THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (Sergio Leone, 1966)
Museum of the Moving Image
35th Ave. at 36th St., Astoria
Friday, February 10, $12, 7:00
Series runs through March 17
One of the all-time-great spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone’s dusty three-hour operatic oater stars Clint Eastwood as the Good (Blondie), Lee Van Cleef as the Bad (Angel Eyes), and Eli Wallach as the Ugly (Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez, whose list of criminal offenses is a riot), three unique individuals after $200,000 in Confederate gold buried in a cemetery in the middle of nowhere. Nearly 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage added to the film a few years ao, with Wallach and Eastwood overdubbing brand-new dialogue, so if you haven’t seen it in a while, it might just be time to catch it again, this time on the big screen as part of the Museum of the Moving Image’s “See It Big!” series. Ennio Morricone’s unforgettable score and Torino delli Colli’s gorgeous widescreen cinematography were also marvelously enhanced; their work in the scene when Tuco first comes upon the graveyard will make you dizzy with delight. And then comes one of the greatest finales in cinema history. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is screening at the museum on February 10 at 7:00, with the series continuing with such classics as Samuel Fuller’s Forty Guns on February 19 (introduced by Dan Callahan), The Sound of Music on March 3, North by Northwest on March 9-10, Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror on March 11 (introduced by Geoff Dyer), and Touch of Evil on March 16-17.