Thursday, 29 November 2007

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly / Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Dir: Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon A Time in the West)
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef
Italy/Spain, 1966

Seen: April 28, 2007 thanks to the Toronto Public Library

Reason to see: It’s on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen for being #4 on imdb's top 250

I was floored by this film, from the first moment the strikingly familiar music came on to the very end. In all the films I've come across on my 101 list, this along with Rashômon are two of the best films I have seen in my entire life. I watched it twice in 2 days, and it's over 3 hours long, that is how good it is. The acting is stellar, the cinematography is beyond words and it is rich with tension throughout. It explores a common theme for westerns (and many contemporary films) which is what people will do and how far they will go for money. There is a fair amount of violence which usually makes me less interest but somehow with this film it works. Everything works, it was sheer maddening joy to watch it unfold.

Warnings – Violence, torture

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it excellent
I'll buy it
I’d recommend it

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© Shannon Ridler, 2007


Anonymous said...

Hey Shannon, this is one of my favourite films of all time! So glad you love it as much as me. Have you seen 12 ANGRY MEN (Black & White orginal): another classic film featuring tough guys locked in a room, and brilliant. You will add it to your top 100 I am sure if you watch it!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Hey Adam!

Yes I have seen 12 Angry Men, it is a stellar flick! "Tough guys locked in a room".. hmmm.. I wonder if that is a hidden lil subgenre to love... :)

Suzie Ridler said...

Yes, this one was amazing, I remember it now. Quite an intro scene, in particular. I'm so glad you liked it Shannon, that's what a western is supposed to be like.

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