"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

It is difficult to imagine that one of the most important films in the history of cinema, now a classic of world importance, and which had considerable box office success, was very cool, if not negatively perceived by major Western film critics at the time. This is due, primarily, to the fact that the specific, commercially oriented subgenre "Spaghetti Western", originated in the late 1950s in the Italian film industry, at that time departed from the traditions of the post-war neo-realism, yet few have taken seriously, although It was very popular among the audience. Actually this subgenre marginal remains to this day. After all, the most important for cinematography spaghetti westerns have become perhaps the only two paintings, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966), completing the famous "dollar" trilogy and "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968), shot by the same director - Sergio Leone.
Playing on the seemingly purely American material, this European subgenre literally reinterpreted classic Hollywood western 1930-1940's and early 1950's. Spaghetti Western broke all the rules and canons of the western, which is why the leading luminaries of the genre recognized operating consumer goods and almost a mockery of westerns, which by that time reached its decline and neovesterna appearance was yet to come.
However, even more difficult imagine that the creators themselves (as they later admitted), have not invested in their work, and not the slightest implication of any meaning, but only tried to create another spectacular film with the expectation of substantial cash mustache ex and not much else. The phenomenon of this lies in the fact that the authors have created a masterpiece, even without knowing it. On this occasion, it is worth noting that, according to one of the concepts in the theory of cinema, film or specifically film - a kind of subconscious recollection (the viewer or the author). After all, history is replete with distinguished artists who have been unwittingly, on a subconscious, intuitive level, creating a work of genius. Perhaps this is the phenomenon of genius (as opposed to talent)
plot of the film is quite simple:. During the Civil War in the United States three criminals of the Wild West are trying to find the missing gold Confederate for personal gain. Despite the fact that in order to find they have to combine their efforts, each still pursuing their personal goals and in fact is not going to yield to anyone
main motive of "good, bad, evil" is a treasure find motive -. One of the key archetypal motifs in world culture, stands out as a derivative of the general archaic Homeric motif of traveling and wandering (so-called "odyssey"). Taking its roots still in the archaic folklore and goes back to ancient mythology and literature (the myth of the Argonauts, goes in search of the Golden Fleece), it is further through permeates literary works subsequent periods: the Middle Ages (the Arthurian cycle), the Renaissance and modern times ( "Golden beetle "by Edgar Allan Poe," treasure Island "Stevenson" Hearts of three "Jack London and many others), and then appears in the youngest of all the arts - cinema, reaching a maximum of artistic expression in the film" Ho roshy, Bad and the Ugly. " It is noteworthy that US distributors originally were going to assign a picture called "The River of dollars" by analogy with the earlier parts of the "dollar" trilogy. After the river, for - this is a journey, a journey
Leone little worried, why would a man without a name, called the blond, gold and that he would do with it.. The director gives only illusory hint that gold - not an end in itself, but only a pretext. And the reason - an endless, repetitive wandering and searching. Here it will replace cloak poncho and go to San Miguel town - back to where it all began. Deceptive final, at first glance, a seemingly happy, in fact, is not so optimistic. A man without a home, without a family, "without a name and, in general, no destiny" if the wind in the wild North American prairies - fatally doomed to eternal wandering and wandering, looped endlessly. In a sea of ​​empties this "river of dollars" and falls if anywhere at all - and remains an unfathomable enigma
director at the very beginning means that the evil, the bad and the good -. It is Tuco, maxims and blond, respectively. For this he uses a stylishly laconic intertitles red (hint entirely clear). However, as the bad and good and evil can rightly be called the three main characters in the movie, revealing the trinity of their natures. Carefully reviewing the film, it is possible to calculate that good for all the time of action is killing more people than bad and evil together.
picture from the start impresses with its audio-visual solutions that Leone has always attached great importance. Excellent camera work with lots of artfully shot field plans and famous rather original avant-garde music of Ennio Morricone, imitating the howling wild coyote that has become not only one of the business cards of the film composer, but also one of the most famous soundtracks in movie history - all this at the highest level presented in the film. And of course, Clint Eastwood, who created one of the most famous film-image - the image of a lone wanderer, a man without a name
is worth noting that in the 50 years of its existence, the film spawned a host of imitators and followers, including among well-known filmmakers.. So, one of the cult directors of our time - Quentin Tarantino (by the way, Italian-American) at one time named Sergio Leone almost their forerunner, and the "good, bad, evil" is often recognizes the best of the ever make a film. This is not surprising, since many of the works of Tarantino, such as "Kill Bill", can be called a kind of spaghetti militants. Measured action is happening in them like spaghetti - long, stringy, which as a whole is typical for the genre of Italian westerns. A well-known, recognized as an innovative non-linear narrative structure, used in the "Pulp Fiction" - apparently a reference to the whole "dollar" trilogy as a whole, where the action is final, the third picture is a prequel to the first two
"good, bad. evil "and inspired by other famous filmmakers, such as one of the giants of Soviet and Russian cinema Nikita Mikhalkov. It is obvious that without the influence of the film, he in 1974 took his first full-length film - Eastern "At Home Among Strangers", which takes place immediately after the end of the Civil War in Russia and the overall theme is the same - find the gold
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