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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Directed by Sergio Leone
Italy, West Germany, 1966


Leone’s epic Western sees the return of the ‘Man With No Name’, this time, he teams up with two gunslingers in pursuit of a cache of gold. Their hunt is aided by horse opera, a bullfight arena, and the blackest of black humor.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Directed by Sergio Leone
The wildly stylized cinematography—including some of the most dramatic close-ups in movie history during the climactic standoff—jagged editing patterns, and eerie, all-time great score by Ennio Morricone show Leone at the peak of his powers: harsh, potent, and completely unpretentious, this is genre cinema elevated to the level of enduring art.
April 26, 2018
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Ennio Morricone’s score reached a peak of orchestral ecstasy that is a long way from the lean, ambient soundscape he created for the first film. By then, Leone’s visual approach, so bare-bones in Fistful, had flowered into something almost operatic; watching in sequence, one gets the sense that he felt he had to burn the western to the ground first in order to build something new and spectacular two movies later.
February 15, 2017
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[Leone] made outrageously entertaining movies that reflected a punch-drunk love for American genre fare, the conventions of which he inflated to a near-operatic scale after refracting them through his own unique cultural sensibility. And THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY remains the high point of both Leone’s career and the spaghetti western in general.
July 31, 2015
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