For a Few dollars More could have been a masterpiece, but it drags a little in the third quarter. I always had the idea some parts were extended to give Eastwood a bigger role than originally planned. It feels unbalanced now. The central character is clearly our Colonel, and the film would have been better (especially better paced) without some of those scenes like the two being captured by Indio’s gang, then released by Indio to provoke a shootout, etc. I also think the Indio character is slightly overdone. The first half of the movie and the finale are marvellous. And Mortimer is still my favorite SW character, he’s the most human of all SW heroes.
I don’t think my Top 10 will change that much over the years. For me there’s a second gap. The two real masterpieces are the ones mentioned above. After the first gap there’s a small group of, let’s say, great movies, cfr The Great Silence, The Big Gundown, The Mercenary, Companeros, Face to Face and For a Few dollars More. Then there’s a new gap. Then come (for me) films like Bandidos, Death rides a Horse, Tepepa, Nobody, Day of Anger, the Ringos, etc. Still good movies, but not on the same level.
Greatest discovery this year, was (thanks to Autephex) the long version of A Minute to pray, a Second to Die.
Ulrich Bruckner asked me for a copy, let’s see what he makes of it.