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Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Sergio Leone Italy, 1966

Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I hadn't watched this since high school, so I was eager to revisit it to see if it was more than just an exercise in movie cool. At first, I found it crueler than I remembered, a work of violent aestheticism without reflection. But as this epic goes on, the way that the nihilistic swagger of its gold-crazy trio bounces off scenes of men ruined by war achieves a peculiar rhyme. Hell, the finale is almost heartwarming.