THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (BUONO,IL BRUTTO,IL CATTIVO, IL) (1966)

   Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Ennio Morricone (music), Sergio Leone (director)
   This is the final film in the Dollars Trilogy, preceded by A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. Three men—Blondie (Eastwood), Angel Eyes (Van Cleef), and Tuco (Wallach) —search for hidden gold during the Civil War, eventually squaring off in a graveyard. Each represents, respectively, the good, the bad, and the ugly. This spaghetti Western continues Sergio Leone’s redefinition of the Western myth, particularly as it relates to ideas of heroism, moral regeneration through violence, good and evil. The only thing that matters is the different ways in which killing is accomplished; why one kills is not important. Against the confusion of the Civil War, the three characters seek only self-enrichment. Loyalty to anything outside themselves does not exist. Morality is based solely on the attitude of the killers: the look of satisfaction “on the face of Van Cleef as he murders, and the impassivity of Clint Eastwood’s expression as he does the same” (Calder 1975, 33).
   See also DOLLARS TRILOGY.

Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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