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