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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)

DFI Cinema

Sergio Leone / Feature Narrative / Italy, Spain, Germany, United States of America / 1966 / 161 min / Colour / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Western
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Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.



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Synopsis

The Western was a genre in decline when Sergio Leone came along and gave it a shot of adrenaline in the mid-60s. In a few short years, the director singlehandedly established the Spaghetti Western, made several of the most highly regarded Western films in the history of cinema, and launched the film career of Hollywood superstar Clint Eastwood.
The third instalment in what is known as the Dollars Trilogy, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ continues the stylisation Leone established in ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964) and ‘For a Few Dollars More’ (1965) – vast desert landscapes; tight close-ups on harsh, gritty faces; and a whole lot of violence – as the three titular outlaws go on a lengthy quest to retrieve a stash of gold.
The tense drama of the film is greatly enhanced by Ennio Morricone’s inventive score, whose inclusion of whistling and gunshots in its orchestration is a hallmark of the composer’s several collaborations with Leone. The film’s final Mexican standoff is truly unforgettable, as much for its drawn-out, meticulously constructed take on the classic Western scene as for its soaring trumpet solo. The soundtrack was a hit in its own right, and is considered among the best film scores ever written.

About the Director

Born in Rome in 1929, Sergio Leone began his career as an assistant to Vittorio de Sica on ‘Bicycle Thieves’ (1948), going on to direct the sword-and-sandal films ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ (1959) and ‘The Colossus of Rhodes’ (1961). After gaining international attention with the Dollars Trilogy, he made what many consider to be his best film, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968). His other films include ‘Duck, You Sucker!’ (1971) and ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (1984). He died in 1989.

Credits

Director
Sergio Leone
Screenwriter
Age, Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzono, Sergio Leone
Producer
Alberto Grimaldi
Music
Ennio Morricone
Cinematographer
Tonino Delli Colli
Sales Company
Park Circus
Production Company
MGM
Cast
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffre, Mario Brega, Eli Wallach

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