For a Few Dollars More
Directed by Sergio Leone. Italy. 1965. R. 132 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
Sun., January 22, 2012
This sequel to the immensely popular A Fistful of Dollars again features Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name. In this outing (considered by many to be superior to its predecessor, with tighter direction and better production values), Clint vies with that long-standing squinty-eyed devil, Lee Van Cleef, a rival bounty-hunter, to track down a particularly evil bad guy. Interestingly, in contrast with Eastwoods cold, amoral gun- fighter, Van Cleef is actually a man with a past and a moral purpose, but one which is only revealed through flashbacks at the end of the tale. Filmed with wit and increased assurance by Leone, For a Few Dollars More again features a haunting sound-track by Ennio Morricone, and a strong sense of irony, as it deconstructs the traditional cowboy cliches. (Bill Roth)