Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 2h06m
Warning - no babies for 15 Cert.
Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand.
The middle, least-seen entry of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s great trilogy still casts an imposing shadow on the history of the Western.
Two bounty hunters, Van Cleef’s formal, sardonic Colonel Mortimer and Eastwood’s icy, impenetrable “Man With no Name” (here known as “Manco”) are set on the trail of El Indio, a sadistic, ever-smoking bank robber (Volonté). Matters soon become personal as Manco infiltrates Indio’s gang, and Mortimer reveals a deep, painful connection between their quarry and himself.
Ranking between A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in both scale and length, the film has all the virtues of both: tense, machoistic standoffs in raw Spanish landscapes, bridged by Leone’s muscular direction, Eastwood’s grizzled, statuesque grandeur, and Ennio Morricone’s lyrical, melodramatic music, which was played during filming to guide the mood.
The series freed the Western to be wilder, less reverent, and more operatic, inciting excitement that is still palpable today.
*The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium.
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