Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 182: Mon Jul 1

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1966): Picturehouses Cinemas, 12 noon 

Chicago Reader review:
'Sergio Leone's comic, cynical, inexplicably moving epic spaghetti western (1966), in which all human motivation has been reduced to greed—it's just a matter of degree between the Good (Clint Eastwood), the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), and the Ugly (Eli Wallach). Leone's famous close-ups—the “two beeg eyes”—are matched by his masterfully composed long shots, which keep his crafty protagonists in the subversive foreground of a massively absurd American Civil War. Though ordained from the beginning, the three-way showdown that climaxes the film is tense and thoroughly astonishing.'
Dave Kehr  

Here is the justly famous Ecstasy of Gold sequence.

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