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Monday, July 4, 2016

Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu (aka For A Few Dollars More) (1965)

A bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef) is tracking down a ruthless cutthroat and fugitive (Gian Maria Volonte) but he discovers he isn't alone. Another bounty hunter (Clint Eastwood) is intent on getting the outlaw first. They join forces with the intention of splitting the bounty money but can they trust each other? The second installment in Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" trilogy (sometimes referred to as the Dollars trilogy) is handsome and vital but it's quite simply not as memorable as the first and third chapters. While Eastwood may be the star of the movie, the film belongs to Van Cleef and Volonte whose backstory allows them a bigger canvas to play with while Eastwood remains the tight lipped enigmatic stranger. The film's finale seems like a practice run for the more elaborate gunfight in Leone's next THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. That musical wizard Ennio Morricone whips up another of his great scores and Massimo Dallamano provides some excellent wide screen vistas. With Klaus Kinski and Rosemary Dexter.

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