Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s Loft Staff Selects film was chosen by Matt McCoy.
“Sergio Leone’s grandiose 1966 western epic is nothing less than a masterclass in movie storytelling, a dynamic testament to the sheer, invigorating uniqueness of cinema.” – Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
“If you’re gonna shoot, shoot! Don’t talk.” Lee Van Cleef’s icy bounty hunter (“The Bad”), Eli Wallach’s Mexican bandit (“The Ugly”) and Clint Eastwood’s laconic con man (“The Good”) contend with each other and with battling Civil War armies in their relentless, brutal and darkly comic search for buried gold. Sergio Leone’s epic, “Man With No Name” trilogy-capping Spaghetti Western (accompanied by — Hwah, WAH, Wah — perhaps Ennio Morricone’s greatest score) thrillingly conjures up operatic excess, existential cowboy crisis and the blackest of black humor. Who can forget the climatic stare-down showdown (featuring cinema’s most intense parade of close-up shots of squinty eyeballs), Wallach’s endearing (and increasingly desperate) use of the term “Blondie,” and that infamous, kick-in-the-head closing shot?