, I've always felt like most of the civil war stuff in the middle really kills the film's momentum. At best it feels as if it's only there thematically, and even then it simply feels like it was dropped in from a different film entirely. I'm nearly certain I've only seen the longer extended…
Absolutely love this movie, but the extended version does *really* take its time. Wish I could get my hands on the theatrical cut...
saw TGTB&TU at the new beverly on an ib technicolor print. it looked a little scuffed from age, but pretty great. it's hard to judge a movie like this - I feel like most westerns after probably cribbed a lot from it. that being said, I feel like it could have been about 30 mins shorter, and was surprised by how episodic the film was.
Lee said to think about it like a human cartoon - I feel like that helps enjoy this style of leone more?
Watched this for the first time in a theater, and man, it truly made a difference. The slowness of it bugged me quite a bit when I first watched it ten or so years ago, and the lack of cohesive plot almost confused me. But now, with the benefit of scope, (and watching the slightly tighter theatrical version, instead of the bloated extended DVD cut) the film really comes alive. Minus the over-long blowing-up-the-bridge sequence, which is impressive in scope but just one last unnecessary obstacle in a film filled with them, this film really is cinematic perfection.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…