Film Reviews, Short Review

Per Un Pugno Di Dollari [A Fistful of Dollars] (1964)


The first of Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy may be the weakest, but A Fistful of Dollars still retains a lot of its cinematic charm. Clint Eastwood’s sheer charisma and screen presence is still a joy to watch, as is Leone’s ever-beautiful cinematography. Re-watching the film after many years I’m struck by how solid some of the supporting performances in the film are: Gian Maria Volonte in particular is rugged and alluring as Ramon, Eastwood’s main nemesis in town. However, the story itself has always had pacing issues, particularly towards the last third when the action becomes a bit more predictable and the plot less ambiguous as to Eastwood’s motivations.


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