Leone´s the Dollar’s Trilogy
¿Have you ever heard about The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? ¿And Once Upon a Time in the West? The genre these films belong to is the spaghetti western, born in the sixties and which revolutionized the way of making films.
The spaghetti western was born in Europe, more precisely in Italy and Spain. The films identified because of their dirty looking, their particular way of showing the violence in its magnificence, their simple characters and their excellent soundtracks (highlighting Ennio Morricone´s ones). The spaghetti westerns, which break up with the American ideas, were at first left out, but well seen then. This genre became so popular that it invaded literature, appearing great writers such as Silver Kane, Clark Carrados or Marcial Lafuente Estefanía.
Between these films, it stands out Sergio Leone’s the Dollar’s Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West, which is considered a masterpiece. It can be said that Leone reinvented the westerns and turned them fashionable.
The Dollar’s Trilogy refers to the three Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns starred by Clint Eastwood: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. They all have soundtracks made by Ennio Morricone and are realized by United Artists. The Dollar´s Trilogy is considered so because Eastwood plays the same kind of roll in each one: the Man Without Name. The Man Without Name is a character created by Leone for his westerns. Usually played by Clint Eastwood, he is a quiet man, with his personal aims, who does not worry about others, very professional with guns and that has an unknown past, without family. He does not kill Mexicans or Indians only, but everybody who causes problems to him.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964), filmed in Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid) and Cabo de Gata-Níjar (Almería), is a remake of Yojimbo, directed by Akira Kurosawa. It tells the story of a strange wanderer bounty hunter (the Man Withouth Name) that arrives to a little village between Mexico and USA, where two families fight for the power. One of them, consisting in three brothers, controls the alcohol dealing. The other, a marriage, sells guns. The strange man starts to work for both families, without informing of it to each family, but everything changes when he falls in love with a girl. In consequence, he is kidnapped by the three brothers, who kill the marriage and every person suspecting of cooperating with the man. Finally, the Man Withouth Name scapes and revenges in a final duel.
For a Few Dollars More (1965) was filmed in the Almería desert and Níjar. Two bounty hunters, the Man Without Name and Colonel Mortimer, work in team to try to catch an infamous bandit, whose arrest includes a high reward. The Man Without Name wants the money, but Colonel Mortimer wants the revenge because of his sister´s rape. Finally, Mortimer kills the bandit and the Man Without Name takes all the money with him.
Finally, there is The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), which is the best and the most famous of the trilogy and was filmed in the Almeria desert and Burgos. The Good (the Man Without Name), a bounty hunter, and the Ugly, a thief, meet a carriage in the middle of the dessert, where a dying man tells them where a treasure is buried in exchange for water, but, when he dies, neither the Ugly neither the Good have the complete information: one knows the name of the cementery where the treasure is and the other the name of the tomb where it is buried. On the way to the cementery they meet the Bad, who carries problems to them, but finally they arrive to the cementery, where one of the greatest scenes ever made takes place, with an excellent Ennio Morricone´s music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWo__6Xn6Qs).
You must see these films!