A Fistful Of Dollars

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Poster art for A Fistful Of DollarsSergio Leone left behind a career of sword-and-sandal epics for this landmark Spaghetti Western, his first with Clint Eastwood. A remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, and also a variation on Dashiell Hammet’s novel "Red Harvest", this is the one in which Eastwood plays two warring cowboy factions against one another, and also the one in which he gets beaten to a bloody pulp.

It’s Leone’s shortest and simplest film, but all of his hallmarks – a masterly use of space within the widescreen frame, Ennio Morricone’s unusual soundtrack music, plenty of silence – are already in place. Though Eastwood’s character is referred to as ‘the man with no name,’ he’s actually called ‘Joe’ in this one. Two ‘sequels’ followed, For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), though in the United States all three were released at once, making Eastwood a star.

– Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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