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A great western
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (DVD)
Member Name: Donf18
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (DVD)
Advantages: just a great film
It seems like an eternity since the Man with no name first captured western lovers hearts all those years ago, 45 to be exact. The unshaven, unlikely hero that was to endear himself to a generation, and to many of the next generation too. The crumples cigar and twisted mouth, the scruffy poncho and the flea-ridden horse. The unforgettable and still haunting music, can it really is so long ago that such a hero was born.
The Spaghetti Western
In 1966 to all our surprise a new type of western hit the big screen thanks to director Sergio Leone who also co wrote with Luciano Vincenzoni. A familiar if not yet famous name was to become more famous as the man with no name. He was of course Clint Eastwood ( Blondies/ The Good) and many new him as Rowdy Yates from the very popular TV series Rawhide. He was to be accompanied by some other famous faces in what is truly a classic. Lee van Cleef ( Angel Eyes/The Bad ) formerly of Sabata fame, Eli Wallach ( Tuco/The Ugly).
From the onset of the intro and bullets sounds and dessert, you are dragged into the dry and desolate world of the old west, where life meant very little and dollars spoke even louder than they do today. The lone silhouetted horseman bobbing across the vast plain. Also from the start it is evident that the music is not just going to be incidental, it is going to play a crucial part is a brilliant movie.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo" is a story of greed, of bounty hunters and of war. It takes you on a trip across the Wild West and into the minds of the men who sought to make their fortune on the heartache of others, or on being faster with the pistols than the outlaw you stalked. Such a man could get plenty rich, such a man must have little conscience. Such were the three main characters in this epic, firstly struggling as individuals to make the fast buck, and slowly but surely becoming more and more dependant on each other. All this tension and gun slinging amid the haunting and melodic music of Ennio Morricone.
Tuco has a price on his head and is captured by Blondie. They claim the reward and before execution is saved by Blondie, and this cycle is repeated until Blondie decides that Tuco is never going to be worth more than $3000. The partnership dissolved Tuco seeks revenge, but the two accidentally fall upon some good news. They find a carriage of bodies one of whom is still alive. He discloses some important info concerning a stash of gold hidden in a cemetery. Tuco knows which cemetery and Blondie, which grave so they have to keep each other alive in order to get their hands on the gold.
A series of escapades and the introduction of Angel Eyes adds atmosphere, and some funny moments. The acting is of a good standard, and the whole tale is interestingly portrayed by Leone. You get a real feel for the old west, and its inherent dangers. Your loyalties during the film switch from one to the other, or at least mine did, but it is toward Blondie that you are intended to sway, and I guess for the most part that is what I did. Again in some tender scenes the music plays a significant part, and it is no surprise that the soundtrack to this movie has proved very popular.
Toward the end some of the scenes tend to be a bit dragged out, but the tension is there, and so is the excitement. This is a film I have now seen several times and each time my enjoyment has never withered. This DVD is available at several outlets and many online stores so shopping around will get you a good deal, but you can expect to pay around a fiver for it, and at that price it is well worth it.
An excellent introduction to the spaghetti western, and a film that has a bit of everything. At the sound of being repetitive it is the music that has captured me most, whilst the actual film is no doubt a classic it is now showing signs of age, but still very much well worth a viewing.
Summary: A really good western