The Good The Bad & The Ugly (18)
Part of the A Tribute to Ennio Morricone Season
The final film in the Dollars trilogy is that rare thing – a true classic – presented here in an epic 4K restoration and in its extended version.
Given a mixed reception on its initial release, Sergio Leone’s epic amorality play has become not only the definitive Spaghetti western but also the cult western of the 1960s.
The reasons for its cult status can be found in Leone’s continually inventive visual style, Ennio Morricone’s incredible whistling-chiming-twanging-wailing score, the sardonic gallows-humour of the script, and the vivid performances by Clint Eastwood as the ever-cool gunslinger Blondie, Lee Van Cleef as the sadistic killer Angel Eyes, and Eli Wallach as the boisterous swindler Tuco. These three cutthroat opportunists double- and triple-cross each other while searching for a hidden treasure amid the carnage of the Civil War.
A frequent Leone collaborator, Morricone's distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling, and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flute for Blondie (Man with No Name), arghilofono (Ocarina) for Angel Eyes, and human voices for Tuco.
It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most original film scores in history.
Director: Sergio Leone
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach
Running Time: 179 minutes