Bene! Bene! Bene! Sergio Leone is the master craftsman of the ‘Spaghetti Western’ and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is his masterpiece. An Italian director shooting Spain as the American West could not help but invent a genre. Sergio Leone reflects the old world taking a fresh and distinct account of the new. It is Europe in a reciprocal relationship with America. The American West is here for the first time portrayed outside of the USA and therefore outside its sensibilities and biases (and some would say ‘accuracy’.
As The Godfather series similarly did with the mobster genre, Leone doesn’t make a Western so much as an opera applied to a Western backdrop. The drama is painted with broad strokes on a Spanish location that could not be less realistically the US Southwest, if it were a canvas backdrop on an operatic stage. Within grand themes he then applies a kind of ‘stylised realism’.
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