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Dollars Trilogy and the Everlasting Whistling (Superb Soundtracky Saturday)

Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy

To begin with, it’s impossible to talk about this marvelous “Spaghetti Western” trilogy without mentioning Clint Eastwood. In his memoir, The Film Club, Canadian writer and journalist David Gilmour mentions how Eastwood agreed to play in the movie that had been rejected by actors such as Charles Bronson and James Coburn. But, Eastwood insisted he would do it in one condition: the script had to be cut down. He thought the guy he played would give greater impression if he didn’t talk. Eastwood was right. His silent-and-deadly performance was a brilliant combination.

Director Sergio Leone asked composer Ennio Morricone to write the music for his future films. It was Leone who specifically requested Dimitri Tiomkin style of music, which lead to Morricone's presentations of those great and everlasting whistling tunes. There was an interesting scene in 2007, when Ennio Morricone won the honorary Academy Awards “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” The award was presented by Clint Eastwood and there was a standing ovation. It was for the great composer, but I guess it won’t be wrong to say that they both deserved it, for their priceless legacy of this Dollars Trilogy.

A Fistful of Dollars

For a Few Dollars More

The Good the Bad and the Ugly
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