For a Few Dollars More

for a few dollars more

“Thought I was having trouble with my adding.”

Sergio Leone continued building on the mythos that he and Clint Eastwood had created in “A Fistful of Dollars” with the follow-up, “For a Few Dollars More,” and it is in this film that Eastwood really developed so many of the tropes that he would continue using throughout his career. The squinting, silent gazes he’d give before gunning someone down. The one-liners. And for Eastwood’s other westerns, a defined look. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our misnamed Man With No Name trilogy series and talk about Eastwood in his second film with Leone, 1965’s "For a Few Dollars More.’ We discuss the development that Leone shows from his first western to this one, as well as the development that Ennio Morricone shows in developing his brilliant score. We chat about Eastwood as well as the perfect western actor Lee Van Cleef, the ever manic Gian Maria Volonte and the ever frightening Klaus Kinski. We talk about the violence and rape in this film along with the use of marijuana and how it really seemed to break some filmmaking barriers for mainstream movies at the time. And we chat about the fantastic production design that really builds this western world that Eastwood, Van Cleef and Volonte inhabit along with their cast-mates, a world that can still be seen by visiting Mini-Hollywood in Almeria, Spain. It’s a wildly fun film and one we have a wonderful time talking about. Tune in!

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