Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For a Few Dollars More

For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. Gian Maria Volonté is the main villain, and Klaus Kinski does his crazy villain best as another of the bandits. The score is by Ennio Morricone. I love the Man with No Name Trilogy -of which this film is the 2nd- and Lee Van Cleef is a favorite with us. You cannot go wrong with this film. A classic.

trailer: names it the 3rd greatest sequel of all time, behind the 1935 Bride of Frankenstein and The Godfather: Part 2. says, "Leone's tense, tight closeups, pregnant pauses and significant silences have since been absorbed into the standard spaghetti-western lexicon; likewise, Ennio Morricone's haunting musical score has been endlessly imitated and parodied." DVD Talk says, "Everything about For a Few Dollars More is excessive and over-the-top, but so evidently done with so much personal passion and such a clear, specific vision that its decadence becomes not a fault, but a defining virtue." Empire Online gives this verdict: "Doesn't have the narrative strength of the first in the trilogy but individual scenes are still brilliant and each ingredient in just perfect, cast, score, tone..." Roger Ebert calls it "delicious". The Rotten Tomatoes critics score is 94%.

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