Featuring an iconic score by Ennio Morricone, our Widescreen Weekend closing night film for 2021 is the third and arguably best instalment in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy.
The Good, the Bad and The Ugly is a spaghetti Western epic, painted vividly on the wide screen, as three gunslingers compete to find a fortune in buried gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War.
Leone’s masterful use of widescreen to dynamically introduce characters and create surprises has inspired generations of film-makers to borrow, adapt and pay homage to his design. Additionally, Ennio Morricone’s haunting score uses bold and distinct sounds—whistling, yodelling, mock coyote howls, whips and electric guitars—to highlight the principal characters and reveal the plot.
While initially unpopular with critics, the film was an instant box-office hit as audiences loved its blend of Western cliches presented alongside stunning cinematography, graphic violence, stylized action sequences, and dark humour. Thankfully, the film has come to be critically acknowledged as the definitive spaghetti Western, featuring one of the greatest soundtracks ever put to film.
This screening will be introduced by broadcaster and cultural historian Professor Sir Christopher Frayling.