It seems clear that the formal magnificence, so clearly exposed by Leone, has a counterpart in the deviation of his cinema from a more popular perspective to a pomposity exalted with itself, where any detail is detailed to the millimeter, enlarged and highlighted. Like its contemporary "2001" by Kubrick, this is the meta-cinema that would begin a despotic and authoritarian tendency of some "auteur" cinema.
Greatest Intro ever. At last Leone learned how to pace himself(something his pupil Tarantino should also take note of) and saved us from of all the drown out part that seriously dragged what could have been a Masterpiece with THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. Here, his style is at an apotheosis and blended perfectly with actually interesting people, each with deep backgrounds.
Opening with a sequence as stately and time-stopping as any in cinema -- and featuring, incidentally, what may be the most notable performance by a fly in film history -- Leone's essay in epic sprawl succeeds on the strength of its awe-inspiring, panoramic compositions; the deadly, infinitely held gaze of its male leads; a blushingly overwrought Morricone score, and the ever-astonishing beauty of Claudia Cardinale.
Leone's epic masterpiece, an ode to the lost frontier of the old West as the railroad changes the landscape, featuring a career-best performance from Henry Fonda as one of the most brutal villains in cinema, Claudia Cardinale (the most beautiful woman in Western history), sweeping cinematography of Monument Valley, stirring and heartbreaking Morricone score. My favorite Leone film.
This is such an inspired work from Leone, everything from the beautiful, sweeping cinematography to Morricone's memorable score and great performances make this an essential viewing for everyone who actually cares about movies.
It really suprises me that there are actually people out there who do not like this film. It's one of those rare film-films that use and understand the medium to the fullest. Every Frame of this movie is like an orgasm.
it was absolutely absurd, how often I thought of Tarantino in this film. It was very similar to the feeling I had when I first listened to Woody Guthrie - all i thought of was Bob Dylan. a matter of lineage, I guess.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly seems to have the pop culture reputation that this Leone western actually deserves. It is over the top, but Leone still manages to believably pull off the epic scope he aimed for. And Henry Fonda is just fantastic as the villain.