The Good The Bad & The Ugly: Why Is It So Good?

  • Published on:  2/25/2017
  • The Good The Bad & The Ugly: Why Is It So Good?
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    is a great movie to look back on. It made 5 times its money back, making it a big success. But even Clint Eastwood himself thought the movie
    would do either really well or really bad.

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    The good the bad & the ugly didn't have the greatest reception from critics at that time.
    One of the most memorable criticisms from The LA Times
    said that the movie should have been called
    The Bad, The Dull and the Interminable"...
    The main reason for this negativity was due to the movie
    belonging to a not so popular sub genre, the Spaghetti Western...
    which when compared to a Hollywood western
    was considered as a cheap, inferior, foreign version
    In your typical Hollywood Western, everything looked clean...
    where the heroes were handsome,
    and wore freshly pressed suits and had shiny new guns...
    But in a Spaghetti or Italian Western thing were far more
    gritty, dirty and violent
    as a whole they were perceived as been more realistic
    Its main characters weren't well groomed nor necessarily handsome...
    The musical scores were pretty different, from the amazing high energy music by Enyo Morricone compared to the more stately orchestral scores by Elmer Bernstein, like in The Magnificent 7.

    In the 1960s the Hollywood hero was usually a great gunslinger who faced insurmountable odds
    taking on the bad guys and out smarting them.
    They were usually unselfish and down to earth...
    The main villains were very one dimensional, they're badness was not explained, and they were often an outcast...
    which meant they were either feared or hated by the local townspeople.
    However Italian films featured anti-heroes...
    instead of the protagonist saving everyone,
    the main character himself was either neutral
    or more interested in personal gain.
    While the bad guy was often as charismatic or powerful as the hero
    in order to give the protagonist a real challenge.
    In Hollywood westerns, the death of an antagonist
    simply meant the triumph of the good over the bad...
    going back home or having a
    reunion with loved ones, concluded the story of the movie.
    Whereas in its European counterpart, the death of the antagonist usually completed the narrative.

    Sergio Leone had only directed a "fistful"
    of low budget movies at this point of his career,
    but you wouldn't think that watching this film...
    What makes this movie truly amazing
    is Leones scope and vision

    He had the special ability to use silence to help build suspicion,
    and paranoia when it came to one of his famous
    shootout scenes.
    -- Save Tuco scene
    Or Leone would use a long pause
    combined with music that slowly increased in tempo
    to make his action scenes feel more exciting
    and have a far greater payoff,
    even though the action would be over within a blink of an eye
    --End scene (sped up with timer, clint shoot next scene)
    Leone's unique style involved
    shots of scenery that were very pulled back,
    where he would have small figures moving around in the distance,

    these wide shots were then followed by tight close ups of faces,
    giving you the audience this fantastic operatic feeling
    whenever a new chapter began
    Leone was great with people's faces...
    he would deliberately hand pick his extras to find people who had very different looks and features...
    he would then pan across them giving his shots an extra sense of realism
    Leone also establishes a rule...
    where a character's vision is limited by the sides of the frame,
    everything outside the frame is invisible.
    This allows you the viewer to see only from the perspective
    of what the characters sees
    So when Blondie and Tuco are heading towards the cemetery,
    they don't notice the massive Union army in front of them
    and neither do you.

    Leone often thought that Hollywood Westerns had too much dialog,
    so he had his characters say more by saying less...
    Where most of them make eye contact with each other...
    Pause and then start shooting!

    Clint Eastwood as Blondie aka the good,
    is easily recognizable due to his iconic brown hat,
    poncho and fondness for cigarillos.
    But apart from that, his character is pretty mysterious...
    not much is known about him
    he says very little, and technically isn't `good' in a traditional sense...
    however, he has a certain sense of honour
    and tries to do the right thing from time to time.
    Tuco aka the Ugly is the exact opposite or his partner blondie,
    he never stops talking in the The good the bad & the ugly