Women and westerns
One of the many things I like about Filmaster, is that '12 Angry Men' tops the rankings. So, I thought, as Filmasters have such good taste, I should check out the rest of the list.
Well, starting at the top, I know I haven't seen 'Le Salaire de la Peur'. But I wasn't sure about 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'. It seemed unlikely. It's ranked number 2, only 0.02 votes behind 12 Angry Men and higher than 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' . I'd remember a film that good. It's in our collection, and Mr. Tobermory was thrilled to bits when I suggested we watch it. "One of the greatest films ever made", he said. Aha, I thought, as the opening credits rolled, I definitely haven't seen it. I'd remember one of the greatest films ever made.
However, a few minutes in, and I realised I'd forgotten errr... one of the greatest films ever made?
Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good. The plot is cool. A dying man reveals where 200,000 dollars in stolen loot is hidden. He gives The Ugly partial directions, he gives The Good the rest. From now on, the two guys who have spent the first half of the film trying to kill each other, have to cooperate if they want to get their hands on the dosh. Eli Wallack as Tuco is great. He's as vivid and colourful as Eastwood is unremarkable. On the other hand, it was a bit of a struggle to make sense of the American civil war backdrop (given that my knowledge of American history ends with that man who landed on the moon). All in all, not terrible. But basically, it is just three men fighting it out over money.
Now I'm making a wild guess here, but I reckon this film is ranked as highly as it is because guys are doing most of the voting. Guys like fast cars and westerns. And girls like new shoes and romantic comedies.
I'm curious to test my theory, and as a first step, I'd like to ask fellow Filmasters - are there any westerns with woman appeal?
This is really odd, but I was sure I remembered the ending. It turned out I'd created my own version. In my version, Blondie tells Tuco the name on the grave, but when they get to the cemetery, there are thousands of graves all with the same name. Where did that come from?