The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
( 1966, Sergio Leone) – HOT! HOT!
These are just a few rough impressions:
It begins with a great (and famous) opening sequence – there’s a long
period of silence until a man asks Lee Van Cleef about Baker. But just
before that a mobile phone rang in the theatre!
The film is beautifully episodic, emphasized by Morricone’s music,
There’s astoundingly authentic period detail - superb costumes. Huge
attention has been paid to the sound design: there’s a great use of
silence (and marching noises). There’s a notable sequence
where Clint is being sneaked up on by 3 men with spurs & the
troops stop marching & so stop masking the sound. There’s
also a great device in the hunt of following cigars until one gets lit.
A scene with maudlin music counterpoints the torture of Tuco by Angel
Eyes & the Sergeant.
“When you are going to shoot, don’t talk - shoot.” Too true!
I love the scene when they reach the cemetery & it goes on for a
mile & Eli Wallach runs all over it like a girl - strangely in
character because he wears jewellery, carries a parasol & tales a
The last ‘pasa doble’ on the salt pan - like dressage – with the
Spanish horses & magnificent music from Morricone.
Angel Eyes slips into his own grave, and then Clint sensibly shoots him
3 more times. He doesn’t leave it to chance!
“In this world there are 2 kinds of people. Those with loaded guns
& those who dig.”
“There's no name on it.” “There’s no name here either.”
Then the money. Then the noose.