This months focus film!
I actually still haven't seen the restored version of this film, only the original international release, but opinions seem to differ about the new scenes. Some say great, others say not all scenes add something valuable.
However this was the longest and most epic spaghettiwestern ever made even in it's original release, and sometimes less is more you know.
I think even the version I'm familiar with can at times seem slightly overlong.
Well, this is still a masterpiece and a perfect blend of most sw themes, coupled with Leones wonderful humour.
I think the introductions of the three main characters are extremely enjoyable. Then the crossing through the desert, very atmospheric. Tuco meeting his brother after many years, a bit sad.
All this perfectly handled by Leone.
But the scenes at Betterville camp, and the beating up of Tuco, don't work quite as good in my opinion. Neither the shootout at the abandoned town with Blondie, Tuco, and Angel Eyes gang.
Theses scenes could perhaps have been trimmed or slightly altered.
The scenes by the bridge are good showing the waste of war, but it all ends a little abruptly after the bridge is blown up I think. Maybe a scene showing the soldiers leaving in some way would have been appropriate?
The finale in the graveyard is absolutely fantastic, everything perfect!
Final thoughts; Leones best film and one of the best spaghettis ever made, but not completely flawless. Still the most representative example of this genre.