Dir. Sergio Leone (1967).
Sergio Leone’s masterpiece is the ultimate spaghetti westerns: Clint Eastwood’s scuzzy bounty hunter, Lee Van Cleef’s reptilian hired killer and Eli Wallach’s blasphemous bandit form and dissolve alliances, littering the screen with corpses as they search for an elusive box of gold. Their quest keeps intersecting the fringes of the Civil War, presented as a larger, more meaningless bloodbath; the three-way shoot-out that ends, amid corrida fanfares and tolling bells, in a graveyard half the size of Texas puts the aria in horse opera.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 20, 2010