Wednesday, June 2, 2010

And This Is Why

In this earlier blog entry, I explained why I now believe The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is my new favorite old movie of all time.

And after you watch this clip of the infamous standoff at the end of the film, you'll know why. I mean, you have a roughly 5 minute scene with no talking at all. Just three men staring each other down for what seems like eternity, as Ennio Morricone's ridiculous soundtrack wails in the background. Listen to that horn bleed its heart out, man! Study Leone's shots, too. How he deftly cuts between closeups and wide-angles. How superb each cutaway is framed. Simply put: GENIUS!

That right there is cinema history!

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