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Scene Is Believing: The Good, The Bad And The ugly

Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is, in Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling’s words, “the most carnivalesque of all his films – a black comedy about the craziness of war, a Catch – 22 of the American Civil War.” Tuco / Ugly (Eli Wallach) and Blondie / Good (Clint Eastwood) are a Mexican bandit and […]


The Great Unmade? Sergio Leone’s Leningrad

Italian director Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad And The Ugly is considered by many to be “the greatest American Civil War picture ever made”. Here, he displayed an eye for large scale action and drama, combined with impressive research, for scenes such as the bridge battle and the Union prison camp. It was in 1969 […]

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Western , Italian Style

There’s far more to the Spaghetti Western sub-genre than the films of Sergio Leone (Spaghetti Western was a term he despised). His were simply the more polished end of a rough and ready take on America’s frontier history. Hundreds of European westerns were made from the 1960’s (their heyday) up to the the 1980s, many […]

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