Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone define the spaghetti western style of film and music so squarely, the competition is barely considered. It was on the backs of films such as this smash, starring a pre-Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, that their well-known reputation rests. The CD is more than you expect. Of course, Morricone has that unique style that he and older, less Italian-influenced Western film composers made synonymous with the action from St. Louis to the Rockies, and the deserts from there to the coast. There are the clip-clop beats similar to the trot of horses, the weary harmonica trill, and the peculiar whistling, that puckered sound of aloneness that still makes one think of solitary battles against the self as much as mounted foes.
A Fistful of Dollars [Original Soundtrack]
A Fistful of Dollars () - Plot Summary - IMDb
The series has become known for establishing the Spaghetti Western genre, and inspiring the creation of many more Spaghetti Western films. The three films are consistently listed among the best rated Western films in history. Although not Leone's intention, the three films came to be considered a trilogy following the exploits of the same so-called " Man with No Name " portrayed by Clint Eastwood , wearing the same clothes and acting with the same mannerisms. The "Man with No Name" concept was invented by the American distributor United Artists , looking for a strong angle to sell the films as a trilogy. Eastwood's character does indeed have a name albeit a nickname and a different one in each film: "Joe", "Manco" and "Blondie", respectively. The first film has the Man with No Name arriving, for unexplained reasons, in the Mexico—United States border town of San Miguel, base of two rival smuggling families, the Rojos and the Baxters. He is discovered by the Rojos and tortured, but escapes.
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Released in Italy in , then in the United States in , initiating the popularity of the Spaghetti Western film genre. This film is an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo , which itself drew inspiration from earlier Westerns. As one of the first Spaghetti Westerns to be released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American sounding stage names. The Stranger, spying an opportunity to make money from the situation, decides to play both families against each other.
It is the first in a series of three "spaghetti westerns" by Italian director Sergio Leone known as "Dollars Trilogy" "Trilogia del dollaro", literally "Trilogy of the dollar". It began as a term of derision first used by critics but later became a term of endearment by the fans of these movies. Another earmark of many Spaghetti Westerns is an international cast including many American actors either on their way up or down so they did not command large salaries.