Sunday, 2 December 2012

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Tom:
A Fistful of Dollars,1964,Italy,Spain,West Germany
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte & Marianne Koch
''I don't think it's nice, you laughin'. You see, my mule don't like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you're laughin' at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you're going to, I might convince him that you really didn't mean it.''

Film #6 of The December Project

I picked up the Blu-Ray of 'A Fistful of Dollars' last month and had been eager to revisit it. The film is part of my favorite trilogy of all time, Sergio Leone's 'Dollar's Trilogy', I regard this film as my second favorite of the trilogy and its probably the one I have seen the most times due to its shorter length.

The film marks the debut of one of the most iconic characters put on film, Clint Eastwood's The Man with No Name, In this film he arrives in a town which is separated in two halves, The Baxters and the Rojo's, The Man known here as 'Joe' is smack bang in the middle, and begins playing between both factions, deceiving them in an attempt to bring peace and order back to the town.

Sergio Leone is one of my all time favorite filmmakers, i don't believe there is a Leone film that I have seen that I did not enjoy, 'A Fistful of Dollars' is absolutely no exception. This is a film that I can pick up at anytime and enjoy no matter, unlike Leone's other films it is short in length which makes it more accessible, but it does go without saying that it doesn't hold a patch on 'The Good,The Bad & The Ugly' or 'Once Upon a Time in the West', in its own right its still brilliantly made and a spectacle of a picture.

Leone's direction and ability to garner the immense beauty of the west is ever present here, The scenery is beautifully extracted by Cinematographers Massimo Dallamano & Federico G. Larraya who's camera work fully utilizes it landscape. Leone's direction is exciting as always and atmospheric to boot.

The legendary Ennio Morricone created yet another unforgettable score for this film, Its a testament to the man that for each of the three films in this trilogy he created a unique and incredible score. The musical cues whenever Eastwood's character appears or does something important are a thing of genius.

Eastwood plays the simplistic and iconic role to absolute perfection, the guy is intimidating,badass and as cool as the other side of the pillow.

'A Fistful of Dollars' is a fantastic Western, the film is thrilling, immersive and incredibly entertaining. If you have never seen Leone's 'Dollars Trilogy' you definitely have to check it out to witness film history and the Western genre at its best.

****1/2

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