Classic Film Tuesday: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

1966 – Western

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Tuesday, March 6

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY

“Sergio Leone’s grandiose 1966 western epic is nothing less than a masterclass in movie storytelling, a dynamic testament to the sheer, invigorating uniqueness of cinema..” – Time Out

In the last and the best installment of his so-called “Dollars” trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed “spaghetti westerns,” Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed “the Good,” Eastwood’s character is not much better than his opponents — he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film’s title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical western. “The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts,” claimed Leone. “In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest.”

Genre: Western     Rating: R     Runtime: 161 min     Language: English

Sponsored by: The Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Foundation