Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cinema Cycle - For A Few Dollars More


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 04/10/2015


FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 12 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 31.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1499.6 miles

SYNOPSIS: Two bounty hunters pursue an outlaw and his gang with hopes of a substantial reward.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The Italian West was a bit different than the west of John Wayne and Gary Cooper.  Italian westerns are all about the style.  Best looking cowboys on celluloid.  Lee Van Cleef was the first James Bond.

PROS AND CONS: I don’t believe that I had ever seen this before.  After “The Good The Bad & The Ugly” all spaghetti westerns start to look the same to me.  That being said, this was a good film from an historical perspective.  

It dawned on me while watching this, that ‘For A Few Dollars More’ is what you would get if Puccini or Rossini had made westerns for the opera.  Lots of plot building and character development, over emotional scenes that play for a long time, and staging reminiscent of the theater.

While most will recall this as a Clint Eastwood picture, in reality, Lee Van Cleef is the star of this film and holds his own with Eastwood in the acting department.  His arsenal of guns makes him the first ‘gadget’ super hero on film, although he plays the role deathly strait and somber.  

Finally, there is a lot of gun play in this film.  I mean a lot!  Everything is done with guns.  Oddly enough every shot taken hits its mark, everyone dies with one shot, and there is never any view of blood.  Basically, in this wild west, everyone was a marksman and no one ever missed.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.