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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Italy/Spain 100m, Colour
Director: Sergio Leone; Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, Joseph Egger

As the first of three “Spaghetti Western” films collectively known as the Dollars Trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars helped re-popularize the western as well as establish Clint Eastwood as “The Man With No Name” – a modern anti-hero who broke all previous stereotypes for a leading man in western genre film. Although essentially a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai adventure Yojimbo (1961), Leone’s work on this production can be credited for developing an entirely new look and feel for the well-worn western. His contributions include the use of extreme close-ups, casting of well-worn, dirty tough looking characters, and careful editing/integration of the musical score and sound effects – all of which helped lay the groundwork for the modern western (Klaus Ming July 2011).


2 comments on “A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

  1. joem18b

    Yes, here was Eastwood, the kid from Rawhide, all grown up and working in Spain in an Italian production. It was very cool.

    I remember coming out of “For a Few Dollars More” and standing in the parking lot of the cinema, thinking, Life is good. Then I got in the car, turned on the radio, and was just in time to hear Sparky Lyle blow a save for the Red Sox, which sort of bummed me out.

  2. Klaus

    Hee, hee…that’s a great story and a funny memory to have associated with that film! I vaguely recall seeing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly at the drive in – but have never seen any of these in the theater, and would love to!

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