7/7/18 - Hollywood Theater - 35mm - Leone's real strength is in his visuals. His best sequences often involve no dialogue. For instance, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood demonstrating their sharp shooting skills by shooting each other's hats. The scenario itself is nothing new but it is done with incredible style and grace. See it on a big screen if you can.
Another Sergio Leone western with a lot of memorable moments. It is pretty much Lee Van Cleef's movie really with Eastwood taking a more humorous supporting sidekick role. Usually this film has been lost between the two other classics in Leone's "Dollar Trilogy" but it shouldn't as this is also an absolutely must-see movie.
Les fameux tics et les tocs du magicien Sergio Leone dans une superbe oeuvre "décadente" devenu aujourd'hui un incontournable classique du western transalpin, solidement amarrée dans le fameux triptyque "spaghetti". Un bon moment de cinéma, pas que pour les amateurs qui reste un modèle du genre... www.cinefiches.com
Still quite simple-minded. Overly-plotted, overlong, and mono-dimensional in its characters. As cool as an idea of The Man with No Name is in theory, its lack of nuance, background, or even a clear rationale, doesn't make for an interesting emotional anchor or an engaging narrative. The many films that took from the series are better in their building of a character/dramatic arc, as well as an engine for the machine.
Sergio Leone teaches a master class in storytelling. A bank vault so safe only a complete madman would try to rob it, the town of El Paso, and two of the deadliest bounty hunters around. For a Few Dollars More is as tight as a Dogma film yet does not feel constrained. Towards the end I could imagine folks cheering for Clint Eastwood back in 1965 as he rode into the horizon. It truly does not get any better than this.
By far my favorite of the Man With No Name trilogy. Clint Eastwood's best Western. What elevates this film is Lee Van Cleef as a man deeply haunted by the death of his sister (his greatest performance). Gian Maria Volonte also is in his most memorable role as the insane Indio lost in a drug haze. As Schickel said, "it is more elegant and complex than Fistful, more tense and compressed than Good, Bad, Ugly."
Following the beaten path of it's previous, "For a Few Dollars More" builds up the overall experience. Elaborated script goes even deeper entering the theme of betrayal. Added up are more charismatic characters, never shadowed even by the likes of Clint Eastwood, with their carefully crafted interference being stylistically memorable.