Originally, I was planning on viewing Russ Meyer’s babes and boob-fest Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! but seeing as I was unable to get my hands on a copy of that movie, nor find a full copy (legally) online, I thought of paying homage to Tony Curtis who died yesterday. But then, I’m not in a The Great Race kind of a mood. Truth is, I’ve been wearing my Clint Eastwood graphic tee all day and I realized that I would defintely regret no touching on the Sergio Leone-Eastwood spaghetti Western collabortions somwhere along the way. Seeing as how I opted for Goldfinger (with no regrets) yesterday, I know that I had today and today and tomorrow to try and fit a Man-With-no-Name movie. So here goes:
My favorite of the three movies is actually The Good, The Bad and The Ugly partly because it’s the most complete movie of the trilogy and features excellent supporting performances by Eli Wallach (who happens to be 94-years-old!!) and Lee Van Cleef. A Fistful of Dollars, the first of the trilogy, is a spaghetti Western remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. The plot focuses on a family feud with Eastwood’s cowboy in the middle. Instead of hitting a buzzer, shouting out ridiculous answers and playing for Fast Money (I’m referring to the game show here), these two families take the more violent route.
In For A Few Dollars More, Eastwood and Van Cleef face off, eventually, but before the obligatory showdown, they team up to try and bring in a criminal pyscho, Indio and his murderous gang of thugs. There’s a lot going for this movie, but my favorite part, without a doubt i the final showdown. The pocket watch. That’s all I’m going to say about it.
Of course, after this trilogy, Clint Eastwood pretty much disappeared and became essentially irrelevant. Well, except for some character called Dirty Harry and winning a grip of Oscars. Annnnnyway, check out the official trailer here.