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For A Few Dollars More: Great Cinema
- DOC LONG
Never understood why "For A Few Dollars More" is the least discussed of the trilogy. It is the best of all so-called Spaghetti Westerns and that includes the faux spaghetti Hang 'Em High. Lee Van Cleef runs away with the honors for best acting performance in this film from 1965. In another era, his portrayal of Colonel Mortimer would have received strong notice from the Academy. Almost always the "heavy", New Jersey's Lee Van Cleef was in motion pictures for 37 years and was never given his just due in the U.S. until long after his passing in 1989. Hollywood has rarely seen so menacing a character as "The Dutchman"- Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr.
For a Few Dollars More
- Susanne Cavendish
I think the genius behind this movie is Clint Eastwood knowing movie-making of the western genre was dying in America. Like others before him, John Huston, Orson Welles, even Kinski [who had a part in this movie] went elsewhere to ply their craft. The result in this case for Eastwood, a lease on the life of the western. Some of the best westerns were made since then, including, a few years later, Hang 'em High, Will Penny, Monte Walsh and years later. The Unforgiven, along with others with more to tell than just bank robbing and killing. In some ways, this movie marks a return to the subtle reminders away from the film noir of the late 40's and 50's, when crime doesn't pay was substituted with references to the fateful and existential, not to mention the nihilistic. There is nothing more devastating to civilization than a sense of helplessness that comes, seemingly of its own, creeping into the culture like a thief, stealing virtue and integrity as if they were fungible and for sale. This movie along with some others helped restore a sense of free-will, which the 1960's tried so hard to destroy with its programmed sense of communality as if we were all in 'this' together. The truth is, we aren't, for there is a difference between the offender and the offended, not that same offendedness that comes of being victims like we see today when one person can shut down the hearing and seeing of something thousands want to and deserve to hear and see. I love this movie for its pioneering in the art of movie-making.
For a Few Dollars More
Overall-3/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-2/5Director-4 1/2 out of 5Score-4/5Titles-4/5Screenplay-2/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3/5
Not even Indio would dare do such a thing
Two rival bounty hunters (Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef) are hot on the trail of outlaws. Both of them have their sights on Indio (Gian Maria Volonte)for different reasons. Indio is wouthout question one of the worst western outlaws in film history. He openly smokes marijuana, and is so ruthless, he makes anyone uncomfortable in his presence. He starts gunfights after playing a chime on his pocket watch, which usually results in Indio winning. For a Few Dollars More has a wierd, atmospheric score by Ennio Morricone and all the sights one would expect from Sergio Leone. Not for the squeamish.