Is ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ the greatest film ever made?
No, just the most entertaining one.
It’s a wonderful depiction of the truism that life is just one damn thing after another.
This picaresque adventure of three competing men, zipping and zapping back and forth through a surrealistic Western war zone in the pursuit of gold coins is a friggin’ delight. I love its modular structure – since it’s literally just one damn thing after another whole sections of the film could be cut and pasted, deleted, moved around – it wouldn’t matter – it’s all adventure.
If you haven’t seen it you must.
And if you’re in Nashville right now you are in a for a ************* treat ’cause it’s playing on an actual real life movie theatre: the Belcourt till this Monday.
If you attend the Sunday noon screening you get a post-film discussion with Rob Watson, a Ph.D. candidate in French at Vanderbilt University – which might sound kinda random my friend until you read his Vandy page – his interests include:
“Black and Jewish diasporic connections in the Antilles, Francophone Africa and Europe.”
This is exactly the kind of guy who should be leading a discussion of this pic. In ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” the whole world seems to be a diaspora – everyone is in conflict with, jostling for room with, everyone else – my god, the marketing phrase for this film was:
See ya at the screening!
(P.S.: How amazing is this film? Look at the screengrabs above – they weren’t chosen – I just closed my eyes and just hit the ‘capture button’ at random – every frame of this pic is pure storytelling)