The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Directed by Sergio Leone
Running time: 177 minutes
Possibly the most genre-defining of 'Spaghetti Western' movies, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is the last and best film in Italian director Sergio Leone's so-called 'Dollars' trilogy following A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). Originally titled in the Italian as Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo it stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach as three wayward gunslingers searching for a hidden cache of Confederate gold during the rising panic of the Civil War. Eastwood is the 'good', a taciturn loner, Van Clef the 'bad', a bounty hunter and Wallach the 'Ugly', a mexican bandit. Leone claimed that “the real West was the world of violence, fear and brutal instincts” where notions of good and evil do not exist, hence the irony of the character's titles since Eastwood's character is, in fact, no better than his rivals – just a bit smarter and a better shooter. Leone shot the film, unlike classic Westerns, in Spain, using weathered locals as extras and hiring the Spanish army to build the sets. Made on a relatively low budget it employs sweeping panoramas shot in Technicolour, extended long shots and long periods of silence, filled in with Ennio Morricone's famous and atmospheric score over a nearly 3 hour duration. It's the film that bought the talents of Eastwood to Hollywood's attention and is one of the greatest Westerns ever made.
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