The Sergio Leone Anthology

The Sergio Leone Anthology

Director: Sergio Leone Cast: Clint Eastwood, Rod Steiger, Eli Wallach
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RedSoxFan More than 1 year ago
This set is an absolute must-buy for any movie buff. It collects the epic Man With No Name Trilogy (Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and Leone's masterpiece, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly), and as a bonus throws in the lesser known Duck, You Sucker (titled A Fistful of Dynamite in the U.S.)!

Leone redefined the Western in the early 1960's by actually looking east at Japanese filmaker, Akira Kurasowa's work on his brilliant samurai pictures like Seven Samurai. Leone was impressed at Kurasowa's Western sensibilities and his love for the works of John Ford. He decided to remake, almost shot for shot, the Japanese legend's Yojimbo as a Western, and cast a little known American television actor named Clint Eastwood as the lead anti-hero originally played by Toshiro Mifune. The movie was Fistful of Dollars, and the Spaghetti Western was born, invigorating a genre many thought was dead.

The real gem in this set though is the third movie in his Eastwood trilogy, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly. Already a success after he followed up his first hit with an excellent sequal, For a Few Dollars More, Leone decided to go all out for the final film. The result is an epic of incomparable quality and stands on top of my list as one of the greatest movies ever made.

The plot revolves around three men's search for buried gold during the final days of the Civil War. Clint reprise his roll as the nameless gunslinger and is joined on his journey by the two-faced and equally tenacious Tuco (played with comic brilliance by Eli Wallach). Opposing them is the cunning and brutal bounty hunter, Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef, in a roll that cannot be praised enough). The three men converge at the cemetery where the loot is buried for an epic standoff that is heightened by Ennio Morricone's unforgettable score.

In closing, even casual fans of Westerns will want to own this set. There are great documentaries on the making of the films and Leone's career as one of the most prolific filmmakers of the 20th century.
Ahhn More than 1 year ago
Great westerns. Haunting music that you can't shake. Operatic themes, pregnant pauses, tension and dry humor - all are about a bunch of guys (all guys) who can't stand each other - the dialogue is terse, the camera shots focus close in on tiny expressions (like Clint Eastwood' squinting) and then pan to vast western landscapes. Even if you don't like the genre, these will get to you. These movies made stars of Clint Eastwood, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Rod Steiger and Lee Van Cleef.
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