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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Italy 178m, Colour
Director: Sergio Leone; Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach

good-the-bad-and-the-uglyThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly is perhaps the quintessential “spaghetti western” which, while thin on plot and dialogue, is an extravaganza of sight and sound owing to Leone’s trade-mark use of alternating close-up and vista shots and Ennio Morricone’s unforgettable theme music. While the film was violent for its time, particularly for the western genre, the violence was swiftly executed which heightened the sense of danger and served to punctuate periods of tension between the interactions of the characters. Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach play very  memorable characters which are supported by excellent acting and superb direction (Klaus Ming November 2009).

2 comments on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

  1. Derrick
    11/10/2009

    Stay away from the version that came out a few years back. You would think the fact they found old scenes and re-cut them back in, with new voice overs by Eastwood and cast, would be great for the film. But no, it just shags up the flow of the flick and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Good,Bad, Ugly is in my top 10 films of all time, probably 3rd. And i’m with you on it being the best Spaghetti western, only thing that comes close is something like Once upon a time in the west or High Plains Drifter. A tribute album for Morricone called We all Love Ennio Morricone came out a few years back, its worth a listen. Ive watched this movie a good 30 times.

    • klausming
      11/12/2009

      I think Once Upon a Time in the West is a better movie than the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but prefer the GBU’s main musical theme – which is probably the most memorable in the western genre. My favourite Morricone soundtrack, and arguably one of the best in the history of cinema is for The Mission (1986), which i’ll be watching and commenting on later this month.

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