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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)
Italy/Spain 1966. Director: Sergio Leone
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè, Mario Brega

IMPORTED 35mm PRINT! No film is more synonymous with the Spaghetti Western than Sergio Leone’s 1966 magnum opus, the third film in the informal “Man With No Name” trilogy (aka the “Dollars” trilogy) that made a star of Clint Eastwood. During the American Civil War, three ruthless drifters — a Mexican bandito (Eli Wallach), a cold-hearted bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef), and a laconic con man (Eastwood) — battle several armies and each other in a search for a fortune in buried Confederate gold. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly serves up a cynical, subversive spectacle of apocalyptic proportions, mixing black humour, hyperbolic violence, a now-legendary Ennio Morricone score, and cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli’s jaw-dropping, eye-expanding visual arsenal of panoramic vistas, extreme close-ups, and vertiginous pans and zooms. Dusters don’t get any more delirious, or more hyper-kinetic, than this. “Leone’s masterpiece and the greatest of all Spaghetti Westerns” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice). “Thrilling ...As luridly intoxicating as anything in Puccini” (Elvis Mitchell, New York Times). “Often imitated but never duplicated ...One of the greatest displays of unadulterated testosterone in screen history” (Andrew Johnston, Time Out New York). Colour, 35mm, 179 mins.



"An improbable masterpiece -- a bizarre mixture of grandly operatic visuals, grim brutality and sordid violence that keeps wrenching you from one extreme to the other."

Chicago Tribune | full review

"Art it is, summoned out of the imagination of Leone and painted on the wide screen so vividly that we forget what marginal productions these films were."

Chicago Sun-Times | full review

"Tense and thoroughly astonishing."

Chicago Reader | full review