Fifth about The Seventh

For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

For a Few Dollars More: Sergio Leone’s Western has so many pieces that are working well, it’s little surprise this is such an entertaining experience. The story is simple, but it nevertheless holds a late-game reveal that explains the characters further. The characters are interesting: it’s very clear which group is more villainous, but the protagonists are far from virtuous, still being driven by greed, mostly. The visual style retains the stark opposition of extreme close-ups and wide shots, and director of photography Massimo Dallamano finds a number of unusual framing, that the editorial team mixes and matches for maximum tension. A film so much in love with faces, usually worn by time, sun and violence, it has many memorable ones, from the supporting players to the central stars: Lee Van Cleef has a remarkable look, one that could be almost anything, a great characteristic for the mysterious character he plays; Gian Maria Volontè creates a memorable villain, cruel but also a charismatic leader; and Clint Eastwood plays his silent, dark-grey-hat hero quite well. Composer Ennio Morricone contributes with another marvelous score, operatic and sad, used to great effect.

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