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Per un pugno di dollari

Sergio Leone Spain, 1964

Elephants Gerald's rating of the film A Fistful of Dollars

Strange that a guy like Leone– who deconstructed the Western two movies later with what was essentially one 180-minute-long wink– would take YOJIMBO, an already funny, ironic (weirdly enough) take on the Western genre, but then make his version so dour, dark, and straight-faced in its dealing with genre tropes. A+ visuals, but it looms in the effortless shadow of YOJIMBO with its sour violence and lack of triumph.