Clint Eastwood’s legendary “Man With No Name” makes his powerful debut in this thrilling, action-packed “new breed of western” (Motion Picture Herald) from the acclaimed director of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and For a Few Dollars More. Exploding with blistering shootouts, dynamic performances and atmospheric cinematography, it’s an undisputed classic of the genre. A mysterious gunman (Eastwood) has just arrived in San Miguel, a grim, dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers are terrorizing the impoverished citizens. A master of the “quick-draw,” the stranger soon receives offers of employment from each gang. But his loyalty cannot be bought; he accepts both jobs…and sets in motion a plan to destroy both groups of criminals, pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated setups, showdowns and deadly confrontations. –amazon
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema – he was the son of Roberto Roberti (aka Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy’s cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and American directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics, much in vogue at the time). Towards the end of the 1950s he started writing screenplays, and began directing after taking over Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (1959) in mid-shoot after its original director fell ill. His first solo feature, Il colosso di Rodi (1961), was a routine Roman epic, but his second feature, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961), caused a revolution. Although it wasn’t the first spaghetti Western, it was far and away the most successful, and shot former TV cowboy Clint Eastwood to stardom (Leone wanted Henry Fonda or Charles Bronson but couldn’t afford them). The… read more
A pesar de ser un remake no oficial de Yojimbo y que le causo una demanda a Leone por parte de Toho, la cual perdió, la película es Excelente. Clint Eastwood y uno de los personajes que lo inmortalizaron, con incluso algunos manierismos de Toshiro Mifune. Se puede apreciar cuando un tipo es duro y no cualquier actor de segunda que nos recetan las películas de acción actuales.
After just rewatching this I have to admit that I liked it a lot more the second time around. It's not quite as dull as I remember it. That being said it's most definitely the weakest of the trilogy. The other two films are leagues better than this. I guess there's something I find inherently uninteresting in the story because I'm not a huge fan of Yojimbo either (prefer Sanjuro). Still a very fun, entertaining film.
More work & a current exhibition of the great German graphic designer.
With Spaghetti Westerns, commercial cinema provided a lively and genuine commentary on the growing radicalization of the Italian left.
Pour une poignée de dollars, ou l’adaptation de Yojimbo par Sergio Leone. C’est aussi le renouveau d’un genre en déclin, celui du western. L’entrée dans la légende de l’homme sans nom. Un personnage… read review